In our last article we reflected on the nature of distraction and how Satan uses that to keep us from letting Christ into our lives.
Today, we are going to focus on the seed that fell on the rocks. Jesus tells us that this represents those who hear the Word of God with joy, but they have no roots. As a result, when trials come, they wither away.
One of the biggest challenges we have in ministering the Word, especially to young people, is getting their attention. In my observations, the main way that youth ministers and guest preachers approach this problem is to pull at the heartstrings and create an emotional bond with Jesus.
Regarding teens, this especially makes sense. Their world is an emotional world. Their strongest relationships are emotional ones. It’s during this time that parents feel their children pulling away. For many of them, their strongest relationships are with their friends or their boyfriends or girlfriends. It is a time when new feelings come on with great intensity. The most real relationships that they have are with those with whom they share a deep emotional connection.
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