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Night of Worship

Hello and Happy Monday!

This past Sunday was the 5th Sunday of the month, and  that meant it was Night of Worship! Our teens had a great time worshipping with the rest of the church, and prayed for those needing healing at the end of the night at Pastor John’s request. We are very thankful to have a Senior Pastor that realizes the importance of sowing into our young people as they discover God’s purpose for their lives.

We have some exciting things coming up in Awakening Youth Ministries. We have our trip to the REACH Conference coming up in two weeks! It will be our first trip to the conference, and we are excited to see what God does in the lives of those attending!

This Sunday, November 5th is our FRIENDS NIGHT Dodgeball Tournament! The night has been planned by our Outreach Elective. The night will kick off with burgers and hot dogs before the competition begins. The teams will be divided up according to schools to encourage students to invite their friends from school to the event. The winning teams will receive prizes, and we will have a few giveaways as well. Don’t miss it!

We will be giving details for a spring conference soon, so make sure to be on the look out for the details! We will also be unveiling some new plans we have for 2018! We are excited for what God has in store for #teamawakening and we hope that you are too!

Have a GREAT week!

-Pastor Dustin

MAKE US ONE — Week 3 — 10/22/17

Happy Monday!

Sunday was the last week of our MAKE US ONE Series. We started off the night with a new group game. Each tribe had to write a short song about their Tribe Leader to the tune of a children’s song like “Twinkle Twinkly Little Star”, “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”, etc. The students didn’t fail to provide good entertainment. You can check out the videos below:

The theme for the night was “The Truth Beneath the Surface”.  Cindy O’farrel, one of our middle school leaders, gave the message last night and shared about Saul and Ananias. Acts 9:1-19NIV,

Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”

“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.

“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.

10 In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!”

“Yes, Lord,” he answered.

11 The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. 12 In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”

13 “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. 14 And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”

15 But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”

17 Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, 19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength.

Ananias initially looked at the surface and saw a man in Saul as a bully and enemy. God wasn’t concerned with the surface as much as what he was concerned with what was beneath the surface: Potential, passion, and someone who he loved he dearly. When we stop at the surface of someones life, we miss out
on being a part of the incredible plan that God has for their life! Saul, who we know better as Paul, went on to write aver half of the New Testament and is considered by many as the greatest apostle that ever lived. Everything that Saul/Paul accomplished in his ministry can be linked to Ananias taking the time to reach out to him.

Cindy taught us that it is important to TRUST God when he calls us to reach out and be united with those around us. We need to trust that God has a plan, will protect us, and guide us as we allow him to use us to “MAKE US ONE” with our fellow believers so that others see the love of Jesus in us so that they have the opportunity to know the love of Christ in their own lives.

Our MAKE US ONE Series taught us that “We become one as we move beyond our differences to get to the truth beneath the surface.” We are surrounded by people with incredible potential, and God may just want to use you and me to help them discover it.

Be Blessed!

-Pastor Dustin

 

MAKE US ONE — Week 2 — 10/15/17

This week was Week 2 of our current MAKE US ONE Series, and we looked at “Moving Beyond Our Differences” and the story of Peter and Cornelius. You can check out a brief rundown of what we looked at during the message below:

1. God Speaks to Cornelius; Acts 10:1-8NIV

Cornelius was a follower of Jesus, but he was a Gentile (non-Jew).  Jewish believers viewed the Gentiles as spiritual outcasts, and viewed it as unacceptable to fellowship with them. The label that Cornelius carried didn’t go with the label that Peter carried. Peter was a main leader among the believers and followed the Jewish customs.

Cornelius and his family were devout believers, and took a social risk when going to Peter because of the unknowns involved in the situation— How will Peter respond? How will those around Peter respond? Cornelius’ heart and hunger for God pushed him beyond the normal social routine and etiquette.

We never know who God is speaking to to draw them closer to him.

2.  God Speaks to Peter; Acts 10:9-23

Peter was praying. He was taking time to get alone, without distractions, to be in God’s presence. God turned Peter’s world and thought process upside down.

Peter took a social risk by even inviting the men into his home. God was showing Peter that his love was not just for the Jews and those who “looked the part” of what they thought followers of Jesus should be.

What mindsets about others does God need to correct in your life?

It’s easy to judge those who we have differences with. The truth is that there are people all around us that are searching for more of God in their lives. Maybe you are the person that God wants to use to make it happen!

3.  God Makes Them One; Acts 10:44-50

Peter goes to meet with Cornelius even though it is against the Jewish law for him to associate with a Gentile, but God was showing Peter that he shouldn’t call anyone unclean. We all have one thing in common: We were created by a God who loves us more than we will ever comprehend with an incredible plan and purpose for our lives. Don’t judge those around you just because they worship God a little differently than you. Remember what we learned in John 17 last week: Jesus prayed that we would be one so that the world will know that they are loved by God. The only label that we should pay attention to that others carry is “loved by God”!
God’s love and salvation can unite the most unlikely of people. Let our prayer to God be, “MAKE US ONE!”

God spoke to Cornelius. We never know who God is speaking to and drawing to him! God also spoke to Peter. What is God speaking to you? What part of your way of thinking does God want to change?

People in the early church were unified and brought together because of two men that were willing to move beyond their differences as God made them one.

Will you answer the call today to move beyond your differences with other believers as God makes us one so the world will see and know the love of Jesus?!

Make sure to click on the links below to check out some pictures and videos from Sunday Night!

GEN122 Leading Worship

Have a GREAT week!

-Pastor Dustin

 

 

MAKE US ONE—Week 1— 10/8/17

We kicked off our new series Sunday Night titled, MAKE US ONE. GEN122 led us in worship before we got into the message. Our prayer is that God will use this series to help us move beyond our differences as our heart’s cry becomes, “MAKE US ONE”!

Everywhere we look— the news, social media, etc. we can see division. Some of the areas of division that exist in our culture today are things like racism, the American Flag, the National Anthem, marriage, homosexuality, abortion, etc. People have passionate opinions, which is fine because these are feelings that God created us with the ability to have. The problem is when we put our opinions above others. The truth is that people are important. People are so important that Jesus gave his life on the Cross for people who had other opinions and passions that him. As followers of Jesus, we are called to do the same.

Our Scripture passage from John 17 showed us that Jesus never prayed that we  would agree on everything, but he did pray that we would be ONE.

John 17:21-26NIV says,

20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26 I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”

Jesus’ prayer for future believers was that we would be “one”. Jesus desires for the Church and body of Christ to be unified as “ONE” so that the world will know world may believe in Jesus and know that the are loved by him. When the world looks at the church and sees division and arguments just like they see from the rest of the world, it really doesn’t give them a reason to want anything to do with Jesus. John 13:35 says, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Matthew 12:25NKJV says, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand… A church that is divided by the different of opinions of its people will be defeated. Jesus us calling for this generation to work through their differences with a heart that cries out to God to “MAKE US ONE”.

Students were challenged to look at both sides of the current hot topic issue with the protests of the American flag and National Anthem. The side that says it is 100% unacceptable to kneel or voice a protest during the National Anthem is coming from a place of passion because of what the American Flag and National Anthem represent— the lives of  the men and women who have risked their lives to protect our country and what the flag stands for. In their eyes, to kneel and protest during the anthem is disrespecting these men and women. Now lets look at the other side of things. Whether we want to admit it or not, racism still exists in our country today. Many of us don’t know what it’s like to hear stories from our grandparents about how they were discriminated against for no other reason than their skin color. Most of us don’t have to worry about how to act if we get pulled over so we’re not racially profiled because of our skin color. Many of us don’t know what it’s like when our parent or spouse walks out of the house in their uniform and badge, and pray that they return home safely. Most of us don’t know what it’s like to have a family member in a foreign country placing their life in danger as they fight for our freedom while wondering if they will ever see them again. The point of these last few statements is to show the different stances and positions that people come from, and why they are all passionate about their stance.

What would happen if this generation of believers would set a different example. Instead of taking part in the arguing and name-calling with their brothers and sister, what would happen if we sat down with each other and had a conversation that went something like this:

“You know I don’t agree with you, and some of your comments and beliefs on these issues can upset me. But I understand that we are brothers and sisters in Christ, and at the end of the day we need each other. The world needs to see us as one. Let’s pray that God helps us look beyond our differences, unifies in his love, and uses us to show the world his love and salvation. MAKE US ONE!” 

The church is a lot like a puzzle. A puzzle is made up of pieces that are different shapes, sizes, colors, and purposes. When the puzzle is completed, you don’t see 1,000 pieces— you see one puzzle. We pray that the cry of our hearts to God is, “MAKE US ONE” so that the world sees one, united Body of Christ!

Make sure you check out some pictures from the night below:

Be Blessed and have a great week!

-Pastor Dustin

 

Campus Missions Night— 10/1/17

Happy 1st Monday of October!

Sunday was Campus Missions Night. We talked about “TALKING TO CONNECT”. Mariah, one of our student leaders started things off by sharing with the group what she believed God wanted to do through us on our school campuses.

Ephesians 6:12ESV says, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

Whether we realize it or not, there is a war going on for the souls of mankind. People are searching. Our goal is to connect with others to earn the right to steer them down the right path, and we connect through conversations. People talk constantly, but talking to connect means that our conversations have purpose. We use our conversations to build connections with those around us that could ultimately help lead them into a relationship with Jesus.

Studies done by the Institute for American Church Growth show that 75-90% of new Christians make a commitment to Jesus through a friend who explains the Gospel on an individual, conversational basis. In contrast, only 17% make a commitment to Jesus through an event like a church service or evangelistic crusade. Billy Graham, one of the greatest evangelists and preachers the world has ever seen, has even stated that mass evangelism is not as effective as when two people have a conversation and one shares about Jesus.

Revival on our school campuses and within this generation begins with connecting, and connecting begins with talking.

We split back into our Tribes after the message to prepare for National Take Your Bible to School Day this Thursday. Students took time to talk about how to talk with their friends and share why they are participating in Take Your Bible to School Day. Students have a great opportunity to share their faith with the peers this Thursday. Please join us in praying the God will give our students boldness and godly passion as they share their faith this Thursday.