Youth hear message on sin


Members of the youth choir perform during the second annual Youth Anniversary at Bartley Temple United Methodist Church on Sunday.

BRAD McCLENNY/Special to the Guardian
Published: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 3:54 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 3:54 p.m.

The holy spirit was in the house at the second annual Youth Anniversary at Bartley Temple United Methodist Church.

Facts

BARTLEY TEMPLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

Pastor: Rev. Mary Mitchell.

Location: 1936 NE 8th Ave.

Services: Sunday school is 9:30 a.m., followed by morning worship at 11 a.m. Prayer service is noon Wednesday and Bible study is 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Phone: 352-376-6899.

"The spirit of the holy spirit is moving in this place. Cease the opportunity and don't let it pass you by" said Christopher Worlds, vice president of the youth ministry at Bartley Temple. Worlds delivered the message titled, "The Repercussions of Sin."

Held last Sunday, the youth-driven anniversary was celebrated with powerful messages, scripture, music, singing, praise dancing, awards and a luncheon.

"We have awesome children at Bartley Temple," said the Rev. Mary Mitchell, pastor of Bartley Temple. "Really smart children in our midst and we need to nurture them."

Liturgist Ashmenyasia Walker presided over the program and was in charge of the welcome. Eldora Mayes offered the invocation. Akacia Carter offered the altar call and asked the congregation to pray for Trayvon Martin's family.

"Life is so short and we take it for granted," said Akacia, "God watch over us. We're your children and we love you."

The Bartley Temple Youth Choir performed the opening hymn, "It's Me, It's Me, Oh Lord," and performed throughout the service. Kevin Williams sang "There is Power in the Name of Jesus," accompanied by his young son, A.J. Williams on keyboard, Columbus Hall on drums and the Youth Choir. Kendra Carter and her daughter, Akacia, praised God through a dance performance.

Shawn Johnson read Joshua 6:18 and 7:18-26.

In his message, Worlds shared his struggles with crack cocaine addiction. He said God's blessings rescued him and saved him.

With no holds barred, Worlds presented a straightforward message. He told the youth that there are consequences to their actions. He told the parents that covering up and sugarcoating their children's bad behavior is causing harm to their children. He told the youth to think about their actions and the consequences of those actions.

He told them not to base their decisions in deceit, selfishness, gossip and ungodly and detrimental actions. He lamented that today's generation is blind and numb to the repercussions of sin. "They think there are no consequences to their actions," Worlds said.

"Parents, we try to sugarcoat," Worlds said. "If we don't let them (children) feel the fire now, they will feel it later. We have to put our children in check and make sure they don't become blind and numb to the repercussions of sin."

Worlds said some young people have feelings of entitlement and think they're entitled to everything.

"A spirit of entitlement has been deposited in the hearts and minds of young people," Worlds said. "We can't reward disobedience."

He read 1 Corinthians 10:20, Romans 8:14, Romans 6:12-13, Romans 12:13; 1 Corinthians 10:13, 1 Peter 5:16 and Proverbs 3:5-7.

To deal with sin, Worlds said the first thing you do is to confess, acknowledge what you did, and deal with your sin right now, and don't delay.

"Let the Bible be your GPS," Worlds said. "Anything you want to know, ask God."

Mitchell said it's easy to get into trouble, but not easy to get out of trouble.

"Your sin will show up in your life," Mitchell said. "You can't hide sin. It will surface eventually."

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