This post sums up my Encounter 2012 series. Overall our youth group had a great trip. We were able to take part in my youth minister’s last official Encounter trip due to his new career in clinical psychology. It was really special for our group to be together and enjoy so many memories.
This class began with Luke Chapter 5. Specifically Verse 11.
“So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.”
They left EVERYTHING to follow Him!
Then we were asked to rank how we spend our time. Here is my list (in no particular order).
The teacher stood up and began to share his list. He spoke about his different roles and as he progressed he took each layer of his t-shirts off. Each shirt showcased an identity that encompasses his life. His examples were, I run, I study, I work, dad, I love Jesus.
The 2 greatest commandments are:
1, Love God with all your heart soul mind and strength
2. Love your neighbor as yourself
If #1 is in line then everything else will fall into place.
1 John 4:7
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.”
When God looks at you He sees His son. He sees you who are exactly like Jesus…and for that we should praise Him.
The class began with the story of Adam and Eve (found in Genesis). He made the point that Adam and Eve felt shame after they realized that they were naked.
We played a human game of checkers. The goal was to get as many kings as possible overall. Instead of trying to meet this goal, the team captains who got to dictate all the moves tried to eliminate the opposing team’s players and only gain kings for themselves.
The same thing happens in our youth group. We try to have the best time for ourselves and tend to push everyone else aside. We fall into this trip repeatedly. As a leader in our group I constantly struggled with this and nobody really talks about it.
1. King Hezekiah and Manasseh (2 Kings 20, 21)
If Hezekiah died when he was supposed to then he would never have been born.
2. Abraham (Genesis 12)
God promises that through him all families of the earth will be blessed.
Abraham goes to Egypt
Lies about his wife
They get caught by Pharaoh, who pays for his sin through curses
We need to help people more by leading them to the crown instead of jumping them.
We choose to focus on winning instead of helping.
He told us the parable of the people who worked different amounts and lengths of time yet all received the same pay.
Haven is already promised to you, so now what?
God didn’t take you right when you were baptized so obviously that isn’t His #1 priority.
You were never created to be an individual. Even “self-control” (fruit of the spirit) is a team effort between each person and God.
Luck of the Reeses
Avoid conflict- handle it correctly
Churches handle conflict bad and it can ruin an entire group of believers.
John 13:35 “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
James 3:6 “The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.”
Every time you have a conflict with another person, you have a conflict with yourself and with God, because we were made in the image of God.
Sermon on the Mount
Jesus gives list of the beatitudes.
Blessed is the peace maker for he is a child of God.
Conflict starts to distort your reflection. As a person of God you should look at the person you are having conflict with and love them more than you love yourself.
We can’t witness to others if conflict is degrading the image.