High School Retreat
Enjoy highlights of the student experience at Windy Gap
Teaching, Discussion and Prayer Points
Last night our students dove into Matthew 4:18-22 which will lead into the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount for this morning’s session. Students explored the call of Jesus to “Follow Me” and were challenged to find their identity in Christ.
This morning’s session will focus on the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew chapters 5-6 and dive into the new life that Jesus has called us to walk in as His followers. The evening session will explore Philippians 2:1-11 and show students how Jesus perfectly lived out the message of the Sermon on the Mount and how the gospel empowers us to live differently.
- Students to hear and respond to the call of Jesus to follow Him in every part of their lives as Savior and Lord.
- Students to walk away from the things that seek to form a false identity for them.
- God to be glorified in all things as CCS gathers at Windy Gap.
- Students to desire to walk in humility in how they see God, themselves, and others.
- Students to see and respond to the humility and glory of Christ in His crucifixion and resurrection.
- Students to live out of a gospel-shaped heart and identity rather than worldly pursuits or empty religious activity.
This morning’s devotional:
This year at Windy Gap, we are going to focus on how Jesus shapes our lives in a way that should lead us to walk in true humility. This began last night with the call of Jesus on your life saying, “Follow me” and continues today as we look into the Sermon on the Mount. If you truly want a life that is different and makes a difference you must begin to understand humility. Simply put, humility begins with perspective. Read and reflect on 1 Corinthians 4:7.
Three Changes in our Perspective
We’ve all had a moment where our perspective, or view of something, changes. Whether that is physically seeing something around you from a different angle or changing your mind about a person or situation. Have you ever thought or talked harshly about someone only to change your mind when you understand what they are going through? When our perspective changes our actions change. Our words change. We change. So how does our perspective on life need to change?
Our view of life needs to change in three key areas. We need to see God for He is, our lives the way God sees us, and others the way God sees them. When we see even a glimpse of God for who He is we can only respond in wonder. If we are not seeking and seeing God on His throne above all we will be quick to seat ourselves in a throne above others. When we don’t see ourselves as God sees us, we fight to be seen and valued by others. When we think we are more important than others, we will fight only for what we want and look down on others around us. Jesus shows us a better way. Read and reflect on Matthew 5:1-16.
Two Steps of Faith
This weekend we invite you to take two big steps in beginning to walk humbly.
The first is to live like you desperately need God. We need God’s gift of grace for salvation, but often once we have been saved we can think we have received what we needed from God, almost like we are using God to get what we want – heaven. But true humility recognizes that we need God in every moment of our lives and in everything we do. Do you recognize that you are desperate for God?
The second step is to live like you need other people. As followers of Christ, we need each other to grow as we encourage one another and hold each other accountable along the way. We need godly friendships to sharpen us and make us more like Jesus. Not only do you need others, but they need you. Do you desire those kinds of relationships?
One Bold Prayer
We want to ask you to do something right now when you pray. We are asking you to not pray a tame or safe prayer. Take these next few moments to pray a bold prayer. Ask God to truly change your perspective and prepare your heart for what He wants to do in your life today.
- Pray that God would wake up your heart to truly see Him for who He is.
- Pray that God would shape your heart to see yourself how He sees you.
- Pray that God would change your heart to see others how He sees them.
Last night we had our Western theme night which began with a BBQ dinner. The night activities challenged students to take a ride on a mechanical bull, try their skill and test the staff and faculty’s endurance in the dunking booth or become a star on stage with a round of Karaoke.
During our second worship session yesterday the message centered on finding our Identity and hope in Jesus Christ. Through His sacrifice on the cross, we have the opportunity to follow Him. We were challenged to die to self and look to His example to find grace and contentment. We had many students respond during the close of the session who made decisions to follow Christ!
This morning we will close in worship and teaching on Matthew 7 where students will be challenged to be doers of the word of God and not merely those who hear. They will hear and discuss how to walk humbly in their own relationship with God as well as others in their family, church, and school.
Students to be strengthened by the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives to live out the truths they have heard and discussed this week.
Students to take steps of faith in response to God’s word.
Thanksgiving for all God has done and will do in the days to come.
Parent Follow Up Discussion Questions:
We both know that your student may have had the most amazing week of their life and they may respond with a yawn and a “fine” when asked about their time at Windy Gap. Rather than just asking “Did you have fun?” or “What did you do/learn?”, consider using some of these conversation starters to better understand their experience and time in God’s word. Move from the questions and conversation into a time of prayer for them for the school year ahead.
- What is one big thing God taught you or reminded you of this week?
- Which parts of the Sermon on the Mount stood out to you?
- Did anything change in the way you see God? Yourself? Others?
- Tell me about this theme “Walk Humbly”, why do you think that is important to live that way in the world today? (Think of specific examples)
- In light of this week, how can I be praying for you? For your school?