Engaging God –week 4

Tonight is our final installment of our Engage God series for our youth group. Our congregation has been considering what this means since January, and will continue through the rest of this year.  What a great year it has been at Chisholm Trail, we have began Sunday night small groups and have had on average 80 percent of Sunday morning attendance coming back Sunday nights. Also, in the youth program, I feel like things are clicking well, and we are navigating big change coming up next week that will affect the way we do our Bible Bowl and LTC ministries. What we have is a mindset of event driven youth ministry, I along with some fantastic folks, are trying to change our thinking from event to ministry and relationships. We are excited about the Quest (our name for our Wednesday night ministry training and Family Bible studies — more information to come on this)…

Engaging God @ “out there” week 4

  • A couple of observations: Review
  • Open Question: tell me what it means to engage something?
    • What then does it mean to engage God?
    • 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
    • ENGAGING God is a matter of priorities
  • We’ve talked about engaging God at church, at school, and tonight we close this series by talking about engaging God “out there,” outside the church building.
  • Turn your Bibles to Matthew 28:16-20,
    • What does this passage say? What is the first thing we are told to do? To Go!
    • If we are to make disciples and teach others about Jesus, we can’t do it if we don’t leave the church building
    • For the most part, lost people aren’t flocking to churches
    • Jesus has called us to go and find them
  • Turn to Matthew 25:31-46
    • What happens in this story?
    • I think this story can be summarized by two words:
      • See – notice, the sheep are the one’s who saw a need and they met it
      • Be – they were living out their faith
    • The goats, saw the need, but didn’t really see
      • They ignored an opportunity to serve
    • One final observation: service matters! Where we end up for eternity is determined by how take care, love, and serve the least of these
  • Let me be clear, we aren’t saved by our good works
    • Doing good follows becoming a new creation/a follower of Jesus
    • Look at Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
    • Doing good demonstrates whose we are, it is central to our DNA as Christians
      • You remember these words from Matthew 22:36-40, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus 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. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
  • We have 24 hours each day, 24 hours of opportunities to let somebody see Jesus in us, or to be Jesus for someone else
    • Consider 1 Peter 2:11-12, “Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.”
    • Even though this world is not our home, we are still called to reach out to other people. We are called to be examples, and you need to know that people are watching.
    • Are you an “everywhere” kind of person?
      • “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.” – 2 Cor. 2:14
  • So, what can you do starting right now to engage God “out there?”

About Jason Retherford

The random musings of a youth minister.
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