About the Event
At The LIFT Tour, there will be four Gospel-centered messages that cater to both middle and high schoolers, high energy worship, built-in, time for small group discussions, and a weekend experience that will inspire your students to be the best version of themselves, leaning into who God created them to be.
INVERSE: Counter-Cultural Teachings of Jesus
Historically, Jesus, the Messiah, was one of the most interesting and intriguing people to ever live, not just because of His divinity but also because of how He lived and what He said. Whether or not you are a Christian, you must admit that His life was captivating. The words He spoke, the stories He told, and His polarizing effect on culture and people made Him one of the most fascinating people to ever live. Most notably, throughout His ministry, Jesus made some shocking claims that were challenging, controversial, and counter cultural. That’s what made His teachings so inverted from the teachings of the day… they were contrary to the cultural norms. When talking about Jesus, we often focus on the grace and the love that Jesus showed others; however, that’s only one side of Jesus. Jesus also said many things that shocked people and caught them off guard. So much so, that even Jesus’ disciples, in John 6:60 (CSB), struggled with some of Jesus’ teachings: “Therefore, when many of His disciples heard this, they said, ‘This teaching is hard. Who can accept it?” And, if we are honest, this question is still being considered today… Who can or will accept Jesus’ teachings?
The theme for The LIFT Tour 2024 is I N V E R S E. Inverse simply means, “something that is the opposite or reverse of something else.” When Jesus spoke, His teachings were the inverse of what culture was and is saying. It was the opposite of what we would assume to be true. This year we will explore some of the most challenging and controversial teachings of Jesus. One of the most common truths that have regularly been applied to the person of Jesus is the fact that He comforted the afflicted and afflicted the comfortable. Yes, Jesus said and demonstrated the most loving, accepting, and grace-filled things. However, He also taught complicated truths that even perplexed the people who knew Him best. Why? Because Jesus taught both grace AND truth! So, if we want to have the power to truly change our lives and this world, learning how to navigate the tensions between Jesus’ teachings on grace and truth is essential. Therefore, during The LIFT Tour 2024, we will highlight four counter cultural claims made by Jesus. W E L C O M E to the I N V E R S E!!!!
SESSION ONE – UNITY: DIVISION GIVES BIRTH TO TOGETHERNESS (LUKE 12)
SESSION TWO – LOVE: DISMISS THE “EYE FOR AN EYE” IDEOLOGY (LUKE 6)
SESSION THREE – COMPASSION: DEMONSTRATE COMPASSION OVER POLARIZATION (MATTHEW 7)
SESSION FOUR – SUBMIT: DECIDE TO FOLLOW JESUS… IT’S THE BEST OPTION (MATTHEW 16)