Enagaging God part 1

Our theme for the year here at Chisholm Trail, has been Engaging God. Our Sunday worship times and class times have helped us to delve into this topic. In September, I am working on a series gear specifically for our teens. I am gonna post it in three parts:

Here is part one:

  • You have heard now for several months, Leonard talking about engaging God.
    • What does it mean to engage something?
      • To interact, to commit, to enter into relationship
    • What does it mean to ENGAGE with God?
      • To interact, to commit, to enter into relationship or go deeper in our commitments and relationships.
  • SYATP is coming up on 9.23.09 @7am, at your school flag pole
    • The theme this year is ENGAGE*
    • 2 Kings 22:13a, “Go and pray to God for me and for the people…”
    • Josiah:
      • A young man named Josiah began on the greatest revivals and awakenings in the OT.
      • King at age 8
      • At the age of 16 he began to passionately pursue God
      • Listen to 2 Kings 22:2, “He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and walked in all the walls of his father David, not turning aside to the right or to the left.”
      • Josiah then begins to clean house, so to speak
        • Tearing down idols, and competing places of worship, purging Israel of the idolatry that had been so prevalent and challenging the nation to rededicate, or to reengage with God
  • Over the next several weeks, or till the end of September, I want to talk about ENGAGING God in three different places: school, community, and our church
  • Tonight, though, I want to us to FOCUS exclusively on what it means to Engage with God, and what this looks like
  • Turn with me if you will to Matthew 22: 34-40
    • These are familiar words, but they speak so clearly to what it means to fully engage with God
    • “ 34Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’40All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
    • A couple of observations:
      • ENGAGING God is a commitment of the whole self
        • All your heart, all your soul, and all your mind
        • Not a part-time, Wednesday and Sunday endeavor only
      • ENGAGING God is a commitment of selflessness:
        • Loving our neighbors – we will talk more about this in a couple of weeks
        • But for tonight here this: All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments. In other words, the Bible can be summarized is ENGAGING God fully, and ENGAGING others fully!
      • ENGAGING God is about relationships
  • Turn with me to Luke 14:25-35
    • As we consider this commitment of the whole self listen to the words of Jesus from Luke 14…
    • 25Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: 26“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple. 27And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. 28“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? 29For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, 30saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’ 31“Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Will he not first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 32If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. 33In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple. 34“Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? 35It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out. “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
    • Matthew 6:33 fits right in here (seek first his kingdom…)
      • God’s rule over your life
      • Jesus has said that love for Him is above all other relationships
        • Not to be entered into lightly
        • Following Jesus is a full-time commitment
      • Jesus has said that love Him is above all other things
        • “In the same way, any of you who does give up everything he has cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:33)
    • ENGAGING God is a matter of priorities
      • Where are your priorities? What do you hold dear?
      • Any people who you love more than God?
      • Hate: not like kill hate, but a love that competes for first place in your life
      • Jesus wants full devotion, not half-hearted disciples

      *From the See You At the Pole annual brochure, 2009

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About Jason Retherford

The random musings of a youth minister.
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