We kicked of the night by splitting into our prayer groups after we had some snacks. The students prayed for our nation’s new leaders as well as for the church to unify to show others the love of Christ. Students were also encouraged and reminded that the Bible tells us to lift our leaders up in prayer regardless of what our opinion of them is.
This past Sunday was a BLAST! We had some students join us that we had not seen in awhile, and the relay game at the beginning of youth was EPIC!
The youth band did a GREAT job of leading the group in worship before the message, and then Noah, Sam, and Lydia did a skit to set up the message, “What Are You Looking For?”.
Isaiah 45:3NIV says, I will give you hidden treasures,
riches stored in secret places,
so that you may know that I am the Lord,
the God of Israel, who summons you by name.
We looked at the story of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The basics of a story taught us about a shepherd who went searching for a lost sheep in the desert. The shepherd threw a rock into a cave he was passing by, and heard the rock hit something. It turned out that there were pottery jars inside the cave, along with about 10 other caves, containing fragments of Scripture written on parchments that had been hidden by a Jewish group called the Essenes before being overtaken by the Romans.
The point of the story is this— Many times, the most valuable things in life that God desires to show us are things that we are not looking for or aware of. Jeremiah 29:11-14 says, “11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will callon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the Lord…” God has great plans for each of us. The key to discovering these plans is to allow God to guide us.
The students took some quiet time to answer some questions from the message: (1.) What things are you currently pursuing in life? (2.) Take time to ask God, “What are the plans that You want me to be pursuing and looking for in life? After the students were done, we gathered back into groups, went over our answers with the leaders, and closed out the night with the leaders praying for the students.
Have a GREAT week, and we hope see you on 11/20/16!!!