July 1-6, 2012
New Orleans, LA
Everything is New
We serve a risen Savior. This fact alone changes everything!
Daily, we are bombarded with messages of new inventions, ideas and experiences that promise to change our lives or fulfill our longings. And yet each day we wake up and it seems nothing has changed. But the promise of the gospel is that everything is new.
We’ve made the gospel small. We’ve made Christianity about little else than avoiding bad things, having access to a cosmic lifeguard, and getting our ticket to heaven stamped. But the gospel isn’t small! And following Jesus is about so much more than avoiding sin and going to Heaven. We follow a risen Christ, who killed us when He was killed, and raised us when He was raised, which means that now we can view everything through the other side of death — eyes filled with New Life.
This risen Christ entrancement changes the way we see ourselves and every other person around us. It changes the way we view the church, school, technology, sports, dating, love, friendship and all the things that make up our lives. It changes everything.
Through the book of Colossians we will help students open risen eyes to discover the inexplicable wonder that through the Gospel, everything is new. Together, we will see how Jesus, not just crucified for our sin, but risen for our new life, has massive repercussions for why and how we live our lives every day, everywhere, forever. Literally, everything is new.