It has been a strong month for the youth of FBC Jesup. As the days have gone by, we have seen evidence in the lives of our students of a deepening commitment to the love of Christ and the work of His kingdom. The Spirit has been at work in teaching us what it means to be human, made for the work of serving Christ and created in the image of God as His ambassadors. Our students are taking ownership of their identity as disciples. It has been a blessing to watch.
The month of March carries with it a sense of excitement for me. It sits at the heart of the Spring semester and reminds me of the faithfulness and strength of God’s work in this place. It stands on the doorstep of the summer, the busiest time of year for youth ministry with all its challenges and all its promise. And it carries with it one of the most exciting single events in the life of this youth ministry.
This month we are gearing up for one of the biggest events of the year, Disciple Now Weekend, taking place on March 24-26th. As we gather names, assign host-homes, prepare our leaders and run final checks, one thing stands out to me as more important than anything else we can do: we need to pray. Nothing (significant) can happen without the miraculous power of God’s Spirit at work in our midst. No true change can take place in the hearts and lives of our students if God does not initiate it Himself. Over and over again the Bible makes clear that apart from Him we are a dead people, walking in darkness, blind to the truth, incapable of finding hope or freedom.
All of our planning, every aspect of our preparation, then, is approached with a deep sense of humility. But there is also hope and expectation. Nothing is possible without God at work, but we know that He desires to call His people to Himself and He wants to use us in that work. And so we can approach the throne of God with confidence! Whatever happens this Disciple Now Weekend, we can be certain that in the secret places of the heart God is doing His miraculous work of healing and regeneration. We have only but to call upon Him and be faithful to proclaim the gospel He has entrusted us with.
So let me ask you this: Will you pray with us? Will you kneel and seek the face of the Father asking Him to do what only He can, reveal where there is darkness, bring life where there is death, and create a passion within His children for His glory and His Name? Nothing else you do, nothing else I do, is more valuable than this.
Soli Deo Gloria!
P.S. - Registration for Disciple Now 2017 March 24-26th and Mission Fuge July 24-29th remains open. The window for Disciple Now registration will close in the first days of March, so sign up quickly!