On March 13-15, 2016 35 students from Wake Chapel Christian Church joined about 400 other students from 12 different local churches with the intent to join our hearts, hands, and minds in fellowship with each other as we worship, serve, and grow with our Lord Jesus Christ. Here is a review of what we did.
Over the course of those fourty hours we all gathered together for three worship servicesl at Triangle Community Church led by a Christ centered guest preacher and band. We also split into smaller groups where adult leaders would guide students in two bible studies and a local service projects. We also collected books and money for Christian Library International, an organization that provides convicted prisoners bible literature and a Bible study mentoring program. Each small group was provided housing and meals by adults from Wake Chapel. As a whole, we raised approximately $1,100 and 100 boxes of books for CLI. Finally we finished the event by hearing an intriguing message from Ken Ham on the importance of depending on God's word as our foundation for truth and morality.
Now that you've read what we did, I will share what I personally got out of it. Below is what I noted in my cell phone at 2am Sunday morning.
There is a daily struggle in us where the desires of the flesh wage war against the desires of our soul (Galatians 5:17). We learned how, like the apostle Paul, we hate what we do, but do it anyway (Romans 7:19).
However, we learned that we have everything we need to win this battle, and that God will not let us be tempted beyond what we can overcome through His strength and wisdom (1 Corinthians 10:13).
We learned the destructive nature of temptation (James 1:13-15) and how to combat it with the armor of God, prayer, church (James 5:16), and the Bible (Matthew 4:1-11).
We learned about the awakeing to the joyous reality that happens when we realize that despite our sin, we have been given ultimate grace from God (Romans 5:8). And that our lives should be lived as a response to that grace (Romans 12:1). We were shown that our perspective, purpose, and desires change when we view our lives from God's eternal viewpoint.
Finally, we learned not to define ourselves by what we do, what we are not, or by what others say we are. Instead we should base our self image in what He's done, what He is, and what He says about us.
We were all personally confronted with what's holding us back in our relatinoship with God, and were awakened to the constant hope we have in Jesus Christ to restore that relationship.