Date: November 9-11, 2018
John: 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
What does it mean to be a Christian? The obvious answer to many may be that a Christian is a believer in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ – Jesus Christ who is completely God and completely human – Jesus Christ who is one of the persons of the Holy Trinity of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. These are all truths of mainstream Christianity, but it doesn’t tell you how to BE. Being a Christian is not about doing something to keep you in good standing with God or other Christians. However, it is to glorify our Lord in everything, and to BE in relationship with God.
The theme the Lord has placed on my heart for Young Men’s Vida Nueva Tampa Bay #31 is “BE”. B – E.
Without realizing it at the time, the Lord began to place this theme on my heart on my own Tres Dias weekend, where He first revealed to me that I did not know how to let people love me well – that is, I didn’t know how to BE loved. As I prayed about it, I came to see sub-themes for these weekends that we serve on, our God has “Set us Free”, so we are to BE Free, through “God’s Amazing Love” we are to BE Love and BE Loved, BE Obedient by telling others what we know to be true about our Lord and Savior… We can BE Strong, BE Bold, BE Present, BE Wise, BE Holy, BE Joyful, and BE Victorious in Christ Jesus. These are not things we have to be to be Christians – we get to be all these things!
Here’s the mission statement Vida Nueva International: “Vida Nueva is an ecumenical, evangelical Christian retreat weekend and movement. It encourages teenagers to commit their lives to Jesus Christ and to live as Christians.” To BE Christians.
The scripture verse for the weekend is John 16:33 (NIV), “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
It is only because Jesus Christ has already overcome the world that we can live as Christians. It is only through our choice to believe and surrender to Him that we get to BE Christians.
I’m looking forward to serving with you!
Thanks and God Bless,
Director, Young Men’s VNTB #31