Rooted From Berlin

Berlin is a young and cosmopolitan city with 40% of its residents younger than 35. It's the capital and largest city in Germany playing a significant role within politics, business and the creative industries across Europe and around the world. Everywhere you look in Berlin young people are celebrating life, creating culture, exploring their identity and having a good time. Many young people from across Germany and Europe travel to Berlin to set up life and enjoy a good party.  

I love the title for this year’s Connect Conference, ‘Rooted’. I’ve found myself meditating on Colossians 2:6-15 since arriving in Berlin, and especially verse 8 “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.” We all need to be careful not to be taken captive by seemingly attractive ideas on how we should live our lives. Paul tells us that, having been planted and established in the gospel, we must remain rooted in truth and built up in Christ.

I was recently impacted by the book ‘Disappearing Church; From Cultural Relevance to Gospel Resilience’. It discusses the need for Gospel truth and resilience in a post-Christian, secular, individualistic society. A good example and personal favourite of young people choosing to remain faithful but engaging with culture is Daniel and his mates Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. These guys served the Babylonians yet remained rooted in God as “Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the King’s food”.

Whether it’s hedonism, gnosticism or individualism, we run the risk of being taken captive by philosophy and cultural relevance, we must continue to live being rooted and built up in Christ, choosing to live under the Lordship and authority of the gospel.

Berlin Adventure is travelling the 600+ miles across Europe to attend New Ground’s Connect Conference because we love being part of an apostolic, prophetic, missional family that is committed to being rooted in Christ. We moved our families and lives to Berlin because of the massive and urgent need for the gospel in Europe. We desperately want to see thousands of the 1.5 million under 35s currently living in Berlin meet King Jesus and being saved by his amazing grace. We are so looking forward to hanging out with our New Ground friends and family at Connect. If you are in your 20s and 30s and part of New Ground, but not yet booked in to this amazing conference, you are missing out!

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