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
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
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
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!