C.I.Y. Move Day #4

Jun 27th

Move 2014 Blog Day 4 Seniors

The week’s theme is This Changes Everything, meaning that the resurrection of Jesus changed, is changing, and will change every aspect of our lives and the world. To put legs to this idea, our students are reading through the book of James, a letter to the early church that was written by the brother of Jesus.

The fact that James would write a letter about the Christian life is amazing because, just years earlier, he didn’t think his brother was the Messiah… let alone that he had risen from the dead. But, when he became a believer in Jesus’ resurrection, he was transformed and became a leader in the Jerusalem church.

In his letter, James challenged Christians with these words: “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?… Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you.” (Chapter 4)

To James, the list is endless of what can be transformed by the resurrection: families, language, and culture. Like we see in Chapter 4, relationships are big part of his list. So, that’s what our students focused on yesterday – UNITY – unity in their relationships with each other and, in particular, their friendships within the church.

If you’ve spent time around High School students, you know that each and every day can be challenging for them. I’m not just talking about whatever tasks they might have to accomplish, but also the relationships and social-pressures they have to deal with. One day, they’re best friends with someone and the next, the two are enemies. Those same social issues can make their way into the church environment (no different than the adult experience) and cause a Youth Group to be intimidating to teenagers who have never attended.

So, our students were challenged to reflect on their relationships within the Body of Christ. Have they focused too much on their own agenda? Have they missed out on opportunities to show the world what the resurrection has done in their lives?

The Church, the place where there is “neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free,” insider nor outsider, should be one of the greatest apologetics to the world. This means that our youth group should allow the resurrection to transform it into the kind of place that can only exist if God is real and Jesus was raised from the dead.

After contemplating James’ challenge for unity, thousands of High Schoolers tied light-bulb-filled balloons to long pieces of string. The strings were then raised into the air as a symbol of our students’ commitment to seek unity instead of division. And everyone sang praises to God underneath a spectacular canopy of lights.

 Move 2014 Blog Day 3 Lights

Join us in praying that each and every Parkview student remembers the moment when they committed to unity, to a resurrection life, to showing the world the kind of impact Jesus can make on relationships.

Move 2014 worship under globes