Worship. In a culture and society that focuses so much time and attention on the self instead of the other, worship is a word that has become more and more distorted and misdirected. Fasting. In a world where the answer to every problem is more of this or that, the idea of fasting has been lost and forgotten. What would it look like if the next generation reclaimed the beauty, the wonder, and the power of worship and fasting? What if they discovered how those two disciplines come together in the perfect way to help us make room for God to do immeasurably more in us and through us than we could ever imagine?
Description and Notes
This month, we’re talking about key spiritual disciplines that will help our students grow in their relationships with Jesus. Specifically, we are honing in on worship and fasting. Why? Because these are powerful disciplines that often get overlooked by young people. These disciplines are more important than ever for studentsbecause of all the pressures and distractions thrown at them. We’re kicking off the month by inviting every student to take part in a global corporate fast that we will break together on week three with a worship night.
In week one, we’re introducing our students to worship and fasting and how they play together. We’ll teach our students what worship is and we’ll discuss the benefits of it scientifically, culturally, and biblically. Our students will discover the truth that worship unifies us with God and others. Students will explore the reality that worship proves our priorities. We’ll challenge our students to identify what priorities are ahead of God and invite them to join in on a two-week fast to make room for God to be their first priority.
During week two we’re showing students that denying themselves leads to ultimate freedom. We are challenging the idea in our culture that more will make you happy. Instead, we’re showing our students that the true path to freedom comes from denying our desires in order to put God first. We’ll give students a chance to hear from their worship pastor about his/her heart for them and worship. Finally, we’ll invite students to be expectant for what God can do during the second half of this fast.
Finally, in week three, we’ll break the fast with a worship night. This night is a celebration of the commitment our students made and stuck to, and of how God moved during that time. Students will put into action what they learned the past few weeks and have an opportunity to be fully engaged and committed during worship. Throughout the night, students will hear stories of life change, answered prayer, and expectations met from the fast. We’ll challenge students to take what happens tonight as fuel for keeping God first and for loving people the same way Jesus does.