Series: a stand-alone message: "The Road trip Essential"
Key Scripture: Exodus 33:12-18
Key Thought: God wants to be more than just your trip advisor. He wants to be your travel companion.
Understandable Message: We looked at Moses in Exodus 33 and how he confessed to God that he could not fulfill his purpose alone. He needed God to go with him. In real-life road trips if we forget an "Essential" then we can simply go to the store and pick up a replacement. However, on our spiritual journey there is no replacement for the abiding presence of God. Too many times we allow our luggage to be so full of other things that we do not have room for the presence of God in our lives. However, if we will clean out our hearts and make room for His presence in our lives, we will experience the glory of God like never before. For after Moses established his desire for God's presence in his journey, he was able to ask for God to show him his glory. Too many times we want God's glory, without his presence. We want his presants (gifts) without his presence abiding in our journey. Students were challenged to: 1. Ask for his presence 2. Make room for his presence through repentance, and 3. Receive His presence into their lives.
Creative Elements: Last night the youth band did an acoustic worship set. I love it when they switch it up like this. Great job. Also, during the message I used the simple illustration of a suitcase filled with things representing our lives being too full to fit God's presence. We also had a big push to get our new Reverb Invite Cards into the hands of students.
Songs: Open up the heavens, More than life, Hosanna
Next Week: Beginning a new series.