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My Life-Changing Weekend at FOCUS 2017

2017 Lip Sync Battle

Christ’s victory has become my victory, and because of this truth, I’ve been able to better understand the freedom I have in Jesus. This allows me to bring my sin and struggles to the foot of the cross.

Two weekends ago (January 27-29), I had the privilege of attending FOCUS 2017 with Providence Students, and the topic for those two days was our identity in Christ. Identity is something I’ve struggled to grasp, but the biblical truths that Josh and my small group leaders taught and explained to the group helped me understand and believe that my identity is truly found in Christ and Christ alone.

In Ephesians 1, Paul explains that God delights in believers, and realizing this truth for the first time in my life this past weekend, I began to comprehend just how precious I am to Jesus and just how much I am loved by my Savior. God delights in me not because of what I’ve done but because of Jesus. Although everyone has recurring sin struggles in their lives, Jesus forgives us again and again for the same things we do every day. Christ’s victory has become my victory, and because of this truth, I’ve been able to better understand the freedom I have in Jesus. This allows me to bring my sin and struggles to the foot of the cross. Josh explained to the students that as broken sinners, we attempt to find our hope in things other than Christ, and I realized, unintentional or not, that I was extremely guilty of that. However, he also explained that Christ alone is our sure and steady anchor. Jesus is my hope, and all I have to do is embrace him.

While the other students and I learned a lot about our identity found only in Christ last weekend, the leaders incorporated lots of fun in those two days as well! We played games, competed in the Lip Sync Battle, and everyone had a blast at their host homes at night. I loved simply spending time with all the girls in my small group and growing closer to them over the weekend.

I also loved how eager Josh and all the leaders were to see all the students learn and grow and how excited they all were to be with the students for the weekend. During the small group lessons, my leaders were quick to answer questions anyone had, and they helped us wrestle with tough questions and difficult concepts. They loved us, prayed with us, and were there for us if anyone needed them. I was blessed to experience their selflessness over the whole weekend, and that impacted me as well.

FOCUS 2017 was a life-changing weekend, and I truly felt the presence of Christ during those couple of days. When Josh asked the students during the debrief Sunday morning to raise their hands if they loved Jesus more than they did before the weekend started, I didn’t hesitate to raise my hand. I know I’m precious to my Savior. Jesus is my hope, and I believe more that my identity is truly found in Christ and Christ alone. God did some unbelievable things in my heart and the hearts of many other students during FOCUS 2017, and I was so blessed to be part of such an amazing weekend.