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Holy Generation Conference and the Identity of Those Who Were Transformed To Tranform

 

From January 11st to 14th, Holy Generation Conference was held, with the subject “Transformed to Transform”. There were four intense days of gathering with messages, lectures, worship moments and recreational activities. Meanwhile, something remarkable was produced in the partakers, who received content and encouragement to live their Christian life.

Those who participated could see the care involved in preparing the event for teenagers (11 to 17 years), but the content impacts people who are over this age range – I say it by personal experience. They are privileged to receive essential teachings in this life age, which is so crucial to their formation.

One of the main subjects developed throughout the Conference was the biblical understanding of identity. In a world where diverse and messy voices introduce themselves telling us who we are, we need a robust and transparent reference point concerning this subject. And it is in the Bible where we can find it.

A new life, hidden in Christ

The last message, given by our dear brother Marco Mello, touched deeply in this point. A pretty picture with a butterfly’s metamorphosis was used to talk about who we are and what God desires to do with our lives. We are in a transformation process. In Colossians 3:1-3, we read:

“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”

We, those who believe, we died with Christ to our old being; however, we were resurrected with Him. Now we have a new life, which can not be perceived by our latest experience, but it is hidden with Christ in God.

The transformation figure of a caterpillar into a butterfly help us to explain those things. We still don’t see this new life manifesting itself fully in us. We still have weaknesses; we even sin. However, we believe in what the Word says: we are in the process of being Christlike, and one day this new life will be fully expressed in us. Now we might be like a caterpillar, and the butterfly still cannot be seeing. But there is something hidden, reserved to the future! One day the metamorphosis will transform the caterpillar into a new being!

Leaving behind the search of the old life

Thus, why living as if we were just a caterpillar? Why searching the things of the old life without Christ? If we know that we have a new living, hidden in Him, we must live according to this new life. That is, we must “seek the things from above” and leave the search of the old life. Thereby, the Epistle to the Colossians proceeds:

“Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.” (v.5)

If we believe that we died with Christ to our old being and if resurrected to a new life of Christ in us, the sinful practices of the old nature must be left behind. But in whom we believe?

Perhaps the world tells me that my appearance defines me. If I believe in that, I’ll live seeking semblance. Or the world might say that my appearance depends on what I feel about myself. If I believe that, I’ll live depending on it. The world may still say that things that attract me define what I am. If I believe that, I#ll live based on these attractions.

However, all those things belong to the caterpillar, to the old life. God tells us who we are: we are His beloved children! The other searches will not bring peace to our heart! They are unrighteous and don’t make any sense. If we have a child of God’s life (and the children will become similar to Father), we need to seek the things of this new life.

Against the idolatry

How important is the understanding of our identity in Christ! Unfortunately, it is to easy to connect our way of seeing who we are to many things that are not biblical truth. We all tend to think that what God says about us is not enough and that we need other things. It was like this in the garden of Eden; Satan leads Adam and Eve to question God’s commandment about not eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. He said that, if they ate it, they would be like God, connoisseurs of good and evil (Gn 3:1-5). Thus, Adan and Eve disobeyed God, and likewise, so do we today, when we think that we need something beyond what He says, and we get ourselves involved in things that He disapproves. This behaviour is a way of idolatry, because we take the Word of God out of its place and define ourselves according to other words. We allow other teachings to rule over our hearts.

But, thank God, He comes to guide us. The many voices keep talking, but we follow the Bible, the words of the One that created us, saved us and turned us His beloved children! That’s why we need to live as children of God and seek the things of the new life that He gives us.


It is encouraging to receive such content at the conference. And not just the content, but to know the support of many beloved saints that walk with the teenagers and young people in this transformation process that will not be limited to us, but will reach others through us, because we are transformed to transform! May the Lord makes us conscious of who we indeed are in Him, and help us to help others to receive this understanding.

The Holy Generation Conference is a semiannual event held at Estancia Árvore da Vida, in Sumaré – SP. Usually, around 2 thousand people participate in the conference, that targets teenagers between 11 and 17 years, but also counts with the participation of volunteers of many ages.

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Prospering in a land of affliction

There are many inspiring stories in the Bible. Among them, we can cite the story of Joseph. His life was not a bed of roses. He went through tough situations. To sum it up, he:

  • Was cast into a pit by his brother out of jealousy, and then pulled up and sold as a slave;
  • Was considered dead by his father;
  • Was unfairly accused of trying to abuse the wife of his boss Potiphar;
  • Was thrown in a dungeon due to false accusation from Potiphar’s wife;
  • Was forgotten by the cupbearer after helping him by interpreting his dream in prison;
  • Stayed two more years in arrest after that, even though he had committed no crime.

Even so, Joseph, when he reunited with his brothers once again, said: 

So now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.” (Gn 45: 8)

But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.” (Gn 50: 20)

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I did my part

“Study, do your part and the Lord will do His.”

How many of us have listened to this sentence? We know that God is Sovereign, and everything we are able to do is because He makes it possible. But, there is the dimension of our actions that depend on us – “our part” – and the other part, the one that doesn’t rely on us, “God’s part”. And, concerning that, we can only pray and trust in God’s hands. Now imagine you are a student that do your part, you have always tried to be the best, to score the best grades, but, at the decisive moment, God seems not to do His part. So, what to do in this situation?

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Offering – a challenge and an act of faith

To address the practice of offering is a challenge. There are many cases of people that trick or are tricked through this practice. Due to so many distortions, it is hard to understand God’s truth about the subject.

In this text, I will cover a personal experience in the hope of encouraging you to have such a practice.

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“Make yourself at home” – The Sparrow and the Swallow

 

“Even the sparrow has found a home, And the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young – even Your altars, O Lord of hosts, My King and my God.” (Psalms 84:3 – NKJV)

How good it is to return home after a long journey. How good it is to be in our home! Even more excellent, we can happily yearn for being in the Lord’s courts (Psalms 84:1, 2), in which we have the real feeling of being at home. Jesus commands us to dwell in Him and only there can we find true satisfaction.

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From the year-end until he songs that we will sing forever

Another year has come to an end and it is a proper moment for reflections. We may find many reasons to feel regret and joy. There are things to learn from the past and things to be grateful for. And there are also thoughts about the future.

Calendars and celebrations remind us that life keeps on moving with time. And that may cause discomfort. We are confronted by the time elapsed. Because, what kind of use have we been doing of the time that is given us? We must question the validity of our desires. That is, what do we have in our heart? What have we really been seeking? What gain do we strive to obtain? Continue reading “From the year-end until he songs that we will sing forever”

“You also go into the vineyard”

    “You also go into the vineyard”

 

In the news, among so many different subjects, something that has resonated a lot is the problem of unemployment. According to a research entity from Brazil, IBGE, there are around 13 million unemployed Brazilians. To have that many unproductive people is something to be concerned about.

Before such fact, something similar is seen in the parable of chapter 20 of the book of Mathew. In this chapter, we see many unoccupied people.  But there is an entrepreneur desperate to hire more workers for his vineyard. Willingness was all that took to have the job! Hallelujah!

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I was hurt by my church. What about now?

There was a beautiful house that was just renovated by Love. Pleasant, beautiful, comfy, and open to those who wished to know it. There, many were the ones who got to know Love and His Truth, and were dazzled by the heavenly environment.

After a while, some of those who entered to talk about Love hurt the resident and offended her. Her healing process was very long and embarrassing. How was she so innocent? You can’t just let someone in that way, even if that person is talking about Love. Following a slow, painful recovery, she decided by herself that now the house would be selective.

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Your parents are your best friends

 

We, as young people, know that everyone goes through an age in which we want to have more and more independence. It’s such a good feeling to feel that we do not depend anymore on our parents and that they don’t need to worry about us. To want our independence is something worthy, many of us even have this goal as a way to help our parents. Humanly speaking, this seems to be something really good. But is it really as good as it seams?

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