Monday, August 4, 2014

Younite 2014 Theme

I wanted to share a brief overview of the theme for this year's Younite.  We used the letters "bcUriam" which stands for "Because YOU Are I Am."  The main verse used was 2 Corinthians 12:9- "And He has said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.'  Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me."  We are all weak whether we want to admit it or not.  If we dwell on our weaknesses too much it will hinder us from obedience in Christ.  However, because of all that God is we can be all that we need to be in order to follow Him.  Each day we looked at a different quality of God and applied it to our lives.

Day 1- Because God is Forgiving I Am Forgiven
Fire is a symbol of forgiveness and purity throughout Scripture.  We looked at the necessity of forgiveness and how everything else in our walk with Christ hinges on it.

Day 2- Because God is Hope I am Hopeful
Hope is a word that we misuse to describe our desires or wishes.  True hope is defined as confidence in God's faithfulness for the future, but also in the present.  This hope enables us to purse God's calling for our lives each day.  The anchor is a symbol that has been used for hope and for Christianity for years.

Day 3- Because God is Love I am Loved
The heart of course is a symbol of love, but love is also a word that is misused.  We focused on Christ's relentless love for us.  

It is when we begin to see ourselves the way God sees us that we gain the confidence to follow Him as He has directed us.  Seeing our identity in Christ alone is necessary for all believers in order to grow in their faith.  We wrapped up the study on Day 4 by talking about since God is these things for us (forgiving, hope, love) then we are also to be them to others.  Because we are forgiven, we are to forgive others.  Because we are hopeful, we are to share that message of hope with others.  Because we are loved, we are to love others well.

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