Faith is a big deal. We know that without faith, it’s impossible to please God. Why is that? Hebrews 11:6 NIV says: ... because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. How can you come to Him if you don’t first believe He exists? And what would keep you motivated to live your life for Him if you have no expectation that how you live matters to Him? It takes faith.
We all know our teenage years (and all other years for that matter) are spent looking ahead and wondering what’s next for us. This month, we’re exploring what real faith looks like as we learn to trust God with our futures. We’ll learn to hold our plans with open hands, and we’ll learn that God’s plan is better than any plan we could come up with for ourselves. Our all loving and wise Father is a God who is on our side, and He is worth trusting.
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$996,621.90. It cost Drake $996,621.90 to make his new hit song, God’s Plan. In his February release, you can catch Drake surprising communities, handing out stacks of cash and new cars, and rapping while doing it. You know, just casually making us cry and influencing culture in the way Drake does. And he calls it “God’s Plan”—an idea that sometimes our realities and expectations don’t always line up—for better or worse. Although we certainly can’t endorse every lyric in the song (obviously), we know one line is certainly true: “I can’t do this on my own.”
During the first week of May, Pastor Carlos Ortiz challenges our faith as he very clearly tells us, “There are a lot of things that happen that we can’t plan for, but as Christ-followers, we can get our hearts prepared...” Carlos tells the story of Gideon and how God’s plan involved way more faith than our comfort zones would allow. He also gives us a very practical application of how faith helps prove to us that we can’t, and shouldn’t, do this life on our own. We’ll challenge students that while we can’t plan for the unplanned, we can always prepare for it. How? By planning to start over, planning to say no, and planning to be creative.
During week two, Youth Pastors will speak live about how for things to be different, you have to be done. We’ll take a look at an interaction Jesus has with a man who had been unhealthy for a really long time. We’ll take the story of this miracle straight from John 5, where we’ll teach students that following Jesus means being done with our old lives of sin. We can’t just say we want to be different; we have to live it out. We’ll learn three key steps that lead to ultimate freedom: get up, pick up your mat, and walk.
We’ll close out our May series with a message to prepare students for what’s next in their lives. Through a message called Adulting 101, we’ll teach students that it doesn’t matter where they go but who goes with them. Hint: It’s Jesus. We’ll prepare our students to live impactful, game-changing lives and inspire them to live courageously in the face of the unknown. Through looking at Joshua’s story, we’ll discover that God’s plan for our lives is a lot simpler than we often think.