Here are a few pictures of our group:
|Due to rain many of our walk and talks became walk and sits :)|
|This is everyone who was still there Sunday morning.|
The basic theme we kept coming back to all weekend (because this is also our theme for the year) is how God has made us new. You may have noticed the new artwork on our website with the "Everything New" logo. We took this from Revelation 21:5 when Jesus said "I am making everything new!" At the retreat we kept asking the question over and over: "How has/is God making you new?" Our communion time on Saturday night was just amazing. Halfway through worship I simply prompted them to share how Jesus' death and resurrection has made them new and people shared non-stop for a solid 40 minutes by the time I cut them off. A few people came up to me later saying they wish they could have been able to share also. It always brings tears to my eyes when someone (especially someone young) stands up and shares about some intimate way that God has impacted their lives. This is something I really wish you could have witnessed. It was especially amazing to see some of the newer people open up because they were encouraged by other people's stories.
Going back to our theme for the year, our sermon series has been really neat. Amy started it off with how God makes us new and that His purpose is to make us useful again. Our purpose, or mission, is to reconcile the world with God because that is what He is doing and what he designed us to do. The next week I talked about what it means to think like new creations. Everything we do derives from how we think and often we think a lot less than we need to. God isn't concerned with what we do as much as He is with our underlying motives for doing what we do. Man judges by mere appearances, but God judges a man by his heart. Then Brandon followed that by talking about what it means to speak like new creations. Again, everything you say derives from what you think about. Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. This week we will be exploring what it looks like to live as new creations. I would encourage you to think through this as well. How has God made you new? How is He making you new now? How have you been resisting His restoration process?
Again I would just like to thank you so much for your support. We really put a lot of work into building a Christ-centered community at UNT that is conducive to reaching people and building real relationships. Things like the retreat this weekend couldn't happen without your help. I hope that my report on what we do on this campus will bring joy to your heart and be an advance reward for your investment.
Yours for the Campus,