Good morning! Hope everyone is good and enjoying this short week. It's always weird that a long weekend always seems to make for a longer week, or is it just me. For 67 folks affiliated with the Rock it was a busy weekend as we journeyed to Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg for a weekend away, in the mountains, in the Word. It was a great time with great weather, worship, fellowship and time in the Word. It's always tiring when you do a youth trip but as I look back I'd do it 100 times over.
Refuel is always a great time....it is tiring but it is good to see students getting in the Word, together, led by adults. The foundation is being established in their lives so now we pray they do the hard work of a farmer and care for the seeds that have been planted. Sooner or later a farmer will get tired of caring for someone else's field. So he merely teaching the other farmer to tend to it and watches carefully to offer help as needed. This is our role, to raise students who can farm on their own. You've heard it...give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he'll eat the rest of his life. We want these students to eat for the rest of their lives, whether we're here or we're gone. Sooner or later these students must decide if the cross is worth it, if the gospel is worth it, if God is worth it. We pray they see Him for all He is....this surely makes our job a bit more simple. Show them God, through His Word, through your love.
Week 2 of our Titus study and what seemed to be a very hard chapter to teach through has become one of my favorite chapters in all of Scripture. The situation is this: Paul is writing Titus to explain to him his mission. In doing so Paul encourages Titus (1:1-4) and then sets the scene (1:5-16). Through Paul's letter to Titus we see many correlations to our life and time here. Titus is being sent to "put what remains into order." This simply means he was being sent to make straight what was crooked, like an orthodontist.
My life, many times, fills like what Titus is going through. I look around and see situations that I see here in Titus, people claiming to know God but denying Him with their works (v.16). It's frustrating and hard work but ultimately we see that the gospel is worth it. This good news of reconciliation and redemption is worth the struggle. Any time we have to share the gospel is the perfect time to share it. I'm praying the students were challenged and struggled last night to Stand Firm in/for the Gospel.
Attached are the sermon notes and bulletin/outline.
Praying you have a good day and rather than simply making time for God today I pray we'll give Him the whole day because after all, He first gave it to us. Use it for Him and His glory.
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