How often do you think about eternity? It is so easy to get wrapped up in the here and now. But the reality is, our life is only a moment in comparison to eternity.
This Sunday in Collide, Joe Genco shared a story from Luke 12:13-21. Jesus is warning his followers, “Guard yourselves from want…” He tells a story of a man who has worked hard for a comfortable life. He invested his time, energy and resources into the things of this world, and as a result, he had an abundance of things. But God calls this man a fool. His life was wasted, because it was invested in something that doesn’t last. Jesus sums it up well, “…for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (v. 15)
Life is found when we seek eternity. We have a choice to seek things here on earth or to invest in eternity. Later in Luke 12, Jesus says, “Seek the kingdom of God, and these things will be added to you.” He’s talking about all of our needs in this life -we don’t have to worry, because God is sovereign and cares about our needs.
How do we live for eternity? The students considered that question during lifegroups. Continue to encourage your middle schoolers to consider how they can impact the kingdom, even at a young age!
Who is Melissa Erikson?
You don’t have to spend much time with Melissa to discover that she loves cats. Some other fun facts -she loves running, specifically running ultra-marathons, she speaks German, and enjoys hot beverages. She ran track in high school, played the trumpet for marching band. She works at CVC doing technical arts. All of those things help you get to know Melissa a little better, but none of those things define who she is.
Melissa addressed the topic of IDENTITY and challenged us to think about what defines us. Who do I say that I am? Who do people say that I am? Who does God say that I am?
We took a look at the first identity crisis of all time, in Genesis 3. In chapter 1, God says that he made man in His own image. Yet, in chapter 3, we see that Eve bought in to the lies of the serpent that the fruit had the power to make her like God, something that God had already said was true about her. It is so easy to get caught in the trap of an identity crisis, believing lies rather than living by what God says is true.
A great reminder for us of who God says we are can be found in Ephesians 1:3-14. It gives us a clear description of what is true of those who are in Christ. It says we are chosen, holy and beloved. We are adopted into the family of God. We are redeemed, bought with the precious blood of Christ. We are forgiven. We have been given an inheritance that is kept in heaven for us. We were sealed with the Holy Spirit.
The challenge for us is two-fold: first, believing that is true; and then living like that is true.
How would my life look different if I am confident in who God says I am?
Frontlines is less than a month away!!!
If your students want to come to camp, they need to register!
We also need volunteers! If you are able to help during registration or when the teens get back at the end of the week, please sign up here! (Click the link for dates and times.)
Summer Show up Events
These events are designed for students to just "show up." There is no prep, no signing up, no release forms. Just bring them to the location at the time mentioned and then pick them up when it's over (or stay and hang out with us!).
These are easy, quick, fun events to help students stay connected all summer.
New 6th graders - you are INVITED!!
You can download the schedule HERE or see it below.
The next Show Up Event is this Friday!
September 8th - Evening Impact resumes for the school year and Impact LifeGroups resume