We had our first combined night of Merge (7th-8th grade) and Crave (9th-12th grade), hence the Merve/Crage title. It was a great night for the entire student ministry to be in the same room and bring the 2 elements together. I think it was a good mix of what merge and crave represent. We have one more combined night scheduled later this semester to wrap up our Sunday evenings. After last night I look forward to everyone being able to come together again.
Last night our message was titled Lead the Generation. What really spurred the whole thing was a video that a church made for their student weekend. There is something about this video that spoke to me and once I saw it I knew that I wanted to use it to speak to our students. Take a minute to watch it and then read the rest of the post. I used it at the beginning of my speaking time to set the tone and direction of the night.
Our scripture came from Exodus 3:1-6, 10-15
This is a very familiar story and we had some fun as the whole group retelling the major events that led up to where we picked up in the story of Moses. There are several similarities between Moses response to God about leading his generation and how we and our students respond to leading their generation. Below are some quick hits of these similarities:
-Like Moses we feel ill-prepared to go and lead but God has given us the same instructions: we carry His name (v.14) and we are sent by Him. We don’t go alone and he is equipping us and preparing us
-Like Moses we make excuses for not being ready (Ex. 4:1, 10) but He is preparing the way for us. We don’t know what God might be doing to in someone else’s life to get them to a point to respond to Christ.
-Like Moses we get to concerned with what someone’s response MIGHT be-but our calling isn’t to be concerned with their response. We should be ready with our response.
-Moses had no way of knowing how things would turn out-but he answered the call to lead his generation.
There were so many strong statements in the video that I want to revisit them in a little bit more detail here are some of them:
A violent wind is a whisper of His power-speaks of the awesomeness of God
A prophet to the nations that’s what I had in mind for you-We talked that nations here doesn’t have to mean foreign nations, it could your your school, sports team, circle of friends and includes all believers
Insignificant days, irrelevant, mundane-describes how most of go through life. We call these throw way trash days=they don’t mean anything
He draws us into the light-implies that we are in the dark without Him
Go lead the people
Chosen, hand picked-we are specifically designed to reach those that God has put around us.
Awakening to our generation-God wants to use us to do something much bigger that we can accomplish on our own
Desperate for your obedience-We have the command of Jesus to go and tell others and the world desperately needs to hear His message
Born to lead-God has designed all of us to lead in our capacity
Take the land-this represents their schools
Stand rooted in truth-this world needs the truth found in Him
Born to know the father and to make Him known
Life is short but our days can echo for eternity-the things we do for Christ are much bigger than ourselves. They have the chance to change whole generations of people
Hold tight to your calling and recklessly follow Jesus
He’s not asking us to do it alone or do something he hasn’t done
Lead The Generation
Finally we wrapped up by answering the question How do we lead?
1) Live as an example- walk with God, share the ways He’s moving and working in your life. Truly have a relationship with Him, not some cultural Christianity because we live in the south
2) Don’t be afraid to live a life worthy of Him-I don’t think it’s a matter of not knowing what to do but and issue of not following Jesus. When we follow after Christ and look back we will never see regrets. We will only see how He has moved in our lives and in other’s lives.
3) Recklessly follow after Jesus-don’t count the cost, don’t look at the risk, He’s already promised that He’s the reward. We talked about reckless driver and how they are not concerned with staying in the lines of the road or what’s in front of
There were a number of scripture that I thought about using for this message, but in the end went with the Exodus passage. But I still wanted to incorporate those other scriptures. We printed out a business card size card that read: In an effort to help encourage and challenge you to LEAD THE GENERATION, we have provided some scriptures for you to read and pray over this week. Ask God to reveal His purpose in your life as you seek to know Him better and make Him known to others.
I encourage you to read the scriptures for yourself and discuss them and the entire night with your student.