7 Youth group students and 2 leaders spent 6 days in Camden, NJ with UrbanPromise helping out at their summer camp, sharing the gospel through our words and actions to the underprivileged children of the city of Camden.
It was an eye-opening and challenging week for the students as they were pushed to the edge of their sphere of comfort while meeting, serving and living with strangers for a whole week.
The cultural boundary seemed so large at the beginning of the week but by the end of the week, what was even more evident was the love of God which transcends all boundaries and brings his children together through the language of love and grace.
The missions team had three prayer requests prior to the trip:
Spiritual Growth - We hoped and prayed that God would take us deeper into his love and reveal more of himself to us. And through our worship every night and sharing of highlights from our days, it was evident that God was revealing more of his love and a glimpse of his Kingdom to every individual on our team. We saw that there is more to life and a deeper meaning to community that we have not yet fully realized.
Team Unity - As a youth group, we thought and believed that we were close and we had known enough of each other but our prayer was that God would deepen our conversations and strengthen our relationships. And through living together, facing fatigue and hardships together, we were able to love each other more. We were able to understand each others struggles and support each other in times of need. And it encourages us that there is more to love and more to learn about each other.
Through this missions trip, we saw that Christ wants more of us and that are in desperate need of him. And above all, we realized that we need him here at home just as we needed him there in the missions field and we are encouraged more than ever to pursue harder after him.
-Pastor Davy Ahn (Youth)
Sermon Passage: 1 John 1:1-4
Sermon Title: The Urgency of the Gospel
Sermon By: Pastor Davy (Youth)
Recently, through missions trips and a trip back home, I’ve re-realized the urgency of the gospel. And i’m afraid that the urgency of the gospel is not something we talk about very often. but we should! so why don’t we?
Is the gospel real to you? have you seen and heard and touched the gospel? is it real to you? if it is… it must also be urgent to you. It’s like an urgent news. People need to hear this news!
If the gospel is real to you but still not urgent, maybe we are too comfortable. you see, we cry out to God when we are in need. When we are suffering or being tested, we cry out to God. God is never more real to us than when we are in need. but when we are comfortable. when things are going our way… we live as if God is not even real to us!
are you too comfortable?
The writer of our passage says that sharing this gospel which they have heard and seen is the completion of their joy. the gospel is not only urgent but it is a necessity to share with those around us. Especially with those who do not know and believe in Christ. Its like having the best meal of your life. one could say that the experience is not complete until you have shared this great meal with someone by showing them a picture or telling them about the experience.
Unless we share the gospel which gives us life and meaning, we have not completed the joy that it brings us.
So let us be a generation that share the gospel urgently! knowing that it will complete our joy!
Text: Mark 10:17-22
Title: What I Must Do
Preached by: Pastor Samuel
A man came up to Jesus and said 'Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?' Jesus replied that 'Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.' By saying this, Jesus did not deny his deity. But he was trying to reveal that the man was using the word 'good' in a sense that Jesus is useful to him.
The man was seeking eternal life which is good. However, his motive(heart) was wrong because he didn't care what God wants. His concern was only himself, so he was trying to make a deal with God. In this sense, his question 'what must I do' is same as 'how much is it' And this kind of mindset is the heart of religious pluralism, which does not care who god is as long as a god can meet the needs.
This is the same tendency that we have. We come to God with very self-focused mind. We think and ask with human-centered heart. It is reflected in our worship-not worship with whole hearts, but judge the service, and in our life-we don't consider what God wants but we are trying to do for God.
If we apply this to our life, we are not trying to focus what I can do or achieve for God in self-focused heart, but we are to search and learn the will of God. Apart from God's will, our achievement is meaningless.
1. Pray for those who are on mission trip (Urban missions)
They will come back 14th of July (Sat.)