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CBC Youth Update (Sept. 15, 2014): For Leaders

What to focus on:
1. We can see that many of the students are extremely excited about youth group this semester (esp. the younger ones) Again, this is exactly what we’ve been praying for. So we need to slowly fuel that flame. Right now many of them just want to be a part of the program…which is alright for now. We don’t have to smash those dreams because it might lead to playing the game…but for right now, let’s focus on connecting them into the ministry. We need to build these bridges for later on where we can fortify their foundations and be able to disciple out of trust and relationships.
2. This week with your mentor/mentee(s)…the foundational element to work on is that of: BRIDGES. Find one or two things that you can actively do to build some bridges in your relationship (call, text, send a note, etc.) Remember those 3 people you’re assigned to connect with? Take these next two weeks and do these things. 
blessings everyone. 

CBC Youth Ministry & Philosophy: Theme & Vision for 2014-2015

We started praying back in the Spring of 2014 for God to give us some direction for this coming year. We were coming off of the theme and core value of “Community” and we were trying to figure out what came next. “Community” exposed a lot of things to us as a youth group and were crucial for us to go through as a ministry. It revealed to us that we (individually & corporately) were more self-centered, self-consumed, and self-reliant than we wanted to admit. When you have a theme that consistently reinforced being together, sharing your lives with one another, and loving others more than yourself…yeah, it starts to reveal things about where you are. 

So as the summer came and went, we tried to observe where God was taking this youth group. We knew there was going to be huge changes in the demographic of the youth group with a huge senior class leaving and a larger 6th grade class entering. So we took to our knees and prayed. We’ve said this from day 1 that our ministry, budget, and events better be led by prayer or else we’re doomed. So we had 2 separate meetings - adult leaders & youth leaders, and just prayed for vision. The praying led to our theme and vision for the 2014-2015 year. 

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Membership While Away

I’ve been approached by many students who are either going to college or are already at college about staying faithful to the church while away. I’m actually pleasantly surprised by their question because it shows that they’re heart is in the right place and hopefully they want to remain consistent in their understanding of the Gospel and church membership. 

But practically, this is what I would say to you college students who are members of a church back at home:

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Since Jesus Christ is the only way that God has provided for us to be saved, we sin when we find our meaning and worth in anything other than our identity in Christ. This sin is a form of idolatry, a refusal to believe the good news that God has saved us in Jesus alone, instead looking to and relying on someone, or something to give to us what only God can give.
Thomas, Scott. Gospel Coach (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2012), 47.
To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket — safe, dark, motionless, airless — it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. The alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation. The only place outside of Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell.
C.S. Lewis The Four Loves (1960)

Discovery Camp Impact 2014

Theme:

  • Dcamp: Glow
  • Impact: Thrive

Vision & Direction: As the camp board was praying through camp 2014 our hearts were burdened for our students in many ways. Ultimately we are begging the Lord to be gracious and converting the hearts of the students with the Gospel. Our prayers then turned to where our students were at this year and we realized that many of them have lost their sense of joy in their relationship with Christ. It has faded into a dull, passionless halt that have led many of them to run and chase after meaningless false gods. We want our students to see that Jesus is the source of all joy – better than games, relationships, and success. We want them to find unexplainable joy in knowing Christ and following him. This is our prayer for our students…not just for camp, but for their entire Christian journey. Join us in this ministry.

DCamp Theme Verse: 12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (Joh 8:12 ESV)

Camp Impact Passage: 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 9 obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (1Pe 1:8-9 ESV)

I trust you

You take what is broken
You redeem those unclean
You heal the hurt and the pain
This is me…all of me

I thought I had strength
Fooled into trusting in me
My pride has blinded my entire being
But I need you to help me see

My darkness has been my light
And I love the warmth of my sin
But it only betrays me
Heal me Jesus from within

You are better right?
The Bible did tell me so
Why can’t I feel you anymore?
What’s wrong with my soul?

I trust you. I trust you
You’ve proven to me time and time again
You’ve saved and changed me
I trust you. I trust you.

For most of Western history, the primary and most valued characteristic of manhood was self-mastery…A man who indulged in excessive eating, drinking, sleeping or sex - who failed to ‘rule himself’ - was considered unfit to rule his household, much less a polity…
Sara Lipton, “Those Manly Men of Yore,” New York Times, June 17, 2011
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