Friday, March 21, 2014

Disciple Now 2014

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.  Philippians 4:8 

Well, it is that time of year again.  This weekend is Disciple Now for our youth which means hundreds of youth will come together on Friday night, divide up and go out to different host homes of area churches and people in our church who have so very graciously agreed to host a group of rowdy teens in their homes.  They will have Bible studies, games and activities in their individual groups and then come together many times for a time of combined worship. 

The theme for DNOW this year is THINK.  To think means to “give careful thought to” something.  It is the discipline of dwelling deeply with your mind”.  Leaders will guide kids to consider what they are dwelling on in their lives.  Mindlessly playing video games, daydreaming, and even reading a magazine or novel to escape reality are not good ways to use the mind God gave us.  We need to learn to discipline ourselves to dwell on the virtues that Christ embodies.  We should “think” about Jesus because He is the truth, He judges justly and He is holy and pure.  He alone is worthy of all the world’s praise. 

Matt Orth will be the guest speaker this weekend for DNOW and he will follow up with a sermon for the rest of us on Sunday morning as he will be a guest speaker in both services this Sunday morning.  Matt has been in ministry for 20 years and is passionate about discipling students and adults.  His experience has ranged from church janitor to pastor and everything in between. 

Jared Wood, son of our music minister Gary Wood, will be providing the worship for the youth this weekend.  He is an extremely talented musician with a heart and passion for ministering to students.  He released his first full length album in 2008 and began travelling full-time in 2011. 

This is a dynamic weekend for our youth.  It is a time for bonding and spiritual growth.  We will have around 125 students participating from NSBC, 11 families hosting them in their homes, and plenty more families providing meals and transportation known as "co-hosts".  All the youth from all over Parker county that are participating will be coming together here for a combined worship service on Friday and Saturday night.  Please be in prayer for the youth as well as all the adults that help make this possible. Be in prayer for the Holy Spirit to move and lives to be changed.   

Scripture to Claim:

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.  Ephesians 3:20-21

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