This week we continued our after-camp study of the Pursuit by looking at Making Christ First in our lives. We began the night with a little competition. The guys and girls competed against each other to see who could complete a 48 piece puzzle first. The trick was I had held out 1 piece from each puzzle. However even though it was close the girls pulled out the victory. I tied this in to the closing part of the lesson. We then had a worship set that included "Take it All" (Hillsong United), "How Great is Our God" (Chris Tomlin), and spent some prayer time praying for Younite, Current Canada mission groups, and mission efforts in Sub-Saharan Africa (these 2 groups were our mission's focus at MFUGE).
We read Matthew 6:33 which is the verse that is leading us in the three week of the after-camp study and specifically this week making Christ first. We then read Mark 12:33 where we are commanded to God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Making Christ first means that nothing comes before our devotion to God and His plans. We then split into three groups for discussion and then joined back to discuss it all as a group.
Group 1- With All Your Heart and Soul
-How is the heart and soul represented in these verses?
-What is an idol?
-What are some examples of idols that are worshipped today?
-Do you think some of these "things" can be ok in God's eyes if they are enjoyed not as idols?
-Do you have to give up absolutely everything in order to seek God first?
-What does it mean to love God with all your heart and soul?
Group 2- With All Your Mind
-What are some of the normal things that a teenager thinks about on a daily basis?
-How do you turn your thoughts to Christ?
-What does it mean to "set your mind on what is above"?
-How do you do this with so many other thoughts racing through your head?
-What does verse 6 tell us to do with our worries?
-When you give your requests to God, what happens to your thoughts?
-What does it mean to dwell on these things?
-What does the old phrase "Garbage In - Garbage Out" mean and is it true?
Group 3- With All Your Strength
-What does it mean to "walk in Him" (verse 6)?
-As a Christian, how can you be "rooted and built up in Him"?
-How does a person's foundation or what they are rooted in affect their actions?
-How do you seek God with all you strength you are tired physically, mentally, or emotionally?
We closed by thinking back to the puzzle from the beginning of the night. We talked about how it was unfair for me to give them the task but hold back a piece of the puzzle. The same is true when set out to follow God, but we do not make Him first. When we do not seek Him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength then it is not fair to Him. It isn't fair to the One who has given us life, and given us a Savior so that we can inherit true life in Him. When we hold back from seeking Him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength then it is hold us back in our growth from Him. We are unable to be used in the way that He wants to use us. I challenged everyone to think about what is holding them back from seeking God with their hear, soul, mind, and strength and resolve to change it.