GCF Crossover Turning Point: Thanksgiving

24 Nov

Turning Point promotional poster.

GCF Crossover, the Young Adults Ministry of our local church, Greenhills Christian Fellowship, relaunched its Turning Point event last Friday, November 23, 2012. Turning Point is a regular meeting of young adults where they find Christ in life, work, and relationships. It is a fellowship where you’ll find great company, music, and food!

For the event, we were treated to a night of live jazz music, pizza (and more), and fellowship with long lost and newly-met friends. I just learned that most of the new faces I saw were people that have been ministered by The Shed. It’s good to know that we are reaching out to our immediate community in Ortigas Center to share to them the Gospel.

The band played jazz music for the night.

Of course, crucial to every Turning Point, we also heard a message from the Word of God given by no less than Ptr. BJ Sebastian (after an impromptu song). Since it was held during the time when Thanksgiving is celebrated in the US, the planning team deemed it appropriate to have it as a topic for the event. (My mother once said that among the holidays that we Filipinos adopt from the West, Thanksgiving is definitely one worthy of copying…to which I definitely agree).

Ptr. BJ Sebastian giving a devotion from the Word of God on giving THANKS.

Giving THANKS to God

“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.”–Romans 12:1

Ptr. BJ gave a short devotion on how we could give thanks to God by basically being living sacrifices. Just like when a turkey is sacrificed during Thanksgiving, we as Christians ought to also sacrifice ourselves to express our thanksgiving to God.

Ptr. BJ expounded this through an acrostic of the word THANKS. We express our gratitude by giving our T.H.A.N.K.S. to God.

Treasure. Matthew 6:19-21 states that “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” We give thanks to God by giving our treasures to God. Not a portion but all of our treasures. We may think that we own what we have but Psalm 24:1 says otherwise. We should also remember to give with a cheerful heart. Give our treasures, not trinkets.

Hours. In other words, time. When we’re young we feel that time is slow. But when we get older, it seems to roll faster as we get to the end. We give to God not our minutes but our hours. Give to God our time.

Abilities. How can we use our abilities for God? We work as excellent and as clean as we can. We work as if we work for God. We do everything for Him.

Negatives. Come to the Lord with everything that’s negative with our lives—sin. “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” This verse in Matthew 11:28 is an invitation which benefits us with eternal life. We come to the Lord by repenting of our sins.

Kinship. This refers to relationships. The most important relationship we have is not with our family or even with our spouse. It is with Jesus Christ. But our relationship with others which include our relationship with our spouse, children, office mates, office staff, and friends, should be governed with the Word of God. If we behave as such, we would be preaching the Gospel more than we know.

Self. Luke 9:23 says “…If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.” This means to offer yourself up to God. Yes, it is hard but there is the Holy Spirit to help us. Denying oneself actually precedes following Jesus. However, the world teaches otherwise. It teaches us to indulge in pleasure. But the Bible tells us to give of ourselves to God. This is not in a religious sense but in a relationship sense. It is only but fair because Jesus Christ gave up Himself and died for us. It is only but fair to give up our life for him.

Have we given THANKS to God?

Ian Estrada, head of the planning team for the event, addressing the guests.

Catch the next Turning Point on February 2013. Exact date and details to be announced later. All young adults are invited, single or married.

Friends from The Shed in attendance. Photo from the Facebook page of The Shed at GCF Ortigas.


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