Pastor Joe will be out of the office through the end of the week. If you have any questions about CVCYouth, Frontlines or Show Up Events while he is gone, feel free to contact Lauren Meyer!
Phone: (440) 972-2246
Next up in the series The Greatest Stories Ever Told, Kyle Cryan taught about the parable of The Good Samaritan found in Luke 10:25-37. In this passage, Jesus was being tested by a Jewish lawyer. The lawyer knew the law, but he wanted to justify the extent that he was willing to go to be obedient to it. Jesus responded with a parable, an earthly story with heavenly meaning, to give the lawyer an example of the greatest commandment.
The story is about a man who was beaten, robbed and left to die by the side of the road. The priest and the Levite, who would be expected to stop and help, both passed by and left him to die. The Samaritan, a group of people who were looked down on in Jewish culture, who had compassion on the Jewish man and went to great lengths to take care of him. In this story, it was actually the Samaritan who carried out the greatest commandment.
Jesus was the best example of this. All of the Gospels contain stories of His compassion and mercy. The ultimate example of self-less love was His death on the cross in our place. If we believe this, our response should be one of compassion for the lost and hurting people around us - no matter who they are, what they look like, or what they believe.
Here’s what the students at Collide were challenged with:
- How can you grow in compassion?
- Like the Lawyer, are you making excuses for not loving the people around you?
- What would Collide look like if we all had the compassion of the Samaritan?
- How would your life change if you were as compassionate as the Samaritan?
For the Impact Summer Sessions, we will be going through a series called The Best of the Best. We have an awesome line up of your very own Impact Leaders, some of which you don’t normally get to hear from! They will each be answering the question “What’s the BEST thing I ever learned?” This will be a really cool opportunity to get to know the leaders a little better and hear them share personally how God has worked in their lives.
Kyle had a back-to-back morning this Sunday, since he was also scheduled to kick off the Impact Summer Sessions. He challenged us with the question, “Can believers struggle with depression and anxiety?” It can be easy to fall it the trap of thinking - if you believe that God is sovereign over all things, working everything out for good; if you know the hope of eternal salvation in Jesus Christ, how can you continue to struggle with something like depression?
In classic Kyle format, we spent the hour digging into different passages of scripture and discussing the topic of depression. We looked at multiple characters who evidenced signs of depression at different times: David (2 Sam. 12:15-23), Elijah (1 Kings 19:4-5), Job (Job 3:11, 26, 10:1, 30:15-17), Jeremiah (Jer. 20:14). Kyle was upfront with his own struggle with depression and shared with us some of what he has learned after years of dealing with it.
The bottom line is this - God is gracious and full of compassion; He will not waste a season of suffering and is always working His purpose in our lives. Kyle has had to hold fast to this truth. It doesn’t necessarily change his circumstances, but he has realized that he has the opportunity to bring God glory in the midst of his circumstances.
Kyle stirred up a lot of thoughts about this subject we don’t often talk about. We want to encourage you to continue the conversation with your teens. Here are some questions that may prompt further discussion:
- What is the difference between depression and discouragement?
- How do I combat discouragement?
- How do I combat depression?
- How can I help someone who may be struggling with depression?
Frontlines is less than a month away!!!
If your students are interested in coming to camp, make sure you get them registered!
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 at the bottom of this post.
The next Show Up Event is at the end of next week!
June 16th - Current 5th graders move up to Collide AND current 8th graders move up to Impact
July 7-12 - Frontlines Summer Camp
September 8th - Evening Impact resumes for the school year and Impact LifeGroups resume