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“the Passage” – Journey Christian Community Youth

Adam Beckman

Youth Pastor


*JCC Youth meets every Sunday (6:00-7:00 PM) & Wednesday (6:30–8:00 PM) in “the Passage” building at Journey. The Passage is an amazing place to experience great worship, in-depth teaching, and be connected with other students.*

Our Mission…. at “the Passage” (JCC Youth) -

Our mission is to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ by creating environments where students prioritize their relationship with Christ, influence their friends, and experience personal ministry.

Our Hope…. at “the Passage” (JCC Youth) is to See Students Do The Following

1) Connect

We believe that life change happens through the power of the gospel. We also believe that relationships are an avenue for the gospel. It is our aim to connect students through Christ-centered relationships with other students and with caring adults who will motivate them in their relationship with Christ.

2) Grow

In all ways — intellectually, physically and spiritually — this can be an exciting season of growth for students. It is our hope to produce followers of Jesus by deepening their knowledge of God through Bible study, memorization and meditation.

3) Give

Jesus came not to be served, but to serve. Fighting the cultural obsession of personal entitlement and consumer consumption, we hope to raise up a generation of servants. Students more concerned with giving than getting and more focused on serving than being served.

Our Heart… at “the PASSAGE” (JCC Youth) is to be a sycamore tree... Helping Others Encounter Jesus!

Think about the story of Zaccheaus & Jesus in Luke 19...

What was the purpose of the sycamore tree?

To help Zaccheaus get above the distraction (the crowd) that was keeping him from seeing Jesus.

In this story of the Bible, we see 4 elements at work:

1] Jesus: the Savior seeking the sinner. Jesus was coming through town and comes upon Zaccheaus (who had climbed a tree to see Him). Closing out the story, Jesus tells everyone that the reason He came was to "seek and to save that which was lost". So, we see Jesus here being a Savior seeking a sinner.

2] Zaccheaus: the sinner seeking the Savior. Zaccheaus was a tax collector (not very well liked by the Jewish community). When he heard that Jesus was coming, he sought to see Him. Well.... he was short, and the crowd blocked his view. So he goes and finds a sycamore tree to climb so that he might see Jesus. And... he does. So we see that Zaccheaus was the sinner seeking the Savior.

3] The crowd: it was the roadblock keeping the sinner from seeing the Savior. The Bible says that satan will "veil the eyes" of those who don't know Jesus from seeing the gospel. The crowd was trying to keep Zaccheaus from seeing Jesus. Yet, he still wanted to see Jesus enough that he looked for help.

4] The sycamore tree: the earthly element that allowed Zaccheaus to get to a place to see Jesus. Thank God for the sycamore tree and its availability! The sycamore tree was there to help Zaccheaus move beyond the distraction to see the Savior he wanted to meet.

That is what we want to do at The Passage (JCC Youth).... help others get to a place where they can encounter Jesus.

Where are you in your story? Regardless of where you are, there is a Savior, Jesus, who is seeking after you. Are you a Zaccheaus who is seeking Him too? Are you hindered though by "roadblocks" to keep you from seeking Him? Are you climbing any "trees" to help you get to a place where you could see Him better?

We all are on this journey at some point in time. Won’t you be like Zaccheaus and see who Jesus is so that "salvation may come to your house today"? Won’t you be like the sycamore tree and help those around you see Jesus? Won’t you come and climb with us to encounter the One who seeks to have an encounter with you?

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