One of my favorite expressions of utilizing spiritual gifts from God is being able to speak at youth camps for the Evangelical Covenant Church denomination.
I love being on the speaker team for the ECC and getting to share the love of God with 100’s of youth from all over the country. Teens are facing all kinds of difficult trials today as they learn to mature and develop into the people of God they are called to be.
This weekend at Bluewater Covenant Bible Camp, I was invited to speak on Adventurous Faith. So, at the Ignite weekend filled with junior high and high school kids, we tackled an understanding of a life filled with adventurous faith.
1. Takes risks… in Mark 2:1-12 Jesus forgives the paralytic friend of his sins when he is lowered through the roof by his faithful friends after a crowd at the house wouldn’t let them through. Imagine the faith of the four friends who were tenacious about bringing their friend to Jesus for healing. They never gave up.
2. Involves healing… in John 9:1-34, Jesus heals the man born blind. “Who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” the disciples asked Jesus. “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him…” The healing from God can happen in your life and give you the adventurous faith you need to tell your story of redemption. I don’t know how badly you’re hurting tonight, but Jesus wants to heal you from your pain and let you “see” again to tell your story.
3. Means doing hard things… Some people came to Jesus in Luke 10:57-62 telling him they would follow him, but he told them not to go back and bury their dead father, or not to say goodbye to family, or “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” In our adventurous faith, we are called to do hard things and live for God. Satan is always after us trying to kill us and destroy our mission. When we give up our life of sin and commit to doing hard things of faith for God, we get to live adventurously for Jesus in this world.
4. Recognizes that Jesus adventures with you in the storms of your life… “Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd.” Mark 6:45-56 tells us that Jesus walked out to his crew in the middle of their storm. They were afraid, but Jesus climbed into the boat with them and sailed to the other side. Jesus is always with you, no matter the storm you are facing. When you feel alone, and the wind and waves are raging in the middle of the night, Jesus walks up to you and climbs into your situation. You are not alone. Don’t venture your faith by yourself.