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“If My People…” Week 2— Becoming a 122Generation (9/25/16)

Happy Monday #teamawakening family!

This is the last update for the month of September! CRAZY!

Last night was the 2nd and final part of our “if my people…” series. The message was “Becoming a 122Generation. The title came from the name for the youth band that the band members recently picked: Gen122.

What is a 122 Generation?
Romans 12:2NIV— Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.                Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

A 122 Generation is a generation that does not seek to find their worth in everyone else’s opinion of them, does not compromise themselves to fit in, that does not compromise their beliefs to please people, and that puts God’s will above their own.

Psalm 24:3-6NIV says,
3 Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord?
Who may stand in his holy place?
4 The one who has clean hands and a pure heart,
who does not trust in an idol
or swear by a false god.
5 They will receive blessing from the Lord
and vindication from God their Savior.
6 Such is the generation of those who seek him,
who seek your face, God of Jacob.

We talked about the three characteristic s of a 122Generation and what they each mean:

  1. Clean Hands- Refers to our actions, especially what we do in public; someone who has not been overcome and influenced by the world; not living like the world.
  2. Pure Hearts- This is referring to your motives. Having clean hands is referring to WHAT we
    do. Pure Hearts is referring not just to WHAT we do, but also WHY we do what we do. This also refers to what we do behind closed doors when no one is watching.
  3. A Committed Walk- Not to “trust in idols”… We do not pursue the blessings and things of the world over
    God because we know that they are temporary; Seek God’s face above all not just in word, but in action as well.

We also looked at the song, “Give Us Clean Hands” performed by Kutless. You can check out the video below.

This song is our prayer… A generation of young people that seeks God’s face above all. A generation that does not conform to the world for acceptance or approval, but stays committed to Christ to see him glorified in their lives and the lives of others. We reminded the youth that this is a team effort and encouraged them to encourage one another in helping create a 122 Generation.

At the end of the message, the students were given some time to complete this challenge: “Take some time with your pen and paper to pray and ask God what is on his heart for you, this youth ministry, and this generation. Then right a prayer to God based on what you feel he tells you. We’ll use these prayers to formulate a general prayer for our group.” Lydia and I just finished reading the prayers, and we were truly blown away by the prayers that the youth wrote down. It was obvious that they truly heard from God during the quiet time we gave them!

Don’t miss next week as Macey and Noah, our student leaders, will be helping lead the group in developing our game plan for reaching our friends and schools for the 2016-2017 school year!

DON’T FORGET THAT SEE YOU AT THE POLE IS THIS WEDNESDAY AT 7:00 A.M.!

Be Blessed!

-Pastor Dustin

“If My People…” Week 1— 9/18/16

Happy Monday #teamawakening family!

This Sunday was the beginning of our new, two-week series titled—“If My People…” This week he message was “We Cry Out”. Before we started into worship, we played “NINJA, COWBOY, BEAR”. This is a spin off of “ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS” where ninja beats cowboy, cowboy beats bear, and bear beats ninja. It’s pretty entertaining to see the youth take their position and imitate whatever character they choose!

The scripture we looked at for the message was 2 Chronicles 7:13-16NIV,

13 “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, 14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 15 Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. 16 I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there.

These four verses are God’s response to King Solomon’s prayer in 2 Chronicles 6. Solomon prayed to God as they were dedicating the new temple and asked that God would hear their prayers from heaven, heal/restore their land, and forgive the sin of the people. God’s response in verse 14 begins with a BIG “if”.

The word “if” is a conditional word. “You can go with your friends IF you clean your room. You can go to the game IF you do well on your test. You can have a friend over IF you get along with your siblings, etc. God sets the stage for his response in verse thirteen by saying that when things get really crazy, he’s will bring us though IF…

God says “if my people…” We are God’s “people” called by his name. His name is the most powerful name the world has ever known. In his name demons flee, the dead have been raised from the dead, people can receive freedom and victory, etc. That is the name we are called by! God gives us four things to do to receive the benefits that await us on the other side of the “if”.

1. Humble Ourselves

Humbling ourselves isn’t fun or easy. Humbling ourselves basically means that we aren’t thinking of ourselves more highly than we should, and that we aren’t thinking of ourselves better than others. Jesus was the perfect example of what it means to humble ourselves. Jesus was God in human form. He lowered himself to live and walk among us here on earth before dying on the cross for our benefit: a relationship with him. Just as Jesus humbled himself, we are called to humble ourselves to glorify him before others so that they may experience the very same relationship.

2. Pray

 

We aren’t just talking about praying to ask God to give us the things we want. We are talking about praying to God that we will glorify him before others, that his heart will become our heart, and praying that his will be done in our lives and generation.

3. Seek His Face

This means that we are seeking to know God and understand him more. Think of playing hide n’ go seek. The seeker looks under things, on top of things, and inside of things to find those that are hiding from them. This is what it means to seek God’s face. We intentionally look to discover where God is leading us and what he is calling us to do.

4.  Turn From Our Wicked Ways

This seems a little weird. You may be saying, “I don’t have any wicked ways!”. The truth is— whatever we have in our lives that is not of God and is keeping us from drawing closer to him fits into this category. Some examples are: being controlled by fear, finding our self-worth in the approval of others, being controlled by anger, etc.

When we commit to doing these four things, God promises to hear us from heaven, heal our land, and forgive our sins (not just our individual sins, but the sins of the generation), and heal our land.

The solution to drug problems, sex problems, self-harm problems, abuse problems, addiction problems, etc. that has become so prevalent in today’s culture all begins with, “If My People…”

We closed out the message by claiming the promises of verses 15-16 believing that God has chosen and set apart Awakening Youth Ministries to be a part of making his name and presence known to others!We truly believe that God has some CRAZY big things in store for the upcoming year, and it too all begins with, “If My People…”!

“We Cry Out” for God to hear our prayer, forgive our sins, and heal our land/generation!

Be Blessed and don’t miss the final part, “Becoming a 122 Generation”, next week!

-Pastor Dustin

 

Rev3—9/11/16

This past Sunday, September 11th, was our annual Rev3 Triathlon Volunteer Event. We had a record day with sixty people working sixty-five shifts at our station. Our group had a blast handing out water, coke, Powerade, PowerBars, etc. and encouraging the athletes as they ran by. The people here at New Life Church are some of the best people on the planet!

Make sure to check out some of the pictures and videos of the day below!

Thank you to the sixty people who served this year. We hope to see you all, and some new faces, next year!

Be Blessed!

-Pastor Dustin

 

 

“i-am-n” Part 3 (What Are You Going To Do About It?)—9/4/16

Happy September #teamawakeningfamily!

This past Sunday, September 4th, was the third and final part of our “i-am-n” series. This week’s message was titled “What Am I Going To Do About It?”

We kicked off the night praying for the upcoming See You At The Pole Event that will take place on September 28 at 7:00 A.M. This is a morning where students all over the country will gather around the flag pole at their respective schools to pray for their schools, fellow students, teachers, etc. We also prayed that the upcoming Garbonics program that we will be starting at Sandusky Middle School will continue to open up doors for us in the community.

We also tried a new ice-breaker where the participants had to see who could eat five saltines and whistle the fastest. This seems like it would be very easy, but your mouth quickly dries out from the salt that is on the crackers:) You can check out the video below:

The message was designed to tie everything together from the first two weeks and challenge the students to act on what they had learned throughout the three weeks of the series.

The first two weeks students learned the answers to “Who Is God?”: God Is The Real-Deal, God is Near, and God Is A Good, Good Father, and “Who Am I?”: I Am Original, I Am Loved, and I Am Chosen.

Since the students know answers to the questions from the first two weeks, we asked them to ask themselves one final question— “What Am I Going To Do About It?”. We encouraged them to do three things:

1.   Hold Onto The Truth

Acts 1:4-5,8NIV
On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Jesus promised the disciples a gift— the Holy Spirit. This was the same Jesus that the disciples had about 3 1/2 years watching heal the sick, cast out demons, and raise the dead while also teaching and training them to do the same. They knew the answer to “Who Is God?”, but now their circumstances challenged them to see if they truly believed what they claimed as they feared for their lives after Jesus’ crucifixion.

Sometimes we have to hold onto the truth in our own walks with God as our circumstances and situations make it feel like God really isn’t who he says he is. Try to picture in your mind two kids fighting over the same toy while neither one of them is willing to let go of the toy. This is the same way we need to fight to hold onto the truth that Jesus has given to us.

2.   Act On The Truth

Acts 2:4,38-41
All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is
for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”

40 With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.

The promise came. The disciples held onto and believed in what Jesus had previously spoken to them, and they received the promise. We see Peter, in verses 38-40, speaking to the crowds. He was acting on the truth/promise that the disciples would be Christ’s witnesses. The disciples didn’t simply claim to know the truth. They acted on the truth and plan God had given to them and created them for.

Students were encouraged to not just know and believe that God had a plan for their life, but to act on and live out that plan.

3.   Spread The Truth

Acts 2:42-47
The Fellowship of the Believers
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying
the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

When you truly take hold of who God is and who you are in him, those around you will also be effected. The disciples spread the truth about Christ and what he had done to change their lives to those around them. The disciples words, combined with the way they lived, changed the world around them. They were disciples who made disciples. Imagine what it would look like to have people from your schools added to the family of Christ daily like the disciples saw in verse 47!

We closed out by challenging the youth to answer the question, “What Am I Going To Do About It?”, by saying “i-am-n.” Our desire for this school year is to see the youth develop the courage and desire to stand out for Christ on their school campuses and activities to change the world around them! We closed out the night by brainstorming ideas as a group of how we can serve those around us this year as we say “i-am-n”. You can check out some of the ideas the group came up with in the picture below.

 

I hope this series has produced life-change in each of your lives! I know it has challenged and motivated me as I have taught the messages!

Be Blessed!

-Pastor Dustin