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.




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 2015


In high school. At work. On a team. In a family. For four years. For eight hours. All season. Your whole life. Your geography is limited. Love it or hate it, you can only be in one place at a time. But you can do more than just survive. You can embrace your place. God placed you here. And He’s here too.

The book of Daniel is an ancient story with modern implications. A group of teenagers were exiled to a foreign land, left to deal with the reality of life in a diverse world. In the shadow of Babylon, they learned it is possible to speak the language of a culture yet still worship God. It’s possible to long for home but still speak truth with love and grace. The Kingdom needs you to bless the country – not the other way around. This was Daniel’s story. And it’s your story too.

MOVE 2015 invites you to look at your own life through the life of Daniel… To join the beautiful resistance … To stop hating culture and start creating culture … To live life under the rule of the King … To pray a new prayer … You are here.

We’ll be in Cedarville, Ohio this year staying at Cedarville University. It is conveniently located in Greene County Ohio, just 10 minutes from Xenia Ohio and the popular village of Yellow Springs, between Columbus, Dayton, and Cincinnati.

Total cost for the week for Chapel Rock students is $259 if you register by March 16th. After March 16th the cost increases to $299. A $50 deposit is due with your registration. If you are paying by check you can click “pay later,” and you will have 14 days to submit your check to the church office. The final deadline to register is Sunday April 13, 2014.

June 14 – Depart from Chapel Rock at 12:30PM
June 14-18 – CIY Move Conference in Cedarville, OH
June 19 – Return to Indianapolis around 2PM

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The Heart of The Matter [CIY MOVE 2014: Day 2]

The Heart of The Matter [CIY MOVE 2014: Day 2]

We’ve been continuing our journey through the week studying about James, the half brother of Jesus, and how his life bears witness to the fact that the resurrection changes everything. James is initially portrayed in the gospels as somewhat skeptical of Jesus being who He said He is. John 7:5 says, “For not even his brothers believed in him.” As Jesus half brother, James had a front row seat to Jesus’ life. Could you imagine what that must have been like? Did James compare himself to Jesus the way we compare ourselves to our siblings? Did James feel like it was impossible to measure up? Did James feel like he was always in the background?

But something happened…something changed in James between the gospel accounts that we have and the letter that he wrote to the scattered Christians of the early church… Something happened that changed the trajectory of James’ life forever. As Paul is wrote about Jesus post resurrection appearances in 1 Corinthians 15:7 we read, “Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles,” So many questions arise from this scene… Why was James singled out? What did Jesus say to His brother? What did James think about as he saw his brother who had been dead, now alive again? Where does one go from here?

What happened to James was something so significant that by the time we get to his letter, we read about the way that he defined and introduced himself in James 1:1 as “James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetings.” Not only did James describe himself as a “servant of God” but also of “the Lord Jesus Christ”… He actually named Jesus as his Lord. James was transformed by the power of the resurrection of Christ… The implications of Jesus resurrection from the dead were astounding for James, and they are astounding for us as well. The truth of the resurrection of Jesus was the most important, life altering reality that James knew…and it changed everything. So the question we’re left to wrestle with for ourselves is; “If Jesus is alive, then how will we live differently?”

Yesterday evening we were all given a length of red string. The string was given to represent our lives… seemingly never long enough, a defined length with a beginning and an end… Tonight he challenge was given for us to take the opportunity to ‘tie our lives to the heart of the Father.” In the main session tonight, students had an opportunity to take a tangible step toward Jesus by stepping out and tying their string to a heart that was positioned in front of the stage. The isles were packed with students stepping out in faith during our closing time of worship… some for the first time grasping, as James did, the power of the resurrection to change everything… and now because of that truth we seek to follow James encouragement in James 1:22, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” Together we seek to live in the life altering reality of the truth of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, knowing that this changes everything.

This Changes Everything… [CIY Move 2014: Day 1]


The resurrection of Jesus changed everything… Today we dug deep into the message of the gospel and the theme of our week at CIY Move 2014. Our high school students and leaders made the trek from Indianapolis to Holland, MI this morning and had the opportunity to join with around 1,600 other students from all over the midwest for a week of worship, teaching, adventure, and fun. The theme of the week is “This changes everything…” and we learned tonight that the “THIS” is the resurrection of Jesus. We heard from Mark Christian and Jayson French who challenged us to think about the ways that the resurrection has had such significant implications (first and foremost) for salvation, but also for relationships, the role of women, in the realm of education, in art, music, science, geography, sports, medicine, entertainment, end so much more…. The fact that Jesus conquered death and was raised from the dead changed everything that has happened since then, and it continues to do so even today. The question is, “Will the resurrection change you?”

On the road!

We’re on the road and on our way home! We had an awesome week and are excited about the ways God will continue to grow and change us. Here are some questions to ask:
•What lessons hit home for you? Were there any that stood out?
•What do you feel like God is asking of you?
•Tell me a funny memory from the week.
•I read on the blog about the night leaders took the red paper off your back. What was that about?
•What’d you learn about Jesus this week as you studied the Sermon on the Mount?

We’ll have students call when we’re an hour out. See you soon!