Lauren Cartwright is a youth leader at SBT Youth. We're so excited to have her as our guest blogger for the week, sharing her experience at our youth group's event this past weekend, D-Now.
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” [Matthew 28:19-20]
Teens at Southland, along with other youth groups in the area, had an incredible weekend at Discipleship Now 2017. Time was filled with small group Bible studies, gaga ball, worship music, lots of food, community outreach, and learning what it means to be a follower of Christ. The first session was on the characteristics of a disciple. Teens learned that disciples live like Christ, proclaim Christ, and will follow Christ anywhere, even if it’s not comfortable, easy, or safe. The youth group went to Southland Ranch after the first session to enjoy snacks, games, and to connect with leaders and friends. Afterwards the students were split into small groups to discuss what it means to be a disciple and how that might look in their own lives.
During the second session, the students were asked if there is anyone who is currently discipling them. Is there someone who is praying for their growth, striving for their maturity in Christ, and teaching them to pray and serve for the gospel’s advancement? Following the session the students at Southland had the opportunity to really show Christ in their own community by serving others. Everyone was divided into groups and given $50 to serve the community in whatever way they felt led to do. One group went to a local hospital, passed out snacks, and prayed for people in the waiting rooms. Others used their money to purchase popsicles and face paint and took it to the park to serve people in the community there. Another group went to a local neighborhood in need and gave away resources such as hygiene products, bottles of water, and goody bags with snacks.
After a great afternoon of serving the community the last session taught teens about the importance of going forth and making disciples. He isn’t calling us to do this on our own strength or power, but He is equipping us and filling us with the Holy Spirit. Each person was challenged to share the gospel with their friends and family members with urgency, just as Christ has called us to do.
Check out video's and pictures taken by Ranch interns Samuel Guill, Skyler Downs and Lauren Cartwright on the Ranch's Facebook page here.