"... do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, as He already existed in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but emptied Himself by taking the form of a bond-servant and being born in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death: death on a cross. For this reason also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."Philippians 2:4-11
It is essential to have a true understanding of Jesus. There is confusion and misunderstanding surrounding Him, as well as erroneous information that is presented in culture, education, online, and even in some churches. Our passage from Philippians is a good one to help us become grounded in truth, and to use for ongoing dialogue with our kids and others about the true Jesus.
A relationship with Jesus Christ is never a stagnant one. It must be alive and growing. But our relationship with Him will not grow automatically. We must be intentional about it. So as our students end their retreat and head home, they will be encouraged to take some "Next Steps." These steps are appropriate for all of us because the result of an encounter with the Lord is never an end in itself. it is always a call to growth.
Think about this for a moment. All the deepest mysteries that humans have considered and search for, and the deepest desires and longings of men's hears, can be met by knowing Jesus. God wants to reveal Himself to you. He cares about you, He knows everything about you, and He wants to know you.
As Lord, Jesus is..
Worship God Corporately and Privately
Schedule your own "Silent Sounds"
Begin to systematically study the Bible and apply its truth
Look for opportunities to serve others
That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.Romans 10:9-10
Thank you for joining us for Silent Sounds. Please join us for worship on Sunday, and make sure your kids come. They will want to see all their friends from Beach Retreat. And remember, you always have a welcome waiting for you in the Second Family.