Monthly Archives: June 2010
The books are in and are you coming on the journey? We have been meeting periodically on Tuesday afternoons (1pm-4pm) to eat, talk, and discuss a book. We will actually finish our first one today, What is the Gospel, and begin our second one, Dug Down Deep, on July 13th.
We are asking for any student wanting to participate to bring $10 for the book. Although we will not get started till July 13th meeting together, buy the book now and begin reading.
Here is a video that emphasizes the book.
We have been talking about the topic of OBEDIENCE with Vann’s youth for the past couple weeks. Last night we looked at Abram from Genesis 12:1-4 and learned from the life of Abram to OBEY God even when it doesn’t make sense, when you don’t know all the details, and even when you are afraid (Genesis 15:1).
Obedience can be a very challenging topic. We have a tendency t0 get comfortable and when God calls us to do something out of our comfort zone, we sometimes hesitate. It is also challenging when we begin to learn that something we have always assumed was good may not be as good for us as we thought. Maybe an older brother or sister was permitted to do some things that now you are told no to, not because they love you less but are better informed at this point.
My reading from the Bible this morning challenged me from 2 Kings 18:4b. “He broke into pieces the bronze snake that Moses made, for the Israelites burned incense to it up to that time. He called it Nehushtan (HCSB).” The “He” in this verse is the new King of Judah, Hezekiah. The Bible tells us Hezekiah became King when he was 25 years old. The Bible also says he did what was right in the LORD’s sight. Hezekiah obeyed God.
THOUGHT: If someone were to right of your life to date, would these words be able to be said of you and me?
What I found so convicting this morning from this passage was what Hezekiah did to the bronze serpent. Now the Bible says the king removed all the pagan, false worship spots. Now I understand that. It is easy for me to see everyone else’s worship problems. However, he then destroys the bronze serpent. WHY? Doesn’t Hezekiah know that Moses made that? What is he looking for, a short kingship? When I read Numbers 21:4-9, the bronze serpent was made by Moses to save people. Now we know the serpent didn’t save anyone, God did as they trusted Him. The bronze serpent existed because Moses was obedient.
However, obedience turned into an obstacle when the people began to worship the object and not God. The object was pointing to another. We read Jesus tell Nicodemus in the gospel of John, “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in Him will have eternal life (John 3:14-15).” God was saving those who trusted Him in the wilderness because ultimately He was sending a Savior to rescue the world from their sin.
The same God who said make it also said break it.
THOUGHT: What are those bronze serpents in our lives that at one time were there because of obedience, but are no longer necessary and actually an obstacle to obedience (fulfilling the Great Commission)? If God were to ask you to give up and break something that at one time was good, but now needs to go, could you do it?
What are your thoughts? What are some examples? Comment.
With Father’s Day quickly approaching, let be the first to say “Happy Father’s Day.” Let me also ask you, dads, can you relate to what Brian says in this video? Actually, a dad might not even be reading this and you need to go grab him for me and tell him I need him to watch this. Brian’s vocation is full-time minister to a local church, but your vocation might also present the same challenges his did to him and his family. Watch and ask, “Am I being the father God has called me to be?”
As we continue to look at obedience tonight in Youth in the Vann, we will look at the question “What are the benefits of Obedience?” How would you answer that question? How would you respond to your child’s reaction that God’s rules keep them from fun? If interested, come check us out tonight at 6:30PM in the Outreach Center.
As we looked at 1 Corinthians 15 this past Sunday evening, we noticed what God calls the most important news for all our lives. “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3).” We drew from this particular verse three truths to be encouraged and challenged by.
First, this message is priority. As we begin a new work week, we schedule and do that which is priority to us. Does this news remain priority to us as we go about our daily duties? Is this the news that gives us strength and hope throughout our week?
Second, we saw that there was a passing. Paul received and then he delivered. The Corinthians received and then one would assume they would deliver. Now we stand in a long line of people, who by the grace of God, have received the message of the good news of Jesus Christ and have been changed. What now? Now we pass it on. Who am I praying for this week that needs the gospel? Am I ready to share the greatest news ever given if God should open a door to pass it? One of the reasons for God giving us our vocations (jobs) is to be his ambassadors.
Lastly, we saw the promise. God had promised to redeem a people for Himself. The problem was that these people didn’t want saved and there was no man able to save them. God’s plan was to send no ordinary man, but the God-man. The Father Himself sending the Son to accomplish His will. God had promised throughout the Old Testament He would send a Savior and in Christ Jesus His plan is fulfilled to redeem His people. This Man would live a perfect life and die a sinner’s death. He would take upon Himself the punishment of sin, and in exchange give to those who repent, believe, and trust, His righteousness. The Gospel is good news that those who believe would be reconciled to their God and live for eternity in a restored relationship with Him.
Check out this video for help in explaining the gospel to those you know.
In light of this week being VBS and it being very busy, have a laugh and we will resume regular posts to this site next week.
This is a conference for parent’s and their kids who are in junior/high school. I could not encourage it enough. The location in Nashville, TN is less than two hours to our south. Consider a weekend worth investing in.