But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you.
O Israel, the one who formed you says,
“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you.
I have called you by name; you are mine.
2 When you go through deep waters,
I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty,
you will not drown.
When you walk through the fire of oppression,
you will not be burned up;
the flames will not consume you.
3 For I am the Lord, your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
I gave Egypt as a ransom for your freedom;
I gave Ethiopia and Seba in your place.
4 Others were given in exchange for you.
I traded their lives for yours
because you are precious to me.
You are honored, and I love you.
Carl Lentz, senior pastor at Hillsong Church NYC just introduced a series partnered with life church.tv encouraging people along this same mission of spreading the gospel. He has called this movement "OCCUPY ALL STREETS". The idea behind it is that wherever we are, whether its the street we live on, the neighborhood we're a part of, the hallway where our locker is located, we should be the ones creating the environment, setting the tone or atmosphere based upon our faith in God. Rather than us walking into these "streets" or environments that are a daily part of life and being influenced and changed by those around us, we should be the ones walking in to influence and change others around us.
Over the next few weeks we will be seeking the heart of God together, praying for our unsaved friends and family, and learning how we can better "OCCUPY THE STREETS" in our life by our faith in God. To do this properly, Carl Lentz has given us a theme to help us in this search for the heart of God: WHO YOU ARE IS NOT DEFINED BY WHAT YOU DO BUT BY WHO JESUS IS TO YOU. Our understanding of Jesus and our love relationship with Him is what will define who we are. What we do is just a result of that love relationship.
My prayer over the next few weeks is to help foster a life changing, life fueling, and life giving love relationship between Summit Teens and the one and only Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Together we ware seeking growth and pursuing a heart change! Join in on this adventure today.