Project Normal: Follow Me

follow meTo start watch our Project Normal: Follow Me sermon here.

Project Normal is about becoming “Normal”.  So let’s define Normal:  conforming to the standard or the common type; usual. The standard or average.  Commonplace, conventional, habitual, regular, ordinary. The thing is, because most of us live in the world, hanging out with people from the world, watching television and movies made by the world, reading books and magazines published by the world, we all actually end up being just like the world.  We look normal to the world.  We talk the same as the world, we do the same things as the world, we are consumed by the things of the world, and if the world is dark, we end up blending in with the dark.

But being normal like the world is not what Project Normal was about.  Project Normal was a project of discovering a new Normal, a Normal that was Normal to God but abnormal to the world.  Our slogan is:  When did living like Jesus and the twe1ve become Radical Christianity?

The twelve disciples were the first Christians, they were the first church and when I look in the Bible at the life of Jesus, the life of the twelve disciples and the early church, their lives were pretty Radical not only compared to the world around them back then, but pretty radical compared to what a lot of our lives look like in the church today.

So the thought continued, well if the twelve were the first church, and therefore how they lived was Normal behavior for the church, how come when we the church read about their lives we think, “wow, that was radical, those guys were out there.”

Well the truth is, when we read the Bible and see how the disciples and the early church lived, they’re actually the Normal ones according to the Bible, according to God.

So as a Youth Group we decided to start Project Normal, a journey to discover what it looks like to be a “Normal” Christian.  So for “Project Normal: Follow Me” we’re going to make “making disciples” a normal part of our lives as we say to others in the words of Paul in 1 Corinthians 11:1, “Follow my example as I follow the example of Christ”.  We are going to learn what it means to be a disciple of Jesus, while at the same time learn how to make disciples of Jesus.  We will know Jesus and make Him known.