Monday, September 15, 2014

Start- Part 1

Last week we kicked off our Wednesday Night Worship services for the Fall.  This was the first week with our new group of 7th graders that moved into the youth ministry.  We began with a worship set that included "Relentless" (Hillsong United), "Burning in my Soul" (Brett Younker), and "Oceans" (Hillsong United).

I then preached part 1 of a 2-week series called "Start."  I asked the students to think about the ways that they may have tried to rebrand or reinvent themselves at the beginning of the school year.  We read the parable of the two sons in Matthew 21:28-31.  One son refused to go to work, but later did.  The other son told his father that he would go work, but he never did.  Obedience in God is not in saying, but actually doing.  I told the students that as they think about the ways they have rebranded/reinvented themselves at school, they may try to do the same in youth ministry.  They can attend everything that is offered:  Sunday School, Wednesday Night Worship, events, etc.  They can brand themselves as the students who is involved in everything at church, but if there is not true transformation taking place in their hearts daily, then they are like the son who said they are going to work but never did.

I shared how companies will go through rebranding at times in attempts to grow as a company as time changes.  We looked at two examples.  First, Radio Shack rebranded themselves a few years back with a new slogan that said "Our friends call us 'The Shack.'"  They attempted to rebrand with a new slogan, but they did not change anything about the store itself and the products offered.  The rebrand failed and did not bring growth.  On the other hand, Dominos Pizza rebranded themselves a few years ago.  They openly admitted that their pizza was not good and formulated a new recipe.  They did not change their logo or slogan at all.  They completely changed their product and it allowed them to grow.

I reiterated that you can rebrand yourself as a committed attendee, but with no true internal commitment to Christ daily then you will not grow.  In other words, you will get out of the youth ministry what you put into applying to your life.  I closed by reading Galatians 6:7-10 that tells us if we sow into godly matters, we will reap spiritual growth.  However if we sow into worldly matters we will reap destruction.

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