YA Retreat 2018: Homeward Bound
Our ideas of heaven
Does this Far Side comic describe our impression of what life in heaven will look like? Is our vision of Heaven just boring and devoid of fun, with nothing exciting going on besides round the clock worship for all eternity? And what does that even mean, really, to worship? It’s no wonder we don’t spend much time looking forward to heaven.
On heaven, John Piper posed this question: “The critical question for our generation—and for every generation—is this: If you could have heaven, with no sickness, and with all the friends you ever had on earth, and all the food you ever liked, and all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed, and all the natural beauties you ever saw, all the physical pleasures you ever tasted, and no human conflict or any natural disasters, could you be satisfied with heaven, if Christ were not there?”
Understanding heaven as God intends for us to
This is an important question that all Christians need to, and should be able to answer, and we need to do so with urgency. This year, our young adults will try to do just that. The YA Retreat is titled “Homeward Bound”, and will focus on the new heaven and new earth. At the retreat, they will work their way through the Bible to understand what God has promised in heaven, and why exactly this is something we should look forward to, as His word so often calls us to.
The team hopes that through this retreat, our YAs will be able to catch a glimpse of not only the wonderful promises that God has revealed to us in His Word about the beauty of new creation, but also the ultimate joy that comes from being in the presence of God. The retreat has also been designed intentionally such that the sermons, discussions, workshops, worship and conversations would serve as platforms to flesh out practical ways that these truths can also be our present hope as we walk through life together.
Learning about heaven in a community
Previous retreats have explored the basics of discipleship and the tension of living as a citizen of a new kingdom in this world. At the same time, the inner life of a Christian and the holiness of a Christian were also taught to aid in our sanctification and growth. With a topic like the new heaven and new earth, we hope to put all these ideas in its context and put forward the Christian’s hope and end goal.
The YA retreat is a yearly fixture in the YA calendar since 2011 and is somewhat of a highlight of the ministry. Usually held over the weekend, the retreat hopes to be a time where our YAs can intentionally set aside time for God’s Word together with His people. Since 2014, these retreats have been held overseas to be more intentional about minimising the distractions of everyday life – busy schedules, social media, smartphones etc.
We're praying for 40 (or more!) to join us. We're also excited to have our own Samuel Beh and Bryan Tan to share the main messages. There will also be many other YAs leading workshops and presentations! We encourage all young adults – anyone aged 19 to 25 – to join us for these 3 days! There will also be time to rest and relax and get to know other fellow young adults in the community too!
The details are as follows, and signups can be made here. Do note that the registration deadline has been extended to 13 May!