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Discussion Outlines for 2018 YP Convention

Theme Verse: Psalm 73:24, “Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory”
I. Guided in Our Relationships
1. Read Ephesians 4:1–13.
2. 1 Timothy 3 talks about the attributes that should be seen in a deacon. This passage does not focus on the personality of a deacon, but rather his character. This can be applied to our friendships as well as our dating life. We must look at the character of the other person, not just at their personality. What is the distinction between one’s character and one’s personality? How do you find this to be a challenge in your relationships (both friendships and dating) with those around you?
3. Titus 1 talks about the attributes of an elder. What are some characteristics that apply to both the elder and those with whom you are friends?
4. Proverbs 8:24, “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” What does it mean to “shew himself friendly?” What are some examples of ways we can show ourselves friendly?
5. 1 John 4:7, “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.” What does this passage show about the wicked and their ability to love? What does this passage mean for you in relationship to your friends? What does it mean for you in relationship to your parents? In your daily interactions with others, how must you strive more to apply this verse to yourself?
6. Proverbs 10:12, “Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.” What does God’s word say about forgiveness and its role in our friendships? Is it difficult for you to resolve conflict with your friends? How should we approach disagreements? Read Matthew 6:14–15, Psalm 86:5, and Luke 7:36–50.
7. What does God’s word say about how we must behave towards our parents? Do we see our parents as a reflection of our relationship with God? What should we be doing in our relationships with our parents? Think about your communication with your parents and consider your relationship with God. Read Psalm 103:13, 1 John 3:1–2, Matthew 10:37, Ephesians 6:1–4.
8. How does God guide us in our dealings with all those in authority over us, both in church and state? Read Romans 13:1–7.
II. Guided in Worship/Church Life
1. Read Psalm 119:97–105.
2. Why must we worship God? Read Psalm 29:2.
3. How must we worship God according to John 4:24? What does this mean? What does Matthew 15:8–9 say about how we must not worship?
4. Many in the world argue that we cannot know truth; we cannot discern the truth from the lie because the Bible is available for our own interpretation. How can we as Christians say that God has guided us to know the truth vs. the lie? Read 2 Peter 1:20–21 and II Timothy 3:13–17.
5. Why must we worship God with other believers as opposed to worshipping at home by ourselves? Read 1 Timothy 3:15, Matthew 16:18, Hebrews 2:12, and the Belgic Confession Article 28.
6. What should determine where we go to church and what kind of church may we become a member? Read Belgic Confession Article 29.
7. What are some ways in which the young people can be more involved in church life? Read Romans 12:9–13.
8. Why do we have catechism? Why do we have young people’s society? How often do you look at the passage ahead of time before you go to young people’s society? How many days beforehand do you begin study of your catechism? Why or why not? What should we be doing?
9. When the catechism and young people’s society year ends, how do you continue in your diligent study of God’s word throughout the summer?
10. What is the significance of making confession of faith? How does that contribute to your role as part of the church? Read Lord’s Day 25, Q&A 66 & 67.
11. Why should prayer be a part of our life of worship? Read Lord’s Day 45.
12. How often must we pray? Consider this quote: “Prayer is to the Christian what breathing is to a healthy person. Without breathing a person cannot live. Without prayer a Christian dies. Breathing is spontaneous; in many ways so is prayer.” (Hermon Hanko, When You Pray, page 1) Read 1 Thessalonians 5:17, Ephesians 6:18, and Colossians 4:2.
13. Do you delight in your church life and worship of God? Read Psalm 122.
III. Guided in Our Future Callings
1. Read Psalm 37:1–11
2. Share: What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about your future?
3. The future can be tomorrow, next week, next year, 5 years from now, 10 years from now, 20 years from now, etc. At each different stage of future, where do you see yourself? What or who influences your thoughts about where you see yourself at each different stage of life? Why?
4. Who or what should be our guide for our future callings? Read Proverbs 3:5–6, James 1:5–8, Psalm 119:105.
5. What do we mean by the word callings? What is a calling? Where do we see the word call or calling used in Scripture? Read Genesis 1:5, Genesis 3:9, Romans 8:28–30. Can you think of other places this word is used? What meaning do we speak of when we say our “future callings?”
6. What is our primary calling? Read John 8:12, Deuteronomy 13:1–4, Mark 8:34, 1 Peter 2:21–25, and Matthew 19:21.
7. Our primary calling leads us to seek God’s will for our lives. Will we be called to be single or married? Be a husband/wife? Father/mother? Construction worker/teacher? Doctor/secretary? How do we know what to do? How does Scripture guide us in these decisions? Read Colossians 3:23, Ephesians 2:10, Proverbs 4:20–27, Proverbs 3:1–3.
8. To whom else can we look to for advice for guidance in our future callings? To whom should we NOT look to for advice? Read Ephesians 6:1–3, Proverbs 6:20, Proverbs 16:21–23, Psalm 1.
9. What does Scripture say should be our attitudes about our future? Read James 4:13–17, Matthew 6:25–34, Proverbs 19:20–21, 1 Thessalonians 5:1–11, Romans 14:8, 22–23.
10. The Lord will take care of us! Read Psalm 34:8–10.