myLIFE 2013: Who’s Got Friends?

We wanted to witness something awesome, and boy, did we! Watching 1,700 high school students in one place worshiping God was incredible! During the weekend of February 1–3, Buckhead Church students joined students from all of our North Point Ministries’ churches at North Point Community Church for one of the biggest InsideOut events of the year. Over 500 small group leaders and hundreds of host home volunteers from all over the Atlanta, Alpharetta, Roswell, and surrounding areas made this an incredible start to 2013.

Students attended three main sessions where they talked about FRIENDS—buds, pals, bros, my girls, etc. You get the gist. If you were to ask our students, “How did you choose your closest friends?” most of them probably couldn’t give you a compelling answer. Most of them choose their friends based on who happens to be on their teams, who seems popular, whoever accepts them, whoever they grew up with, and so on. This doesn’t seem like a big deal until they realize that their friends directly influence some of the most important parts of their lives: their decisions, values, self-esteem, work ethics, and their relationship with God.

Joseph Sojourner helped our students take a closer look at who they were choosing to spend time with and if they were building them up or bringing them down. During the last session, Joseph painted a clear picture of what it would look like to take the narrow road verses the broad road, the one less traveled verses the one many choose, the one that leads to destruction.

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (Matthew 7:13–14 NIV)

It was powerful as students thought about which road they were walking on.

If the incredible sessions weren’t enough, students got to spend lots of time with their small groups engaging in worship, hanging out at their host homes, and participating in some pretty cool free-time activities. This included everything from WhirlyBall to Sky Zone to Dave & Busters to a huge field with any kind of game imaginable. Sumo wrestling? Yep. Badminton? Yep. Kickball? Double yep.

It was one unforgettable weekend. A special thanks to all of our volunteers, small group leaders, and host home volunteers. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Shannon White ::: InsideOut ::: Buckhead Church



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