Hello AYM Family!
We’re excited to be back after our 2016 Mission Trip to Lancaster, PA! This past Sunday, 7/24/16, the message was “The Game of Life”.
We kicked the night off with “THE ICE CREAM GAME”! This game requires students to lay on their backs and head to head while spoon feeding their teammate ice cream. The first team to finish both bowls of ice cream wins! Check out the video below!
We moved into our worship and message time after the game was over. The message was “The Game of Life”. Everyone participated in an activity to demonstrate how we all have a choice in the different situations and circumstances we face in life. Each person was given a card with a situation on it, and they chose a solution from their “account”.
The Game of Life— The board game itself is wildly unpredictable. It involves choices and random chance. You can choose to go to college or start a career. Throughout the game, you may loose your job, have to pay taxes, purchase insurance, or having something really great happen to you. The same is true in real life— we have a choice. We were created with the ability to choose.
Deuteronomy 30:19-20NIV says,
19 … I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live 20 and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
It sounds crazy that anyone would choose death over life, but to be honest we’ve all chosen death at some point in life. We’re not just referring to life and death in the eternal sense. We are also talking about life and death in the daily decisions we make. Choosing to believe the people who say you are worthless and ugly, lying, cheating, etc. are all examples of how we can choose death instead of life.
The main verse for the night was John 14:6,
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
The students were encouraged to choose three different things in life:
1. Choose The Way
Matthew 7:13-14NKJV says,
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
We have two different ways in life to choose: the broad path that has a lot more people on it or the narrow way that has few people on it. One may seem easier, but it ultimately leads to destruction. The other will seem harder at times, but it will ultimately bring us life, joy, victory and freedom.
2. Choose The Truth
32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed…”
Truth leads to freedom. John 14:6 tells us that Jesus is the truth, so this shows us that true freedom comes from truly knowing Jesus. The students were encouraged to forget the times that Satan had fed them lies about being hopeless, not good enough, a failure, ugly, worthless, etc., and cling to the truth that they are loved by God, have a purpose, beautiful, etc. Again, like choosing the way you will go in life, knowing and believing the truth is a choice.
3. Choose The Life
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they
may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
Jesus came to give us abundant life. This type of life provides us with more than what we’ll ever need. This doesn’t mean that life will always be easy, but it does mean that we have all that we need through Christ! We need to choose to live the life that God has set before us.
The reality is this:
We are all a part of the game of life, except it’s not really a game. Life isn’t something that you can just put back in the box, and set it on the shelf until the next time you want to play. Life is real with real situations and real consequences. God has gifted us with a choice, and provided us with the power and tools necessary to win at life. The question is: “What do you choose?”
Be Blessed and we’ll see you Sunday!