Location: Sebring Church of the Brethren
When: November 30 - December 2
Cost: $50.00 per person
Begins: 9:00 PM Friday Ends: 1:00 PM Sunday
Who: Students in 6 grade through 19 years of age
What to bring: Bible, clothes, bedding, appropriate swim suit, toiletries, snacks to share (optional), a friend!
*Must have one adult chaperone per five students
*Admission fee applies to students & advisors
We all have our preferences—the foods we like to eat, the music we like to listen to, and the things we like to do. Our preferences can even define who belongs in our groups—what unites us—bringing us together for a purpose that’s bigger and better than ourselves.
But sometimes our preferences actually end up getting in the way. Anytime two or more people get together, it can happen. We bicker about small differences, shout to promote our opinions and beliefs over others’, and are even willing to go to war over bigger, more serious issues.
What about when Christians get together? We’ve all heard stories about the disagreements that can tear a congregation apart. We’re supposed to be the ones leading the charge, but we’re often the ones who look the least unified to a watching world. Jesus knew this was going to be the case. He’s not surprised by our fighting. But still, he says this:
“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35)
Jesus calls us to love one another. We won’t agree about everything. We’ll still have our individual preferences, but the unity Jesus calls us to doesn’t depend on our preferences. It depends on Jesus. He is our ultimate example of setting aside preferences to fulfill God’s purposes. This Advance is about pursuing Jesus together, and allowing him to move us past liking things to loving people. Community. We literally can’t do it alone.