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#OperationRebuild (July 26, 2015)

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This past Sunday in youth, the sermon title was #OperationRebuild. The definition of “rebuild”, according to Webster’s Dictionary, is to return something to it’s original state. We talked about returning our culture and generation back to its original state— a unified relationship with God.

We had a POWERFUL worship time as the youth really entered in to the presence of God while the youth band led everyone in worship. It’s incredible to see teens singing and praying their own songs to God instead of just always following along with the lyrics that are on the screen!

We looked at the story of Nehemiah, and how he answered the call to lead the rebuilding of the wall of Jerusalem (The wall of Jerusalem had been destroyed and the people were discouraged and disgraced as they returned from exile). Nehemiah did three main things that we challenged everyone to do as well.

Nehemiah:

1.) Nehemiah was living comfortably as the king’s cupbearer. However, when he received word that much of his people were disgraced and hopeless, he took responsibility for their restoration. We challenged the youth to do the same with their friends, peers, family, etc. Having a relationship with Christ, we are on our way to heaven, but there are people all around us that are spiritually lost and hopeless. It is our responsibility to reach out to those God has placed in our path to help give them hope and a eternal future in Christ.

2.) Motivated Others– Nehemiah shared his heart with others in Jerusalem, and “rallied the troops” to help rebuild the wall. We must also motivate others to help in the rebuilding process we have been called to take part in. We challenged the youth with this statement- “It is not solely the job of our government and leaders to lead this generation to Christ. While it would be great to have a godly leader/leaders over this country, that in and of itself will not change the hearts of the people. However, even without godly leadership, the hearts of the people can still be turned to Christ through a Church and body of believers who live out the love of God in our daily lives through our words AND actions.”

3.) Stayed On Course– Nehemiah faced opposition throughout the rebuilding process. We will face opposition in our efforts to rebuild and return our country and generation back to it’s original passion and love for God. The key, like Nehemiah, is to know that if God says he will do something, he will back his word up with action!

In closing, we asked everyone what the condition of the walls of their life were in. (Your mind, family, school, etc.)

The youth who went on the Staten Island Mission Trip closed out the night by sharing about their experiences, and what they want to see happen in Awakening Youth Ministries and surrounding communities as a result of the word God began in their hearts while in Staten Island.

Below are a few pictures from the night.

Be Blessed!

One True Friend (July 4th Weekend Hangout)

We had a blast this past weekend! We went to Cedar Point Beach this past Thursday, July 2nd for some beach volleyball! You can check out the pictures below to see some of the action.

Sunday Night, we finished up our “MY LIFE IS A ROLLER COASTER” Series with “One True Friend”. We looked at the story of Nathan and David, and how God used Nathan to lovingly and sternly confront David about his affair with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband. We also looked at Psalm 51, which David wrote after his conversation with Nathan. David made a HUGE mistake. Thankfully, he had a friend like Nathan that stuck by his side even in his darkest moment. It is important that we are a “Nathan” to others as well as having a “Nathan” in our lives to help us stay on track when we begin to fall into sin.

After the youth sermon, we played “blind volleyball”. This game is just like volleyball with the exception of having the net covered with a tarp or sheet to keep the other team from seeing where the ball is coming from.

Then, we closed out the night with a bonfire, hotdogs, chips, and S’mores! Some of us also stuck around for a couple more games of regular volleyball.

Have a great week and check out more pictures below!