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GO FOR IT!— 9/24/17

Happy Last Monday in September!

Last night was the first time that worship was completely led by the youth! You can check out a short clip below. We hope to have the full band leading together by the end of the year!

The name of last night’s message was, “GO FOR IT!”. We looked at Hebrews 12:1-3NIV.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross,scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

THEREFORE is referring to Hebrews 11 and the “Hall of Faith”— people like Abraham, Noah, Moses, David, Samuel and the prophets. The Greek word for CLOUDS— nephos— is actually referring to the highest seats available of a stadium. SURROUNDED is actually referring to being completely encircled by something; piled high and lying around you on every side.

We are surrounded by MANY who have gone before us in the faith, fought the same fight that we are fighting, and succeeded. Be encouraged and conquer the challenge that lies before!!!

THROW OFF that which HINDERS means to let go of whatever holds us back in life and our walk with God (doubt, fear, addiction, etc.). We are told to throw off that which ENTANGLES us. The word entangles means “surrounds” in the Greek. We are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses  who have overcome the same things that we face in life, but we can also be surrounded by things that hold us back.

That is why it is important for us to fix our eyes and focus on Jesus. We ARE surrounded by some incredible believers who have gone before us in the faith, and cheering us on. We can also, if we choose to allow it, be surrounded by negativity and things that hold us back in our walk with God.

Jesus was the PIONEER AND PERFECTER of our faith. This means he was the ultimate example of our faith. He demonstrated how to live, how to overcome temptation, and how to love others. He went as far as giving his life on the Cross so that we could have a personal, eternal relationship with him!

See You at the Pole is this Wednesday. We talked about how taking a stand for our faith can sometimes be intimidating. Anytime we face fear and doubt, we can remember the great cloud of witnesses we are surrounded by. Students were encouraged to GO FOR IT! when it comes to sharing their faith and letting their light shine on their school campuses. When we expect God to change us, our schools, families and communities, he won’t disappoint!

Be Blessed!

-Pastor Dustin

 

September 17, 2017

Hello and Happy Monday!

We changed things up a bit this Sunday. Lydia gave a brief message on Matthew 5:13NIV, “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.” Jesus called us to be the salt of the earth. Salt does two things: add flavor and preserve food. We are called to add “flavor” and light to the lives of those around us. We forfeit our impact and influence towards those around if we conform the ways of the world. 

Students split into two groups to learn about to learn about different “Bible Ambassadors”— men, some at the risk of their own lives, who helped translate the Bible and spread it around the world. After students learned about their assigned Bible Ambassador, they put together a presentation/skit for the rest of the group. Students also showed ways that they too can be Bible Ambassadors today to their schools and peers.

You can check out some pictures of the night below.

 

Have a great week!

-Pastor Dustin

GREATER THAN Series, Part 4— God’s Purpose For You Is Greater Than A Position Or Title— 9/10/17

Sunday night was the series finale of our GREATER THAN Series, and we had another great night!

Our Electives before youth were VIP and Games.

We kicked off the night with the “Cup-stacking Game”. The group was split into two groups. The first team member had to stack the fifteen cups in a 5-4-3-2-1 pyramid, and run back to tag the hand of the next person. The next team member had to run up and put all fifteen cups into one stack. The team first team to have all of their members take a turn won the game. You can check out a short clip of the game below:

You can view a short clip of our worship time by clicking on the “Worship” link below:

Worship

Sunday’s message was “God’s Purpose For You Is Greater Than A Position Or Title”.

Purpose can be defined as the reason something is done, created, or exists.

We hear questions like, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”, “Where are you going to college?”, “What are you going to major in?”, “What do you feel your purpose in life is?”

You start taking career assessment tests early in school that tell you the career path you are meant to take. This can put a lot of pressure on you to not “miss you purpose” by going to the wrong college, accepting the wrong job, etc. The truth is that our purpose is not limited to what we do for a living. Our purpose should carry over into every aspect of our lives. Think about it this way:

A teacher’s purpose is not just to be a teacher. If it was, they would have no purpose once they left school to go home. Someone who is a teacher could say, “My purpose is to help others believe in themselves while discovering and living up to their full potential in life.” This purpose could be applied as they are teaching, leading their family, to those they meet in the community, etc. 

Students were given three steps to living out their purpose:

1.     Know The Purpose-Giver

John 14:6NIV says, Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Knowing your purpose begins with have a relationship with the purpose-giver. Jesus is the way to salvation, life, purpose, and everything in life. We get to know him more by being in his presence. Psalm 95:2 says,
                                                                                           Let us come before him with thanksgiving
                                                                                                 and extol him with music and song.

Give thanks to God before asking things from him. We need to enter into God’s presence before we start asking him for things.

2.     Seek the Purpose-Giver

Jeremiah 29:11-14 says,
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the Lord…

God does have a plan for YOU! He has a future and purpose for you. This verse lays out a progression of what needs to happen to find God and his purpose for your life. Call on him, come to him, and pray to him. We are told that God WILL listen to us! This is a great promise! Not only will God listen to us, we will find him when we seek him with all your heart!

3.     Know Your Purpose

Romans 12:2 says, 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. 

We’re told, “Do not conform” because Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. We can’t expect to discover his plans and purpose for us if we are seeking things in the world instead of him.  As we spend time in the presence of the purpose-giver, we a transformed and begin to grow into the person that we were created to be. Finally, we are able to test and approve what God’s will and purpose is for our lives.

Student were given about ten minutes of quiet time to allow God to speak to him about what his purpose was for their lives by first entering into his presence with praise and thankfulness.

Matthew 7:7-8, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”

This verse tells us to ask, seek, and knock. If you take the first letter of each of those three words, you get ASK.
*Ask
*Seek
*Knock

You simply have to ask. Don’t limit God’s response. Ask, listen, and get ready to write as God invites you to #NewBeginningsNewHeights in him! You can check out a video of students seeking God about his purpose for their lives by clicking on the “Greater Than Video” link below.

Greater Than Video

Have a GREAT week!

-Pastor Dustin

 

GREATER THAN Series, Part 3— God’s Love Is Greater Than the Labels That Divide Us— 9/3/17

Hello #teamawakening family!

This past Sunday was week three of our current GREATER THAN Series. Our worship time before the message was great! The GEN122 Youth Band had the night off, so we just had one guitar and vocalist, but the students turned into a choir as they sang and worshiped their hearts out.

The message was, “God’s Love Is Greater Than The Labels That Divide Us”. Sunday Night was also Campus Missions Night, so the message helped show what we believe God desires us to do this year on our school  campuses. Students were challenged to view their schools as mission fields while also viewing themselves as missionaries to their schools.

John 3:16NIV says,
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

The Greek word for “love” in this verse is agape. To agapao, means to totally give ourselves over to something; to be totally consumed with it and committed to it. What we agapao is what we put first in our lives, what we give the most of our money and time to. In other words it’s a commitment or a binding of ourselves to something, so that we become ‘one’ with it.

God put us first because of his incredible love for us! God’s love is a love that we will never fully comprehend. It’s a love that is totally pure, selfless, and authentic. The Greek word for world in this verse is kosmos, and it shows us that God loves the world (everyone ever created), so much that he provided a way for us to have a relationship with him through what Jesus did on the Cross for us!

Students were challenged to read the verse this way:

God so love the ______________ (athletes, band students, theatre students, my lunch table, cheerleaders, nerds, geeks, outdoorsman, new students, quiet
students, the poor and underprivileged, my parents, my siblings, the angry and frustrated, the bullies, self-harmers, LGBTQ, the lonely, the posers, agnostics,
atheists, hypocrites, people in other religions, honor students, student leaders, teachers, vo-tech students, homeschoolers, etc.) God’s love doesn’t see labels. God’s love is greater than the labels that divide us!

Students were also challenged to join us in taking our Campus Missions efforts to #NewBeginningsNewHeights this year. We typically have students write down the names of three friends that do not have a relationship with Jesus, and those friends are their focus throughout the year. The problem is that we all know more than three people. We typically choose the people we are “comfortable” reaching out to. This year, instead of putting three friends names on the wall, we’re going to take another approach. We want to take our Campus Missions to #NewBeginningsNewHeights. This year, we want to cross the social labels and boundaries that have divided us for far too long.

Erasing lables begins here. There will be weeks when students come in, and find out that they will be sitting next to someone that they typically wouldn’t sit beside. Why? Because God’s Love Is Greater Than The Labels That Divide Us.

We closed out the night in our Tribe Huddles going over these questions:

1. How does tonight’s take and explanation John 3:16 change the way you view your school and peers?

2. How do you think it would change your school if you viewed others as “Loved by God” instead of the label they have been given?

3. How do you feel about erasing labels, getting to know about other people, sitting at their lunch table, etc? (Excited, scared, etc.) Why?

4. Talk about ways we can help each other to rise to the challenge of erasing the labels that divide us even though we are at many different schools. (FaceTime, texting, etc.)

Don’t miss the series finale this Sunday, 9/17!

Be Blessed!

-Pastor Dustin

Students taking a few minutes to ask God these two questions: What do you want to see happen in my school this year? What do you desire to do through me and this ministry?