Hello #teamawakening Family!
Week 1 of March Madness was a BLAST. We kicked of the night with our Half-Court Challenge, and we had three students make a shot. Those three students received a free case of pop and qualified for the final round that will take place on March 26th. The winner of the final round will receive two free tickets to a Cleveland Cavaliers game along with to CAVS SWAGG BAGS!
After worship, we moved into our games for the night. The first one was “The Happy Meal Challenge”. Two students competed to see who could drink the blended up Happy Meal (cheeseburger with ketchup, mustard, onions and pickles, fries, yogurt, apple juice, and coke) the fastest. You can check out the video below:
The next event was the Battle of the Burgers team and individual competition. Each tribe competed against each other to see which group could eat the most burgers in three minutes. Tribe All-Stars won the contest and was rewarded a free hangout that will take place after March Madness is over.
The top three students from the group competition advanced to the championship round to compete for the trophy. The student who ate the most burgers in four minutes took home the prize! You can check out a picture of the winner below and finalists below:
After the games and giveaways were over, we moved into the message for the night— “From Everything to Nothing and Back to Everything”. We looked at the story of the prodigal son found in Luke 15:11-32NIV.
The prodigal son started out with everything he needed much like we did with God. Unfortunately, the son made some poor decisions and lost what he had been given. This represents what happens to us when we sin. The perfect relationship that God created us with is broken and we go from having everything to nothing. Once the son had hit rock bottom, he realized how good his life really was before he went off to do life his own way. Once the son decided to return home, I’m sure he was worried about how his father was going to respond to the way he had disrespected him, his inheritance, and made poor life choices. However, the father didn’t respond harshly at all. The Scripture tells us that he was waiting and watching for his son. When the son returned home, the father ran to him and embraced him to welcome him home. The same is true with us and God. The moment we come or return to him, he welcomes us home with open arms.
We closed the message out with this statement: “As Jesus hung on the cross with his arms stretched wide, he was saying, ‘WELCOME HOME'”! Fourteen students made the decision to rededicate their lives and make a fresh start with Jesus after the message!
Just as the Prodigal Son went from having everything, to having nothing, and then back to having everything again, we can do the same. The moment we sin in life, our relationship with God is broken and we have no eternal hope. However, the moment we surrender our life to Jesus, we have everything we need through a relationship with him!
We hope to see you for Week 2 of March Madness this Sunday, 3/12/17 at 6:00!