The Core Principles

(This is part of a sermon originally titled “This is Where We Failed” delivered last Dec. 3, 2016 at the PAC Youth Sabbath)


O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!
Your glory is higher than the heavens.
You have taught children and infants
to tell of your strength,
silencing your enemies
and all who oppose you.

When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—
the moon and the stars you set in place—
what are mere mortals that you should think about them,
human beings that you should care for them?
Yet you made them only a little lower than angels
and crowned them with glory and honor.
You gave them charge of everything you made,
putting all things under their authority—
the flocks and the herds
and all the wild animals,
the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea,
and everything that swims the ocean currents.

O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!

Psalm 8

This is a Psalm by King David. I do not know the context of this verse. Meaning, I do not know if he was still a shepherd when he wrote this or if he was already the king. We can only assume. But from his words, we can clearly see his point. It is as if he was asking, Who am I to you God? Why do you care about me so much?

How many among you know who God is in your life? How many are still struggling with the question? How many are here seeking for answers?

20141108170929_1Throughout the whole year, the Youth Ministries produced projects and programs that if not answer these questions, would at least lead you to answer them. We’ve had a week of prayer, a Sabbath Lounge Bible Series, among others and the aim is just the same: to introduce Jesus Christ as our hope for our salvation and ultimate source of love. To summarize the things that we have learned for these year, I present these 5 core truths in the Bible.

  1. We are created by God in His own image. (Genesis 1:26-27) God created us in his own image, likeness and character. This means we were designed to be perfect individuals. As David said, “a little lower than angels”
  2. We have been corrupted by sin. (Romans 3:10) We all know what happened at the fall of humankind. We have all been affected. Our status as perfect beings have become distorted and corrupted. Our tendencies have become less of God and more of Satan. The moment the enemy was able to sow doubts in Adam and Eve’s heart, he got all of us. That is why it is often easier to do the wrong things than the good things.
  3. We cannot be right with God through our own power. (Romans 3:20) Admit it, try as we might, our sinful natures easily dictate our decisions. More often than not, what we do want and what we do are very different. “And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[d] I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.”
  4. We were bought by God at the expense of Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:7-8) God’s love is so great that He was willing to die for our sins. He was willing to take the punishment that was set for us. He even did it even if we were still sinners. None of us deserved what He did.
  5. We are being invited by Christ to have a joyful life with Him. (Colossians 3:1-2) Christ invites us into a new life with Him. Our sight should be towards Him. No more, no less. We may fail, and believe me that failure happens often but that does not mean that we have to stay down. We ought to stand up, because, while God hates sin, He forgives.

So that in summary is what we have been talking about throughout the whole year in the youth ministries. That is what this ministry is for, to equip all of us with these facts so that we may strengthen our faith and love in Jesus Christ.


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