Portland News

April 26, 2019

Friday Evening Youth Focus

The young people met in the Fellowship Lodge on April 26 for dinner, fun, and a lesson on receiving deeper Christian experiences. The Youth Focus event started at 7:00 p.m. with a delicious BBQ dinner and homemade strawberry pie for dessert. Following this, the attendees divided into teams for a “Catch Phrase” competition, a word guessing game where players describe a word for their teams and try to figure out the right answer before time runs out.

Next, everyone moved to the general seating area for prayer requests, and then Erik Calhoun led a discussion on the evening’s topic. He started by having everyone write their spiritual needs on a small piece of paper, and then put the slips into one large bowl. Brother Erik then read several of the needs, many of which were for the experiences of sanctification and the baptism of the Holy Ghost. He said it is one thing to acknowledge having a need, and it is another thing to be actively seeking to receive that need. He pointed out that most of the people in the room have been in Sunday school classes, youth retreats, teachings, etc., where spiritual needs are clearly taught. Then he asked the audience to form small groups and discuss what is necessary to receive those experiences. The conclusions was that people must dig in and be determined to do whatever is required to receive. When people do this, it is guaranteed that God will not only meet their needs, but He will “do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20). The evening closed with a time of prayer.