YM Quotes:

YM Quotes:

Youth ministry is always a challenge. Youth ministry is consistently changing. Youth ministry is regularly surprising. Youth ministry is fresh all the time. (Mark Oestreicher)

Although students need guidance from good leaders, we often take on too much of the responsibility for their knowledge about God. We want them to blindly adopt our opinions rather than work out their own understanding. Instead we must help young people learn how to think for themselves with God’s perspective as their foundation and the Word of God as their rule. (Sean Dunn)

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Chosen for the team (sport-related talk)

Situation …. Week before England match  vs. Sweden

                        Or ____________ vs. ______________

This week picked up a Newspaper …. [ Hold up Daily paper ] … and read this article.
First of all—Who is this?  [Show picture of  (  Manager  ) ]

The article was relating to the squad  (     Manager      ) had chosen to represent  (      Team      ) in the next matches) or for a tournament. Over the next week there will be much speculation as to the final eleven he will put out on the field.

Ask kids various questions about who they think is in the squad…..and  if they know who the goal-keepers might be?
                        [Read the names of some players - goalkeepers/defenders? ]

It’s interesting to note that when (      Manager      ) picked his team, he’s picking from the very best English football has to offer. These guys are …….
*     at the top of the game
*     making the big money
*     earning all the respect
*     having their every move and word evaluated and dissected by the press

Manager has got these guys aside for a week during which he will be …..
          * instilling team tactics
          * viewing replays of games re: strengths and weaknesses of the opposition
          *            training the team on the practice field to stay fit
Essentially, the players will be learning from the Manager how he wants them to play.

This article reminds me a lot of Jesus. Not long after he entered into the public world, He picked a very special team…..
Any guesses who that team might be? Disciples.
How many of them were there?  12
Let me read the list to you. [ READ    Mark 3: 14—19 ] Could also read The calling of Levi (Mark 2:13,14)

The one thing that strikes me as being very different is that while (     Manager     ) was picking the elite, Jesus was picking ordinary people.
(     Manager      ) picked the best of the best.

Jesus picked ordinary every day people
          * 4 fishermen                       
          * one tax collector
          * one freedom-fighter

If I was to pick a team that would totally revolutionise the world, I’d want men and women who were…..
  • army generals
  • politicians
  • wise businessmen
  • intelligent thinkers
But Jesus wasn’t so interested in that.

Do you know the key thing Jesus was looking for in getting members for His team?
            Vs 14 “….that they might be with Him ….”
Jesus is simply looking for people that want to be with Him.
  • to learn from Him
  • to obey him
  • to do the things that he did
(Just like the Manager taking the team away into training camp).

Isn’t that encouraging?
            We don’t have to be the best, or the greatest, or the most popular, or the most wealthy to be a friend of Jesus. We simply need to be ourselves, and he can take us and make us what he wants us to be. We want to strive to be the very best we can in all that we do—sports, music, studies, job, etc,  but it is important to realize that Jesus loves us, accepts us and chooses us simply as we are.

He took 12 men and made a massive impact on the world. He can take our lives and make a huge impact in our world too.

(from AIS South Africa)

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