Thanksgiving will be here before you know it, and that can only mean one thing—it is time for National Youth Convention! Our Crusaders staff is excited to be returning to the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tennessee. On behalf of the Apostolic Crusaders, I would like to invite you to be our guest this year. NYC begins on Wednesday, November 25, and ends Friday, November 27.
Pastor Matthew Ball will kick off the conference in Wednesday night’s General Session. Thursday morning Cory Porterfield from Walnut, Mississippi will minister, followed that night by Pastor Jon Vazquez. Friday morning our National Youth Secretary, Nate Whitley, will deliver the Word, and Pastor Shawn Garnett from Wilson, North Carolina will end our convention and send students home ready to give their lives to Jesus and go with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Our theme for NYC 2015 is “Give and Go!” My prayer going into convention this year has been simple: I am praying our students become passionate about their relationship with Jesus Christ, and leave NYC equipped with tools to go with the gospel to win this world.
1 Corinthians 15:1 says, “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”
There are three things I want our students to understand from this Scripture when they return home from NYC. First, Paul said the gospel is something we receive. Jesus gave His life for us so we could experience its power. The Apostles never stopped preaching Jesus despite being martyred and mocked by their generation so they could give and preach this Gospel.
The world we live in is demanding answers to some very serious questions. How do we combat crime in our cities? How do we solve the drug problems wreaking havoc in our cities, schools, and families? How do we answer the moral decay and sin of our hour? What do we do about the secular mindset sweeping through our public school system? How do we stand up against militant Islamic terrorism? How do we fix the current economic system; and how do we unify a nation rather than divide individuals into religious, racial, and economic factions? The answer is the good news of Jesus Christ. I have enough faith to believe the gospel is the answer to every single one of these questions. As born again believers we have a great responsibility to give something to this world. Something this world can receive that will give it some stability.
The second thing Paul said about this gospel is we can stand upon it. It seems nothing is stable in our world. When our students GO with the gospel of Jesus Christ they will be giving this world the stability it is looking for. At NYC we will challenge everyone to GO with this Gospel. Give this world something they can stand upon.
Finally, Paul said you are saved by this gospel. You are saved when you obey the gospel of Jesus Christ— die with Jesus through repentance, be buried with Jesus in baptism, and receive the same resurrection Spirit when you receive the Holy Ghost. The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ!
Our greatest responsibility is to GIVE our lives away to Jesus and GO with His good news to a bad news world. I have been telling young people all over the country, “Now is our time to be bold! Now is our time to give everything we have away to Jesus Christ!”
Our day sessions are geared to equip students with the ability to start campus ministries, teach Bible studies, compel people to repent and be baptized in Jesus’ name. I believe they’ll leave with a new and fresh desire to reach the lost.
I can’t wait to see you at NYC 2015! God bless you and please be praying for our convention.