Wednesday, June 11, 2008

7 Students Saved on Sunday

No pictures...but better than that is what happened on Sunday at FOCUS. We are in a series that is taking us through the story of the Bible (read more about it in my blog called "Sunday Series Update: The Story of the Bible). This Sunday (week 3) we finished up the Old Testament, and felt moved to start from the beginning and point out 4 or 5 ways that God, in his grace, has rescued his people despite their continual rejection and rebellion. I went on to explain that the entire Old Testament is pointing to Jesus...Noah's Ark=Jesus, Moses leading his people out of slavery=Jesus, etc... Again I felt moved by the Holy Spirit to pursue those who's hearts God was knocking, and explain the Gospel. We are messed up (more than we even know), Jesus was perfect and died a horrendous death, he rose 3 days later. And because of Jesus we can have a relationship with Him and live eternally in Heaven. I went on to ask the group of 55 students if any would like to, for the very first time, repent of their sin and follow Jesus. I asked them to make a bold statement by walking up front and stand next to me (I'm kinda tired of the "wussy" raise your hand thing, and people get lost, etc...). 1 student, 2 students, 4, and then on my last call the Holy Spirit moved 7 students forward to recieve a new life in Jesus (that's huge for a middle schooler...to come forward in front of a huge group of peers?!). I asked the 7, if they believed they have sinned, if they are sorry to Jesus for rebelling, if they would to their best to obey him and to read the bible, and pray to him as often as they could. they agreed and we prayed. Our students clapped (I think...I can't remember because I was so moved by what God was doing). 
I'm still lost in that moment 3 days later, but i thought it would be cool for you to know that God is moving in Summit View...and specifically in our middle school ministry. Please pray for the 7. Pray that they would connect intimately to Jesus. Pray that they would have great hunger for the Bible and prayer. Pray that they would connect also to our ministry and to a small group. Pray that they would love Jesus more than anything. And pray that we would do our part in loving these students toward Jesus. Thanks for praying...and sorry for the lack of pictures on this blog.

5 comments:

Shannon said...

Thanks so much for posting this story! That is AWESOME!!! Yeah God!

Shannon said...

wordless wednesday is when you just post pictures....no words. get it!

Morgan Rae said...

Hey I think that it is amazing what is going on at Summit View! I will be working in the nursery in a couple of weeks...I think God is telling me to start really getting connected at Summit View..plus I am taking Summit View 202 class! I am way excited about that! I will be praying for those middle schoolers and the middle school ministry in itself :D I hope you have a great week and say hi to Amy and Emeree for me!

Mrs. D said...

God is awesome... Great to find you on blogger.... come and visit me...

skigirl said...

Where is your post on Grit Casey?!?!?!?!?
-Alexis