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Youth Quake 2014 Theme Explanation

This year's Theme is KINGDOM CITIZENS.
Matthew 6:33: - "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."

Canada is a beautiful vast country. It is an honor for us to belong to such a great country. Canadian citizens benefit from things like universal healthcare, the chance to vote, and belonging to a country that embraces diversity. Citizens take pride in their nation, they have rights, they have an identity, and they have common civic duties. Being a citizen of Canada means so much more than just getting these things. Citizens are part of something bigger than themselves. Being a citizen means helping out your neighbors in a time of need. It means volunteering to make your community better, giving of yourself, your time, your resources to make this country that much better. I'm very proud to be a Canadian citizen, but for most of my life I was unaware that I needed to contribute. I figured, I was born here, I just deserve all this stuff, and I get to have it all, no questions asked. This is obviously a selfish and immature way to think of our citizenship.

This is very similar to our experience as citizens of God's household. Citizens of the Kingdom of God. As followers of Christ, we are citizens in his household; we have a responsibility to be active citizens, engaging our world as the Kingdom of God breaks into our present reality all around us. It is not enough to just subscribe to Jesus and receive. We must be active citizens advancing his kingdom and playing our unique role to honor the King. When you belong to a kingdom, your eyes are focused on the King. Your eyes are aware of the Kingdom around you, and your eyes are looking for opportunity to play your unique role in that kingdom.

At Youth Quake 2014 we'll be focused on understanding more about the Kingdom of God, more about being citizens of that Kingdom, and more about King Jesus of whom we serve and of whom our eyes should be fixed upon.

Ephesians 2:19 - "Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God's people and also members of his household"

AJ Crocker

YQ Director // Briercrest College & Seminary

ajcrocker@briercrest.ca

Twitter.com/AJCrockerYQ

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