What a busy, exciting time! I see your Facebooks, Tweets, and Instagrams. I see you scurrying about as I scurry about. I know that this is a busy and an exciting time. Be encouraged and be reminded to make the best use of that time. That's what Paul says in Ephesians 5, make the best use of the time, redeem it rather than waste it. It's not a sin to be busy. Definitely not a sin for that time to be exciting. The sin comes when the time pushes Christ to the background. That's why Paul goes on to say don't be foolish, but understand (and do) the will of the Lord. So be encouraged but also be reminded to make the best use of that time. Busyness is a strange business. Insert the Mary and Martha story here. All that to say this: Enjoy the busy, exciting times but make sure it's not coming at the expense of our following Christ.
What a joy to walk through Scripture with students and see their eyes light up when they connect heart to mind. Of course this doesn't always happen and hardly ever happens to all of them at the same time but it's a journey right??? Last night as I spoke I saw many "dialed in" eyes. I can only pray their heart was affected as well.
The Gospel & You series is a up close look at the impact the gospel makes in our lives and then the impact the Gospel makes through our lives. Many times, many people see the gospel as something that "gets them to heaven" while discounting the rest of their lives part. The Gospel does enable us to spend all of eternity in Heaven but it also empowers us to make Jesus known in our lives here on earth. In short the gospel impact our lives and then uses our lives to make great impact in our world. But how, where, when? That's where we're going the next few week. We'll look at the gospel and our possession, talents, mind and issues. What we have, what we can do, how we think and how we view and handle the issues of this world are all impacted by our view of the gospel. The hope is we allow the gospel to make impact through us. Ask you student about the yellow jacket illustration. This was a great way to understand how the gospel WILL make impact. Below are the slides and sermon from last night.
Hopefully you've all heard about our Refuel trip by now! Here's the short, also available on our Refuel page. Refuel is a time to get away. It's a mini summer camp. It's not as long but it has the potential to be make great impact. We spend a lot of time talking, relating, studying, playing, and growing at Refuel. It's just has great potential to be a connecting point for many students. It's a great trip and one that has been a highlight of mine the last few years.
As of now we need to be getting deposits for the MS TRIP. This deposit needs to be at least $20. The HS Trip has another month but you could always go ahead and pay that to be ahead of the game.
If you have any questions regarding the trip please email or call. We'd love for your students to be a part of this trip and we think they'd also love it!
The Rock Shop
You may have heard about our new shop at The Rock or you may have wondered why your student needed a $1. We have opened a small shop at the Rock, The Rock Shop. The main purpose is to help create a space where students can buy old Rock shirts and some other cool Rock things. We also wanted to offer some food and drinks, though small. These are all very cheap and the shop is by no means making money. We feel like this is something that can help students out a bit with a quick bite after practice to a cool sticker to put on their notebook to a new journal to write their thoughts from their time in the Word. All things to make life better for them. At the end...if their better we're better! Where else can you get a slice of pizza and a can of coke for $1? If nothing else we no longer hear stomachs chirping during the sermon! If by change we were to "come out ahead" we would dump any proceeds to The Seed Company/Bisoto Project each month. So in a way students buying pizza could provide the Word of God to people around the world!
Have a great weekend and we'll see you out there, in the busyness of life!
Don't forget that everywhere you go is an opportunity to make Christ known.
So thankful our team has the opportunity to be leading and walking with your students.
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A great way for parents and ministry to connect and continue the conversation of what's going on at The Rock.