Part 1: This past Sunday, August 30th, we finished up our #UnitedForTheCause Series. Week One, we talked about our “Circle of Friends” and what “The Cause” is. The Cause is based off of Matthew 28:18-20 where Jesus 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.” What Jesus is really saying here is this: Because I have all authority in heaven and earth, I am giving it to you to finish what I started: making disciples (followers of Christ) who make disciples. We don’t have to go to another country to do this. We can actually do this in our schools and family. The phrase “go and make disciples” can actually be translated “while you are going”. This means that we are all called to make disciples as we go through life.
If you think about, we all desire to be a part of something great. We want to feel like we have purpose and that we are important to someone. The youth were challenged to think about some of the hard times God has brought them through, the love they have felt from Him as well as others in the group, and what it would mean to give others the same opportunity to belong to a cause that actually made a positive difference in the lives of others. The youth were also challenged to think about three friends (their circle of friends) that do not have a relationship with Christ, and commit to reaching them with the Gospel this school year.
Part 2 was titled, “On a Mission”. We looked at Acts 1:6-8: Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 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.”
The disciples were worried about minor details, much like we can be (what will our friends think, what if I mess up, etc.). Jesus simply tells them, in his own words, to stay focused on the mission he was giving them and the key to carrying out that mission: the power of the Holy Spirit.
We used the illustration of Tug-o-war. Like Tug-o-war, we face opposition in our mission in life. Satan is constantly using things like fear, doubt, and our past mistakes to try to pull us away from our mission. However, it is important to remember that the only power Satan has over us is what we give to him. When we remember that the same power and authority that Christ gave to us was the same power he used to defeat death, hell, and the grave, NOTHING can keep us from completing our mission.
We are looking forward to a GREAT school year!
Be Blessed! -Pastor Dustin