Sunday, December 14, 2008

Big Events

a Biblical thought...
While all the people were listening, Jesus said to his disciples, "Beware of the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and love to be greeted in the marketplaces and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. They devour widows' houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. Such men will be punished most severely." (Luke 20:45-47)

a Book thought...
Experts say it takes twenty-one days to develop a habit. I want to encourage you for the next three weeks to cordon off about forty minutes of your morning or evening and take the time to delve into the Word of God. (p76 Cordeiro)

a Dave thought...
As we approach INSANE our 500+ youth event in January I have asked myself why are we organising another event? I often think that our youth today are spoilt with quality events and are often over entertained but under discipled. Sitting in our Territorial Cadidates Council this year has made me more aware than ever that many candidates have felt called during large events such as ACC, Double Impact (2004) Connections 07 and the like. So I continue my love hate relationship with events. I love them because it is often these times when God impacts individuals lives and calls them to greater things, but hate them because the more we rely on entertaining youth once a year rather than weekly interaction and relationships the more likely we are to connect them to the God of hype rather than a God of love.

Just a thought.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Please do not despair, many young people from smaller corps do not get to have the opportunity of worship in a large setting or mixing with other young people on mass. These young people really need the events like these, they also need the discipling as you say however they do need to be able to mix with other like minded young people otherwise their worlds can become too small.

Keep up the good work - thanks for what you are doing for our young people.