Youth News - July and August 2012
AddThis Social Bookmark Button

YOUTH NEWS
July/August 2012
by Matt Kay

Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. – 1 Corinthians 6.9-11

Our high school youth group has begun a series on understanding sexuality from a biblical point of view. This week’s discussion was a great start, as many of the teenagers wrestle with their own beliefs and struggles regarding this issue.

During the course of the night I told them about a moment a couple of years ago when my bag was pulled off of an x-ray conveyor belt, my luggage was opened, and the security team at Newark airport began searching through my bag for something they had found. It was a bit unsettling having to stand off to the side while others are watching to see why your bag is one that they had to pull apart and search.

After some poking around, they found what they were looking for. I had forgotten that bottles of liquid of any kind could not be taken on the plane unless they were in a 3oz. or less container, and a bottle of lotion that I had packed was a larger size than that. Thankfully it was no big deal. I said goodbye to my lotion, and I headed for Atlanta!

What do we need to say goodbye to? In life, there are things that we cannot take with us to the “new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness” (2 Peter 3.13). There are things in this world that must be unpacked from our hearts and lives now if we are truly citizens of the Kingdom of God. Notice the pattern in 1 Corinthians 6. First, a list of lifestyle examples that do not have a place in God’s Kingdom, followed by Paul’s word to the Christian community that this is what some of them were. All of us, at some point in our lives, have lived in an ongoing, sustained pattern of life apart from God and His will for our lives, and it is utterly humbling to reflect on the fact that nothing could or would have changed us but Christ’s death and resurrection, His love and His power. Christians ought to be humbled by the fact that we are no better than anybody else, yet also confident that Jesus has done a miraculous work in delivering us from sin!

Where are our hearts today? What is our life and faith like now? Has faith in Jesus satisfied our longings and changed our lives, desires, and choices?

And why can’t we take certain lifestyles with us into God’s Kingdom? Take sexual immorality and idolatry for instance. Such lifestyles such lifestyles reflect people who turn to created people and things as their source of satisfaction, meaning, and worth rather than God, and who choose to use God’s good creation outside of the boundaries that God intended for them to be enjoyed. When Jesus has justified and satisfied a human heart, however, a person will not need to find their satisfaction, meaning, and worth in anyone or anything else. The Christian’s relationship to everyone and everything else in this world has been changed!

Are there things that we are carrying around that we can’t take with us? May you find yourself so satisfied by faith in Jesus today that you can find rest from your search for satisfaction, meaning, and worth, leave behind anything that you can’t carry with you!

 
St. Paul's United Methodist Church | 714 Herbertsville Road, Brick, NJ 08724 | (732) 458-2080 | Please email any questions or comments on this website to webmaster@stpaulsbrick.org | Copyright © 2017 St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Brick, NJ. All Rights Reserved. | The Cross and Flame is a registered trademark and the use is supervised by the General Council on Finance and Administration of The United Methodist Church.
Joomla! is Free Software released under the GNU/GPL License.

Christian Podcast Directory - Audio and Video Godcasting

 

Director of Youth Ministry Archives