Happy Monday Everyone and welcome to our update from week two of our “Live It Up Series!”. What do we mean when we say, “Live It Up!”? We mean that we want to live our lives focused upward on God as well as living life to its fullest potential in Christ.
We kicked off the night with a game called “Rush Hour”. This is a wild (and slightly dangerous) version of musical chairs. The group is split into two smaller groups and placed on opposite sides of the room. When they hear the word “Go!”, they must run to the other side of the room and sit in a chair. The one person from each team that does not get a chair is out. You will also have the occasional collision as people are running towards each other!
When the game was over, we moved into our worship time. It is always AWESOME to see many of the youth enter into worship a little more each week!
The message was “Living a Life With Meaning and Purpose”. We looked at Philippians 3:8-9NLT, Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ 9 and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith.
Paul is talking about all of the “religious” accomplishments that he had achieved, and how he now considered them worthless compared to personally knowing Christ as his Savior. The greek word for garbage used here in this passage is actually referring to sewage. This paints a pretty clear picture of what Paul thought about trying to attain our righteousness through human accomplishments. He basically calls it worthless garbage, but then says that knowing Christ is of an infinite (immeasurable) value.
We asked the youth to take some quite time last night as we played some worship music in the background, and ask God to show them if there was anything in their life that they needed to let go of (relationships, habits, activities, etc). What many people often forget is that things that aren’t necessarily wrong can become sinful if we allow it to become more important to us than our relationship with God. After the youth wrote down the “garbage” in their life that they needed to let go of, they wadded up their paper and threw it in the thrash. This was to symbolize them letting go and giving God control of this area of their life.
The only way to achieve righteousness (right standing) with God is through faith and surrender.
Have a great week and we’ll see you next time!
You can also check out some pictures of the night below: