Wow what a week and weekend.
The end of the year is a very busy year for church leaders as we hone in on the vision and direction of the church for the upcoming year, reflect and evaluate this past year of ministry, reconcile and project upcoming budgets, and get ready for God to continue to do amazing things. This past week may have been one of the most busy and productive weeks I have had in quite some time. It was filled with meetings and preaching. I hope that you enjoy this week’s Monday Moments.
This past Tuesday a few groups on JMU campus hosted the Passion Concert Tour. They are a part of a larger movement known for their conferences reaching out to college students and campuses. I had the opportunity to work security for this event and ensure that things didn’t get out of hand at the concert. This concert sold out one of the largest venues at JMU, and what I am most excited about is that over one thousand people was exposed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That is the main goal of this bands tour that people may know Jesus Christ as their Savior. By the way the only people I had to keep in check during the concert were two little children that wanted to be as close to the stage as they could be. Special shout out to all those who made it possible for this event to take place.
DUU- Sex & Relationships
I had the opportunity to speak at Divine Unity University our Campus Ministry this past Thursday and the topic was Sex and Relationships. Pastor Marcus had requested that “campus Pastor Chris” come which means that he wanted this to be straightforward to help the college students see the realities and dangers of not knowing God’s design for our bodies and satan’s attack on our sexuality. I am super proud of what our campus ministry is doing and the leadership of Tempest and Marcus investing into college students lives.
I also had the opportunity to preach for First Presbyterian’s annual youth retreat: Discipleship Now aka D-Now. Special thanks to Joe Barnes for the invitation to share with the middle and high school students. The theme was “Believe” as we focused on understanding the power of our confession of Jesus Christ, and living out His vision for our lives. We are truly transformed by the renewing of our minds and it is my hope and prayer that this weekend’s retreat has encouraged those students to be salt and light in their schools and peer groups. My time with DNow Crew ended with some fireside worship and word. May have been my first time speaking outside when it was below 30 degrees. Also special shout out to Pastor AJ for closing the retreat out First Presbyterian’s 9am service.
Thanks By Giving:
This Sunday we started off a new series entitled “Thanks By Giving”. The aim of this series is to help us understand the importance of honoring God with our material gain. One of our biggest idols in this day and age is money. Many of us, in and out of church allow the amount of money we have and the things we have to determine our happiness and emotional stability. I have come to understand that financial stewardship is as much an aspect of discipleship as sexual purity and a Christ centered morality. The challenge for Christians is to develop a biblical point of view on how to honor God with our finances when our society tells us to pursue money and material gain, As a matter of fact about 25% of Jesus’ sermons were on money. There are 28 passages in the gospels on this subject, and over 800 scriptures in the bible. This Sunday that was our topic.
Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other. You cannot serve God and money.”
It is not about the amount of money we have but about what we love the most. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and seek ye first the Kingdom of God.
In the Master’s will,