"The way up is the way down"
If you were at CVC yesterday, you heard a little bit about the transition in youth ministry. Pastor Rick Eimers is moving into leadership of all internal and external serving opportunities and I have the privilege of leading CVCYouth. Many of you already knew this from our blog posts a few months ago.
As I have led CVCYouth over the past few months, I have learned much about myself, about leadership, about grace, and about humility. J.D. Greear, the current president of the South Baptist Convention, notes that “the way up is the way down.” God requires that we deny ourselves and take up our cross if we are to follow him. He’s not looking for superstars, he is looking for servants.
I’m learning that leading and serving at the same time can be difficult. The Lord is teaching me much about both.
As we continue on this journey together, I ask that you would pray for me and give me grace where you can. I’m taking a good look at everything that we do and why we do it. I’m asking the Lord for wisdom, meeting with youth pastors all over the area, gleaning insight from our LifeGroup leaders, and am working to slowly but surely to ensure that everything that we do in CVCYouth is aligned with the vision of CVC and is focused on making disciples.
I’m looking forward to all that the Lord has for us in the future!
At Collide this week, we were taught about the three words that the Bible uses to describe someone who isn't wise.
A simpleton is someone who is on the edge of being foolish, but are just simple-minded. A fool is when a person becomes so convinced that they are correct that they do not care or take in what anyone else says. Finally, the mocker is the greatest extent of a fool. They are a person with so much pride that they make fun of everything and everyone.
It was emphasized that wisdom can only come through faith. The students were challenged to look at what areas in their life they are being foolish and how we can change and heal those situations.
This week at Impact we studied three ways to attain wisdom in Christ. In Matthew 10, Jesus says, "Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves." Here Jesus is saying to be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. In today's sinful world, there is destruction and issues that are hard to avoid. In "a world of wolves", we are called to act as sheep. If you google sheep fighting, you come up with 43,900,000 results in 0.45 seconds. But not one of those 43,900,000 appear to contain one video of sheep fighting with another animal. That itself proves what we are called to be. Peaceful, sheep.
Wisdom is something that is essential for Christians, but can be hard to define. Wisdom is having the ability to use God's word to discern doing the right thing and the wrong thing. A decision is wise if it brings glory to God and benefits to the believer. Proverbs 26:4-5 warns believers of becoming fools by engaging in foolish arguments, as well as when it is beneficial to approach an argument to call them out in love. There are certain scenarios where it is a wise decision to talk to someone about the foolishness that is pouring out of their mouth and there other times when involvement in arguments over foolish talk is not beneficial. Wisdom requires you and I to discern what is in the Bible and jump out in faith to make a decision.
There are three things that will allow you to grow in wisdom and and discernment:
1. Grab ahold of, behold, and treasure Jesus above everything in this world.
2. Have God's word in your mind.
3. Don't be afraid to make mistakes- you're going to.
Those of you who are in Christ Jesus have received the wisdom of God. There is no wisdom outside of Christ! Power and wisdom comes from having wisdom in Christ. If you want to be wise, you have to have Christ. Everything you own, every relationship you're in, every family member in your life-- it all means nothing compared to Christ. You should be able to say, "Jesus is infinitely valuable to me." And if Jesus is infinitely valuable to you, you should crave knowledge of his word. When you build something, you have to start from the foundation in order for it to last. This applies to the importance of the Word. Our love for Jesus and our biblical knowledge needs to be at our core. Treasuring Jesus above everything, having God's word in your mind, and making mistakes are three of the steps to living a life of wisdom.
May 12th - No Impact (Mother's Day)
May 19th - Last day for Frontlines Early Bird Registration
May 26th - Final Impact of the School Year
June 9th - Impact Summer Sessions Begins*
June 16th - Current 8th grade students move up to Impact (high school).
July 7-12 - Frontlines Summer Camp
*During the summer months, Impact meets at 9:30am in room 104 and does not meet on Sunday evenings.