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GODencounters Reveres Jesus at the Center of Revelation

[YGU Note: Next generations want to be challenged to take their faith to the next step. GODencounters is one of the ways we challenge young adults to live 24/7 in pursuit of Christ Jesus.]

“GODencounters made me see that Jesus is the whole point of the book of Revelation,” confirmed Ian Reyes, a business marketing major at University of Texas at Arlington. “I am no longer intimidated to study it!”

Author and missions specialist, Dr. Steve Case, was featured at the 2015 GODencounters Conference, hosted by Younger Generation Church [ygchurch.com], the vibrant young adult ministry of the Arlington Seventh-day Adventist Church, Texas, USA. The theme, “Jesus Revealed. Jesus Revered.” challenged young adults to explore the book of Revelation and understand the importance of humanity's worship in the context of Earth's final moments.

“GODencounters was an experience that I will not forget,” lauded high school senior, Chrissy Gaban. “It strengthened me mentally and spiritually. . . it felt like God was specifically speaking to me through the worship sessions.”

As a prequel to the conference, Dr. Case presented the week of prayer for Burton Adventist Academy, as well as Revelation 101: Finding Jesus in the Book of Revelation, a special three-night event for the Arlington Seventh-day Adventist Church. The intent was to offer great intergenerational opportunities for the entire community to explore Revelation and discover Christ Jesus at the center of it all.

“I was fascinated with the demographics of the turnout,” mused Michael Cuilla, a local businessman who shared he had coordinated many Daniel and Revelation Seminars in the past. “Not only were there young people, [there also was] older people, and very old people – everyone thoroughly enjoyed the week. Made simple enough that a child could understand, I felt I got more out of this in-depth Bible study.”

GODencounters is a young adult movement that started at the turn of the century, encouraging next generations to pursue a 24/7 experience of the living GOD. This year’s conference had over 1,100 in attendance on the culminating Sabbath, and thanks to Arlington Church’s media ministry, over 250 online viewing sites joined in from Pyatigorsk, Russia; to Lagos, Nigeria; to Calgary, Canada; to Atlanta, Georgia, USA, to name only a few locations. All the sessions for GODencounters and Revelation are accessible on demand from Younger Generation Church’s Vimeo channel, https://vimeo.com/tag:Revelation+YGchurch

“My aha moment was realizing that the book of Revelation is God telling His story through Jesus – that Jesus is going to win and He's in control,” added Cuilla. “We just need to stay connected with Him. I felt encouraged that God would be with us. I realized the importance of staying connected through prayer and the concept of claiming territory for God. . . Why did it take me 49 years to learn these two principles?”

For more information on GODencounters, go to their Facebook page. Discover more about Younger Generation Church at YGchurch.com

[YGU Note: YG University is eager to share all our planning resources for you to hold a GODencounters gathering where you are.  Share your interest with Pastor Allan, ]

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Young Adults Gather in DFW Metroplex for Festival of Worship

[YGU Note: With some simple efforts to collaborate with area churches, your local conference, even soliciting union/division support, your young adult ministry can hold great inspirational gatherings and community-building events.  This is one we enjoy annually here in the Southwestern Union.]

Hundreds of young adults from across the Southwestern Union convened in Arlington, Texas, for the fourth annual Young Adult Festival of Worship. Union Young Adult Director, Elder Helvis Moody, and Southwest Region Youth Director, Elder Tyrone Douglas, inspired the gathered Millennials with messages giving emphasis to Christ Jesus being greater than all. In addition to the over 1100 attending in person, hundreds from around the world tuned in online for the worship service broadcasts, specifically contoured to spiritually encourage next generations.

“Our Arizona young adult community jumped online joining the young adult festival,” shared Benjamin Lundquist, Director for Arizona Conference Young Adult Ministries and NAD Young Adult Life. “We were incredibly blessed as a generation was celebrated, Jesus was uplifted, and leaders were challenged. It's time these festivals begin happening all across the country.”

Inspired by HE>i, a Hawaiian apparel company’s “lifestyle brand,” the Sabbath’s theme centered around Christ being greater than sin, satan, and self. Poignant messages by Moody and Douglas were further endorsed as young worshippers were inspired by moving music performances and engaged in authentic praise.

As part of the day’s worship, festival registrants spent time in the afternoon at Mission Arlington, a Christian-based agency that serves the neighborhoods of the DFW Metroplex with compassion, community-building, and caring assistance. Engaging community children with songs and smiles and popsicles, young adults were immersed in the joy that comes from sharing joy.

“I've got to say, there was something special about seeing young adults gather to serve the community,” expressed Debora Obeng, a 21-year-old software engineering major at University of Texas Arlington. “The interactions with the communities we visited were the most inspiring aspect of the festival.”

In an interesting turn of events, during the final worship session, tornado sirens went off signaling severe weather approaching. Evacuating downstairs to a standing-room-only venue, festival young adults continued to worship undaunted; The worship leaders adapted seamlessly to an impromptu acoustic set. While the storm raged outside, Elder Moody challenged and called all to live 24/7 lives of worship to which the young adults eagerly responded.

“It was refreshing and encouraging to see so many young adults with a passion for worship and a willingness to serve their community for Christ,” lauded Elder Douglas.

Sabbath concluded, the evening offered ample time for fellowship as Encounters Café provided young adults with a chance to enjoy table games, refreshments, and loads of laughter. Finally, the group headed out to enjoy broomball at ICE at the Parks, a nearby ice skating centre. Needless to say, the laughs continued as dozens of young adults took epic falls in their efforts to score goals.

From Arizona, Lundquist quipped, “Our only disappointment with the festival was the inability to play broomball online…”

The Young Adult Festival of Worship aims for next generations to honor Christ Jesus as Lord by expressing grace, embracing fellowship, and pursuing intimacy with Him. This invitational Sabbath gathering intends to inspire the young adults of the Southwestern Union and beyond to live 24/7 lives of worship for the fame of Jesus Christ.

“I had the privilege of witnessing young adults from across the Southwestern Union come together to worship God,” shared Elder Moody. “It’s my sincere hope the young adult festival of worship inspired them to go back to their churches and live boldly for Him.”

To enjoy captured worship sessions and follow up resources from the Young Adult Festival of Worship, go to festival.ygchurch.com

[YGU Note: YG University is eager to provide you all the planning and resourcing materials we have used over the past several years to host the Young Adult Festival of Worship. Email Pastor Allan with your interest, ]

YG University [YGU] is our endeavor to be a life-long learning community of disciples, seeking to deepen the Christ-centered devotion of next generations, beyond the contours of Arlington Seventh-day Adventist Church.

YGU aspires to be of benefit to the larger sphere of young adult ministry development across the Adventist landscape. We pray to be a blessing to many others and we are excited for the learning opportunities it will offer us as well.

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