Welcome to the Encounter Youth Group // Grades 7 - 12
EYG = ENCOUNTER YOUTH GROUP = PASSIONATE FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST
Encounter Youth Group ASSEMBLE!!!!!!!
Alright, if you haven’t already seen it I’m not going to spoil it for you, but wasn’t Avengers: Endgame EPIC!!!! It’s already the third highest grossing film of all time and it has only been out a few weeks. Twenty-two marvel movies in a row have been building towards that moment. The directors and the entire Marvel Universe knew how they wanted it to end, but after filming it all, they actually had to go back and re-film parts of the movie to make sure it made sense. Even knowing how it was going to end required that they fill in the gaps along the way. That is the same with our lives. We know how the story is supposed to end but sometimes we get lost along the way.
This summer we want to change that conversation at the Encounter Youth Group. Jesus has already defeated death! But long before Jesus came as a baby, God was working in his people, Israel, and teaching them what it meant to trust him and to walk in obedience. In the book of Deuteronomy, he reminds them to, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and might.” He reminds them that God himself had delivered them from slavery, and that even though they had wondered through the desert for 40 years, he never left them. In fact, he was preparing them to enter the promised land. He warned them not to grow complacent but to DEVOTE THEMSELVES TO THE DESTRUCTION of seven nations. I have to admit, I’ve read through this passage many times and almost missed it…sometimes reading through names like the Girgashites, Hittites, Cannanites and all the other “ites”, I kind of glaze over it, but this time I flagged it in my Bible and went back and researched what those nations represented. They represented fear, comparison, materialism, lying, pride, discouragement and being defenseless. Get this, these nations were even called stronger and more powerful than Israel and yet, God promised Israel victory over them! This summer, we are launching a series called Conquer to kick off our Sunday mornings at the Encounter Youth Group! We will Conquer and devote ourselves to the destruction of these 7 things in our lives!
In case you missed it, the EYG is moving to every Sunday starting June 30 and starting in August we will start something called “Worship Together Sundays” where we will spend the first Sunday of the month in the main service. The second, third, and fourth will be the EYG! Mark your calendars and be there every week! Beach Banzai is coming June 21 - 23. It is going to be awesome! Invite your friends and don’t forget to sign up as soon as possible. You have to sign up by June 1 to get it for $80. As always, you can find out all the detaials on our website at EncounterYouth.Group. The rest of our summer will be filled with Deepers, Core Groups, a Core Group On Your Own and a Movie Night at the end of summer. Here’s to an epic summer, mighty warriors of God!