Jasmine writing on why we’re doing our Fall Day All Day event, an upcoming High School event geared toward building community as the school year begins:
School has been in for two weeks. Crazy, right?
I’ve already heard from several students about the business the school year brings. Class, homework, family, friends, sports, church, small group, sleeping. How do they do it all?
Our students are busy, and we see that.
This is one of the reasons we aren’t going on a fall retreat this year. Our students already have a lot going on here, at home, and we want them to do what they do well.
But there is another reason we aren’t going, and it has to do with our vision for the year found in 1 Corinthians 14:12:
So with yourselves, since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church.
Our vision for them is simple: do your best to build up those around you this year. Strive to excel in the way you invest in the church this year. And the church is already here, right in our backyard.
We care about our students being equipped, and we care about our students going out with the intention of making disciples. We walked alongside them this summer and watched them do those very things. We also believe that this starts with them building up the church. We believe they will see God work in ways they never even imagined through their investment in the church.
In John 21, we find Jesus continuing to reveal himself to his followers. We see the scene unfold in this way in verses 9 through 12:
When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire in place, with fish laid out on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, 153 of them. And although there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord.
When Jesus returned to them before returning to his Father, he invited them to come and eat. After revealing himself for a third time, Jesus made breakfast for his disciples. And as we know, he soon leaves them after this. He returns, he reveals himself, he eats breakfast with them, and after some time he leaves them to be his church on this earth.
Jesus loves his church. He has left it with a purpose, and he has sealed it by his Spirit. Jesus loves his church, and he wants us to love what he loves. He wants us to love his church.
This is our goal with our Fall Day All Day event. We want our students to come together and eat breakfast. We want them to continue in the process of knowing and loving each other. We want them to share community. We want them to build up the church. We want them to love the church that Jesus loves.
Yes, our goal is always to make disciples who make disciples. We always want our students to know, love and share Jesus, Scripture and community. And we believe these things will happen this year as they are doing what Jesus has called them to do: build up the church.
This year starts with us building each other up, and that is the ultimate goal of this event. It is our hope that by breaking bread (or cinnamon rolls, for that matter) together, by fellowshipping together, by pointing each other toward Christ, by building up his church, that we would be able to see him more clearly.
The goal of this event is simple: to build up his church, and so see the manifestations of his Spirit. It is our prayer that the breaking of bread will lead to the church being built up and, ultimately, the hand of our Lord being seen even more clearly.
We pray that your student joins us, because we know Jesus loves them, and because we believe wholeheartedly that Jesus has given them a specific role in the grand scheme of his church loving his church.