Abuse Of Phones And ICT By The Youth
TOPIC: Abuse Of Phones And ICT By The Youth
OPENING PRAYER: Father, please don’t let us be lured into eternal condemnation by the devil’s antics.
PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE: How will you show that you have made Christ your Chief cornerstone? The leader should ask the members.
MEMORY VERSE: “Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.” – Philippians 4:5
BIBLE TEXT: 1 Corinthians 8:9-12 (KJV)
9 But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to them that are weak.
10 For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol’s temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols;
11 And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?
12 But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound there weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.
When the purpose is not known, abuse is inevitable.’ What is abuse? Abuse is the improper usage or treatment of a thing, often to unfairly or improperly gain benefit. Abuse can come in diverse ways like physical, emotional, mental etc.. But our concern is based on today’s topic: How can a Christian youth abuse the use of phones and ICT?
When mobile phones that are supposed to bring God’s blessing to the individual now becomes a source of distraction and addiction such that it has taken the place of God even during sermons, the majority of our youth go to social media for chatting, browsing etc.. Many of them have attracted God’s curses because of their disregard for God.
This is abuse.
LESSON AIM: To inculcate in the life of our youth the right usage of phones and ICT.
TEACHING OBJECTIVES: At the end of the lesson, youth/members should be able to:
i. Expressly point out phones / ICT abuse to our youth.
ii. And reasonably bring out the right way of using phones / ICT.
TEXT REVIEW: 1 Corinthians 8:9-12
i. We should not allow our liberty in Christ to become a stumbling block to both the weak believers and the unbelievers.
ii. Whatever God has given to us, must be handled for the edification of our brothers and sisters to the glory of God.
TEACHING METHOD: The leader should use the interactive / discussion method.
TIME MANAGEMENT: Share the teaching time using the suggested time schedule.
LESSON OUTLINES: There is one outline:
A: MOSES ROD AS A CASE STUDY OF AN ABUSE:
We should examine this step by step:
Step one: Exodus 4:2-4 – The ordinary rod in the hand of Moses before, now became a miraculous rod because Moses was on a mission for God.
Step two: The rod swallowed all the magicians’ serpents in Pharaoh’s place. – Exodus 7:9-12
Step three: The rod parted the Red Sea. – Exodus 14:16
Step four: Exodus 17:5-6 – The rod was used to smite the rock for water.
Step five: Numbers 20:8-11 – God instructed Moses to use the rod and speak to the rock for water again.
Step six: Moses did not enter the promised land because he did not use the rod the manner he was told to. – Numbers 20:12
ACTIVITY: How can somebody abuse his / her phone / ICT?
SUMMARY: Please be wise.
CONCLUSION: Youth, please beware! The same gadget you are playing with can become a link that may lure you to hell. Quite a number of youth are regular visitors to pornographic sites and many have become addicted to them. Laptops are designed for positive things and not for internet frauds. Moderation or self-control is needed in the use of phones and ICT (internet). So you are enjoined to use them ONLY for GOD’S GLORY.
- Father, thank You for Your word of correction.
- Father, please give our youth a listening ear always.
- Father, please anoint Daddy G.O. and Mummy G.O. more than before.
- Father, destroy every plan of the devil to recruit our youth through abuse of phones and ICT (internet).
- My phone, internet and ICT hear the word of God. You will not send me to hell in Jesus’ name.
ASSIGNMENT: Diligently carry out all the daily tasks outlined in the GOLDEN DIET below.
GOLDEN DIET FOR THE WEEK (print or write it out so that you can participate daily):
Study 1 Corinthians 9:16-29.
Please pray: Every lying spirit of the end time, I am not your candidate.
Read 2 Timothy from 3:1 to the end.
From today take a stance to watch only what is godly from your phone.
Start to retreat without using your phone for four hours.
Preach this gospel to other youth.
Thank God for your freedom.
I know you might agree with some of the points that I have raised in this article. You might not agree with some of the issues raised. Let me know your views about the topic discussed. We will appreciate it if you can drop your comment. Thanks in anticipation.
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