Lent & Love: Surrender to Refocus

Lent, what is it and what is its significance to us as Christ followers?

Well, Lent is a 46 day period in which believers surrender, or stop doing/eating, something they enjoy in order to devote more time focussing in on the person, works, life, death, and resurrection
of Jesus Christ. 

But Lent is about more than just giving something up for Jesus. Lent, at it’s core is about surrendering because of love. 

Consider for a moment things you enjoy that are not necessarily bad or sinful, just something you like to eat or do. Maybe you love coffee, or watching sports, or eating chocolate. None of those are bad they are neutral. 

But what if Christ appeared next to you and He said, “Instead of drinking coffee, watching the Cavs, or playing sports. Use that extra time and energy to focus in on me and who I really am to you.” 

Truthfully, the question behind the intent of Lent is this; “Do you love Christ enough to give up everything in order to know Him as deeply and fully as you can?”

Consider your love for Christ this valentines day. Sit down as a family and find one thing each of you can give up for the next 46 days and in that surrendering, pursue knowing Christ more fully. 

This years Lent begins this Wednesday, Valentines Day, and lasts until Easter Sunday April 1st. 

WINTER RETREAT

Winter Retreat is officially less than two weeks away! 
The final preparations have begun.

Glow sticks are being bought, playlists are being made, and some incredible sermons are being prepped! 

TOMORROW is the last day to register for Winter Retreat!
We’ve still got room left for students so, sign up
before it is too late. 

Be sure to check back on Thursday for the packing list and 
click the button below to register! 

Click here to register for Winter Retreat!

FRONTLINES!!

That’s right! We have already chosen a theme for Frontlines!

And yes, we will not be telling anyone. 
Instead we will be releasing a bunch of clues
all over our social media accounts!

We will have pictures, videos, sound files, scripture verses, and other types of clues that will help you decipher the theme!

So be sure to follow us @CVCYouth on Twitter and Instagram.
Be on the lookout for the hashtag #FRONTLINESCLUE!
Also be sure to “Like” us on Facebook and check the weekly blog
to stay up to date!

Lastly send us any and all speculations you might have
as to what the theme is!

IMPACT FAMILY TIME

On Sunday we got to hear from Lauren Shepherd as she lead us through Romans 3:21-26. 

After weeks of reiterating the message of: “We are all bad, there is nothing good in us. only God can be and is good.”

We finally got to the good news, the Gospel. The saving grace of Jesus Christ! Romans 3:23-24; “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”

Lauren’s main point was that our salvation was free
but it was not cheap!

Finally Lauren really challenged the students to think deeply and consider this question: “Do you treat the Gospel as the most precious thing you have ever received?”

This week sit down with your student and even consider for yourself the answer to that question. How do you treat the salvation you have been freely given?

COLLIDE FAMILY TIME

This Sunday we got to hear from Mission’s Intern Aogu Suzuki as he spoke on Romans 12:1 -2! 

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Aogu spoke on the idea of escaping sin and shame by becoming a living sacrifice for God, not conforming to the world, and renewing our minds on the Lord. 

This week talk to your student about surrendering their life to Jesus by living for Him. Whether that means giving up a sport to be at Church more or by making friends with kids at school
who do not have any. 

Help you student begin to focus on Christ. To renew their mind and empty it of all the clutter that has been placed there by the world. 

Consider helping your student achieve this through the process of Lent – maybe together, you and your students can refocus on Christ and renew your lives and minds. 

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