1. Taco Time Fundraiser. Ordering 150 coupon books. If all are sold, we'll be having an Ice Cream Party.
2. Seahawks 12th Man Challenge. Everyone needs to turn in their sheets, so I can update the Seahawks.
3. Why are we here? Making a difference in our community through Christian outreach in a fun and safe environment. Our primary purpose is to expand the knowledge of Christ among youth by setting a positive example and providing a safe place for recreation.
Jesus Leads by Example
· Read Entire Passage – Luke 22:39-46
· Example 1 – Pray as usual
o Before Jesus was taken captive and led to his ultimate death on the cross, he went “as usual” to pray at the Mt. of Olives.
§ Note – He prayed.
§ Note – “As Usual” – This means this wasn’t a “911 prayer.” This wasn’t a “I never talk to you God, but please help me now.” kind of prayer. “As usual” tells me that this was his standard practice, something he did often. He went to the Mt. of Olives to pray.
· Example 2 – Pray your heart’s desire but God’s will
o Jesus’ prayer, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”
o Note – He REALLY wanted there to be another option, but he also wanted to do God’s will. Crucifixion on the cross is known as one of the most painful ways to die. No one in his right mind would choose to die this way. Remember Jesus was fully human and fully God. So although he had the God ability to remove himself from the pain, he could not do that and fulfill the required sacrifice for our sins. He had to feel all the pain fully as a man. So, of course, he would want to ask if there was any other way. He also knew that God’s will reigns supreme and he wanted God’s will over his own.
o Note – Jesus was without sin. He prayed “take this cup from me.” When things seem too hard, I think it is ok to pray this same prayer. The key is to also pray and be willing to accept “God’s will be done.”
· Example 3 – Remember to pray & remind others to pray
o In vs. 40, Jesus told the disciples to “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.”
o In vs. 45, Jesus returns to the disciples and finds them sleeping.
o In vs. 46, Jesus again tells the disciples “Get up and pray that you will not fall into temptation.”
o These are Jesus’ closest friends. These are the men who have travelled with him and watched him do miracle after miracle. These are his disciples! And yet, he tells them not once but twice to pray so they do not fall into temptation.
o What do you think Jesus would say to you tonight?