New Series: One (Jesus)

Ground Zero kicked off a new series this week called One. Here is the overview of the series:

It starts with one. Knowing One. Going one direction. Reaching one. Doing one thing. Sometimes we get so caught up with the many that we forget it’s just about the one.

There is ONE Jesus.
There is ONE direction we are going to take you at Ground Zero.
There is ONE name of a person who is far from God.
There is ONE thing you can do right now to change yours or someone else’s life.

Don’t get lost in the many.
It’s time to focus on the one.

Week 1: One Jesus
Week 2: One Direction
Week 3: One Name
Week 4: One Action

In week one, we addressed how there is a big difference between knowing about Jesus and really knowing Jesus. But we did talk about how Jesus actually is, because we recognize a lot of students don’t know anything about him. And that’s okay!

We then taught through John 7:28-29: “Yes, you know me, and you know where I am from. I am not here on my own, but he who sent me is true. You don’t know him, but I know him because I am from him and he sent me.”

Jesus is saying: Look! I’m a man. You see me. You know where I live. You know where I come from. BUT, you don’t REALLY know me. Because if you did, you’d know that I am God.

And then he gets to the difference between just knowing about him and really knowing him: “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” John 7:37-38

We challenged students to really get to know Jesus this week by spending time with him and handed out Weekly One Guides to direct them to do so.

After the night was over, we had one young woman who wanted to really know more of Jesus, and chose to say Yes to knowing him more.

Watch Out For the Critical Monster

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He’s a sneaky little guy, the Critical Monster.

He masks himself as helpful — and sometimes he is helpful.

He claims to be looking out for the greater good — and sometimes he makes things better.

But more often than not, whatever the original intentions, the critical thoughts and feedback morph into a monster-like judgment that divides and destroys.

Why does she say those things?

If I were the leader, I would do it differently and better.

His intentions are so impure. 

The Critical Monster plants those thoughts in our minds and occasionally forces us to speak to everyone other than the person needing the feedback.

Too often, I’ve seen this monster divide teams, destroy confidence in one another, and become a weapon used by Satan to bring down momentum in churches and youth ministries.

It is vital that we offensively and proactively attack the Critical Monster.

  1. Pray.
    Don’t overlook how important it is to pray against the sneaky moves of the Evil One. Protect yourself, your team, and the leadership God has given you by covering it all in prayer.
  2. Speak Truth To The Person.
    Instead of harboring critical and judgmental thoughts (which then fester into something greater), speak truth to the person you need to express feedback. Don’t whisper the critical thoughts to others. Speak it directly to the person. If you can’t say it to them, don’t say it at all. In fact, don’t even think it.
  3. Look at Yourself.
    Jesus says to consider the log of wrongdoing in your own life before judging the speck in someone else’s. Nine times out of ten, when I harbor a critical thought towards someone or something, I need to just look at myself first and I realize how futile my criticism is towards someone else.
  4. Just Stop It.
    I can sense a mile away the person who is harboring the Critical Monster. He seeps through their pores. Even though they might smile at you and tell you good things, I can still sense the Monster has set up residence. The reality is, so can other people. The last thing is to just stop it. Stop the Critical Monster. You can control it more than you think.

Don’t let the Critical Monster have his way. Don’t let him divide and destroy. God has too much He wants to accomplish through our teams and ministries.