July 15, 2020
Longing and Belonging
A universal piece of the human experience is to long for more. This longing seems built-in; it’s part of what it means to be alive. But where does the longing come from? And what can truly satisfy us?
Perhaps now more than ever, students have the world at their fingertips. They have access to more information, more entertainment, more of the world than ever before. And yet, it doesn’t seem to fill the void. Amid that longing, they face increased pressure to perform, while social media makes it nearly impossible to avoid comparison. Add all of it up, and the weight of expectations can be crushing.
The good news is that Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28, New International Version). It is in Christ alone that our restless hearts find rest, and in His Church that our longing turns to belonging.
During the Challenge 2020 livestream, we pointed students to the power of the gospel—the only thing that can fill the void and provide true rest. Now, in the power of the Spirit, these students are being sent on the mission of inviting their friends into this transformational rest found in Jesus.
Livestream Planning Guide
This guide is designed for youth leaders, but anyone planning to participate will find helpful information here.
Outreach Ideas and Tips
Consider maximizing the entire day on July 15 with your youth group—not just the livestream event. Serve your neighborhood or engage in prayer ministry where and however possible.
Print this notebook for your participants to follow along and take notes in during the livestream.
Continue to find rest in Jesus Christ through “Hear the Word,” a new podcast from EFCA ReachStudents, and accompanying reflection questions.
Parent Conversation Guide
This guide is designed to give parents and guardians conversation starters based on the messages from Challenge 2020.
Bonus Teaching from Jeff Vanderstelt
Jeff recorded this bonus content to for your ministry as you continue discipling students in areas of restlessness. This content can be used in small group discussions, personal reflections or one-on-one time together.
In these three videos, Daniel Olson (Challenge Prayer Director) offers youth leaders and students practical steps to engage and develop in prayer.
Justice and Race Content
We know Challenge 2020 came at a unique time in history, especially in relation to current conversations around racism and injustice in America. We also know our students are participating in these conversations, and we don’t want to hold them at arm’s distance. It’s our hope that the resources below help youth leaders engage students with the kind of biblical wisdom and gospel application that transforms their hearts and impacts their community.