The perception of despising among the youth: a biblical analysis and its implications to the SDA churches of Jakarta City
Unpublished Thesis (PhD)
Palar, E. H. Michael
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The involvement of young people in the work of the church is indispensable. The biblical account suggests that there is a tendency to not engage them fully in the work of the church. This study attempts to understand how youth were regarded in both the biblical context and its implications for the church today. This research makes an exegetical study of the text in 1 Tim 4:12a. This passage was written in the period where the first generation of Christian was passing away. Timothy would be one of the potential leaders to continue the work of the Gospel. However, since the culture venerated age prerequisite for authority, it would be proven a great hindrance to the ministry of young people like Timothy. Although the young people have some weak points, Paul saw strong potentials in them. Instead of despising them, he exemplified on how to empower them. He encouraged them in six areas: identified their spiritual gifts; provided fine training; cared for their needs; set a good example; built a strong relationship; and provided an inspiring climate to their spiritual life. This study analyzed the young people of Jakarta. It discovered that Jakarta culture tends also to respects older people and not regard the youth highly. The study also discovered that the young people are significantly potential and have a propensity to be spiritual. Based on Paul’s model of empowerment, this research surveyed the youth of SDA Church in Jakarta about how the church regarded them. The respondents indicated that the SDA Church in Jakarta did not despise young people. However, the research also discovers that the church only give little training and opportunity to the young people to serve. Most of the young people are therefore not able to give significant impact to the work of the church.
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