Young Men’s Conference

Saturday was the second and final day of our Young Men’s Conference. Thank you to all of you who were praying about this. We had a great turn out (over 30 guys), and I believe that these young men were encouraged and God was glorified.

Young Men's Conference - February 2010

Our theme was II Timothy 2. The conference consisted of four sessions, each deriving it’s subject from a verse in II Timothy 2. (see topical overview below) All four sessions were recorded on video, and Jonathan Steele is putting them onto a DVD. If you would like to obtain a copy of the DVD, please contact Jonathan via e-mail: [email protected].

Bill Bell gives a demonstration on tactical firearms.

Teaching from II Timothy 2

Attendees had fill-in-the-blank handouts that went along with the session topics.

Singing hymns between sessions

The last session included an onscreen demonstration on how to study the Bible using SwordSearcher Bible Software.

The following is a topical overview of the conference:

SESSION 1 – Chosen to be Soldiers
“Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” 2 Timothy 2:3

  • On Tactical Weaponry
  • About YOU
  • Whose side are you on?
  • The Essence of the Gospel
  • The Bottom Line: Righteousness
  • Believing vs. Asking (Rom. 4)
  • Professing Christ

SESSION 2 – Depart from Iniquity
“Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” 2 Timothy 2:19

  • Addiction
  • Reformation or Destruction?
  • Romans 6: The Free Man’s Manifesto
  • Understanding Physical Drives
  • Freedom is not related to your experience
  • Something to know
  • Something to do
  • A Warning

SESSION 3 – Avoid Entanglement
No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.” 2 Timothy 2:4

  • What are Entanglements?
  • Learn to Treasure a Tender Conscience
  • A Call to Sobriety
  • Strive to be Crowned (II Timothy 2:5)
  • Remember that Christ is Conforming You
  • What if I fall?

SESSION 4 – A Workman not Ashamed
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15

  • The Bible is your Final Authority
  • You need to search the Scriptures
  • The Key to Understanding the Meaning of Scripture
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About Joshua Steele

My passion is leading people to Jesus Christ through the pages of Scripture. To that end, I have served as a missionary in Mexico, Hong Kong, Thailand, the United States, and currently Ukraine, where I have lived and ministered since 2001. In 2004, I married Kelsie, the girl of my dreams, and God has blessed us beyond measure with a precious family. Our five children Abigail, Rebekah, Hosanna, Kathryn, and David are the joy of our lives! Together, we live to glorify our Savior and proclaim His Word to those around us.

5 thoughts on “Young Men’s Conference

  1. We have also lived and worked in Ukraine. I strongly urge you to NOT utilize the family materials from No Greater Joy in Ukraine. To do so would be foolhardy and inviting abuse. Please, prayerfully consider this request and do your research.

    I suggest starting here:
    http://www.tulipgirl.com/index.php/2005/10/pearls-po-russki
    http://www.tulipgirl.com/index.php/2010/02/heartbroken-angry-ngj-pearl-deat/

    May God bless you and your family, and give you grace and wisdom.

    Grace and hope,
    TG

    • I was aware of your web site and your views before you posted this comment. I am also aware of various stories of abusive parents who complain, “Mike Pearl made me do it.” Their sin and their lack of responsibility does not in any way undermine the legitimacy of No Greater Joy’s position on child training. To twist and misuse good teaching is the fault of the hearer, not the teacher.

      I have lived in Ukraine for 9 years. I read, write, and speak the language fluently. I know personally many Ukrainians who are using techniques they’ve learned from No Greater Joy, and to great effect. Their children are happy, well behaved and the envy of the other parents around them.

      I have known Michael Pearl personally since I was 12 years old. I know every one of his married children personally. None of them are abused, and none of Mike’s teachings promote abuse of any kind. Again, anyone may pervert what Mike says and then use him as a scapegoat upon which to blame their own abusive behavior, but that is possible with any teacher.

      Much is said about the fact that the Pearls endorse the use of the rod in child training. This is not only legal but biblical. The use of the rod, though essential, is actually only a small part of the overall training of a child. And I would add that if you reject the Pearls because you disagree with the concept of spanking children, you are not opposing the Pearls but the Bible. Scripture teaches very clearly that the rod is be used to chasten a child: not to beat him into submission, as some claim, but to teach wisdom. This is not an original idea from Michael and Debi Pearl. This is God’s plan laid out clearly in the Bible.

      I support the Pearls fully, not because I like their style per se, and not because they have supported me financially as you imply in another of your comments, but because they are loyal to the Scriptures. I offer my voice in chorus with thousands of others in saying that I praise God for the Pearls and for their stand for Biblical child training.

  2. Though, I understand that it may be hard to reconsider that support of their teachings, as NGJ ministries provides generous financial support for your mission work in Ukraine.

    Still, please. . . prayerfully. . . consider. . .

    • Perhaps not, but in this case they were being used to illustrate the idea that believers are soldiers for Christ. (II Tim. 2:3-4) No soldier is complete without a weapon. Tactical firearms are simply the modern version of the sword, to which the Bible is compared. (Heb 4:12) No, we are not teaching that Christians are to run around shooting people. This was a simple illustration of the fact that God compares the Bible to a lethal weapon (the sword) the purpose of which is to reveal the “thoughts and intents of the heart.”

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