We are affiliated to the Youth Fellowship of the Diocese of North America & Europe of the Mar Thoma Church. Our Youth take active leadership in the activities of the Church, assisting with the Holy Communion Services and leading the Praise & Worship Services every Sunday. Apart from a monthly morning session with our Vicar every third Sunday, they have weekly Cottage Fellowships and Bible Study sessions. Our Youth also provide support in the maintenance of the Church facility and are actively involved in our Outreach Ministry. They give leadership in conducting the Vacation Bible School at the Church during summer. They also participate in the Mission Outreach activities of the Diocese, like the Native American Mission in Oklahoma.
To interact daily, engage, empower and move the youth members beyond the pews and into authentic, life-changing friendships, they are using The CHMTC Youth Table along with regular Social Media.
The Revolution of Love
This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 1 John 4:9-11
The theme of the South West Regional Youth conference this year was love. God is love. There was love within the trinity even before the world began. He knew who we were before we existed; yet he still wanted us. He doesn’t accept us as we are, he accepts us DESPITE who we are, because of Jesus. In spite of my sinful self he is jealous to commune with me, he is jealous for my heart. Through Jesus’ blood we were freely given, so freely we shall give. Therefore we are called to love one another. And this love is not just toleration; it is agape love – the only love that is others-centered. That means no matter what it costs me, I am going to love you. With the same passion and integrity we treat ourselves, we are to love others. Even our enemies. This is radical love and that’s the point – we can’t do it without God.
Love is obedience. And love is discipline. A revolution should not be based on what we want or what feels good. It should be based on truth. It might be the hardest thing we ever have to do, to be obedient to God’s call in our lives, but once we do it, the blessings will flow like nothing we’ve ever experienced.
A revolution ends in turning completely around, 180 degrees, from your previous state but another definition of a revolution is a full circle. So let us become a new creation by the love of Jesus but let it always come back full circle to him. Let us no longer be self aware but aware of Christ. In everything we do we should be glorifying God because THAT is the purpose of love. Not for God to feel good about himself, but because our satisfaction in life is eternally married to his glorification. We’re so caught up in ourselves and making sure we feel good and happy. But this thinking is counterintuitive because when we glorify HIM is when we feel real content. So why waste our short time on this earth unsuccessfully searching for happiness when abundant JOY from Jesus is ripe for the taking?
Revolution also brings freedom. This revolution will set us free from being conformed to this world and we will be transformed by the renewing of our minds. Let us spend our fleeting days living for the things that last forever.
GOD’S LOVE is eternal!