Kuan Sing is the story of a boy from an "unchurched" family, who came to church at 10 years old, and grew up to become a disciple of Jesus.
Kuan Sing started to come to church when he was 10 years old. His step brother would bring him along to join all church activities since then. Kuan Sing comes from a broken family - his father had re-married and was an alcoholic. Since young, he was exposed to domestic violence. Unfortunately Kuan Sing became very insecure and quiet, and was struggling with his self-esteem.
However, he was very consistent in his desire to be part of the spiritual family - the Kids Kingdom, hangouts, church fun-time, etc., every week. When he was old enough to join the youth ministry about 3 years ago, he did not hesitate to be with the teens every Friday evening. Initially, a youth worker would fetch him to the Friday devo; eventually he decided to be independent and took public transport, although he was struggling financially.
What a blessing and privilege to be created in the image of God himself (Gen.1:27)!
Predestined for greatness by God's plan that our lives would conform to the likeness of His
Son(Rom.8:29)! Sometimes it's good to stop and take stock of where we are in our mission
to restore the image of Christ in our lives. It's even good to stop and think about what we
feel about this destiny and what it means to us. Our friends often look at the "outward
appearance", while God is concerned with the heart. The image we try to convey about
ourselves online can be a helpful way to determine what we think, feel and value. Following
are some questions you and your friends can talk and think about together.
A. Whom are you trying to impress? I Sam 16:7
B. What image do you convey online?
- What image do you think people have of you? What image do you want them to have? What image do you have of yourself?
- Discuss with friends or dgroup more extensively
C. Why have you chosen that image?
- The content of your profiles, conversations, photos, wallpaper, songs, quotes etc. reflect the image you want people to have of you.
- Talk about the image you are presenting to others
- Ask friends what message they think you are sending based on your profiles, conversations, photos etc.
- Image is correlated to security...if you are secure with God, self and others, more likely project a positive, healthy , spiritual image 1Peter3:3-5
- If your goal is to attract attn. to self, body, popularity...Think about why?
- Are you insecure? Sexualizing a need or emptiness?
D. How can you get security from God?
- Mt.7:24-27 Build image on rock, not sand
- Rock = God's words...something for everything...give examples of Scrips dealing with diff. issues
- Rock =protection, security, unchanging safety
- Sand=friends, trying to control the image they have of you, esp. using internet
- Sand slips away, like friends...might like you/something about you today, but not tomorrow
Social Networking Sites (ie. myspace & Facebook)
There are many benefits to these sites, but there can also be some powerful temptations with
severe spiritual consequences.
Keep Your GUARD UP!
1Peter 5:8-9 (msg)
Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to
catch you napping. Keep your guard up.
Guard Your Hearts
Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.
Guard Your Lips & Mouths (even your typing fingers)
Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.
Proverbs 13:3 (NLT)
Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything.
He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.
Be on GUARD for temptation in the two following areas of our on-line life:
On-line we have the opportunity to represent ourselves in anyway we choose; which presents a
strong temptation to portray ourselves in a less than truthful way.
In order to dwell with God, we must be honest.
No one who practices deceit will dwell in my house; no one who speaks falsely will stand in my presence.
Am I old enough to be on these sites?
Am I being authentic/real about who I really am?
Am I trying to impress others? "Why..."
What image am I trying to convey? Why?
When people read my blogs, surveys, see my profile picture and albums, or listen to my music do
they see the real me or someone, I think, others want me to be?
We must Be Honest with Who We Really Are.
We all have a desire to be liked and accepted. This can become unhealthy when we are controlled
by what others think about us.
In whose hands does my security lie?
How do I feel when nobody comments on my wall for a day or two?
What if nobody says anything about my new picture?
Do I go "fishing" for comments and not feel content until someone notices them?
What does this say about my security?
Why is it so important for me to attract attention to myself, to my body?
Why does attention and popularity mean so much to me?
What is the fulfillment that I get? How long does it last?
What is keeping me from feeling secure and good enough just the way I am?
Where does my security come from?
What does God say about our Security?
1 Peter 3:3-5 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the
wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading
beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight. For this is the way the
holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful.
1 Samuel 16:7 the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have
ejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward
appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."
God looks at the heart!
Is God is more concerned about what's on my "page" or what's going on inside my heart?
Do I believe that the image I portray is not as important as who I am?
Does who I am influence what goes on my "page"?
What does my "page" say about my security...
Do I care more about what God thinks of me or what people think of me?
How much time and energy am I spending on my "outward on-line" appearance vs. my heart?
Do I need to have the coolest page, or the most friends, or the most comments to feel secure?
Would God be happy to be one of my facebook or MySpace friends? Can I confidently say, yes?
How can we get security from God?
Matthew 7:24-27 Build our image on the rock, not on sand.
Rock = protection, security, stable
Sand = emotional, always changing
Remember: God's opinion matters most!
I am the way and the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.
Jesus is the only way to Heaven; why be worried about what other people think of us?
GET HONEST and BE REAL about these struggles in our lives.
Find value and security in what God values and in who he created us to be.
Who am I living to please?
Do I value what God values?
Take Action: Guard your heart! Do not get too comfortable on-line. Guard one another! Send each
other a private message or give a call when we see others tempted to not be truthful or if it seems
that they are not reflecting security in God.
God searches the world for young men and women who are willing to be set apart for his glorious purposes. A young teenager in Boston shares why he has decided to love God and make Jesus Christ the Lord of his life.
My name is Collin Urbani. I am 14-years-old. And I have decided that Jesus is the Lord of my life.
While growing up in God's Kingdom provides tremendous opportunities, it also presents the challenge of learning how to love and depend on God. One Christian shares his breakthrough in finding the one thing he lacked in following Jesus.
Mark 10:17-31 As Jesus Started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good – except God alone. You know the commandments ‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.’” “Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.” Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come follow me.” At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth. Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!”