"O God, You have taught me from my youth; And to this day I declare Your wondrous works." -Psalm 71:17
Youth are a very important part of the body of Christ. Throughout the bible we see young people faithfully serving God in big ways. We also realize that our youth face real life challenges of their own. Like adults, our youth need to have a real relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. CCClayton’s Relentless Youth Ministry focuses on creating an atmosphere where our young people can meet Him where they are in life.
To accomplish this, we give strong emphasis to the teaching of the Word of God, to worship and fellowship in a way that allows them to experience God on their level.
We are to be Relentless in our pursuit of God as He is Relentless in His pursuit of us.
The term "relent" means to slacken or to change your mind. To be "relentless" means to be steady and persistent; firmly, often unreasonably immovable in purpose or will. We want our youth to be Relentless in their pursuit of God; unchanging and unwavering in their faith and to be consistent and determined in having a relationship with Christ by Relentlessly reading His word, "humbling themselves, praying, seeking His face, and turning from wicked ways" (2 Chronicles 7:14). “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up” (Luke 18:1). We are Jesus’ disciples. We are to be Relentless, never giving up, and always praying.
We are called to seek God with all our heart and to keep seeking and seeking.... Relentlessly. There are many stories in the Bible that show people being Relentless. The story of the blind man in Mark 10 shows us his Relentless pursuit of God. When the blind man heard Jesus was walking by he yelled out "Son of David have mercy on me!" but people would mock and tell him to be silent, so the blind man stopped.... NO! He didn't. The more people told him to be silent, the louder he shouted! He didn't care. He was Relentless in his pursuit and faith that Jesus would heal him. He got Jesus' attention and he was healed. Another example in Mark 2 shows people being Relentless. Jesus was teaching in a house in Capernaum where immediately a crowd gathered and there was literally no more room, not even near the door. After the crowd formed, four friends came bringing their paralytic friend in hope Jesus would heal him. They were unable to get near because of the crowd. Disappointed, they turned around and went home.... NO! They didn't. They found another way to Jesus. They went up on the roof and let him down to Jesus, and Jesus seeing their faith healed the paralytic.
Christ, in return, is also Relentless in His pursuit of us. The parable of the lost sheep in Matthew 18 shows us. A Sheppard had 100 sheep, but lost one. He left the 99 to look for the 1 and He rejoiced greatly when He found it. God is our Sheppard (John 10:11). When we are lost He pursues us Relentlessly, leaving His 99 just to “look” for us. God said "I will never leave you, nor forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5). He was even Relentless to the point of death. His Relentless pursuit continued even on the Cross, while He was mocked and spit upon, He continued. Even when He thought He couldn't go through with it, He Relentlessly pursued the Fathers' will. He kept pushing forward. He was determined, persistent, unchanging, and never gave up. He Relentlessly loved us even while we were still sinners! (Romans 5:8)
We want our youth to be Relentless. Never giving up in their pursuit of God and His love. Consistently seeking His face daily. Being firm and immovable in their faith. Relentlessly showing the love of Christ towards others. To keep pushing forward. To never give up. Never surrender. Be... Relentless.
Our youth fellowship meets on Sundays at 10:00 A.M. & on Wednesday nights at 7:00 P.M. We also meet on the First Friday of every Month to do fun outings such as bowling, games, witnessing and much more! Come out for some Fellowship, Fun, and Food!
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office at (919) 359-0802.