Love God...Love Others

Love God...Love Others

Why are you here? What drives you to come to rockyouth Student Ministry? Are you here because your friends are? Because there’s nothing else to do? Do you lead because it makes you feel good? Because the kids you serve with are your ‘favorites?’ Do you ever wonder why you should be here? Or leave wondering if you missed something that would have made coming even more worth it? Maybe we need to take a closer look at what the purpose of coming together as the church is and see if we are inline with the Truth of the Bible.

The Spirit of Giving-John the Baptist

The Spirit of Giving-John the Baptist

So often, we do good things at Christmas, but if we leave out the name of Jesus, have we missed the point? Have we met the temporary need while leaving the eternal one unmet? Christmas is a season where people are already acknowledging Jesus, they just don't know why. We are the bridge to that understanding but we must tell by making the most of every opportunity... The important thing- don't leave out the gospel! 

The Spirit of Giving

The Spirit of Giving

So often, we do good things at Christmas, but if we leave out the name of Jesus, have we missed the point? Have we met the temporary need while leaving the eternal one unmet? Christmas is a season where people are already acknowledging Jesus, they just don't know why. We are the bridge to that understanding but we must tell by making the most of every opportunity... The important thing- don't leave out the gospel! 

Fear of the Unknown

Fear of the Unknown

We all have fears in life.  Spiders, heights, public speaking, being alone, etc.  God tells us to not be afraid in Joshua 1:9 and yet tells us to fear the Lord in Deuteronomy 10:12.  Our fears of Earthly things can affect our walks and even sometimes halt them altogether.  We are called to not fear those things, which can seem impossible at times.  But if our fear of the Lord is true and real, we will be able to overcome all our insecurities and fears because we know that He is there with us.

What fills your mind

What are you letting your mind be filled with? No one knows what is truly going on in your head except you and God. It is easy to live a life of hiding behind our “good” actions, but it only lasts for so long. If we crack the door to sin, it will push the whole door down. We need to be casting out all evil thoughts and filling it back up with Godly thoughts/ scripture

The Grass is always Greener

Often we live waiting for ‘the future.’ We dream about what could be or how things will be different when our situation changes. “Once I’m done with school,” “After I move out,” or “when I’m married…” Even when we aren’t looking ahead, we are tempted to look next door at what the people around us are doing. We are tripped up with thoughts of “If only I had their…” or “If God gave me….” The grass is never greener on the other side. The healthiest, most vibrant, and most fulfilled live happens we we are living out who God made us to be, right where we are at. 

Slave to Nothing

While God gives us the freedom to make our own choices, the Bible is clear that we shouldn’t be mastered by anything. Sometimes our choices result in our own enslavement; when this happens, we’ve become entangled in sin that holds us back in many ways. God desires that we throw off this sin and experience true freedom in Christ. 

Perfected in Weakness

The Bible promises that while in this world, we will have trouble. Sometimes, despite our obedience or even our pleading with the Lord to remove the trial from us, it persists and life is just hard! However, as followers of Christ, we know that God’s grace is sufficient for us. Life may not be easy, but the Lord is more than capable of carrying us through. Not only that but he promises us in 2 Corinthians 12 that he will perfect us through our weakness.

Share your Scars

Sometimes we look at our mistakes, our wounds, and our scars and we're tempted to keep them hidden as the ugliness of our past. The enemy whispers that the scars of past trials make us unworthy or that those scars should be a source of guilt and shame. After His resurrection, Jesus readily used his scars to give Him a voice in the lives of others. They told the story of God's faithfulness and power. His scars weren't kept hidden or covered; instead, they became his testimony.