A Brick in the Valley


Emphases for High School Graduates
May 13, 2007, 9:02 pm
Filed under: Chris Brauns Radio Spots, Parenting

Graduation is just around the corner.  As a pastor, that means that I will once again be sharing a letter with graduating seniors.  Every year I make it a point to tell graduating seniors who are getting ready to venture out into the world what we most want them to remember.  These are the things we pray will always stick with them.

We tell our graduating seniors.  Never forget:

1.    Jesus Christ is the only solution.  He paid the penalty for His people.  Believe in Him.  Receive the gift of eternal life from Him and your sins are forgiven.  The alternative is unthinkable (John 3:36).

2.    Many people think they are Christians when they are not (Matthew 7:21-23).  Be sure you know the proper basis for being sure of salvation.  The worst words that will ever be heard in human history will be when a group of people stand before Christ thinking they are Christians and find out that they are not.

3.    There is a need to grow as a Christian.  Otherwise, it will be very hard to make good decisions in life.  You need a church home.  Don’t think you can simply put church on hold for the next few years.  During that time, you will make decisions that affect the rest of your life.  Do that amid being involved in a good church and growing as a believer

4.    The Christian life is the blessed or “happy” life.  Everything doesn’t always fit together as neatly as you would like in the short run.  But Psalm 1 is absolutely true.  The person who walks with God is the one who will be blessed.  Pursue the joy of Christian life.  God promises that you won’t be disappointed (Hebrews 11:6).

5.    And the way of the sinner is hard.  Please don’t be deceived.  Don’t buy the lie that you can make wrong choices and not reap the consequences (Galatians 6:7-8).  As believers you must make God honoring decisions or you will face the consequences of wrong choices.  Choose to sin, choose to suffer (1 Corinthians 10:11).

6.    The people of the Red Brick Church love you.   

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