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Live It Up Week 3 (2/28/16)

Sunday was our 3rd and final week in our “Live It Up!” Series. We kicked the night off outside with a game called “Rock, Paper, Scissor Tag”. This is a game where you have to think fast and run even faster! The group is split into two teams. Each team picks what they will play for that round. Whichever team loses the round has to run back to their base before getting tagged by the other team. Anyone who gets tagged before they get back to their team’s base has to join the other team. The team with the most people when time runs out wins the game!

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The teams getting ready to go at it!

After the game we moved into our worship time before getting to the message: “Looking Upward and Forward”. We looked at Colossians 3:1-4NLTSince you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand.Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory. 

 

Paul wrote this to the church at Colossae because the new believers were struggling to remain anchored in the truth of their new life in Christ. Paul reminded them to set their minds on what they had to look forward to in their walk with Christ. We will all face people that will try to distort the truth, deceive us, and drag us down into our old way of life. Like the new believers at Colossae, we need to remember to set our minds and focus above on God and his will for our life.

We closed the night out with one more song and prayed for those attending the Dare2Share Trip this weekend!

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The group singing “Holy Spirit” at the end of youth.

Have a GREAT week!

-Pastor Dustin

Live It Up—Week 2 (2/21/16)

Happy Monday Everyone and welcome to our update from week two of our “Live It Up Series!”. What do we mean when we say, “Live It Up!”? We mean that we want to live our lives focused upward on God as well as living life to its fullest potential in Christ.

We kicked off the night with a game called “Rush Hour”. This is a wild (and slightly dangerous) version of musical chairs. The group is split into two smaller groups and placed on opposite sides of the room. When they hear the word “Go!”, they must run to the other side of the room and sit in a chair. The one person from each team that does not get a chair is out. You will also have the occasional collision as people are running towards each other!

When the game was over, we moved into our worship time. It is always AWESOME to see many of the youth enter into worship a little more each week!

The message was “Living a Life With Meaning and Purpose”. We looked at Philippians 3:8-9NLTYes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith. 

Paul is talking about all of the “religious” accomplishments that he had achieved, and how he now considered them worthless compared to personally knowing Christ as his Savior. The greek word for garbage used here in this passage is actually referring to sewage. This paints a pretty clear picture of what Paul thought about trying to attain our righteousness through human accomplishments. He basically calls it worthless garbage, but then says that knowing Christ is of an infinite (immeasurable) value.

We asked the youth to take some quite time last night as we played some worship music in the background, and ask God to show them if there was anything in their life that they needed to let go of (relationships, habits, activities, etc). What many people often forget is that things that aren’t necessarily wrong can become sinful if we allow it to become more important to us than our relationship with God. After the youth wrote down the “garbage” in their life that they needed to let go of, they wadded up their paper and threw it in the thrash. This was to symbolize them letting go and giving God control of this area of their life.

The only way to achieve righteousness (right standing) with God is through faith and surrender.

Have a great week and we’ll see you next time!

-Pastor Dustin

You can also check out some pictures of the night below:

Live It Up— Week 1 (2/14/16)

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This past Sunday, 2/14/16, we started our “LIVE IT UP!” Series in preparation for our Dare2Share Trip in March. We kicked the message off with a clip from “The Hobbit: An unexpected Journey” where Bilbo is asked to go on the adventure of a lifetime to help defeat a fire-breathing dragon. He originally says no because of his initial fear, but changes his mind because of his desire to be a part of something larger than life.

We then looked at John 10:1-10, but primarily verse 10: The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. 

We have been invited on an adventure that is larger than life. That adventure is a life— a full and abundant life with Jesus Christ as well as making him known to others! Just like Bilbo, we are often scared to embark on this incredible adventure because we risk losing something. We risk losing popularity and approval by those closest to us. What we will find out once we accept the invitation to this adventure is that the reward of walking with Christ and making him known to others far outweighs the risk. 

We looked at three things from John 10:1-10:

1. Jesus the Shepherd

Jesus is our guide and protector.

2. Satan the Thief

Satan comes only to steal, kill, and destroy our life, hopes, dreams, and relationship with God.

3. Jesus the Life-giver

Jesus comes to give us life— more specifically, abundant life. When we choose to follow him on this incredible journey, we can be guaranteed that we will find a fulfilling and adventurous (this doesn’t mean it will always be easy) life.

We look forward to seeing you this Sunday for Part 2!

Be Blessed!

-Pastor Dustin