Genesis 3:24 says,
“[God] drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden…”
In the next chapter in 4:16 we read, “Then Cain went away from the presence of the Lord and settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden.” Throughout the biblical narrative, going east is a picture of being cast out of the presence of the Lord. Conversely, with Abraham, the tabernacle and temple layouts, and, finally, the New Jerusalem, we see that moving westward is going into the presence of God and into His favor. Though we in no way profess that we can bring ourselves into the presence of God, this name is an expression of our desire to become further conformed to the image of Christ and to enjoy God’s presence through the intercession of Jesus Christ our High Priest.
Why Psalm 19:14?
Psalm 19:14 is our ministry verse and reads,
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.”
It would also be appropriate to translate “acceptable in your sight” as “pleasing in your sight” or “pleasing to you.” Our desire through this ministry is that the lives of the youth in this church, both outward and inward, would be pleasing to our God and Savior. Our aim is to challenge and encourage them, both through direct teaching and everyday interaction, to strive to put off their old selves (Col. 3:9) and to put on holiness (Col. 3:12ff), which is pleasing in God’s sight.
Westbound exists to disciple students in the Scripture that they may have a sound and fruitful knowledge of God and be equipped to grow in godliness and live lives that are pleasing to (Psalm 19:14) and zealous for the Lord and His glory. Further, we desire that they would not only increase in personal holiness and devotion, but that they would shine as lights (Matt. 5:14-16) to those around them by caring for physical needs as well as boldly proclaiming the truth of the Gospel (Rom. 1:16). Still further, we aim to cultivate in them an especial love and care for those who are in Christ and, alongside their parents, equip them to serve individual Christians and the local and universal church after the example of Christ (Gal. 6:10; Matt. 20:28; John 13:3-5).
Summer Westbound Classes will be held on Wednesdays starting,
June 26th - July 31st @ 6:30pm at Restoration Road Church