Bluewater Bay Campus eLetter
Thursday, May 13, 2021
From our Student Minister Taylor Nixon
Summer is an exciting season. Soon, all of the graduations and parties will be finished. Much needed vacations will be savored, and some respite will arrive after a long school year.
In the Student Ministry world, it becomes an exciting time because of a particular event: Mission Northwest (MNW). If you are unfamiliar with MNW, it is a local mission experience for middle and high school students. With the invaluable help of Crosspoint Missions, young people are organized into teams that support local non-profit organizations that already serve our community in amazing ways. After a day of service, we all gather for worship and teaching, celebrating what God is doing in and through us. This year is different as the event is no longer overnight, but check-in/check-out daily.
Fundamentally, we are seeking to partner with God’s mission in our community and in the world. We want to seriously consider the teachings of Jesus and act upon them. We believe that God is not only moving in our church buildings during service times but that he is constantly engaging people all over in Northwest Florida by his grace. When we look at Jesus’s life we can observe his posture as a humble servant. This is summed up through his self implicating statement in Mark 10:45 (CEB).
“…for the Human One didn’t come to be served but rather to serve and to give his life to liberate many people.”
In the New Testament, we see that Jesus makes possible new ways of living. In other words, he redefines what it means to be human. Rather than spending our time and energy taking for ourselves, Jesus invites us into humble service and sacrificial love. When we choose to follow Jesus in this way, we can truly make a difference in the world and find unique freedom that comes only from self-giving service and partnering with his ongoing mission.
Would you consider partnering with us as we engage our community with service? Here is how you could do so:
- Pray for the young people who attend MNW — that their life would be forever shaped by serving like Jesus.
- By volunteering for the week, experiencing God in a fresh way by empowering young people.
Taylor Nixon, Student Minister