Over the weekend, GCI held their second â€œJourney with the Masterâ€ conference at the GCI headquarters in Glendora. The weekend was open to anyone from their teen years and up. As seen in the name, the weekend was primarily focused on getting a better understanding of our identity in Christ as we go on this lifelong journey with him. We were led by Anthony Mullins, the leader of Generations Ministry, and we looked at our identity not only spiritually but also on a physical, everyday level. Â One of the main themes of the weekend was unlearning, learning, and relearning.
Unlearning lies in who we are as people. Lies like rejection, that weâ€™re unlovable, or anything harmful weâ€™ve been told throughout our lives are things we need to unlearn. As we already know ,as we walk in our Journey with the Master Jesus Christ, he accepts us entirely and loves us unconditionally. Through unlearning harmful things in our lives, we have to relearn just how infinitely God loves us and cherishes us. We then continue on our Journey with Christ and learn how to better love others. There were many moments where teens and adults got to pray for, encourage, and love on one another. We were able to see hope rise in the hearts of our youth and a thirst for the only being who can satisfy our every need.
The weekend concluded on Sunday afternoon as we all went to the central park in Pasadena and served our brothers and sisters who are homeless by giving them food and prayer. The frame of mind that we took with this was that we first see everyone as a beloved child of Christ, someone who our King died for and loves just as much as he loves us. These beloved children then have a secondary identity, whether it be a college student, blue-collar worker, stay-at-home parent, homeless person, CEO, or anything else. GCI has a wonderfully rich history of relationship, and we yearn to bond with those in and out of church and bring people into more full understanding of the love and grace of Jesus Christ. This was one of many events held by GCI, and with many more to come, we hope to see more and more people come to know just how loved and accepted they are by their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.