Monthly Archives: March 2008

God created us for Relationship and Community

I’ve been thinking a lot about how we reach our communities with the gospel. Here are a few thoughts on two terms we throw around today “relationship” and “community.”

Here’s what I think is important to reach our ever-changing world with Jesus.

God’s desire is reconciliation of people to Himself. We find that in the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were actively involved in a relationship with God. Through their disobedience to God, we are the direct results of sin and are in need or restoration.

In today’s culture of postmodern thought there is a need for Christians to engage the world by building relationships with them. First, we need to know that God does not need us but wants us. He desires to use us to bring Him glory and share the gospel to all people. It is important to understand that from the overflow of our relationship with Christ, we share the gospel to an unbelieving world, we are not alone in building relationships in our communities. In Acts 1:8 it says, “For you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you…” We will not reach our communities with the gospel without the Holy Spirit’s power. I serve as a Student Pastor and the more students I converse with and listen to, the more I realize that I must show them Jesus, not just talk about Him. Jesus came to, “seek and save the lost.” Our goal must be to present the gospel, let the Holy Spirit draw the person, and be sensitive to helping the person put their faith and trust in Christ alone.

In order for us to reach the lost with the gospel, we must show an example of community. Community in today’s culture is quite independent. Jesus taught us to be completely defendant upon Him and to love others (Matthew 22:39) above ourselves. Lastly, we must model Jesus’ approach to love people and be willing to impact isolated people with the intimate gospel of Jesus Christ. God created us for relationship and as people all across our communities are searching, we must be ready to share the life-changing message of Jesus.

What do you think?

Orlando Youth Conference

We had a great time at church today. It was great to begin two services here at Celebration Baptist Church. I thought it went really smooth. I’m looking forward to the future of what God has in store for the church to reach this community for Christ.

I’m stoked…I just arrived here in Orlando for the Youth Pastor Summit. It is a free youth pastor conference put on by SLU (Student Leadership University). I’m so thankful that I get to be here and learn from some great leaders.

More importantly…

What I’m most in need for is a fresh word from the Lord. Life has been quite busy lately with a wedding coming up in a few months, youth ministry, trying to find a place to live in June, etc…

I am at a point in my life that God is showing me that my faith needs to be stretched. I am realizing that I must become focused on grabbing a hold of God’s heart each and every day. For those of you who might relate to how busy one can get in ministry and all the while miss sitting at the feet of Jesus.

I don’t know about you (for those few people that actually read my blog) but I need to listen more. Listen and follow God’s Spirit.

This truth has resonated a lot to me lately…

Ministry doesn’t need to be first in my life.

My relationship with Jesus needs to be first and foremost in my life.

Anybody want to throw in their “two cents?”

Funny video

Once again my younger brother Justin has delivered another quality, hilarious video. This video is a spoof of a great show called, “Man vs. Wild.”

Revolutionary purity

I’m excited about the series we’re doing at Elevate this month. Over the past few months I have been hearing about how students are more sexually active than ever. I’m burdened for students who are following the lie of, “whatever feels good, do it.”

I’ve been reading lately some of the book, “The Five Love Languages.” It is a great read and I encourage you to get a copy. In the book it talks about the first stage of love. We will call it “obsessive” love. This is the type of love that most students have in high school for their boyfriend/girlfriend. This obsessive love is where they lose sight of reality and believe the person is perfect! The feeling of “butterflies” is the driving force of the relationship.

If only we moved past this type of love in relationships we would see marriages last. I am not just talking about middle school/high school crushes. I believer we must teach and model to students that they are made to love God with undying passion. Instead of focusing their entire adolescent years on another boy/girl that they are blindly obsessed with, instead, they could be reaching their friends for Christ and preparing for marriage. Am I saying that students aren’t supposed to date? No, but I do encourage them to focus their time and energy on God’s will for their lives and not to go out seeking out a date.
Why? Because most adolescent relationships do not end in marriage. I know people who have met in high school and have good marriages.

God’s passion is for students to fall more in love with Him first before they are able to truly love someone else.

My prayer is that students will grab onto Revolutionary Purity and fall in love with Jesus more and more each day.
My prayer is that students will grow up and have meaningful, Christ-centered marriages.
My prayer is that students will rise up and stand for the truth in order to glorify God.

This verse is the backing of Revolutionary purity:

Matthew 22:37 (esv)
“And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”

What do you think about relationships/purity in youth culture?

What is our response as leaders to the “obsessive love” in youth culture?