We are continually blown away by what God is doing in young people in the Merseyside region and this month's Ignite was no different. It was amazing to see so many young people come together from all over the area to worship God.
For those of you who missed it, Luke Fleming preached an incredible message called ‘Just give me Jesus’. He looked at the passage in Mark 2v1-12 where Jesus heals the man on the mat.
He shared 4 great points that can help us get closer to Jesus today -
1 -We need friends who take us to Jesus.
We have to be intentional with who are friends are. In the story the man had 4 friends willing to carry him to Jesus. Do our friends help us get closer to God or pull us away?
2 - What is blocking you from Jesus?
In the story there was a crowd stopping the man from getting close to Jesus but the friends made a hole in the roof. In our lives, what gets in the way of us connecting with Jesus? What do we need to move out of the way?
3 - Heart over body
Jesus forgives the man’s heart before healing him physically. This shows us that Jesus is more interested in our heart, the true us, rather than what we look like. Is our heart right with Jesus?
4 - Haters going to hate
The religious leaders weren’t keen on Jesus healing and forgiving sins. People will not approve of us following Jesus but we can’t let that stop us getting close to him.
Luke smashed it and it was an amazing night with people saying yes to Jesus for the first time.
May is going to be an epic month for Ignite - we launch Ignite Macclesfield on Friday 8th May and then on Sunday 10th May we have Ignite Merseyside. We are so excited and can't wait to see you there!