Central Youth Group (CYG)
A message from Ronnie West, Youth Minister
- TNT will be on Tuesday and Thursday night from 6-8:30
Our Mow 'N Blow service project will be on Saturday, June 10th
Also on the evening of June 10th, we will be have a Youth Cookout
KEEP BUILDING THAT BOAT!
Have you ever had the feeling that the Christians in this world we live in today are alone?
It seems like daily we hear about or read about someone else talking about how they don’t believe that the bible is the “inspired word of God”.
Even more, just look around you with how things are going in the world today. All of the things that were going on in bible times are still occurring today.
Galatians 5:19-21 says: “When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God”.
It seems that things are getting harder and harder for the Christian to live in this crazy world today.
Let’s look at a man in the Old Testament named Noah.
In Genesis 6:9 Moses says: “Noah was a righteous man, the only blameless person living on earth at the time, and he walked in close fellowship with God”.
Could you imagine being the only blameless person on earth! WOW!
Then, could you imagine that you start building a huge boat and everyone around you making fun of you wanting to know what in the world you are doing and thinking!
I feel like sometimes in life this is how it is for us as Christians. All of the crazy things going on around us and the majority of the world thinking we have lost our minds because we “live” differently than how everyone else lives.
Well, what is the end result, as we know the story, Noah continues to build the boat and the rain came and wiped out all things except Noah and his family and the animals in the boat.
No matter how hard life seems to be and no matter how you are treated by others, “KEEP BUILDING THAT BOAT!”
THINK ABOUT IT!
“Hang in There”
Have you ever had one of those days, weeks, months, or year when it seems like nothing goes right for you?
For instance; one work morning you wake and immediately notice that your alarm clock did not go off because of a power outage. Then you quickly get in the shower to find out that the hot water heater hasn’t been on because of the power outage and you are now taking a cold shower. (That will wake you up quickly). You rush to get dressed, grab your car keys to sprint out of the house, a cup of coffee in your hand and guess what happens next? Your coffee spills. After trying to clean it up you hear a “ding” (low fuel light) and you remember that your vehicle was out of gas and you were going to leave a little earlier that morning so you could stop and fill it up. WOW!!
Then you finally get to work 45 minutes late and as you walk in, everyone in the office is coming out of the conference room from an 8AM mandatory meeting that you forgot about when you noticed the alarm clock did not go off. I could continue with this unbelievable story but I think you get the point.
This could be a once in a long time “adventurous day” or something similar to this could happen weekly, monthly, or you feel like it is an entire year of “adventures” and you can’t wait for the year to be over and a new one begin.
Let’s look at a story in the bible that I believe is a lesson for us all that pertains to our spiritual lives.
The story of Job is fascinating. As we all know how the story goes, Job was a blameless man that feared God. He loved his family and he was the richest person in the region.
Satan comes along and tells God that he knows God has a wall of protection around Job but if everything were taken away from him he would surely curse God to his face.
Well as the story goes, God lets Satan test Job but God tells Satan not to harm him physically. So, Job loses everything, his children, his livestock, the only thing he didn’t lose was his wife, but as we know in Job 2:9 she says: “Curse God and die”.
Even three of his friends come to visit him and decide that Job is suffering because he has sinned. (Low time in Job’s life). But, what does Job do? He keeps the course; how do you think he fills? Angry, confused, frustrated?
After all is said and done, even though he has gone through so much, just like we do daily, (But NEVER at the level that Job did) if we, like Job, “hang in there” and keep God first in “all things” in our lives He will bless us more than we can imagine!
“When Job prayed for his friend, the Lord restored his fortunes. In fact, the Lord gave him twice as much as before”. Job 42:10
As we grow up there are so many areas in our life’s that we grow in. We go to school to grow our brain muscles. If we played sports in school, we also worked out in the weight rooms to grow our muscles. We go to college to continue to grow our brain muscles. We go to work to provide for ourselves that the brain muscle growth that we have had in our past will pay off for us.
As we get older we continue to work on our brain muscles by continuing our education or different work conferences or sales programs.
Also, as we get older we work on keeping our physique as it was when we were in our younger years. All of these things are important to us as we grow up and older.
Now let’s look at our spiritual growth! How do we grow spiritually? Or a better question would be – Do we grow spiritually? If we compare our physical and mental growth to our spiritual growth, how would it look?
Spiritually – Do we study our bible daily like we did with our school life studies? Do we put into motion the spiritual growth that we have to increase it even more by studying with others? Do we spend time with family and friends discussing with them why we believe what the bible says about why we are a Christian?
Can we truthfully say that we put as much or more time into our Spiritual life’s growth compared to the time and effort that we have and will put into our physical and mental growth?
In Hebrews 6:12-14 it says: “You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right. Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong.
Are we feeding on milk or solid food in our Spiritual life?
THINK ABOUT IT!
Central Youth Group Mission:
At Central Ave. Church of Christ, we desire our youth to develop a deep, intimate relationship with God. While we are journeying through life together, we make it a priority to serve each other, spread the love of Christ everywhere we go, share in fellowship with one another, seek to grow closer to Him. We want to do all of this while worshipping our Lord and enjoying Christian fellowship.
The CYG (Central Youth Group) participate in a variety of events including devotionals, service projects, area-wide events, youth rallies, lock-ins, weekly Bible study, and a number of other things that keep our hearts centered on our Creator. The CYG invites all middle school and high school teens to join us on our quest to live a life worthy of God’s calling.