Youth News - November 2010
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November 2010
by Matt Kay

The St. Paul’s Youth Group will be starting a discipleship group this fall for students who want to go deeper into God’s Word and to go deeper into fellowship with Him and one-another. I’m excited for this new avenue of pursuing Christ with the students and growing in our faith together!

The group is going to be called “Roots.” I love the image of a tree whose roots go down so deep that it’s getting the most of the nutrients that it needs and it’s also so firmly planted in the ground that no wind or storm can knock it down. I believe that such a tree can be a beautiful picture of the kind of faith that God longs to see in His children.

In Ephesians 3.17, the Apostle Paul shares his prayer that God’s people would be “rooted and grounded in love.” Psalm 1 speaks of the blessed man who delights in God’s Law and meditates on it day and night: “He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.” In Colossians 2.6-7 we read: “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”

The image of the firmly rooted tree fits well with the purpose of our discipleship group, and it fits well with God’s desire for all those who would call themselves Christians. How are your roots today? Are they growing in faith and love for God and overflowing in love and concern for people? Are your roots so deep that you’ll still be found standing in Christ when the storms of life are raging? May you allow the Lord to make this the desire of your heart today, and please keep our youth group, their families, and the leaders in prayer – that we might not only be a few individuals that are firmly rooted and established in Christ, but that we may also be an entire community of people who have our faith deeply rooted in Him as one!

- Matt

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