Preparation:
– Ritz crackers and an assortment of “foods” to put on the Ritz. (prepare it all on a tray)
– Nylons and pencils for hairdo’s

Icebreaker:
To get into the CTC youth room you must first select from 3 activities.
1.) Put a Nylon on your head pick someone to pull some hair through and promise to wear it until worship time.
2.) Quote John 3:16 while standing on your head (if you mess up you have to do the next thing as well)
3.) EAT THE RITZ select a “Ritz Sandwich” prepared by a Youth Sponsor and EAT IT!
4.) If you won’t do one of the above then you’ll have to wear this dandy button, “I Wimped OUT in CTC”

Text:
Luke 14:25-33 — “Now great multitudes went with Him. And He turned and said to them, 26 “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. 27 “And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. 28 “For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it — 29 “lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30 “saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ 31 “Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32 “Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace. 33 “So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.”

1.) What is the most difficult thing you’ve had to endure as a Christian? Getting up Sunday AM / Being made fun of?
2.) Let’s look at what some people around the world are having to endure for Jesus sake: a.) Randal Terri – spent time in jail for protesting abortion. b.) Missionaries – leave families – beaten
Examples of what the Disciples had to go through. a.) Paul and Silas in Jail b.) John the Baptist was be-headed c.) Peter was crucified upside-down d.) Fed to the Lions e.) Burned at the stake
Examples of what Jesus went through. a.) Falsely accused b.) Beaten c.) Carried cross d.) Nailed to cross e.) Left by all his friends f.)

Phil 2:6-10 — “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, ”

Why did he do this? Because He wanted to make a way for you to get to heaven! Lets thank Him with words Lets thank him with actions!

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