Lesson in a Sentence: Stand up for the right thing because it's the right thing.
Attendance: 174 with 8 first time visitors.
Student Involvement: We had students serving in the tech booth, camera, greeting, doing announcements, serving in the cafe, and leading on the worship team.
Fun Stuff: Played "Knight, Mount, Carry" in the gym. We also had some Super Bowl trivia and gave away 50 cents "Cafe Cash" if they answered correctly ... which wasn't too difficult to do.
Worship Set: Forever, God of This City, Glorious One. Note - During "God of This City" we took time in the middle of the song to specifically pray for our schools. Our Thursday Challenge was to pray for someone at school, so we wanted to take time to do that during our worship set. In the middle of the song we opened it up for students to come forward and pray specifically for the schools and the students at them. It was a very cool and worshipful time.
Lesson in More Than a Sentence: We continued with the "It's Time" theme and we talked to our students about character and integrity. We showed a clip from "The Legend of Bagger Vance" where Matt Damon's character has an opportunity to cheat during a golf match. No one would know ... yet he chooses to do the right thing and be a man of integrity. Our teenagers were challenged with the thought that their character is determined by what they do when no one is looking. We looked at the latest study on teen ethics put out by the Josphson Instutitute (2008). The surveyed nearly 30,000 teenagers and found that 1/3 of the boys and 1/4 of the girls admit to having stolen from a store or a parent. 42% have lied to save money and 83% have lied to their parents about something significant. 64% said they have cheated on a test. With all of that info, still 9% said they were satisfied with their personal ethics. We talked to our kids about how their decisions now will have an impact on who they will become as an adult and just because they may not get caught, doesn't mean a decision to compromise won't have a long term effect. We focused on 1 Timothy 4:12 and looked at the areas of character where God calls us to "set and example."
Personal Thoughts: Overall, I thought it was a good night and our students were really challenged. The prayer time during "God of This City" was awesome and I really felt the Spirit moving during that time. We also tried sitting at only tables for the first time. The verdict is still out. We'll give it another couple of weeks and determine whether or not we'll continue with it. The kids seemed to like it, but it was a bit more challenging from the adult perspective to keep an eye on our kids.
Someone forgot their purse and after the night a teenage girl brought it up to me and said, "Well, after tonight's talk I figured I shouldn't just walk away with it." lol I thought that was pretty funny!
I love teenagers and believe in them. That's why I do what I do. The really cool thing is that God believes in them too. 1 Timothy 4:12 was written to a teenagers and God believes in them enough that He feels they can "set an example" for other to follow ... even adults.
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