DAY 2 MAIN HALL SESSION RECAP: THEREFORE
Yesterday, we looked at God, who is totally immeasurable, and this morning the teens were challenged by the “Therefore.” Therefore, what is our response?
King David wrote in Psalm 139, “You created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother’s womb,” demonstrating the detail and care God has put into creating each one of us. The teens were asked to carry these opening thoughts into worship.
Main speaker Debs expanded the message in Psalm 139, “because of this God… therefore how do you live… therefore how do you interact with this God?” This was echoed by Josh who asked, “If we know that God can measure the stars … then how are we going to live?”
The main speakers also explored Psalm 27:4, which states, “One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.”
To dwell in the house of the Lord is to continually be in God’s presence and listen to Him, but as the main speakers explained, we often fail to do this. This was exemplified as the teens watched a short video of some of the programme team ‘knick- knacking’ (knocking on doors at night, running away and watching the reaction) on site during set up week.
Although the video was funny (at least for everyone except TeenStreet’s head chef, director, worship leader and a security guard, who all fell victim to this late night prank), it had a serious message: we can treat God in a similar way when we do not wait to listen to Him. Often we fail to dwell in the house of the Lord, in His presence. Often there are other influences, which we listen to instead, as there are countless things that distract us from spending time with God.
To help the teens understand how important it is to focus on God, they heard the _arable of the Hidden Treasure, found in Matthew 13. Josh summed up the attitude of the man in the parable by stating: “I want the people at TeenStreet to be like that guy digging. We need to be seekers, not spending the day, doing what we’re doing, hoping we’ll bump into God.”
To conclude the meeting, the teens were reminded of the promises found in Matthew 7:7 – “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened.”
Therefore, if we pursue God, He will not turn us away.