CIY MOVE 2016: Day 5

CIY 2016

Kingdom Workers are Sent.

This whole week, we have been studying Ephesians. We have learned that Kingdom Workers are Loved, Rescued, United, and Changed. Today, we studied that Kingdom Workers are Sent.

The morning session started with reading Ephesians 6:7 which says “Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men…”.

Our morning session speaker, Mark Christian, talked about what happens when we go back home to our routine life. He said that because we changed here at CIY, we should go home changed and ready to change the world. To change the world, we must allow Christ to go back home with us and work with Him as our changed selves being filled with the Spirit and living by the Spirit.

The evening session focused around Ephesians 6:10-20.

Jayson French, our evening session speaker, talked about the power of God. He used examples like God’s power in raising Jesus from the dead or “…kicking Pharaoh’s butt…” in Egypt as Jayson said it. He said that this same power that did these things lives inside of us, but we have not chosen to be the powerful Christians. Instead, we have chosen to be “…sweet, kind, little Christians…”. Jayson then talked about how that power that lives inside of us can be used to fight against this war with Satan. Jayson warns that Satan is lethal and is trying to attack us. Despite this, we can win this fight through the armor of God found in Ephesians 6:10-20. By putting on the armor of God, praying, and memorizing God’s word, Satan will not be able to get us. After he finished his message, he asked us if we are ready to fight. To symbolize this, we were to go to the front of the stage and take a wrench. Then, we were to drop a knee, paraphrase Ephesians 2:10, and then say a prayer telling God that we are ready to fight for Him and that we are His craftsmanship. Our night continued and was filled with worship and people making decisions about ministry, being a believer for the first time, re-dedication, or living life as a Kingdom Worker. This was powerful to see the changes so many people were making  in their lives. Since our week at Move has ended, please pray that people will return home changed, ready to change the world and that will be ready to fight against Satan.

 

 

 

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CIY MOVE 2016: Day 4

ciy butterfly

Kingdom Workers are Changed. This is one of many truths that we have been encountered with during our time in Holland Michigan. The themes for the week are coming from Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus.

We started with Ephesians 4:17 which says “So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking.”

Matt Christian, one of our speakers for the week explained it like this, “Paul doesn’t say you’re wrecked, he says its time to grow up and venture out in the strength that God gave you.” In both the Morning and Evening sessions the illustration of a caterpillar going through metamorphosis was used. Renew, Retrain, Replace. Those words can apply to a caterpillar and the process it goes through. It applies to us as well.
Stickers were passed out among the auditorium, we were called to write on the back casing of the sticker, the things that we no longer wanted to burden us, on the front of the sticker we wrote the exact opposite of the back. We wrote of the things we want Jesus to change. Pieces of plexi- glass was passed around and we put the sticker on it. The MOVE staff then put together a ginormous butterfly from the glass to symbolize the change that Jesus can do within us because Kingdom Workers are changed.
Though our time in Holland is coming to an end soon we still continue to pray for God to use the time to MOVE within the students here. It’s amazing to see the impact of the teachings and time together.

CIY MOVE 2016: Day 1 & 2

CIY 2016

You are loved. You are rescued. These are the first two of many powerful truths that we’ve spent some time wrestling with these past two days at CIY Move 2016 in Holland, MI. The themes of the week come from Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus.

We started with Ephesians 1:7-8 which says, “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us.”  

Mark Christian, one of our speakers for the week put it this way, “You are the gift that God wants and He’s been working to get you back from the beginning.” You are loved and you have been rescued through the blood of Jesus.
We’ve stayed dry so far in Holland (which seems to not have been the case in Indianapolis this week), and it’s been really great to see the impact of the teaching and the opportunity to be together, in bringing our group of 23 students from 7 schools closer with Christ and closer with one another (especially as we join with 1800 students from all over the midwest). We’re continuing to anticipate and pray for God to MOVE in the days ahead this week.