Thursday, September 24, 2015

What Now?- Part 2

This week was part 2 of our "What Now?" series.  We began with a worship set that included "Need You Now" (Plumb), "How Can It Be" (Lauren Daigle), and "Touch The Sky" (Hillsong United).  I began the message talking about what do you do when you have experienced a great season of life?  What do you do then?  As a student ministry we have experienced a great time of spiritual growth among our students.  We have seen them grow closer together in a way we have prayed for.  So what do we do now?  The answer isn't the next big program because that accomplishes nothing.

We looked at Acts 1:9-14 to think about what do we do now as a youth ministry:
1) Stop Looking to the Past
While we must celebrate yesterday's victories, we cannot allow them to cloud our vision of the future.  The disciples had experienced an incredible season of life as they had spent time with Jesus and witnessed His death and resurrection.  They witnessed His ascension into heaven and two men asked why they are still looking into the sky.  They couldn't just stand there looking in the sky but had to move on into what lies ahead.

2) We Must Be United Together
Verse 14 tells us that they were constantly united together in prayer.  They had developed a habit of praying together.  They were together with the common purpose of pursuing Christ.  This meant they had to lay aside their differences in order to be united.

We closed with a time of prayer where I challenged the students to search their hearts to see where they needed to be obedient in this.  After a time of prayer we closed with a song of reflection "Set A Fire" (United Pursuit).

Thursday, September 17, 2015

What Now? - Part 1

This week we kicked off our Wednesday Night Worship services for the Fall.  We began a new series called "What Now?" with the tagline "What to do when you don't know what to do."  We opened the night with a worship set including "This is Living" (Hillsong Young and Free), "Our God" (Chris Tomlin), and "Sinking Deep" (Hillsong Young and Free). 

I began the message talking about the new series and how we all face seasons where we don't know what to do.  With it being a new church year, we have many new faces in the student ministry who are in a new setting.  I explained that everything we do as a ministry is based out of the following three objectives:

As we all experience new settings and new seasons of life, it is easy for us to try to manipulate situations, circumstances, even people to try to gain the comfort that we think we deserve.  So what do we do in these moments?  We read Psalm 46:8-11 and looking at these thoughts:
1) Stop Trying To Be God
We often have a Messiah complex and try to fix everything.  We have to stop trying to be God and trust Him instead.
2) Stop Trying To Make Others Be God
At first we think we don't do this.  When we think that someone is supposed to do something for us to make us happy or comfortable then we raise them to the level of God whether or not we realize it or mean to.  A good indicator that we are trying to make others be God is if we are constantly disappointed in them and blame them for our problems.

When we are in a new setting/season of life we must trust God to be God.  We can rest in the fact that the God that verse 10 says "I will be exalted in all the earth" is the very same God that verse 11 says that He is with us.