Gathering Sub-themes



At the 2016 LCMS Youth Gathering, In Christ Alone, we will come together around the book of Philippians and these three sub-themes: Humility, Identity, and Community. These sub-themes will form the basis for future Bible studies and discussion guides to be made available on the Gathering website and on-site at the Gathering.



Scripture focus: Philippians 2:5-11

God humiliates Himself for us in Christ. Christ’s humility is our humility. This isn’€™t just a virtue but our reality. There is joy in living out humility in Christ alone.



Scripture focus: Philippians 2:5-11, 1:21-26, 3:8-12

We live as both sinner and saint. This “˜identity crisis”€™ is resolved in the blood of Christ. In Christ we are forgiven and given vocations in which to live out our identity in service to God and others. There is joy in our identity in Christ alone.



Scripture focus: Philippians 2:5-11, 1:3-7

There is true community in Christ alone. Community is diverse and inclusive spanning across space and time. Community is a place to receive and practice grace. There is joy in the community created in Christ alone.


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LCMS Youth Ministry leads, serves, resources and networks youth and adults as a community of God's people where Jesus Christ is the central focus. Every three years, LCMS Youth Ministry hosts the LCMS Youth Gathering. The 2016 Gathering marks the 13th Gathering since 1980. Learn more about other resources and events hosted by LCMS Youth Ministry at