Theme Training: The heart of christianity.
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Life Training- How God plays into doubts and depression
In this talk Matt Reagan talks to the leaders about being leaders this summer at STP. He addresses being fearful and flawed when trying to lead the disciples, but also how in being fearful and flawed God uses it for his glory.
In this talk, Matt addresses some of the fears and thoughts of doing beach evangelism. He starts by talking about some of the fears that students previously have had about going out onto the beach and their thoughts moving forward from that. After which Matt discusses some of the “Whispers and Shouts” that should ring clear in our minds and hearts when thinking about evangelism.
This was a talk given by Matt Reagan only a couple days after the disciples arrived. In it Matt poses the question “Are you a Christian?”. A simple yet profound question that Matt breaks down into 4 simpler questions that we should ask ourselves. In this he challenges everyone to ask themselves these questions and to journal, talk, and pray about them.
Matt talks about reasons we don’t study the bible; It’s mental, emotional, and home work. He then explains why studying the Bible is worth it. He says that it is fun to find answers, disciplinary reading gives way to leisure reading, and it makes you feel wonderful. He closes by encouraging listeners to engage their senses to help make the truths of the Gospel more real to them by listening to music, watching good movies, reading supplemental fiction and engaging their imaginations.
Matt Reagan discusses the reasons why we can trust what is in the Bible and how we can know that it is the right book to base our lives off of. He says it is uniquely complied, it is a gateway to reality, it is our final authority and it is a wakeup call.
In the last training session before our departure from project, Matt Reagan shared about heaven. He encouraged us to live with our heads in the clouds, never giving up the hope for more we have in Christ. He illustrates the splendor of our new body and souls to encourage us to see that the prize is worth any cost. As a practical, he pushes us to play the “heaven game” on the way back with others to remind each other the hope we have.
“Jesus comes and says, ‘You don’t have to fight, you don’t have to try, you don’t have to keep struggling… It’s over. I did it for you. You can be done now. Just come, be part of my kingdom and enjoy everything, I give you everything….’”
Matt Reagan borrows imagery from the film Alice in Wonderland (2010), comparing our self to the Red Queen in rebellion against the White Queen, Christ. In doing so he reminds us to whom our life belongs and the battle against our flesh.
Matt Reagan shares on “the most important thing”, that is the joy we have in our salvation through Christ which is more worthy than any costs.
In his second theme talk, Matt Reagan talks about the god who sent His Son to pay the cost of our sins. “He gives, you take. End of story.”
The first talk heading off STP2010. Matt Reagan opens by explaining what our theme “At All Costs” really means.