Theme: The Revelation
5 The Lord says, “I will condemn those who turn away from me
and put their trust in human beings, in the strength of mortals.
6 He is like a bush in the desert, which grows in the dry wasteland,
on salty ground where nothing else grows. Nothing good ever happens to him.
7 “But I will bless the person who puts his trust in me.
8 He is like a tree growing near a stream and sending out roots to the water.
It is not afraid when hot weather comes, because its leaves stay green;
it has no worries when there is no rain; it keeps on bearing fruit.
13 Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.
The rising generation of Christian men are being bombarded by negative ideology. Our society continually sends messages to them through the world of entertainment, the news media, peer pressure and, sometimes, even adults. They tell young men that Christian men are weak, feeble minded, or both! They say that the real excitement in life comes from wild living, doing whatever you want to do, and being self-dependent. They show strong images to drive sinful desires and they tell the young men that it’s all acceptable to the world and just another way to exercise their freedom.
Many young men feel like God would be angry with them if he were to meet them face to face. Some think that the bad things they’ve done are so bad that God would despise them for it. Others think that God may have forgiven them but he’s still pretty mad about their sinful actions. This fear of God’s anger keeps them from having the personal relationship that God and men both deeply desire.
This is the theme for Vida Nueva Tampa Bay’s young men’s weekend #29, “The Revelation.” God reveals truth to us! He exposes the lies that the world is trying to sell to us. He will give us examples of real men who love God and are happy followers of Jesus Christ. He tells the young men, who are wise enough to seek His council, who He says they are; His sons and warriors in His army!
Please prayerfully consider sponsoring a candidate to attend the weekend and serving on the team. It’s going to be a fantastic weekend of fun, food, fellowship, and great music! I hope you will join us!