Boot Camp Week 2: Breathe

The second week of boot camp has already begun, last week almost everyone memorised at least one verse for the week, many memorising almost all 7 verses. Consuming the word of God (eating) is very important, however prayer (breathing) is equally important in our spiritual lives. This week the challenges are:

  1. Prayer time – at least 10 minutes a day
  2. Corporate Prayer – Everday at 8pm pray for Youthopea
  3. Pray for a miracle – In someone elses life, in your life, in the life of the church. BE SPECIFIC!

More details on boot camp or if you have any questions, head over to the Boot Camp post on the Youthopea forum.

Boot Camp begins

For the next two months Youthopea is holding a boot camp challenge which aims to raise each individual’s (and the group as a whole) spiritual level. Our first task this week is to:

  1. Memorise 7 verses (John 1:1-2, Ephesians 4:2, John 4:24, James 4:10, Philippians 4:8, James 1:2-3, 2 Corinthians 5:17)
  2. Read your bible at least 2 times a day.
  3. Apply what you read into your life.

Each person will monitor their progress through the use of a (Spiritual) Diet Diary. Each week at Youthopea each person will get a chance to submit their progress and at the end of it all we will evaluate how much we have grown spiritually. This is not to be a competition, but more to encourage and challenge ourselves to take living for Christ to whole new level.

He Cares

At times it may be hard to believe, but God cares for you.

LOVE = TIME

Tim Schmoyer posted an online love language test on his youth group website and found that:

More than anything else, students want people to spend time with them.

This is interesting because it is consistent with the notion that the best way to show love is to give of your time. So I guess this begs the question, how are we spending the time with our loved ones, or are we spending time with them at all. I think for some people (including myself) this can be a challenge especially when your schedule is filled with other things.

By the way I took the test myself and my top love language is: Quality Time.

Try it out yourself.

Building community (Facebook)

Our youth group (Youthopea) has set up a group on Facebook and here are some of my observations so far:

  1. Youthopea members who have a Facebook account can join and interact with other Youthopea members who they may never have met (or spoken to much) before
  2. Given that most people use Facebook, as leaders we can track how the youth is growing.
  3. We can follow-up on members if they missed a service or if they haven’t been coming for a while.
  4. Members can be informed of current updates, such as the topic of the month and upcoming events.
  5. Members can use the invite function to invite their friends to the group and events that we create.

The Gift of God (part 3)

Share it

The final part, which is what we ought to strive continually for, is sharing the gift, the blessing and the life God has given to us.

Each person is given something to do that shows who God is: Everyone gets in on it, everyone benefits. All kinds of things are handed out by the Spirit, and to all kinds of people! – 1 Cor 12:7 (MSG)

Whe God gives us something, it’s never for our own benefit. When you are blessed with talents such as playing an instrument, writing, technical expertise, singing or anything else. The purpose of those things are so that you can use them to bless the lives of people around you. This is what we were made for, our purpose in life is to live for others, not for ourselves and ultimately all the glory needs to go back to God.

People who live for themselves will never find satisfaction, they may be satisfied superficially, however when you go deeper, their lives have very little meaning. When was the last time you took the time to help someone out? How did you feel when you did that? It felt good didn’t it?

The most precious thing I can share is the love that Jesus has shown me. It is unconditional, a love that surpasses any other love you know – you may not even know what love is. Let me tell you that God defines love. So what does this mean for you?

Well basically Jesus loves you, no matter what you’ve done, whether you’re a criminal or a sexual predator, God is willing to forgive you and take you back, the only thing you need to do is to receive this gift of life (Get it). To do this, acknowledge that you’ve made a mistake and receive Jesus into your life so He can come into your life and give you a fresh start and a new life in God.

The Gift of God (part 2)

Live it!

When you receive a gift from someone, what do you do with it? Do you just toss it aside? some people recycle their gifts (or even the wrapping, I come from an Asian family, I know). I guess it depends on how much the gift means to you doesn’t it?

So how much does the gift of life mean to you? I guess your actions show how much life means to you. How you live out your life, speaks a great deal on how much you value your life.

Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. – Matthew 7:21

Receiving the gift is one thing, but living it out is another. Anyone can call on the name of God, but those who walk in His ways will be the ones who will gain the benefits of it. If I were to join a basketball team that I knew would win the championship, but in every game all I did was sit on the bench, what good is that? Sure you’ll be part of the winning team, receiving the trophy and all, but wouldn’t it be much more rewarding if we actually took part in winning the trophy?

When we receive the gift of God, we are essentially joining God’s team and God’s team WILL WIN – no doubt about it. Being a part of God’s team are we just standing on the sidelines or are we taking part in the game? Although the game is tough and it can be brutal at times, in the end when we receive the prize, it’s all worth it.

Make full use of the gift of God and live life to the fullest!