Dores Youth Conference

Date: Tuesday, 11 September 2018
Author: Mrs Flora Roberts

Recently, more than 30 young people from around Scotland met together at Dores Free Church (Continuing) for a conference on the topic “Resisting Temptation.” The minister speaking was Rev. Greg MacDonald. In the morning, he addressed 'Noticing and Avoiding Temptation', and in the afternoon he spoke on 'Resistance and Victory in Temptation'. These are available here and here.

Rev. MacDonald’s talks were followed by group discussions where the young people considered a number of questions together and jotted down their thoughts, which were shared in a plenary discussion led by Rev. James MacInnes at the end of the day. It was made clear that above all, a new heart and changed nature are essential in resisting temptation and cultivating better desires. One of the questions covered the role of Ten Commandments in resistance, and many attendees found it illuminating to see how the Ten Commandments could be used to resist temptation in every area of life. The final question was “What is God’s promise to you?” and many encouraging texts were found and shared including “...grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4v.16), “Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4v.7) and “God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” (1 Corinthians 10v.13).

The organisers are very grateful to all who encouraged youngsters to attend, and for those who remembered the conference in prayer. Many attendees traveled for several hours on the day, and we are thankful to the Lord for journeying mercies and good weather, which enabled easier travel and the chance to enjoy a walk along the shore of Loch Ness after a delicious lunch. God willing, the next youth conference will take place on 23rd March 2019.

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