All of this week up until now has been preparation phase. Much like Jesus spent time having his identity formed by the Father.
In this session Charlie will be looking at the Baptism of Jesus, and how Jesus was then released into the Wild. As the young people return to their homes, to some degree this is where the real battle starts; to live into the identity that the Father gives us as beloved.
While God’s love for us is not dependent on our abilities, the incredible invitation of God’s kingdom is that we are invited to join in. We become allies with God, and God has made us with a plan, a purpose, and a unique calling to be used by God wherever life might take us. This session is all about proclaiming Kingdom potential all over our young people. That God wants to use them in the advancement of his Kingdom, and the renewal of this world.
What an incredible vision it would be to see young people praying for one another releasing dreams and prophecies about how God would use this generation for his glory!
Whether we like to admit it or not, even as followers of Jesus, we like to pride ourselves on how good we are, or even on how bad we are. The things we have done or are good at, or the sins we have perpetrated become our badge of honour that we live into and like to show off to the world. The focus in this session is to actually refute the lie that we are loved because of what we can do for God, or not loved because of what we have done against God.
This evening session shapes up as a night of response. Thus far we have been exposed to the idea that God deeply knows us, we have heard 2 of the 3 lies, and this is a session with response to the gospel of salvation as the hope! Because of who God is, God cannot help but love his children. The gospel is God’s radical love for his lost children with Jesus sacrifice being the greatest expression of God’s saving love!
This session focuses on the lie that I am only as good as the latest thing that I have. Whether that be on wealth, clothes, family of origin, or even talent. The lives of young people can often look like a pendulum based on the latest craze or thing, rather than the eternal inheritance of heaven. This session to some degree will be spent highlighting the temporal nature of life amidst the eternal story of God.