From time to time in life, which should be more times than not, we need to refresh our-self about many things. We need to refresh ourselves For instance, it is important for couples (speaking to those of you who are married) to refresh their love for one another by spending time with each other apart from their children.
Honestly, I’m having a difficult time thinking of an example from my youth about refreshing; however, I believe the following would
This is why from time to time I like to throw out settle refreshers of why we do what we do. There are two things that I would like for me to be personally refreshed on, as well as my readers.
What are these two things that I would like for us to be refreshed upon?
After this morning’s worship service that revolved around Catching the Vision, I came away refreshed why we are doing what we are doing as a church. Not only was I refreshed about the “big picture,” I was refreshed about what the LORD has called us to do through the Family and Youth Ministry.
The two things that I would like to refresh ourselves on this afternoon is the mission that the LORD has called us to as well as why we have combined the 6th through 12th grades.
First, what is our mission and what is God’s purpose for us? What I believe to be our mission in the Family and Youth Ministry is as follows:
The Perrow Family and Youth Ministry’s Mission is to both encourage and equip parents, caregivers, and the congregation in fostering the commitment to Christ, the commitment to the Body of Christ, and the commitment to serving Christ among children and youth in Cross Lanes and beyond.
What does this mean? For an in-depth look, you can check-out the message on our mission here http://www.perrow.org/youth/forms.html. In the meantime, it means that the LORD is calling us to reach out to children and youth in Cross Lanes and the surrounding areas. He is calling us to reach out to them in such a way that we are seeing them become committed to Him. Not only do we desire to see children and youth committed to Jesus personally, we desire for them to be committed corporately. Say what?
To be committed corporately is to be committed to His body. To be committed to His body is more than being committed to our peers (i.e. youth to youth), but seeing children and youth committed to their peers as well as the adult congregation. To find ways to integrate those in our community to the body of Christ here at Perrow, which includes people of all ages.
Not only do we desire to see children and youth committed to Jesus and His body, we desire to see them committed to serving Him. Regardless of where we find ourselves in life, God has given us a purpose to fulfill (read Ephesians 2.10). God’s purpose for us does not being at some magical moment, such as receiving our diploma from High School or College Degree. It doesn’t begin at some point in time in the future when we become “more Christian.” God desires to work through each and every single one of us right here and now.
Just as a flower grows where it is planted and is not consumed with being somewhere else, so too are we to grow and serve Christ where we are planted and we are not to be distracted by some other place or time.
Second is to be continued….