Last week we did something in Deeper that I really believe resonated in all of our hearts. The last 15 or so minutes of service we all got alone with God. We handed out some journals and bibles and just gave students the opportunity to connect with God on their own. I hope that you guys took time throughout the week to keep that going.

Your relationship with God is the single most important relationship that you will ever have in your life. It’s more important than your relationship with you girlfriend/boyfriend, anyone in your family, anyone at all. I know that in my life I have most certainly taken that relationship for granted. I don’t want to do that any more, I want Deeper to be about deepening our relationship with God.

Let me ask you a question. Have you ever had to do something that seemed inconvenient at the time, but once you were finished with it, you were glad you took care of it. Maybe homework falls into that category, at the time, you wanted to watch Monday Night Football, or you wanted to hang out with your friends. But once the homework was done, once the grades were in and you got a good grade on your report card, you were really glad that you bit the bullet and got it done.

Sometimes our walk with God can seem inconvenient, but what we miss so often is that what we’re prioritizing over God has very little importance, not only to our life as a whole, but really to our own interests at all. Sometimes we’re just doing things because we’re told that’s what we need to do. A weekly commitment is a big deal. Many of you guys don’t just show up here on Wednesday, but you’re here Sunday and even some other days of the week as well.

  • Why is church and God part of my life?

  • Why do my parents place such a high priority on this?

  • Am I prioritizing God the way I should be or am I going through the motions?

Before we get into the nuts and bolts of this message, I want you to know something right up front. And really this doesn’t just go for the students, this goes for leaders as well. YOU MATTER. You matter to God, you matter to this church, you matter to everyone in this circle. Let me explain what i’m talking about in scripture…

Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. 3 If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important. Galatians 6:2-3 NLT

We’re in this together! You cannot share each others burdens if you’re not in community. What I mean by that is if we isolate ourselves to the point where we don’t have followers of Jesus around us, then we’re not doing what we’re supposed to be doing. Church is biblical because church offers (should offer) community. This group should be more than just a random collection of teenagers who parents attend Woodward Church. Sure, it may have started that way, and that’s fine, but it should evolve into much much more than that.

Jesus is calling us to care about one another. If one of us is hurting, then we should all hurt.

If one of us in happy then we should all be happy. We’re a family.

Here’s the thing, Not only do you need Deeper, Deeper needs you! Let me read to you 1 Corinthians 12:12-27, I lot of verses but it helps us understand who we are in the Body of Christ.