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I Need a Guide (Part 2)

I Need a Guide (Part 2)

DECEMBER 21, 2021  |  6 MINUTE LISTEN
HOST: CONNOR OWEN 


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Episode Overview

On this episode, we’re going to continue our conversation from I Need a Guide (Part 1), praying over how we can become guides to the Gen Zer in our lives. We know that Gen Z is looking for a guide to journey with them and to help them as they seek to use their entrepreneurial spirit and gifts God has given them. Our prayer today is for a renewed spirit as we look to guide this generation and a mindset that realizes that no matter the size or scope of our influence, God can use it as He seeks to build His kingdom here on earth.

Read the Script

Welcome to The Approach. I’m Connor Owen, and I serve on staff at World Gospel Mission. You’re listening to one of our prayer habit episodes, an episode where we pray over the topic we covered in the last episode. Last time we talked about Gen Z and their desire for a guide or mentor in their life. Today, we’re going to pray that God will open doors for you to step into that mentor or guide role. 

Let’s begin our time with a prayer that will help focus us and draw us into the presence of God. We’re going to draw our prayer from Peter’s first letter, where he gives instructions on how we should care for those around us.

I’ll say a line, and then give you space to repeat it out loud or just meditate on it.

Let’s pray.

I will care for those entrusted to me; not because I must, but because I am willing.

In 1854, there was a shoe shop in Detroit, Michigan, where a young seventeen-year-old boy worked. One particular day, his Sunday school teacher arrived at the shop. His teacher’s name was Edward Kimball. Kimball was concerned about the young man’s relationship with Jesus, so he sought to help the young man follow Jesus, which he eventually did. The young man’s name was Dwight L. Moody. Moody is well-known for his tremendous impact around the world for Jesus. But the story doesn’t end there.

Through Moody’s preaching, F.B. Meyer began a relationship with Jesus. Meyer influenced Wilbur Chapman. Chapman influenced Billy Sunday. Billy Sunday, through his ministries, brought Mordecai Ham to North Carolina to preach at revival meetings. And during one of Mordecai’s sermons, a young man showed up, listened to the sermon, and surrendered his life to Christ. That young man was Billy Graham.

Let’s imagine for a moment if Kimball, the Sunday school teacher, had not sought to guide Moody, and the ripple effect that led to Billy Graham meeting and walking with Jesus had never happened. Maybe some of you listening would never have known Jesus, maybe your grandparents or parents or family members would’ve never heard His name. The point is—loving and guiding the person right in front of you might lead to kingdom impact that you could never expect.

Let’s take some time right now to ask God to renew and regenerate our spirit of walking with and guiding our Gen Zer.

Like Kimball, your influence might not be that large. Maybe you’re a Sunday school teacher, maybe you’re a coach and have ten to fifteen kids you journey with. Regardless, we know through the story of Kimball that no matter the size of your influence, God can use it to draw many into His family. As we prayed earlier for a renewed spirit, let’s also pray now for Christ’s perfect love to reign in us so we can love those around us, no matter how big or small that group might be.

Thanks for joining us today on The Approach as we continue this journey with Gen Z through prayer. As we close, we’re going to return to 1 Peter chapter 5. The book of 1 Peter gives us great instructions on living a holy life on the margins of culture. And isn’t that where we find ourselves right now? Isn’t that where Gen Z finds themselves, too?

In this passage, we see the command Peter gave his readers: to care for those God has entrusted to them. Let this be your guiding verse as you seek to have Christ’s perfect love reign in you and live through you.

"As a fellow elder, I appeal to you: Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God. Don’t lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your own good example. 

In the same way, you who are younger must accept the authority of the elders. And all of you, dress yourselves in humility as you relate to one another, for:

‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’

My purpose in writing is to encourage you and assure you that what you are experiencing is truly part of God’s grace for you. Stand firm in this grace."

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