The youth focus session on August 28 started with dinner. Abbey’s Legendary Pizza was served with salad, and there were banana splits for dessert, with chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry flavor ice-cream as options. After the meal, Azaria Charles led the group in a Bible trivia game, which was followed by a time of singing. Most of the songs were well known, but a few new ones were learned as well.
The message for the evening was given by Ryan Erdmann, on the topic of the Lord’s return. He recounted a story that Brother Wayne Butler recently shared about his childhood, when he thought the Rapture had occurred and he had missed it. Brother Ryan went on to say there have been many sermons on the Rapture, but someday, one of those sermons will be the last of its kind to ever be preached on this earth. No one knows when God will return for His people, but what is known for sure is that everyone needs to be ready.
Brother Ryan pointed out that in the days of Noah, people were caught off guard by the Flood because they chose not to listen to the warnings God sent. He talked about how the devil often tries to convince people that they have plenty of time later to prepare for the Rapture. If people believe that lie, they may put off giving their lives to the Lord. The truth is that one day, time will run out, and it could be very soon. Each one must not delay getting saved.
At the end of the message, the young people were reminded that God wants everyone to make Heaven, and for that to happen, each person must receive salvation and then remain watchful by studying Scripture and drawing close to God. The evening closed with a time of prayer.