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:
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.
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.
Have a GREAT week!