At one point or another, we’ve all found ourselves camped out at the intersection of anxiety and apathy. Constantly shifting demands and distractions invite us to feel overwhelmed, making worry easy and mind-numbing indifference easier. What if it doesn’t have to be that way? What if we are being invited into something bigger, better, more meaningful, and eternal? First though, we have to let go of apathy and move toward action. To become the hands and feet of Jesus.
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This month, we’re challenging our students to let go of passive faith and to take a step to become the hands and feet of Jesus. We’re asking them the question: what difference can you make, today? For too long, this generation has been defined as apathetic and anxious. We are pointing them to something and someone eternal. The movement and person of Jesus. We are challenging students to put their faith into action and start being the kind of people who can bring heaven to earth.
In week one, we are introducing our students to the theme for the year: Yesterday, Today, Forever. We are giving them an answer to the question: What do I do when it seems like nothing matters and everything matters too much? We are pointing them to something and someone eternal and challenging them to take a step to become the hands of feet and Jesus. Why? Because what they do today matters in eternity. The goal isn’t to give all the answers to every question, but to introduce the overall theme, set up small groups to have great conversations, and to challenge our students to take a step in their faith journey.
During week two we’re exploring the dangers of slacktivism (slacking + activism = slacktivism) and how a slacktivist approach leads to discontentment, disempowerment, and disillusionment. We are asking students the question: What if they have taken a slacktivist approach to their faith? What if the Gospel is about more than just going to heaven when you die? What if following Jesus isn’t just concerned with your afterlife, but matters immensely to your life? The goal is to help students see the bigger picture of what it means to follow Jesus and to help them take one step to becoming the kind of person that can bring heaven to Earth.