First Baptist Church, Union MO
Saturday, January 18, 2020
Where Christ is Exalted!

Youth/Route 180

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Almost all people are searching for meaning and purpose in their lives.  They wonder how life began, what purpose does my life have, what happens when I die?  In Matthew 22:37-40, Jesus sums up the overall purpose of our lives.  Jesus answers a question that the religious leaders asked to try to trap Jesus in His words.  They asked Him, "What is the greatest commandment in the Law (God's Word)?"  He replied, " Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it, 'love your neighbor as yourself.'  All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."
     Jesus knew the real motive of their hearts was not to know the answer to this question but to hopefully trap Jesus in his answer.  Like these religious leaders, many religious people today think that the main purpose of their lives is to be as good a person as they can at least in their own minds.  They claim to love God and know Him but by their lifestyle they show that they are only caught up in superficial religion (outwardly going through the motions with no inner reality in their hearts and no genuine repentance over their sin).  But Jesus focuses on the heart of man and the ultimated purpose for which man was created was to know God (personal relationship) and love Him with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength.  And to love others as we love ourselves.
      Jesus showed clearly what God's ultimate plan is for each of our lives.  But a most serious problem arises because none of us has fully kept these two commands that sum up God's absolute standard for mankind and His purpose for our lives.  No one has fully loved God and others the way God's Word commands us.  How often we have all ignored God in the busyness of our lives, rejected to follow His commands and go our own way instead, and even love other things or people (idols) more than we love God.  As a result, we have then said things or done things to hurt others or use them for our own agendas.  Basically, these two commands show that we have all sinned and have broken God's law (Romans 3:23).  As a result, the Bible says that our sin has seperated us from God (Isaiah 59:2).  But God provided a way so that sinful man could be reconciled with Himself by having His own Son, Jesus become a man and die as a substitute sacrifice (in our place) for sin (satisfying God's just demands against our sin) so that we could be forgiven and have a relationship with Him (Romans 5:8).
     The youth ministry here at First Baptist of Union strives to communicate to youth and parents alike the absolute necessity to be reconciled with God first and foremost.  We want people to understand the difference between being religious and a genuine relationship with the One True God.  Once they have been born into the family of God our desire is to help them to fulfill the very purpose for which they were created and that is to love God and others.   To do this we provide opportunities for Bible study, worship, fellowship, service and outreach.  We want God to be our consuming passion and the first and foremost love of our lives.  We want all that we do to be done to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).  
     We are excited about what God is doing in the heart's and lives of our young people and their parents.  We hope that you will come and pay us a visit sometime.  We look forward to meeting you.  Until then,  God Bless!
                                                                  Youth Pastor, Chris Fusco