Deeper 101

Each year we start off by going back to the basics of who we are as a student ministry. We stand 4 core principles that influence the way we craft our messages, plan our trips, and everything else that we do. Those values are Every Student, Every student is welcome and wanted here at Deeper. I want us to embody that value, I want us to be known by that value. I want Deeper to be a safe haven for the outcast, just as Jesus is a safe haven. Let’s follow Jesus in this core principle, watch how Jesus embodies this in John 4,

4 He had to go through Samaria on the way. 5 Eventually he came to the Samaritan village of Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there; and Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about noontime. 7 Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.” 8 He was alone at the time because his disciples had gone into the village to buy some food.

9 The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?”

Things to consider here:

He went to the Samaritan village. Jews didn’t go to Samaria, they looked down on Samaritans, but Jesus made a point to not just be open to, but Jesus went to the Samaritan woman!

We can’t just be content welcoming students who are different than we are, we must be proactive in doing so. Go to the outcast at your school. Go to the student who doesn’t have many friends. Go to the students who might look different than you. Go to the students that other people “don’t associate with” Why? Because Jesus did. And Heaven is going to be a diverse group of people, not just a bunch of people who look like you! I want you to think about a verse that has been on my heart for some time. It’s 1 Peter 2:9,10:

you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.

10 “Once you had no identity as a people;

now you are God’s people.

Once you received no mercy;

now you have received God’s mercy.”

When you identify with this verse, you identify as God’s people, a holy nation and in the Kingdom, all people are welcome!

Our next value is, The Bible Is Our Source. When I tell you that the Bible is my source, it goes beyond, “It’s my source for preaching material”, beyond, “Its the source of my favorite bible verse that gets me through a tough time.” All the way to, “I need the words in this book in the same way I need the oxygen I breathe” Without oxygen, the body dies and with out the word, our spiritual life dies.

So let me ask you a really tough question, do you need the words in this book like the air that you breathe?