The doctrine of the Incarnation is not something frequently spoken on in many American churches (at least in my experience), and I think that’s true only because this belief is presumed. Unfortunately, I don’t think this is the case anymore – especially among teenagers. Growing popularity of false religions in this country that are coupled with postmodern ideals have led to more and more teenagers rejecting the divinity of Jesus Christ. I know this both statistically, and practically having done student ministry now for 5 years. Therefore, I don’t think this is an incredibly important topic to consider in light of Christmas and where our culture and society are. Our students need to know exactly who Jesus Christ; 100% man and 100% God.
Our hope tonight is that students will understand the Incarnation (God becoming man in Jesus Christ) as the single greatest gift that the world has ever known. And we don’t just want them to know this in light of Christmas; we also want them to know this in light of the Cross. Colossians 1:20 tells us that Jesus came to redeem us through His blood shed on the Cross. This is the greatest gift for anyone! And the Cross was always the purpose for the baby that laid in the manger. Praise God for his grace though Jesus!
Here’s how you can pray for our students this week!
- Continue to pray for salvation among our students. We shouldn’t have any expectations that lost people share the Gospel. They can’t…because they don’t really know and love that Gospel message. Thus, we need to pray that our students are truly saved before we can commission them to the task of sharing that same saving message in our community.
- Pray that our unsaved students would not have a peace until they get saved. This statement sounds harsh when you first read it off the page, but I assure you that it comes from a place a true compassion and love. The worst possible place for our students (or anyone for that matter) is to be unsaved and comfortable with that reality. I would much rather God not give them a peace of mind or conscious until they submit their lives to Christ. Please pray that the ministry of the Holy Spirit (to convict men of sin and testify to the Lordship of Christ) would continue through the lives of our students.
- Pray that our students would know who Jesus is. I’m always amazed at the number of professing Christians that I meet who know next to nothing about Jesus, God, or the Bible. Christianity seems to be the only religion in the world that allows for this sort of apathy. But it doesn’t need to be this way, nor should it ever be. Jesus Christ is God’s greatest gift of grace to His covenant people; and he reveals all of this to us in His Word (the Bible). Therefore, why would any Christian neglect such a powerful gift? Those who are mature in Christ will treasure who He is, and they will discover who He is in the pages of scripture. Please pray that our students will truly know Jesus and that they would learn to love the Word of God that constantly testifies to Him.