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This is a Game Changer for preteens —

By Rob Watson

SuperStart, CIY’s weekend event for preteens, pointed students to Jesus with the theme “Game Changer” for the 2019/2020 tour.

The program explored God’s promises, using Hebrews 10:23 as the key verse.

"Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep His promise. – Hebrews 10:23 NLT "

Every year the SuperStart team researches preteens’ spiritual needs by speaking to youth pastors across the country. This year as we prepared we were able to watch A TON of videos preteens submitted to us last year when they were inspired to share their stories. They made short videos of themselves on mobile devices talking about their struggles and how God has brought them through it, and these videos were beyond valuable in helping us hear their hearts and what kind of things they’re experiencing at this age. There were so many who talked about broken families, but I was shocked to learn that a lot of preteens are experiencing anxiety.

 

We have the answer we all seek for our troubles: It’s God’s promise – and it’s a game changer for all of our lives.

 

Hebrews 10:23 is the main passage of scripture we’re leaning into, and it’s a beautiful picture of God’s promises. You can have terrible situations in life, but when you know that God is going to come through you have hope that there’s more on the other side of what you’re experiencing. That’s what separates us from the world in a tangible way. Christians have always been marked with a hope and joy the world doesn’t understand. But you can’t talk about promises without the foundation of trust. When you trust God, you hold onto His promises and you can handle whatever is thrown at you.

 

This is why the 2019/2020 tour is going to look like a game. God’s promise is the wild card in students’ lives that they can hold onto – it doesn’t matter what odds are stacked against you, you draw that wild card and you know it’s going to be OK. In the face of the pressures at school, between friends and even with parents, God’s promise is the answer to help us through it all. It’s a personal connection that we’ve found is a tremendous need.

 

Building a foundation of trust so that preteens can hold onto God’s promises also meets the need of showing students the connection between church and real-life situations. Connecting these dots allows students to see God is real, and that they can share His promises with others. That’s the win we’re looking at this year, and that’s going to be the game changer.

 

01_11_Rob_Watson_n.jpgRob Watson is the SuperStart program administrator for Christ In Youth. Find the 2019/2020 tour dates and locations here.