Your Fellowship Rally
YFR began in 1992 and has been held every four years since then, organized by the Churches of God and attended by people from all over the world. Originally known as the Youth Fellowship Rally and now continuing as Your Fellowship Rally, YFR is open to anyone in or around the Churches of God to celebrate our worldwide community, get great Biblical teaching, participate in wonderful praise times and meet friends old and new.
The concept of a YFR started from a small group conversation at Mount Forest Camp, Ontario, Canada one summer in the late 1980’s. That group wanted to motivate, inspire and encourage the youth in the Churches of God to realize that they are a part of a united, world-wide fellowship of churches and to experience the joy and growth that comes from participating in such a collective body.
YFR 2016 | De Novo
Experience YFR 2016 yourself by watching these videos of the keynote talks.
The event had twin spiritual goals, each with a sense of renewal and revival:
• To help us see our relationship with the Lord through fresh eyes
• To experience a refreshing of our understanding of His love for us, a revival of our churches and a renewal of our personal and collective commitment to the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ and to God’s word.
These goals were explored through the lens of some of the so-called ‘Minor Prophets’ of the Old Testament. “Return to Me” were the words the Lord spoke through Zechariah and Malachi – prophets who, along with Ezra, Nehemiah and Haggai sought to shake the people out of their complacency and refresh their understanding of God’s purposes.
YFR 2012 | The Battle
Jesus said that the greatest commandment was that we should love the Lord with all our soul, mind, heart and strength. This is God’s desire for all mankind throughout the ages. Although it didn’t start that way, man has become the prize in a great cosmic conflict and so it is Satan’s desire to stop that goal from happening.
The aim of YFR 2012 was to re-open our eyes to that reality and understand how it affects each one of us in such a way that we are not aware of the devil’s schemes. More than that, we wanted to learn how to defend against his attacks and live everyday in the victory that has already been won for us. We did that by looking at the four human battlegrounds spoken of in that greatest commandment the battle for our soul, for our heart, for our mind and for our strength. We learnt why each battleground is of strategic importance, what is at stake in the conflict, what some of the enemy’s strategies are and what our defence mechanisms should be.
Battleground 1: The Battle For Your Soul (Target: Salvation)
All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God – The wages of sin is death – These are well known verses to us. Satan’s destiny is guaranteed and will not be changed, a lake of fire has been reserved for him and his angels. But the good news is that God wants all men to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth. Satan is determined to rob men of that escape route so that they too will find themselves shut out of God’s presence for all eternity. If this battleground is lost, the battle for heart, mind and strength cannot be won either.
You can listen to the keynote talks here by Karl Smith and Mark Imoukhuede below.
Battleground 2: The Battle For Your Heart (Target: Submission)
The battle for the soul, once won, is won for ever and Satan is forced to settle for a second prize. His next focus of attack is to rob God of his rightful place as number one in our hearts. This is an ongoing battle of submission to the will of God and to service for God.
You can listen to the keynote talk by Stephen McCabe.
Battleground 3: The Battle For Your Mind (Target: Sanctification)
From Paul’s writing it seems clear that the battle for his heart wasn’t the biggest issue for him, it was the battle for his mind. He knew what he wanted to do, but he wasn’t able to do it and the things he didn’t want to do, he ended up doing! Although he asked to be rescued from this body of death, and we tend to think of our flesh being the big problem, the fact is that everything starts with our minds – our mind controls what we end up doing, saying and seeing. If Satan loses the battle for your heart, the next prize will be to nullify your best intentions by playing a series of mind games. God wants your mind to be sanctified, to be set apart, to be clear-headed, pure and holy. Satan wants to mess with it so that it is polluted and muddled.
You can listen to the keynote talk by Brian Johnston.
Battleground 4: The Battle For Your Strength (Target: Service)
When soul, heart and mind are all aligned, it is then that we are best able to serve God in the way that He wants. But even now, Satan is still lurking to try and rob God of the fruit that He wants us to bear for Him. Paul in his emotional and motivational speech to the Ephesian elders in the book of Acts said, somewhat surprisingly perhaps, that the church of God was purchased with Jesus blood. We are used to thinking of the cross-work of Christ in terms of laying down His life for His bride, or in relation to the Church the Body. But here we see that there was an additional goal which had the very same price.
Paul warned that after his departure, savage wolves and false teaching would come in which would decimate the flock. he Church the Body in general is beyond Satan’s reach, the gates of Hades shall never prevail against it. But the same is not true of the Churches of God.
Listen to the keynote talk here by Phil Brennan.
Listen to the final, summarizing, keynote talk by Greg Neely below.