Presentation on theme: "What influence People’s choices. Three tiers of influence exist First – contemporary music, movies, TV, internet, public policies and parents Second."— Presentation transcript:
What influence People’s choices
Three tiers of influence exist First – contemporary music, movies, TV, internet, public policies and parents Second – peers, schools, mentors, universities, and siblings Third – churches and faith communities, adult education, counseling, and extended families
Levels of influence vary Relative influence of these elements varies according to a person’s age, life stage, family character and socioeconomic standing. Key point – control and maximize their inlfluence at every stage of life
Foundations develop early By the age of 9, most of the moral and spiritual foundations of a child are in place.
Validity of views is continually challenged After age 9, the child will shift mental gears to either confirm or challenge his or her moral spiritual foundations Every new experience causes them to challenge their prevailing views to some degree Whether to revise their viewpoint depends on various factors: Strength of existing view Pressure and benefits of reconsidering that view How credible and reliable of that external source that pressuring them to make the change.
Intentional Effort impacts The more intentional and strategic the effort at influence is, the greater is the effect of that effort.
What do kids need? 1. Purpose – help them to find their purpose in life -- 2 out of 3 teenagers are seeking Figures are higher among adolescents ½ of all adults are still seeking Meaning and purposes in life are gained by developing spiritual understanding (“why God created me?”, “ What am I good for?”, What is my calling?”)
Grasping the purposes Mission “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.” And, “Love your neighbour as yourself” (Luke 10:27) Vision Unique to the individual, significant contribution that God has carved out for us contributing to His Kingdom
What kids need? Perspective How to make sense of the world (world’s view) How to make choices (moral values)
7 facts children need to know to establish his world’s view Does God exist? What is the character and nature of God? How and why was the world created? What is the nature and purpose of humanity? What happens after we die on Earth? What spiritual authorities exist? What is truth?
Four foundations in establishing perspective Cornerstone 1 –understanding that the Bible is a credible manual for life Cornerstone 2 – A commanding knowledge of Biblical content Cornerstone 3 – The identification of Organizing principles Cornerstone 4 – burning desire to obey God
What kids need? 3. Personality – need maturity to face the outside world Removing emotional and behavioural obstacles to growth Strength and perseverance to face the outside world Sense of responsibility and empowerment Through building a personal relationship with God
What kids need? 4. Personal relationship with God and others -- established channels of deepening our relationship with God and others Worship Evangelism Discipleship Stewardship Service Fellowship