Happy 2018 #teamawakening family!
We kicked off 2018 last night with unveiling our 2018 theme, “GO! GET YOUR HARVEST!”, as well as some things we will be starting up this year. The band led us in worship as the countdown reached 0:00, and the AYM students always have a blast during music and worship time!
Before the message, Noah and his team performed a short skit that showed a man who was visited by three people from his past to help him realize the parts of his life that were off course.
Think about this question: “What would you do if someone you knew came back from the dead to tell you something?”
The truth is— this question is more than the basis of a skit. This is exactly what happened in our first passage of Scripture from last night! Matthew 28:18-20NIV says, Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
After Jesus was crucified, he rose from the dead, and appeared on a few different occasions to the disciples over a period of forty days before he ascended to heaven. He used those few short times together to tell them some pretty important things. One of the main things he said to them was, “GO MAKE DISCIPLES”. It was time for the disciples to GO live out everything they had learned the last 3 1/2 years with Jesus. If Jesus used some of his last moments on earth after he rose from the dead to tell us to GO, we need to pay attention! We are believing that 2018 will be a year where we GO! We want 2018 to be a year of action as we live out our faith, and allow our vision of seeing all students CONNECT to the family of Christ, DEVELOP a deeper walk of faith, and DISCOVER God’s purpose for their lives come to life!
One thing we are doing a little differently this year is that each month will be a different theme, and each week will be a different format. The different formats will be a main message, campus missions night, fellowship night, and Creative Arts night. Each week will go along with the theme for that month.
Last night was our main message for the month, and our January theme is LIGHTS. CAMERA. ACTION. This phrase typically signals the start of a new scene or picture. As students looked at the different cameras set up on stage, they were asked a series of questions: What does a camera do? In life, who is the picture and who is the camera? A camera takes and records a picture. In life, we are the picture and the people we are around are the cameras. Students were asked to think on this question: What type of picture is your life right now?
A movie would be pretty boring if the actors just stood around after the producer said “Lights, Camera, Action!”. We don’t want life to be a poor picture because we as followers of Jesus just stand around and keep our experience with Jesus confined inside the church building, or even give the wrong impression of what being a follower of Jesus is really about. We are called to “GO!”
Matthew 9:35-38 says,
Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
Jesus was moved with compassion as he looked at the crowds. Compassion means to have deep pity, love, or sympathy. Jesus’ heart broke for those he saw because they were alone to face the struggles of with no hope of a Savior. They had a plan, purpose, and destiny for their lives, but had no one to help them discover it. What breaks your heart? Does your heart break for those around you who are struggling through life and do not have a relationship with Jesus? Does it break when you see injustices like abuse, discrimination, orphans, homeless people, etc.? Does you heart break for those who have never had the opportunity to connect with their Creator and the unconditional love he has for them?
Jesus said that the harvest (people who need connected to Jesus) is plentiful (there’s a lot of them), but the workers are few (there aren’t many people willing to GO). What’s your harvest? It could be the people you are around at school, your job, your sports team, family, etc.
Our 2018 theme is “GO! GET YOUR HARVEST!” God believes in each of us enough to trust us with the mission of making disciples. As you GO, you realize that you have worth, purpose, and are a part of something greater than you could ever hope for. You were created to be a world-changer!
WILL YOU GO?
We’ll see you Sunday!