"Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth …" Ecclesiastes 12:1
What is baptism?
Baptism is when someone lays you back down underneath water for a short time once you have decided to turn from your sins and be a follower of Jesus. Whoever baptizes you does it in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins can be forgiven. Jesus and His disciples baptized people a lot and the bible tells us we need to be baptized. Take note: sprinkling water on a baby or adult is not baptism!
Who should be baptized?
A person who is old enough to turn from their sins and understand who Jesus is and know that He died for their sins can be baptized. If you are ready to be a follower of Christ (a Christian) and have turned away from your sins, you should be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ (see Acts 2:37-38).
Is there anything special about the water?
You can be baptized in a river, a big tub, or any other place where the water is deep enough to completely cover you. The water is not special water. It is your act of faith and obedience to God that is special. And don’t worry, it’s not scary!
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What is speaking in tongues?
Speaking in tongues is what happens when a Christian starts speaking in another language that they don't know because the Holy Ghost speaks through them. The word "ghost" here doesn't mean the fake, spooky kind. It just means God's Spirit inside us.
Are there different kinds of speaking in tongues?
In the bible, believers spoke in tongues in a number of different ways. One time, the tongues that they spoke were heard by people from different countries who actually heard the words in their own language. Other times, believers speak in a language no one in the world can understand and it is sometimes interpreted into our language by another Holy Ghost filled Christian. Sometimes, there just isn't an interpretation.
Do all Christians speak in tongues?
God's plan of salvation is given in Acts 2:38, where the bible tells us that all who repent of their sins and are baptized in the name of Jesus Christ are promised the gift of the Holy Ghost. When believers were filled with the Holy Ghost in the bible, they spoke with tongues. So, according to the bible, when people are saved and filled with the Holy Ghost, the evidence that this happened is that they speak with tongues.
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As young Christians, you will definitely encounter temptation to drift away from God. These temptations will come in the form and peer pressure and things from the internet, if you aren’t careful. Below are some verses that apply to everyone, but are good for boys and girls to think about!
Proverbs 31:30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.
The world has made up certain rules about what it considers "beautiful" or "pretty" and tries to make you live by its rules by putting pictures of other girls in your face all the time. Don't feel you need to live up to the world's standards. Try instead to live by God's standard. There is true beauty and happiness.
1 Peter 3:3-4 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
Don't try to get people's attention by putting on of "special" clothing, jewelry, or makeup. What is beautiful in the sight of God (and every true Christian) is a woman who is meek and has a quiet spirit. Dressing and acting crazy on TikTok and Facebook doesn't really sound like someone with a meek and quiet spririt, right?
Luke 6:26 Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.
It would be great if everyone liked us. But not everyone will. Sometimes, people are just plain mean. In fact, if you're a Christian, some folks might be extra mean to you. But don't worry about that. Don't let it get you down or make you think you're missing out on fun. If you live for God, you will be blessed!
Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Don't grow up thinking you have to own a certain type of car, have a certain amount of money, or wear special types of clothes in order to prove that you are a man. Things are just things. Focus on what is important in life and don't go crazy tring to get "stuff" to fit in with the older guys.
Proverbs 13:20 He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
Don't hang around other boys that mock God or that walk in evil. It will be a bad influence on you. They will change you quicker than you can ever change them. Do your best to be a good influence, but don't follow after their foolishness.
Psalms 119:9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way?
by taking heed thereto according to thy word.
Know what the bible teaches and do your best to live by it. The teaching you hear in Sunday School or Church is good and will help you live a prosperous life in Christ. Being a Christian isn't cool to the world. It never will be. So you need to decide if you want to be "cool" or you want to be saved. It may seem like a simple choice, but it will get harder as you grow older. You will be expected to act and talk like every other guy. But the Lord can give you strength to resist and walk according to God's Word!
"I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end."