Youth News - April 2009
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Dear Reader,


Preparations and dates are now in place for our Youth Missions Trip to Salem, Maine this summer.  I'm excited to get away with our group and our leaders and see what the Lord will do in our team through the experience.  The dates are set for June 20th through the 27th and we'll be working in the areas of construction and a vacation Bible school program for children.


In one of our youth gatherings last night, I asked our young people to go home and find three verses in the New Testament that use the phrase, "one another," to see what they can learn about how the Lord wants us to live in relation to each other in His Church.  I'm sure they'll find some interesting passages.- and if you're looking for a new topic to study in the Bible for yourself.  I'd encourage you to try to find the multiple passages in scripture that use this phrase.


Among them you'll find Jesus' command to "love one another" as He has loved us (John 15.12).  We are told to "love one another with brotherly affection," and to "outdo one another in showing honor (Romans 12.10)."  We are taught to "live in harmony with one another (Romans 12.16)" and to "welcome one another (Romans 15.7)."   We learn that God's desire is that each of us in the Bodv of Christ has "the same care for one another (1 Corinthians 12.25)."  We are urged to "bear one another's burdens (Galatians 6.2)," and in so doing to fulfill the law of Christ.  Ephesians 4.32 says to "be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you."  And the Bible tells us to "confess our sins to one another and pray for one another" that we may be healed (James 5.16).  Wow!  And that's only a small handful of passages that use this phrase.


God's desire is for the Church to be a "one anothering" community where everyone is engaged in some form of loving service to everyone else.  At the heart of it all, it's about relationships.  It's about how we treat each other, how we learn to get along with one another, how we care for one another, how transparent we are with each other, how we forgive each other when we've been hurt, etc.


I believe that this summer's missions trip will be a great time for our "one anothering" to be tested and strengthened in way that challenges and changes our own lives and relationships with each other for the rest of the journey ahead.  The Christian life is sujmmed up in the loving relationship with God and with others, and our goal - whether at home or away - is to live that kind of love out as the Body of Christ.


It's also extremely effective evangelism!  Jesus said, "By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another (John 13.35)."  May you be in loving service to others in your life today, regardless of what they've done or continue to do, because Jesus first showed that kind of love to you.


Blessing, Matt

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