Huge discipleship night for our students. I was so challenged as I prepared for the night. There are many issues facing our students/us today but none of them compare to what we covered last night. Must be a big issue right? I think it's the biggest issue in the world; our answer for Jesus Christ.
As we think about what Jesus taught we can't get away from the fact that He made some very big claims about who He was. Our faith is established in His teaching, His claims. What we believe to be true about Him is then the most important thing about us.
I was challenged this past week and even last night as I considered what my life communicated about my belief of Jesus. I have an answer I give....but what does my life show that I believe? Is it possible for me to say one thing and do something else? Aren't our lives covered with this pattern of saying one thing and doing another? What a struggle! If Jesus is who He says and if we believe this.....shouldn't our lives be different? Changed?
I was very burdened last night after our service. I feel so responsible for ensuring our students meet, know, and follow Jesus. Even in that burden I find myself simply not trusting/believing Jesus. I was reminded of the great commission and our responsibility to "teach them to obey all that Jesus has commanded." My responsibility is not to make them obey but to teach them to obey. I struggle, wrestle, and am challenged by this every day. In the end I pray my life is one that proves my answer for Christ as Lord is seen in how I live my life. I pray they see this/Jesus in me. I pray the students' lives match their claims, profession of Christ as Lord. I pray for you as parents that you are leading them, teaching them, and modeling before them what life with Christ looks like.
In the end....Jesus made some pretty big claims to the point that He is either a Liar, a Lunatic or He is Lord. The question I was faced with in my study is the question I presented to our students last night. It's the same question I now pose to you. What is your response to Jesus? How does your life support this response/belief?
I know reading sermons is not a popular thing but if your student missed last night at the Rock I would encourage them to read through the sermon and dive into the devotions. Our understanding of Jesus' teachings and claims are crucial to our knowing Jesus and ultimately following Jesus. The reason last night was so huge is because what we think/believe about Jesus will shape what we think/believe about everything else in the world. This is huge.
We have two mission opportunities this summer. Well two that will call for us leaving the state of Georgia. Below is a brief description of both. Please contact me if you have any questions.
* special offer - hopefully you made it down this far. If you did and if you have a student interested in one of these trips we have some good news. We are prepared to give $100 towards either one of these above trips to the first person to respond through email. So if you or your student is interested here is a great opportunity to save some money!
DNOW Weekend is coming up and we need students and host homes. Dates are March 11-13. If you are interested in hosting some students please let me know. We also need students signing up. Also - if you're student attends DNOW and you host a home, your student gets to come for free! *only one student per home would be free though, sorry.
Hope everyone has made the mad dash to gather up your milk and bread due to snow being in the state. Somehow I'm thinking we'll be ok, not so sure about Friday. Buy stock in cows for good measure. For the future, and maybe even tonight, always be aware that any church cancellations will be posted via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as well as through calling post. So be sure you follow, like and join in with us via social media.
We had a great time this past weekend walking through Scripture and looking at relationships. Relationships can be so tricky. I can't imagine attempting to walk through life without the wisdom of God not to mention dealing with relationships. So our hope this past weekend was to attempt to Reconnect with Relationships.....go back to the basics and think Biblically about our relationship with God and others.
It was helpful for me, my heart and I'm praying the students were able to grow in light of the time together. We believe this weekend was so powerful and we feel the topics are so needed that we are making our notes available on the Refuel page. So make sure you go check that out.
Here are a few highlights for me that may or may not be in the notebook or notes:
Wednesday at The Rock
We've made it to Jesus and are beginning to learn why He is so special. We know He is but do we need know why He is? Do we really know much about Him? I know, knowing the simple "He came, He died, He rose" is great and crucial. But could anyone have done that? Did it have to be Jesus? Why was He special? How do we know this?
Our hope is to deepen our understanding of Jesus and strengthen our walk with and dependence on Him. Doing this will only amplify the light we're to shine in this dark world. The more we deepen this understanding and trust the more we live lives that glorify the Father. Confidence, hope, boldness grows as we learn about who we follow. Clarity brings effectiveness.
Most true freshman rarely see the field in football. Why? Because they are still a little foggy on the details of what they're supposed to do each play. Your own ability in anything is lessened by uncertainty. But when we are fully aware or at least greatly informed and confident we are free to live and move and play fast. Our understanding of Jesus only helps as we seek to glorify the Father and live according to His Word. Relationship is key. Do we know the one we call Lord?
Below are the notes, outline and questions from The Rock as we dive into Jesus as our Prophet, Priest and King. Enjoy!
Good afternoon! Hope everyone is doing and geared up for the weekend. For me and 60 other folks from the student ministry we'll be heading up to Blue Ridge, GA and Laughing Bear Lodge for Refuel. This is always a very low key time together in the Word and mountains. I'm looking forward to discovering all the Bible says about relationships. The good news is we'll be making the teachings available online via our booklets. So if you're not able to attend as a student or you just want to follow along as a parent, you'll be able to! Those will be up early next week.
If you do have a student attending Refuel all the information you need to know can be found on our Refuel Page. We will be pulling out at 5pm tomorrow (FRIDAY the 15th).
This means you need to arrive by 4:45p so we can load, pray, hug and pull away. Student may want to eat a healthy snack before they leave. We will be having a light dinner once we arrive at Laughing Bear. If you have any questions please email, text or call me!
Excited to be back in the Word with our students. Before I forget make sure you check out our devotions from the year. Our hope this year is to give students a healthy overview of what the Bible is about. Our devotions fill in some of the gaps but also affirm or teach these in a more depth manner. I can only image that understanding the story of the Bible not doing anything but help. I only wish I wasn't quite so old when it all first clicked for me.
So last night Micah did a great job of reminding us about the Law and about our need for it in the Old Testament but then most importantly how Jesus comes to fulfill the Law (Matt. 5:17.) The Law is good and it was needed. It had many great purposes but it also was not perfect, complete. The Law lacked. But where it lacked Jesus was perfect, complete and absolutely filling. So last night Micah helped us understand this and see Jesus as all we need. There is a perfect sacrifice....there is a great High Priest....there is a way for our hearts to be changed and there is a plan to reach the nations! These all find their ultimate home in Jesus.
We can be full of hope and joy because we know Jesus. The prayer is we know Him and follow Him. Another way to say this is to Abide in Him. Christ is here, the King has come...may we know and follow Him.
The "short" summation or main idea of the Bible is this:
God working in His creation for His glory.
The only missing piece is Christ. So to our main idea we add:
eventually through Jesus
When you think about this is the story of the Bible. God working in His creation for His glory, eventually through Jesus. The good news is we've finally made it to Jesus on Wednesday nights. The cool news is we see Jesus fulfilling many things we heard about in the Old Testament. Jesus points back to the OT and as He does we see that Jesus was actually in the OT. Only now we see Him fully, freely, clearly. What was a shadow of things to come in the OT we now see in full.
So then.....may we know Him and follow Him.
Check out the devotion for this week for more information and our outline from last night.
Well....how many week until spring break? That may be a question that's pretty popular in the minds of students.....and teachers everywhere. Some students may skip straight to summer break. Either way it seems we're always looking for the next big thing....the next opportunity to be lazy, to be off, to have a time away from stress, work, and life.
It's a bit dangerous to live this way isn't it? I realize the majority of it is very innocent. We do need breaks, time away, but in this there is a danger to not see Christ as our all. That's very extreme thinking I know but shouldn't we guard this....especially for the sake of those younger....our children. Are we conditioning them to always look for the "time away from commitment" as the next big thing that the "only big thing" is missed by us and them?
Don't get me wrong....spring break is marvelous....our family has plans to return to Texas for more road trip fun....we can't wait! But in this I never want my family to think that this is our ultimate. Christ has this place or at least deserves this place (Col. 1:18). So enjoy the anticipation and excitement while looking ahead to the next "time off" but never allow that to become your joy. As a follower, Jesus is our joy.
Spring Break is coming.....Jesus has come and with Him comes life and life abundantly.
It was good to be back at the Rock last night. My heart was encouraged by the Word, by the crowd and by seeing the faces of students I absolutely love. My heart is so wanting them to fall deeply in love with Christ. Meaning, I hope they see that God has sent Jesus to bring us life. A life we could never have on our own. A life of redemption that leads to a life that glorifies the Father. I want that for my own life, my family and for these students. So being together provides the opportunity to point them to Scripture. I love it.
Last night we took some time to catch up on where we're at in our teaching and in our year. I've attached the notes from last night as a way for you to know what's going on but also for you to be challenged by the Word as well.
Refuel is here....well not here but very close. We plan to have a meeting next week at 6pm in the Rock. There's really not a good place for us to meet so we'll make the few students who there endure our meeting.
The trip is Jan. 15-18 of course. Money is now due.
We'll have all the information you need next week.
Largely our plan is to leave around 5pm on Friday, the 15th,
Students will need some spending money for lunch on Monday.
We will also plan to stop off at some outlets malls, for lunch, but also to get some energy out before we return home that Monday.
In the meantime you can take a look at the Refuel Page for other information. We'll have this printed out at the meeting on Wednesday. But if you'd like a little more time you can see it now...though it may be dated wrong. But the "what you need" packet is pretty much the same.
If you have any questions feel free to call, email, or text. The latter is always best!
THANKS AGAIN for allowing me to be a part of your students life. I absolutely love them to death and strive so hard to join you in your pursuit to raise students who love and follow Christ!
Why a blog?
A great way for parents and ministry to connect and continue the conversation of what's going on at The Rock.