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Published on June 17th, 2018 | by NAC Youth

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YOUTH JAM 8 and 9

YOUTH JAM 8 CHOICES

As part of the monthly program of the Makati youth is the Youth JAM (“Youth Jesus and Me”), we do have different topics to be discuss, sharing experiences, learning and knowledge about Godly words and deeds and having an interactive question and answer games. Last April 15, 2018, we conduct our Youth JAM8 with a topic about Choices. This helps us to make good choices. (So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life— you’re sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you –Romans 12:1-2), as what the bible verse tells us that we should live free with Jesus. The discussion was focused on three questions (Who make my choices?, How I make my choices? And why I making these choices?) Who Makes Our Choices? Who or what pressures us to do what we do? Wear what we wear, Talk how we talk. If we are honest with ourselves, we would say that the culture around us has a huge say in what we do, what we wear, how we act, and how we talk. And when I say culture, I’m talking about social media, movie stars, recording artist, athletes, where we live, the school we go to, and the friends we hang out with. I’m talking about technology, books, and whatever social class people put us in. Maybe your parents make all the choices for you. Either because they are afraid that you are going to turn into a heathen, or because they want to “protect you”! Maybe your friends make your decisions for you. Because they are the closest family you have, and you’re afraid you will lose them too!

Maybe money makes your choices. Because you don’t have any, and you are tired of living broke! Or you have a lot of “stuff” and that’s what drives you. That’s a few examples of what could be making your choices. Next is how we are making our choices. How can music influence the choices you make? How does it influence how we act, talk, and what we wear? Most of us have probably heard the phrase “YOLO”, you only live once. A lot of people adopted this “motto” and started to live life like there was no tomorrow. Now what happens when we live like there is no tomorrow? Then all of a sudden, tomorrow comes. We’ve been spending all your money. Telling people what’s on our mind, because they know we deserve it. Maybe we started gravitating towards drugs and alcohol. Skipping school and sleeping in. What happens then? What happens when someone disrespects you and you’re like “YOLO”! What happens when you are tempted to steal from the mall, knowing the police is in there, knowing they have people watching you, knowing they have cameras…but you’re like “YOLO”! What happens when your boyfriend or girlfriend is pressuring you to have sex, and you’re like “YOLO”. Then a month later someone is pregnant! That’s just one example of the culture around us can influence our choices. The idea is to be aware of what is influencing you and how you make the choices you do. Lastly, what is the “why” behind our choices? Pretty much any choice we make hinges on those two things. We dress like our friends because we FEAR that we will look different, and we want to be ACCEPTED by our friends. We want to fit in! We chase money or “stuff” because we FEAR that we won’t live a good life and have good things. We fear that we won’t be ACCEPTED if we don’t have a lot of money or “stuff”. We flirt and sleep around because we FEAR that we are not good enough for someone to love us, and we want to be ACCEPTED by our boyfriends and girlfriends. We get drunk at parties and do drugs because we FEAR that people will label us “goody goodies”, and goody goodies are not ACCEPTED by the circles we run in. As I mentioned that according to the verse Romans 12-1-2 we should live free with Jesus so that it helps us to have good choices.

 

YOUTH JAM 9 “Youth Good Graces”

Last June 16, 2018, was a perfect day to conduct our Youth Jam and welcome newly confirmed Christians to the circle of youth. We taught that it will be a rainy Saturday because of the weather but were blessed because when the time we arrived at Merville Country Club the sun come out. Everyone was happy and excited for what our youth jam will bring to us. We started the program with an opening prayer led by Deacon Timothy followed by an introduction by Brother Harrold. To make our Youth Jam Discussion more interactive we invited some of the ministers. District Evangelist Rolex together with Priest Lito Sabuga-a shared Godly words and deed about our topic Graces. (“The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 6:23), this verse was highlight of the discussion were District Evangelist Rolex point out about the death. What do I mean? Our sad human story could have ended with a period after those first seven words.

“The wages of sin is death.” Period. We have earned it. God, however, says, “Wait a second, the sentence isn’t over.” He added a comma. The story doesn’t end. Instead of receiving what we deserve, separation from God forever, we are given the choice of a free gift. We know what happens if we don’t take the gift, and we know what’s in the gift: life forever with Jesus! Grace is the gift that says, “I know you don’t deserve this, but I’m yours.” What is so amazing about grace?

Although we deserved to be separated from God forever because of our sin, God sent us Jesus as a free gift so we could be forever friends with God. Grace is at the very core of the Gospel. It is a word that you will hear all the time if you attend church even just a few times a year. Still, it is often misunderstood or even ignored. On one hand, grace is similar to mercy. Punishment is deserved, but because of grace, mercy or forgiveness is given instead. On the other hand, it could be somewhat synonymous with kindness and love. If a person is on a teacher’s good side, it could be said that he/she is in the teacher’s “good graces.” We are so happy that we did this kind of discussion. Additional thing, Priest Lito, shares about the 100 Kingdom of peace. But as, a New Apostolic Christian we are all ready for his return, be the bride of Christ and live with him forever. After the discussion, we blessed the food we share. Then, have some team building games and enjoy swimming. Before the activity ends, we pray together and go back together in the NAC Makati Church to prepare some stuff for the Father’s Day Celebration the next day.


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