May We Seek to Become More Like Jesus 11.11.18

November 11, 2018
Youth Ministry Update


““All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28: 18-20 NIV
If the Greatest Commandments, love God and love others (Matthew 22:36-40), instruct us on how we should live, then the Great Commission (above) should instruct us on what we should be doing as we live. Jesus made it clear that we should focus on making disciples, baptizing them, and teaching all He has commanded. He reminded us of His authority in heaven and on earth and His love for us who do His work. He promised that He would be with us always. Jesus’s reminder and promise should give us courage and hope as we evangelize in our community, baptize believers into our fellowship and teach others to become disciples of Jesus.
How are we personally and corporately doing at enacting His commands? I know that in my own life I find myself seeking out temporal, earthly comfort as my default act, much more than heavenly reward. I find myself bathed in a culture that will allow me to be “happy” if I only sacrifice my waking moments to worrying about how to afford it all. I see our nation is putting increasing pressure on us to be apathetic and sedentary as we consume ever more media and produce more noise under the guise of communication. We are encouraged to be the rich young rulers to our very own kingdoms of comfort who find ourselves unwilling to hand it all over to the poor in order follow Jesus and inherit eternal life. I feel this acutely in my own life as I know that I not only bear the responsibility for my own spiritual health but also that of those who look to me as an example (see James 3:1-2).
Thanks be to God for his mercy and his sanctification process, that he gives us the Bible as a witness to His work and as an example of how He works out His promises. Throughout the New Testament, we are presented with churches suffering and stumbling in one fashion or another in such a way that an apostle felt the need to confront their sin in writing, but God used these churches anyway. The Old Testament is the grueling history of the stumbling nation of Israel that God felt the need to chastise regularly, but God used Israel anyway. Our greatest consolation, when confronted with Jesus’s commands, should be Jesus Himself, His love, His mercy, His forgiveness. When we, I, feel as though we are most apart from God is when we seek Him the most, and when He can be most glorified. May we ever seek to be more like Him.
Upcoming Lessons:
Sunday 11/11
Luke 14:7-36: The Cost of Being a Disciple
PDYM Part 1: Programming for the Congregation Student
Wednesday 11/14: Prepare for the Musical!
Event Updates:
Ignition: December 26-30
Prayer Requests:
Student Work Scholarship: We need work to do. Please pray that people would be moved to assist our students in raising the money for Ignition.
Gratitude: I am not very good at expressing gratitude beyond those in front of me. Please pray for me that I can be more appreciative of those who help from afar. Our ministry would not exist were it not for God’s blessing through His church.
Greg Horton
Youth Director