• ~IMPORTANT~

    Spaghetti Dinner on March 10. All proceeds go towards our 2019 Mission Trip to Alaska. $10 donation for adults and $5 donation for kids 10-under. Dine-in or carry-out.

LEAVING A LEGACY THAT MATTERS— 2/11/19

PART 1:

This is a BIG DAY in our ministry.

I am starting our online parenting class in this email. I hope that you will find this experience extremely helpful and informative. Each month, there will be two emails. One will be more of a introductory email for the month’s topic, and the second email will dive deeper into the topic.

Today we are going to begin by talking about your will….

Do you have a will? You know, the paper that they pull out when you die to see who gets your stuff.

The process of preparing a will is not fun. The lawyer asks you, “If you die who will you give your stuff to?” You say, “Give it to my spouse.” The lawyer quickly responds, “and if your spouse dies who will you give your stuff to?”

This goes on and on until it seems like everyone is dead and you are so frustrated you consider telling the lawyer that they can have it!

When you write a will you figure out how you are going to leave your stuff, but what about the stuff that matters most?

What values are you going to leave your teenager?

What will you teach them about what is right and wrong in this world?

What will your teenager know about faith?

Our student ministry wants to help you leave a rich inheritance to your teenager of the stuff that really matters.

That is why we want to introduce you to the Rites of Passage Experience. We are going to help you have the conversations with your teenager that matter the most.

We are going to give you the tools to infuse faith into the most import moments in life.

Here are the 7 Rites of Passage we are going to encourage you to lead your teenager through:

  • 6th Grade – Preparation for Adolescence
  • 7th Grade – Blessing Ceremony
  • 8th Grade – Purity Weekend
  • 9th Grade – Driving Contract
  • 10th Grade – Money Matters
  • 11th Grade – Family Tree
  • 12th Grade – Manhood/Womanhood Ceremony

I want to finish today’s class by asking you to watch this 3 minute video. It explains the Rites of Passage Experience we are launching as the foundation of our Parent Ministry.

You can see it by clicking this link… https://vimeo.com/parentministry/review/42874938/c9b551a865

As always please feel free to reply to this email with any questions about the Rites of Passage Experience or prayer requests.Next week, I will send the other email for this month that will take the discussion deeper with a broader discussion of this month’s topic: “How to Leave a Legacy that Matters.”

Your Partner,

Pastor Dustin

FAMILY NIGHT— 1/27/19

Last night was our first Family Night of 2019, and we had a BLAST with our students and parents that came out to join us for the evening.

Parents had the opportunity to see a shortened version of what we do in our opening Tribe Huddles as we give students the announcements, prayer points, and details they need to know for the night.

After Tribe Huddles, we did an icebreaker called “Landmines”. We had three teams of two consisting of one all parent team, a parent and student team, and a team of two students. The teams had to turn over paper plates (landmines) that corresponded with their team color and perform the task that was on the plate. The tasks consisted of: bear hug for twenty Mississippi’s, play a duet of Mary Had a Little Lamb on your bellies, tell each other five things you are thankful in your family, do ten sit ups each, and each of you do an arm pit fart.

The truth is that we face landmines, things hiding beneath the surface, in life with our families. The good news is that God gives us a game plan for making sure our families— our kids, grandkids, and so forth, continue to walk in the victory and blessings of God.

Deuteronomy 6:1-9 (CSB) says,

“This is the command—the statutes and ordinances—the Lord your God has commanded me to teach you, so that you may follow them in the land you are about to enter and possess. Do this so that you may fear the Lord your God all the days of your life by keeping all his statutes and commands I am giving you, your son, and your grandson, and so that you may have a long life. Listen, Israel, and be careful to follow them, so that you may prosper and multiply greatly, because the Lord, the God of your fathers, has promised you a land flowing with milk and honey.

“Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.

This passage shows Moses giving the command and teachings that God instructed him to command the Israelites to follow in order to inherit the Promised Land— God’s promise to to the nation of Israel.

What is God’s promise to you and your family?

God’s love for us is unconditional 100% of the time, but his blessings are not. Verses five and six say to “Love the Lord your God with all you heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart.

The command didn’t just stop there. God shows his design and desire for the family in verse seven— repeat them to your children. This echoes the words of verse two where God says the statutes he is giving are “for you, your son, and your grandson”. We are to teach God’s Word to our children and grandchildren. God’s blessings that he has designed for you and your family depend on it!

The command was to teach them when you sit at your house, walk along the road, when you lie down, and when you get up. This covers all aspects of life— when you are relaxing together, active, getting up to start your day, and when you are ending your day.

The Israelites would sometimes tie phylacteries (a small box containing Scripture texts) around their forehead and hands to as a reminder of God’s law to them. While we aren’t telling your to tie Scripture around your forehead, we are encouraging you to be intentional in keeping God’s Word, commands and teachings, and his promises with you and in your hearts wherever we go.

Life gets crazy busy, but if we, as families, become so busy that we no longer have time to teach our kids and grandkids God’s Word and his desire for our lives, we have become entirely too busy!

We left the families with this— Win the family. Win the generation. Will you commit?

Will you commit to teach your kids and grandkids the Word of God and the promises and blessings he has in store for them as they commit their lives to him?

We closed out the night with Family Feud: Parents VS. Students. The categories were: Things you may do to become a sumo wrestler, things the average person is afraid of, things associated with Alaska, and things associated with Jesus. The final round consisted of one person from each team facing off in the special ten question money round. The parents won the contest, and will get a special fellowship night in return!

Be Blessed!

-Pastor Dustin

The Lord’s Prayer—1/13/19

We had another great night at AYM last night! We had some DELICIOUS chocolate and peanut butter cupcakes for my birthday and cookies for Austin’s birthday!

We kicked off the night with a competitive game of knee volleyball. This is a game played inside on your knees with a large rubber ball and chairs serving as the net. The ball is played off the chairs, walls, and ceiling. It’s fast paced and exciting:)

The youth band led us in a time of high energy worship with “Love Come Down” and “This Is Amazing Grace”.

The message was on the passage of Scripture referred to as “The Lord’s Prayer” in Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:2-4. We watched a video from Francis Chan on prayer as he broke down The Lord’s Prayer and challenged us to view the passage and the way we pray in a new light.

You can check out the video by clicking the link below:

After the video, we split back into our Tribe Groups to discuss the video, how it impacted and challenged us, and how it changed our view on prayer.

It was encouraging to see how the video caused students to rethink the way they thought and approached prayer!

We continue to move forward with excitement and anticipation for what God has in store for AYM in 2019!

Be Blessed!

-Pastor Dustin

WILL YOU COMMIT? (1/6/18)

Last night was the first AYM Service of 2019. We kicked off the year with a message titled “Will You Commit?”.

Two words keep appearing in the posts I see from different Pastors in different areas: Breakthrough and Revival. Last night, we looked at a third word that has to happen before we see breakthrough and revival: COMMIT.

The English word commit means to pledge; to obligate oneself: to say that someone or something will definitely do something.

Proverbs 16:3 (CSB) says, Commit your activities to the LORD, and your plans will be established.

When we entrust and commit our activities to God, our plans (intentions, strategies, schemes, and thoughts) will be established (to set up; make firm; prepare; to stand up right; fixed or steadfast).

God WILL make your plans firm and established in him as you COMMIT you activities to him. When you commit your life to God, his desires become your desires. Breakthrough and revival will follow you when you COMMIT your activities to God.

What you commit to will determine the direction of your life!

AYM is focusing on committing to what we are calling the “BIG 3” in 2019: The Bible, Prayer, and Godly Fellowship. The early church committed to these three things and their lives were radically transformed.

You have two choices: Remain the Same or Be Transformed. You can come to church and youth group week after week just to hangout and have fun and remain the same and have a front row seat to see the radical transformation that takes place in the lives of those who COMMIT their activities to the LORD.

WILL YOU COMMIT?

We closed out the night by giving students a list of Scriptures containing the goodness of God, and what he has done for us as well as the promises of God. Students were encouraged to begin their prayers by thanking God and proclaiming his goodness before they present their needs to him. Then, as they present their needs to God, we encouraged them to pray the promises of God as a part of their needs and requests.

For example, Deuteronomy 31:6 (CSB) says, Be strong and courageous; don’t be terrified or afraid of them. For the LORD your God is the one who will go with you; he will not leave you or abandoned you.

You could pray something like this: Dear Heavenly Father, I feel defeated and alone right now in my current situation, but I know your Word says that you will not leave me or abandoned me. Today, I stand on your promise that you will not leave me, and I ask you to show me that you are with me every step of the way in anything I encounter. In Jesus Name, AMEN!

Students then took a few minutes to look over the list of Scriptures they were given with these questions: What does this Scripture mean to me? What situation can I apply this to? How can I pray the promise in this Scripture?

We are looking forward to seeing students’ lives be radically transformed in 2019!

WILL YOU COMMIT?

-Pastor Dustin

The Gift That Broke The Silence—12/9/18

Happy Monday #teamaym family!

Last night’s message was “The Gift That Broke the Silence”. We looked at Luke 2:1-20 and Matthew 1:18-25.

Luke 2:1-20 (CSB) says,

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole empire should be registered. This first registration took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So everyone went to be registered, each to his own town.

Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family line of David, to be registered along with Mary, who was engaged to him and was pregnant. While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. Then she gave birth to her firstborn son, and she wrapped him tightly in cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

In the same region, shepherds were staying out in the fields and keeping watch at night over their flock. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: 11 Today in the city of David a Savior was born for you, who is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be the sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped tightly in cloth and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying:

14 Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and peace on earth to people he favors!

15 When the angels had left them and returned to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go straight to Bethlehem and see what has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”

16 They hurried off and found both Mary and Joseph, and the baby who was lying in the manger. 17 After seeing them, they reported the message they were told about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary was treasuring up all these things in her heart and meditating on them. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had seen and heard, which were just as they had been told.

Matthew 1:18-25 (CSB) says,

The birth of Jesus Christ came about this way: After his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, it was discovered before they came together that she was pregnant from the Holy Spirit. 19 So her husband Joseph, being a righteous man,and not wanting to disgrace her publicly, decided to divorce her secretly.

20 But after he had considered these things, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because what has been conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

22 Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet:

23 See, the virgin will become pregnant
and give birth to a son,
and they will name him Immanuel,

which is translated “God is with us.”

24 When Joseph woke up, he did as the Lord’s angel had commanded him. He married her 25 but did not have sexual relations with her until she gave birth to a son. And he named him Jesus.

There was a lot going on with Mary and Joseph at this point in their life. They are engaged. Joseph founds out that Mary is pregnant and knows the baby isn’t his. Engagement, called a betrothal (a binding exchange of agreement made before witnesses), was taken very seriously and could only be broken by death or divorce. Once the angel appears to Joseph, he understands what is happening and embarks on this incredible journey with Mary. Imagine the gossip and comments they endured from others as we can be pretty certain that most did not believe that this was a “virgin birth”.

They traveled 90 miles from Nazareth to Bethlehem likely on donkeys with Mary getting ready to give birth!

Now let’s fast forward to the shepherds. Can you imagine what they must have been thinking when the angel suddenly appears before them??? They were excited and intrigued at the news, but how did they know where to find the baby? It wasn’t the star the wise men followed because the wise men actually didn’t arrive to visit Jesus until he was about two years old (sorry to ruin your manger scene decorations:).

Here is a very possible scenario. There was a place called Migdal Eder, which means, “Tower of the Flock” located on the outskirts of Bethlehem. Sheep at this location were used for Temple Sacrifices, especially for Peace and Passover Sacrifices (Sacrifices were an atonement, or covering for sin). The shepherds here served the sacrificial system of the Temple, the Mosaic Covenant— a foreshadowing of the New Covenant (put in place after Jesus died as the perfect sacrifice and payment for our sins). These shepherds were specially trained to groom the perfect sheep for the sacrifices. They would take sheep to a cave or stall and set it in a “manger” to inspect it. When they laid it in the manger, they would typically wrap the sheep tightly in cloth or swaddling clothes.

When the angel told them they would find the baby wrapped tightly in cloth (swaddling clothes) lying in a manger, they would have known exactly where to find the baby Jesus and exactly what this meant— The perfect sacrifice, the Savior of the world, had been born!

There is still one final piece to the puzzle that pulls this incredible story together. When you are reading your Bible, you simply turn the page from the Old Testament to the New Testament. However, that’s now how it actually happened in real life. There were 400 years in between the two called the intertestamental period. During this time, Israel is ruled by other nations as a result of their disobedience and rebellion towards God. There were six different periods of time— Persian, Greek, Egyptian, Syrian, Maccabean, and Roman. There are no recorded words from God to the prophets and his people Israel during those 400 years.

This seems to be a time of hopelessness and defeat. Would God ever speak again? What would it be like? Will he be angry after all this time?

Louie Giglio describes it like this—“God broke the silence with the cry of a baby” (Jesus was God in human form)!

Hope had arrived.

Immanuel, God with us. We couldn’t get to God because of our sin so God came to us!

Be Blessed!

-Pastor Dustin

11/25/18— I AM GRATEFUL FOR…

Hello #teamaym family!

We wrapped up our month-long theme of thanksgiving/gratitude. This week’s message was, “I Am Grateful For…”

Luke 17:11-19 (CSB) says,

While traveling to Jerusalem, he passed between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he entered a village, ten men with leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13 and raised their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”

14 When he saw them, he told them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And while they were going, they were cleansed.

15 But one of them, seeing that he was healed, returned and, with a loud voice, gave glory to God. 16 He fell facedown at his feet, thanking him. And he was a Samaritan.

17 Then Jesus said, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? 18 Didn’t any return to give glory to God except this foreigner?” 19 And he told him, “Get up and go on your way. Your faith has saved you.”

Ten men were cleansed from their leprosy. Leprosy was a severe skins condition where a person could have sores on their skin that ate away at their skin and could also cause parts of their body to become deformed. Leprosy was also contagious and caused a person to be ceremonially unclean. Someone who had leprosy had to live in a designated area or village with others who had leprosy. These ten men had likely heard the stories and grateful testimonies about others who Jesus had healed of similar conditions. Your gratefulness doesn’t just affect you, it shows others the power and glory of God.

Ten men were cleansed, but only one returned to give thanks to Jesus.

Let’s take a look at what this could look like for today’s students. Imagine you had a new type of acne that caused sores to eat away at your skin and even cause parts of your body to become deformed. This new case of acne was highly contagious so you couldn’t be around your friends, family, or do the things you typically are a part of like sports, band, theatre, homecoming, prom, etc. You could only be around others that had this new type of severe acne. You couldn’t be around your family for Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthdays, or any of the special times you’re used to sharing in and being a part of with those you love.

One day Jesus comes walking by the area you are confined to and ten of you start crying out for him to cleanse you. He does and your body is perfectly normal! You can now be a part of all the things you were used to being a part of. You now fit in and look like a normal member of society. The other nine are so excited to be accepted again that they go on with their new life and completely forget about the One who made it possible.

The most important thing is not what we give thanks for but who we give thanks to. This man gave thanks to Jesus and acknowledged him as the source of his healing. Nine of the men received a physical healing, but the one who returned to Jesus received a spiritual healing and was saved. His gratefulness to Jesus showed where his faith in Jesus.

Give thanks to THE ONE who gave his life for you one the Cross. He is the source of all blessings and all we have to be grateful for.

What, or WHO, are you grateful for?

Have a great week!

-Pastor Dustin

 

10/21/18— Big Bang, Evolution, and Creationism

Hello #teamawakening family!

We had a guest speaker Sunday Night. Lee Rowlinson, 8th grade science teacher and member here at New Life Church, came in for Week 1 of 2 of his presentation on the Big Bang, Evolution, and Creationism.

Lee laid a foundation to understand what the Big Bang and Evolution Theories are, and next week he will show what the Bible says about Creation as well as show the proof we have from science to back up the biblical account of Creation.

Lee challenged students with some info and questions that you can read below:

We are children of God. We should stand on God’s Word.

How well do you know God’s Word? Can you back your thoughts and beliefs with “evidence”? What is your “evidence”?

You sit next to someone in almost all of your classes, see several teachers, walk past custodians, check in with administrators, receive nutrition from the cooks, and intermingle with support staff daily. Do those people see and hear “God” in and from you?

We are to be a shining light and not hide our light (Scripture) from others; believers and non believers.

Lee also gave students some homework:

  1.  Listen to your science lessons, and actually study and dig into those lessons (biological).
  2. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5NIV– 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
  3. Find “science” in the Bible.

Don’t miss out on Part 2 of 2 next week!

Be Blessed!

-Pastor Dustin

RETHINKING THE CHURCH— 10/7/18

Hello AYM Family!

Last night’s message was “Rethinking Church”.

Students were asked, “If you were stranded on a deserted island with nothing but a Bible, how would you imagine the church to function?”

Acts 2:42-47NIV says,

And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

The believers were devoted to the teaching of the Word of God, fellowshipping with other believers, and praying. They cared for one another’s needs. The church was a family. They were closer with one another than they were with anyone else. The church did life with one another. Check out some other verses that show how the church is called to function:

1 Timothy 4:13NIV says, Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. 

 Hebrews 10:24-25NIV says, And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

John 13:35NIV says, By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

 Ephesians 4:3-6NIV says, Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

The church is called to be devoted to one another, the teaching and reading of Scripture, to constantly fellowship with one another, to show our love with one another, and to live in unity with one another.

Students were asked to close their eyes and imagine what would happen if the church functioned according to these Scriptures. Go ahead and take a moment to do the same…

It’s a pretty incredible isn’t it?!

Church isn’t about the lights, music, games, special events, etc. The church isn’t meant to simply be a location. WE ARE THE CHURCH!

I am believing and praying that this generation of believers truly grasps and functions as the Church is meant to function!

Students split back into their Tribes to go over these Discussion Points:

  1. The 1st Generation Believers were in constant fellowship with one another. What are ways that believers today can be in touch with one another and encourage one another?  (Social Media, Texting, E-mail, FaceTime, hanging out, etc.)
  2. AYM is more than a group or tribe. We are called to be a family of believers devoted to the teaching of the Bible, fellowship with our fellow believers,             read the Bible together, worship, and prayer with one another.
  3. It’s not about the lights, music, and games. It’s about Jesus. You can feel the presence of God in your room at home just like you do here with the band leading in worship.
  4. The church is called to Pray Together, Read the Bible Together, and care for one another. We are going to close out tonight by praying for one another, and praying for the friends we have as a part of THE CAUSE Circle (friends who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ). Matthew 18:20NIV says, For where two or three gather in my name, there I am with them. As we pray, know that God is here among us. Allow him to pour out his presence and power upon this group and the individuals in it!

Be Blessed!

-Pastor Dustin

“IT’S YOUR TIME!”— 9/16/18

Happy Monday AYM Family!

We had an INCREDIBLE service last night! We started off my playing a game called “Mumble Mumble” to help everyone get to know each other better. Students walked around the room saying “mumble, mumble, mumble, mumble” until they heard a number called out. Once a number was called, students had to get in a group with that amount of students and say their name, school, and answer whatever the “get to know you question” was for that round. This was entertaining to watch:)

We had a powerful time of worship. It is always such a blessing to see students open up, raise their hands in worship, and experience the presence of God together.

The message was, “IT’S YOUR TIME!”

Have you ever had a longing or stirring in your heart to go for your dreams, but wondered if the timing was right? Have you ever wondered if the time would ever come for you to be somebody in this world? IT’S YOUR TIME to be somebody. IT’S YOUR TIME to be the you that you were created and destined to be!

Last night, we looked at a group of young guys whose time had come. The thing is, these guys had already fallen short in a pretty major way, but once they got a hold of the power and presence of God, their lives were never the same. They radically transformed the world around them.

We looked at three different things that IT’S YOUR TIME to do:

1.     IT’S YOUR TIME… TO LEAVE THE PAST IN THE PAST

Matthew 26:31-35NIV says,

 Then Jesus told them, “This very night you will all fall away on account of me,for it is written:

“‘I will strike the shepherd,
    and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’

32 But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”

33 Peter replied, “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.”

34 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.”

35 But Peter declared, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the other disciples said the same.

The disciples, and especially Peter, declared they would never leave Jesus. Just a few verses later in Matthew 26, Jesus warns some of the disciples to pray so they will not fall into temptation, but they did not take his advice. When Jesus was arrested, the disciples scattered just like Jesus said they would. Their world had been rocked. They didn’t expect things to play out like this!

Unfortunately, things got worse for Peter. Matthew 26:69-75 says,

Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. “You also were with Jesus of Galilee,” she said.

70 But he denied it before them all. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said.

71 Then he went out to the gateway, where another servant girl saw him and said to the people there, “This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth.”

72 He denied it again, with an oath: “I don’t know the man!”

73 After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, “Surely you are one of them; your accent gives you away.”

74 Then he began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know the man!”

Immediately a rooster crowed. 75 Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.

Luke 22:61 adds a detail to the situation and says that Jesus turned and looked straight at Peter. Imagine what Peter must have felt. He had just adamantly denied even knowing Jesus and then Jesus turned and looks at him. Imagine the shame and regret that Peter must have felt! I’m sure he wondered things like: What will happen to me now? Will I ever amount to anything? Will I ever be somebody in this world? 

John 21:15-17 shows us how Jesus responded to Peter when he was sitting with the disciples after he was resurrected:

When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”

“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”

16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”

17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.

When Jesus said, “Feed my sheep”, he’s telling Peter to go make disciples and change lives. This was what Peter was called to do from the very beginning! Peter’s purpose never changed and neither has yours. You will fall short and make mistakes. The key for anyone trying to recover from a mistake and shame is to leave the past in the past, and to fill up on the power and presence of God as you prepare to take your place in God’s plan for your life.

2.     IT’S YOUR TIME… TO FILL UP

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.

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.”

When you are waiting for your time to come, seek God. As we wait on God and seek him, his power and presence is unleashed in our lives. Check out what happened in Acts 2:1-4:

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

The disciples received the gift from God just like Jesus said they would! God is faithful and true to his promises. The disciples filled up. Have you filled up on God’s presence and power?

Peter and the disciples filled up, and now it was time to…

3.     IT’S YOUR TIME… TO TAKE YOUR PLACE

As the crowd sees the disciples being filled with the Holy Spirit, some of them accuse the disciples of being drunk. Peter then stands up to address the crowd. Do you remember what happened the last time Peter faced a crowd of people? He adamantly denied even knowing who Jesus was.

Acts 2:36-41 says,

“Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”

37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”

38 Peter replied, “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.

What was the difference in Peter this time around? Peter had filled up on God’s presence and power. The first time around, Peter didn’t pray for himself like Jesus had said. This time, Peter and the disciples obeyed the words of Jesus, and waited for the gift God had promised. Peter had put his past in the past, filled up, and took his place in God’s plan and purpose for his life.

What about you? Are you hanging onto the past and your mistakes, do you need to fill up on the presence of God? Do you need to stand and take your place in God’s plan and purpose for you life?

After the message, students had a couple of minutes to pray while the music played before being asked this question: “Are you ready to take your place?” Twenty-five students came forward to declare they were ready to take their place and be the world-changer they were created to be! We closed out the night by gathering around the students to pray over them that they would know that it was their time to leave their past in the past, fill up on the power and presence of Jesus, and take their place as the unique world-changers they were created and destined to be!

The best part of the night??? One student made the decision to accept Jesus as their Savior!

IT’S YOUR TIME…

Be Blessed!
-Pastor Dustin

 

 

THE CAUSE CIRCLE— 9/9/18

Hello AYM Family!

We had another great night last night in youth! We had a powerful time of worship followed by a great discussion time about how to share the greatest story ever told that’s hardly ever told (see last week’s post) with those in our version of THE CAUSE Circle. Check out the video below to learn about THE CAUSE CIRCLE:

 

After the video, students split into their Tribes with their Tribe Leader to learn about each step of THE CAUSE Circle.

PRAYER:

  1.  Jesus did this often. He got alone to talk to God and ReFuel before tackling the task at hand, and he prayed before making big decisions and challenges. (Before choosing the 12 disciples and before being crucified are just a couple of examples)
  2. Jesus showed the importance of talking to God about people before talking to people about God. When pray to God about the friends we want to reach with the greatest story ever told that’s hardly ever told, it prepares their heart to hear the good news of Jesus and the Gospel.

CARE:

  1. Jesus also modeled how important it is to care for people’s needs. He often healed the sick, fed the hungry, and helped the hurting. Jesus cared for the whole person, not just their spiritual needs. In the same way, we must love those we are trying to reach. This starts with listening to and caring for them. The friends you are trying to reach are people, not projects!

SHARE:

  1. The final step is to lovingly SHARE the Gospel: the greatest story ever told that’s hardly ever told, clearly and confidently. Inviting someone to place their faith in Jesus is inviting them to make the biggest decision of their lives. You are helping provide them with the opportunity to begin an eternal relationship with Jesus Christ.
  1. If they say “no”, or “not now”, continue the PRAYER, CARE, SHARE process. If they say “yes”, celebrate and get them plugged into a good church and youth group to help them grow deeper in their faith and challenge them to begin their own CAUSE Circle!

Students took time at the end of their Tribe Huddles to write down the names of their friends that they will be trying to reach with the Gospel this school year. Imagine this scenario. Students share the Gospel with three friends, those three friends accept Christ and then begin their own CAUSE Circle, and then those three friends do the same… That’s a BIG deal and how revival starts! Please join us in prayer as our students begin the journey of sharing the Gospel, the greatest story ever told that’s hardly ever told, with their friends and classmates.

You can find more info the THE CAUSE Circle and Gospel: Lifein6Words at dare2share.org

Have a great week!

-Pastor Dustin

  • ~IMPORTANT~

    Spaghetti Dinner on March 10. All proceeds go towards our 2019 Mission Trip to Alaska. $10 donation for adults and $5 donation for kids 10-under. Dine-in or carry-out.