Huge discipleship night for our students. I was so challenged as I prepared for the night. There are many issues facing our students/us today but none of them compare to what we covered last night. Must be a big issue right? I think it's the biggest issue in the world; our answer for Jesus Christ.
As we think about what Jesus taught we can't get away from the fact that He made some very big claims about who He was. Our faith is established in His teaching, His claims. What we believe to be true about Him is then the most important thing about us.
I was challenged this past week and even last night as I considered what my life communicated about my belief of Jesus. I have an answer I give....but what does my life show that I believe? Is it possible for me to say one thing and do something else? Aren't our lives covered with this pattern of saying one thing and doing another? What a struggle! If Jesus is who He says and if we believe this.....shouldn't our lives be different? Changed?
I was very burdened last night after our service. I feel so responsible for ensuring our students meet, know, and follow Jesus. Even in that burden I find myself simply not trusting/believing Jesus. I was reminded of the great commission and our responsibility to "teach them to obey all that Jesus has commanded." My responsibility is not to make them obey but to teach them to obey. I struggle, wrestle, and am challenged by this every day. In the end I pray my life is one that proves my answer for Christ as Lord is seen in how I live my life. I pray they see this/Jesus in me. I pray the students' lives match their claims, profession of Christ as Lord. I pray for you as parents that you are leading them, teaching them, and modeling before them what life with Christ looks like.
In the end....Jesus made some pretty big claims to the point that He is either a Liar, a Lunatic or He is Lord. The question I was faced with in my study is the question I presented to our students last night. It's the same question I now pose to you. What is your response to Jesus? How does your life support this response/belief?
I know reading sermons is not a popular thing but if your student missed last night at the Rock I would encourage them to read through the sermon and dive into the devotions. Our understanding of Jesus' teachings and claims are crucial to our knowing Jesus and ultimately following Jesus. The reason last night was so huge is because what we think/believe about Jesus will shape what we think/believe about everything else in the world. This is huge.
We have two mission opportunities this summer. Well two that will call for us leaving the state of Georgia. Below is a brief description of both. Please contact me if you have any questions.
* special offer - hopefully you made it down this far. If you did and if you have a student interested in one of these trips we have some good news. We are prepared to give $100 towards either one of these above trips to the first person to respond through email. So if you or your student is interested here is a great opportunity to save some money!
DNOW Weekend is coming up and we need students and host homes. Dates are March 11-13. If you are interested in hosting some students please let me know. We also need students signing up. Also - if you're student attends DNOW and you host a home, your student gets to come for free! *only one student per home would be free though, sorry.
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A great way for parents and ministry to connect and continue the conversation of what's going on at The Rock.