Monday, September 9, 2013

"I think one of the greatest things ever, after airports at night time..."

"This bonfire is awesome, but this could be happening anywhere with any group of people. What makes this so special?" KCraig challenged our kids tonight. I think she's right to say that we shouldn't be just another club. The good news is that Christ is part of what we're doing here. We're gathered together in his name and that changes us.
We're going to spend the next few weeks talking about community. Why is it important?  What does it look like outside of this bonfire circle? Why should it be a priority?

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. Acts 2

We dove into those verses together, challenged our thinking and talked more about how we do this things. I love seeing these kids listen to one another and question what they've thought before. This group is the church. We meet in the woods right now and we're a group of random teenagers and leaders but we are absolutely the church. God is at work here.

Tonight I got to film at least a dozen kids and leaders for the compliment cam. Hearing them speak words of love about their friends filled me up.

Tonight I got to sit in a circle of people who are seeking Christ and choosing to be here.

Tonight I got to talk one on one with Hannah and Mariah and Lauren-- these girls' stories show me that God is absolutely at work. He is pursuing them and changing their hearts from the inside out.

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