*Awakening are split into gender specific weekends, following the model of the Great Banquet. Boys and girls will attend separate weekends.
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The Awakening Story
THE LORD CALLS SAMUEL – 1 Samuel 3:1-10
“The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions. One-night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place. The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the house of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called Samuel.
Samuel answered, “Here I am.” And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” But Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” So, he went and lay down.
Again, the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” “My son,” Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.”
Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. A third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. So, Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, ‘Speak, for your servant is listening.’”
What is the Awakening?
The Awakening is designed for teenagers who are currently in high school (9th through 12th grades). If the teen has already started college, there are other college-aged weekends they can attend (or they can attend a Great Banquet).
The image of the “Awakening” comes from I Samuel 3:1-10. The Awakening is an orderly, structured weekend designed to bring participants to an awareness of each one’s need to accept Jesus as their Savior, and then begin to make Him Lord in all area’s life. The focus of the Awakening is commitment to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. During the event, one will be inspired, challenged, and equipped for a close, personal relationship with Jesus, and for Christian action in the home, school, workplace, and community.
The Awakening is three days in which “sleepers” live and study together in a worshipful time of singing, prayer, and discussion. During each of the fifteen talks heard on the weekend, the theme of awakening to God’s call on one’s life is presented. Sleepers will examine more fully the reality and presence of Christ in His body of believers. Each one will personally experience the grace of the Lord through the prayers and acts of a loving, Christian support community.
One of the most important parts of the Awakening is the follow-up. Although the weekend lasts only three days, everyone is invited to use its lessons and principles throughout life. While attending the Awakening, each is challenged to:
(1) Choose Jesus as personal Savior and begin making Him Lord
(2) Strengthen one’s spiritual life through study, prayer, worship and Christian friendship
After the Awakening Weekend
Following the three days, sleepers are invited to become intentional about personal faith through local church participation, small group studies, and reunion groups. Reunion groups are three to five people who meet weekly to examine individual goals of spiritual growth and to encourage one another to a life of discipleship.
Who is this for?
Any teenagers who are currently in high school (9th through 12th grades):
(1) Those who desire to establish and/or strengthen their spiritual life
(2) Those who want to have a better understanding of a relationship with Jesus, the Christian life, and action for Jesus in the world
(3) Those who strive to live a Christian life that bears fruit for God
(4) Those who seeks to know Jesus as Savior and Lord and to make Him known.
We invite you to this exciting three-day experience. Our hope is that you will take this opportunity to arise as you hear God’s voice in your life.