missing the mark

Brenton and I do ministry together at Sunnybrook church on Tuesday nights. It is a ministry for college students and we totally love it.

Chris gave a message on sin and had Brenton do a demonstration. According to many theologians, sin is defined as missing the mark. It took Brenton 2 shots. First shot - bullseye. On the second shot, he missed.

We are broken and it only takes one time for us to "miss the mark" to not be in right standing with God. We all fall short.

Romans 3:23 - For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God's glorious standard.

God provides a cure for sin:
1 Corinthians 15:57 - But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.

My friend Sabrina and I lead a Bible study on Wednesday nights for upperclassmen and alumni. This week our topic was God's character. He is a faithful and powerful God who wants to be in right relationship with us. One of the passages we discussed was Psalm 89. Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Lord, your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones! For who in the skies can be compared to the Lord? Who among the heavenly beings is like the Lord, a God greatly to be feared in the council of the holy ones, and awesome above all who are around him? O Lord God of hosts, who is mighty as you are, O Lord, with your faithfulness all around you? You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, you still them. We were meant to have the same characteristics of God, but because of sin (that started with Adam and Eve), we are evil and broken. It is not something we alone can fix. We need God's love and faithfulness.

One of my favorite ways to view Jesus is as a shepard. Matthew 18:12-14 says If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish. Truth is we are all lost sheep and Jesus searches for us. He leaves his ninety-nine to find one.

If you are a college student in Sioux City... PLEASE come check out Elevate! It is full of worship, fellowship, and great messages. If you are not in Sioux City, I still urge you to find a ministry to get plugged into. It changes your life in an amazing way!

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