NWBC - Student Conference
17 teens Profess Christ
Northwest Baptist Convention (NWBC) - Student Conference
Each year, hundreds of teenagers from the NWBC gather at Crossroads Community church in Vancouver, WA for the convention's annual student conference. At this year's meeting, Faithful to One led worship in song, dozens of youth pastors and leaders led breakout sessions on Saturday morning, and Mike had the opportunity to preach at the three main sessions. The conference centered around the theme Allegiance.
After the first message on being Remade and Repurposed by the Lord Jesus,
17 students stood to profess their new faith in Christ as Savior and Lord!
The second message focused on recognizing the grace of God in the midst of Rough Water. Joy is grace recognized. Pause for a moment and recognize the statement of God's grace spoken by Jesus to Peter and the disciples while He walked on the water in the midst of the storm on the Sea of Galilee: "Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid"(Matt. 14:27). The presence of Jesus in the storm is an act of His grace. Jesus Christ, I AM, is with you! For a generation in the midst of many different scenarios of rough water, this message was an encouragement.
The final message dealt with the challenging reality that, regarding our allegiance to Christ, we are Willing but Weak. Peter and the disciples, just as we often do, ". . . kept saying insistently, 'Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!' And they all were saying the same thing also" (Mark 14:31). We often overestimate our allegiance and underestimate our weakness. Jesus warned Peter and the disciples that they would all stumble and fall away on account of Him. His warning was clear and His instructions specific: "Keep watching and praying that you may not come into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak" (Mark 14:38). Willing but weak, so watch and pray! After the third session, approximately 24 students came to the altar, confessing their weakness and making decisions of re-commitment to the Lord in some area of their lives. God's Spirit was at work among us as the conference ended with Mike leading students to gather in small groups across the auditorium to do what Jesus instructed us to do: PRAY!