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John Arise | Youth: Episode 04

(funky intro music) – Hey, I’m MJ.
– And I’m Sean, and today we’re gonna be talking about
something that we all need. And that is good friends.
– Absolutely. My life would be boring
without good friends. Sean, question for you. Have you ever been
surprised by a friendship that you didn’t see coming, or become friends with somebody that was completely different than you? – Yeah, for sure,
there’s a group of people that I thought were super cool, and they all got along really well, and I never thought they would wanna consider me a friend, but
shortly after meeting them, we all got along, we hit it off, and we’ve been friends ever since. – That’s so cool. Today we’re gonna be
talking about a friend that is with us forever and ever. Let’s check out today’s God story. (happy music) – Welcome to Lynda’s Aussie Adventures! Did you know that the
Great Victoria Desert is a barren area in Australia that is larger in size
than the United Kingdom? (excitable music) Hey, it’s Lynda again, and it is so great to be back with you today. Now, in case you haven’t worked it out, I’m not actually Canadian. (gasping)
And for many years of my life, I actually spent time living
between Australia and Canada. It was a really cool,
great, fun thing to do. But the worst part was that
I always had to say goodbye. It was really hard to be at the airport and say goodbye to people
that I’d been spending every day with, not knowing
when I would see them next. It could be weeks, it could be months, it could even be years,
and let me tell you, there was a heck of a
lot of crying involved. In today’s God story, the disciples learn that Jesus is soon going
to be leaving them. Now that would’ve a really hard message for them to hear and to receive, but Jesus also tells them
in this that when he leaves, he’s gonna be sending
a new friend for them. Anyway, spoiler alert
on who that friend is in today’s We’re getting towards
the end of our series called Arise, and today
we’re in John Chapter 14. Jesus had been having a
conversation with his disciples about the way to heaven, and
what God the Father was like. Then he said, Well, that’s cool! God the Father’s gonna
send them another Advocate, or in some translations, it says friend, to be with them forever. I imagine the disciples’
minds could’ve been running wildly, like,
who is this gonna be? Did you notice the other
important part of this? Jesus said that if his disciples love him, then they will obey his commands. But you might be asking, what
commands did Jesus even give? Well, it all boils down to two things. Love God and love others. This is the heart of Jesus teachings. Jesus goes on to say, So if you missed our
spoiler alert earlier, that friend is the Holy Spirit. We know him, because that’s
God’s presence with us, and Jesus says you know
him because he’s with you, and later he will be in you. The disciples may not get it yet, but soon the Holy Spirit
is gonna come to them when Jesus is in heaven
with God the Father, and the Holy Spirit is
gonna live inside of them. Then Jesus says that he doesn’t
wanna leave his disciples like kids without parents, but
that he would be with them. He says the world won’t see him anymore, and this was his way of
saying that he was gonna die. But then he said, Now that could sound kinda confusing, so let me try and map it out for you. Jesus is in the Father, we are in Jesus, and Jesus is in us as the Holy Spirit. And let me clarify, when we say God, we’re referring to God the Father, the Son, which is Jesus, and
the Holy Spirit, all as one. We’ll often say that God is three in one, and we are connected
because the Holy Spirit is in all Christ followers. Jesus goes on to tell his disciples that when we follow his
commands to love God and love each other, it
shows that we love him. The Father loves those who loves Jesus, and Jesus loves us too,
and will show himself to those who love him. That’s a whole lotta love. Then Judas spoke up. Not that Judas that’s
about to betray Jesus. This is a different
Judas, but he asks Jesus, why aren’t you gonna show
yourself to the world? Jesus answered that anyone who loves him will obey his commands
and God will be with them. Anyone who does love Jesus, he said, will not obey his teaching, and Jesus said these words come right from the Father. I think this is really cool. The Holy Spirit’s gonna
come and teach the disciples and us and remind us of
everything that Jesus taught. And later, we learn that the Holy Spirit lives inside of everyone
who follows Jesus. That’s all Christ followers. And Jesus says I leave my peace with you. I give my peace to you. Do not let your hearts be
troubled, and do not be afraid. The disciples and the followers of Jesus get to have his peace, the
peace of Jesus with them. What a cool gift. Then Jesus tells them
that he’s gonna go away, and we know that this later
means he’s going to die, rise again, and then ascend into heaven. Jesus said he’s telling them this now so that when it does
happen, they will believe that he is who he says he is. God, Lord, the Messiah. Jesus is giving the disciples and us a really important message. The Holy Spirit is coming. For those of us who aren’t
yet Christ followers, we know that if we choose to follow him, we get to have the Holy Spirit as a gift living inside of us. And for those of us who do follow Christ, the Holy Spirit is already in us. Jesus promised this friend. We have this friend, we are not alone. Thanks for hanging out,
I’ll see you next time. (happy music) – It’s amazing to think that
we’re literally never alone, that the Holy Spirit lives
inside us and is always with us. – Totally, and what more can
you ask for from a friend? The Holy Spirit came to
help us, to guide us, and to remind us of what Jesus taught us. – Yeah, and the Holy Spirit
prompts us in different ways. And life can be super exciting when we respond to those prompts. Let’s watch Wehuns’ story to see what the Holy Spirit did in his life. – I grew up as a cultural Buddhist, but mainly an atheist, and quite honestly, I didn’t want anything
to do with the church. In fact, I was pretty much against anything Christian related. (intense music) So when I went to school,
all I wanted to do was, you know, get a
job, make a lot of money, right, I loved cars, I loved working out, so wanted to just really
get jacked, right? But also just to do
whatever I wanted, right? Travel the world, I loved traveling. The interesting thing is I
got all those things, right? And I got to have a great job, and I got to make a lot of money, but I felt really empty afterwards. (somber piano music) So I met my girlfriend Louisa, and she was really into this church thing. She was really gentle
about it, and she said, “Look, you have probably
a lot of questions. “I don’t have all the answers.” And I said, “That’s interesting. “That’s the first time
I’ve talked to a Christian “that said you can ask questions.” So I started going to a
few different churches. I didn’t get any answers, really. In fact, I think I made a lot of pastors pretty upset with the
questions I was asking. But then we went to a church
called the Meeting House, and at the Meeting
House, then I was able to ask a lot of questions,
and they didn’t have all the answers, but
at least they were open to having the questions. And what I found really interesting, and what really got me, the first sermon, was that God hates religion. I go, whoa, that’s different, right? And at first I was taken aback,
but then they unpacked it and said, “No, it’s not about the law. “It’s not about systems,
it’s actually about “a relationship with
Jesus, and the creator “of the universe wanting
a relationship with you.” And I said, “Whoa, God wants
a relationship with me, “and it’s not about just rituals? “Well, that’s really interesting.” And then from that my heart
started getting opened up, and I was able to ask a lot of questions, but run up that ramp of reason before I made the leap of faith. – [Child] Ooh! – Louisa and I got married, we had kids. I have a friend who has a
children’s home in Malawi, and they have 150 kids as
part of the children’s home, and one of the big issues in Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world, is there’s no jobs there. So these kids have all grown up, they’re now young adults,
but they come back and they live a life of extreme poverty. So God tapped us on the shoulder and said, “Look, Wehuns, could
you go and create jobs “over there in Malawi?” And I said, “I have no idea
what you’re talking about.” But, you know, we have to
make the leap of faith, and we started saying, “Sure, let’s go.” Louisa, myself and
Grace, we all picked up. We went to Malawi and
said could we bring jobs from over here in North America over there and teach people computer skills, teach them data entry and give them jobs that would actually give
them a hope in the future. And that’s what we’ve done
now, and we have over 50 to 100 people employed there in Malawi, and it’s changing lives massively. And I remember sitting in
a hut in the cheese house with all these chickens and goats around, and I had this laptop, and I’m showing this young adult, she was 18
but, you know, unemployed, and I said, “Hey, have
you seen one of these?” And she goes, “What’s that?” And I go, “It’s a computer.” She goes, “Yeah, I’ve
seen one in a picture.” I go, “Have you touched
one of these before?” She goes, “No, I’ve never touched one.” So I say, “Okay, this is how it works. “You’re gonna type like this.” And I could see her, and
she starts typing like this, and over 15 minutes she
gets faster and faster. I go, “This is gonna work.” – At first I wasn’t working. I was just staying in the community, but once I started working,
it’s like I’m independent, I’m living by myself, I’m
able to support myself. Sometimes even I can
help my younger sisters. Yeah, that’s the impact.
– Like, when I was living in the village, life was hard. So the moment I started my new job here, data entry, I was paid. – So I just arrived last week, staying in this new house, yeah. – The impact that
Malawi’s had on our family and how God’s impacted us has been huge. Our daughter Grace came with us, and she was able to see firsthand
the extreme poverty there, but also the joy that the people had, even living in extreme poverty. And subsequently, Grace has said that she really wants to be a missionary now, and wants to serve God with everything. – One of my dreams is
to build an orphanage in Africa, and to also build a well there, ’cause in some countries in Africa, they get massive droughts and they’re not allowed to have enough water. I just think it’s important for people to know the word of God
and to know and love him. – All the work in Malawi, but also just being a Christian, what that means to me and what I’ve seen is this. You have to let God permeate you, and you have to say yes to God. God’s gonna work through you. I still love working out. I still love cars and
things that are fast. I also love my job and I love, you know, working hard and being successful. But when the Holy Spirit is inside of you, everything that you do is now for God. When you do stuff you love,
it’s actually gonna be for God, and also to help other people. So how are you making other people better? How are you really taking God’s love and sharing it, and also just being the best version of yourself
possible for God’s glory? And that’s what’s so exciting about the Holy Spirit living inside of you. It makes everyone better. – Wehuns’ life changed
from living from self to fully living for God, by listening and following the prompts he
received from the Holy Spirit, his life, his family’s life, and lives of many others all around the world, but specifically in Malawi
changed for the better. – And Wehuns is loving every moment of his new and exciting life. Let’s break into small groups
and discuss what this means. (gentle music)

Jean Kelley