Getting The Most Out of Youth Convention 2014

Dear students,

You’ll get what you give.  If you give your focus, your heart’s attention and affection to God during this convention He will work and speak into your life through the Holy Spirit as we Worship, receive teaching and respond.

Convention is more than what God does in the next 30 hours.  Many of you will be affected by the concentrated time with God, but God uses retreats and conventions to pour into your life way beyond this weekend.  God will accomplish a lot in the next 30 hours but what He does set’s in motion a work that will carry on into your life for years to come.

Seek God even when you’re not feeling a song, a sermon or an altar call response.  I encourage you to talk to God, to read the scripture the communicator is delivering and ask God, “what are you wanting me to take from this?”  You could also be praying for and praying with fellow students.  You may have something you are hoping God answers, but I encourage you to also be open to hear what God wants for you.  Put your agenda aside and submit to what God has and knows you need to hear.  Refrain from being critical of the services and remember to be grateful that God is working in lives all around you.

God is the potter, we are the clay, let God do what He wants with your heart and mind.  Your focus should simply be to run to God and enjoy this time with Him, in this relationship moment God will pour out the strength and blessings needed to follow Jesus.

Sleep instead of staying up all night.  Exhaustion can keep you from hearing what God is trying to say to you on Saturday and it can make you grumpy.  Nobody wants to be around “grumps.”

Take notes and read along in the scripture.  Follow the teaching with anticipation that God has something to say.

Inspire one another to a pursuit for God by pursuing God yourself.  Respect the hunger for righteousness that students have all around you and join in!  Also, be sensitive to the needs of others around you.

Be yourself.  Don’t try to be someone you’re not, don’t try to impress anyone, just be real with God and everyone else.

Spend your money wisely.  Don’t spend all your money on t-shirts and one restaurant.  Tip well if we go somewhere it is required.

Help your leaders do their job by following orders, cooperating with curfew, packing up and cleaning hotel rooms. Respect all property, afterall, we are reflecting the character of Christ to all.

Give yourself wholeheartedly and you’ll receive a ton!  Let’s do this!

Psalm 27:4 NLT “The one thing I ask of the LORD–the thing I seek most–is to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, delighting in the LORD’s perfections and meditating in his Temple.”

Psalm 84:10 NLT “A single day in your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else! I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God than live the good life in the homes of the wicked.”

Love,

Pastor Ryan

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