What happens when you take a group of teenagers from Student Ministries away for a weekend? Well, you might end up playing some fun games or spray painting a toilet seat chrome to serve as a trophy for a talent show! But more importantly, you will be encouraged as you witness God working in the teens’ hearts.
This year’s Student Ministries Retreat featured guest speaker, Scott Boyer (Dean of Men at LBC). He challenged us to pursue holiness and reminded us that pursuing holiness is ultimately a pursuit of the Gospel. After all, what is the main reason we do not pursue holiness? Because we suffer from “Gospel amnesia.” When we
remember the Gospel, however, we are reminded that sin does not measure up to the grace of Jesus. We also remember that when we put in the hard work of pursuing holiness, God promises to help us grow in grace.
As Student Ministries leaders, we are excited by how the Winter Retreat impacted our teens. In their small group discussions, the teens talked about how they desire to be diligent about “killing” their sin and living to grace. Many teens targeted specific areas of sin in their lives and established practical action plans that will help them turn away from wrong attitudes and activities.
Our hope and prayer is that the teens will purposefully pursue holiness in their lives and hold each other accountable for the commitments they made over the weekend, all by God’s grace and for his glory.