Monday, April 28, 2008

love and faith

Last night at 24t7 we continued our series on 1 Timothy 4:12 with a discussion on Faith and Love. We watched a Nooma video called "Bullhorn" The theme of this video is "How we Love others is how we love God". Rob Bell uses an example of a guy with a bullhorn trying to scare people in to loving God. he talks about how this and other things has led to a negative perception of Christians by the public. He suggests that we should love people by striving to live a life that reflects who Christ is and the example he set for us. Christians are also challenged to do something to change the negative perception. it can be really easy to point the fingers at people like the bullhorn guy, but in reality that makes us no better than him. We need to strive to love everyone as Christ did so that people see our faith and love through the way we live our lives.

We focused on this idea of loving God by loving others in our small groups. Each small group also continued to plan for Ikon's Big Give on May 11. They came up with some really cool ways to embody Jesus to others in our community. I am so proud of the young people that are part of Ikon. i can really see God working in their lives.

Your partner in His service,

Monday, April 21, 2008

Welcome 8th graders to Ikon

Hey parents,

We welcomed 8th graders to Ikon for the first time last night. it was great to have so many new faces join us. we brought back our "wake up" video series as part of the 8th grade initiation. Clay W and Robert F were our first victims. Check out the video on the website.

We began a series called 4:12. it is based on 1 Timothy 4:12 which says "Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity." for the next three weeks we will be talking about what it means for a teenager to set an example in speech, conduct, faith, love, and purity.

Last night's topic was speech and conduct.

The teens were challenged to represent Christ in their daily lives through their "walking and talking" Small groups also began planning for "Ikon's big give" On May 11, small groups will put their faith in to action, doing different projects doing 24t7. at the end groups will be judged on who did the best job of giving and the winning team will win a prize.

The point of this series is to take what we experience at 24t7 every Sunday night and share it with those around us. That is really what being an Ikon of Christ is all about.

Have a great week,

Monday, April 14, 2008

Comatose Tour

What an awesome concert last night at the Elco. A group of 21 Youth and adults went to see Skillet, Thousand Foot Krutch, and Decipher Down on the Comatose Tour. These three bands really put on a great and loud show. i hope we can do more concerts in the future. I'd like to see our kids exposed to this type of music more. Its awesome to be able to rock out with out having negative messages put in to your head.
On another note, I really underestimated how long the concert would go. i thought we would be back around 9 but we ended up not getting back until 20 after 10. i apologize to any one who was worried or upset.

Have a great week!


Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Stunt Junkies the finale

We concluded our Stunt Junkies series last Sunday with looking at the parable of the prodigal son. We had some great worship to begin the night followed by, in my humble opinion, one of the best videos that has ever been shown at 24t7 :)

Our talk this week was given by Scott McMeekan. Scott shared the story of his life. He talked about some of the struggles he had in his life, how he had strayed from God, and ultimately how God worked in his life and restored his faith. It was really a great testimony to how God can work in our lives.

The stunt of the prodigal son story and Scott's story is "Coming Back Home". Sometimes we feel that we have strayed so far from God that he could never take us back. It takes a lot of risk to admit we are wrong and come back to God. these stories are just an awesome reminder of God's grace and forgiveness. No matter what we have done in life or how far we have strayed from home God will always be there to welcome us back and the reward for coming home to him is well worth the risk involved to get there.

Have a great week.