Good morning! Hope and pray everyone is doing good, recovered from Spring Break and ready for testing season. One thing I know you're all ready for is summer break.
In your summer planning don't forget these things:
LAST NIGHT - THE GOSPEL
We're nearing the end of our walk through the Bible. We're to the ending section known as "the letters." From Romans to the end we find a collection of letters written by a few men. These letters are from God, to the church, in order to help them, and us, live in light of the Gospel.
There is great wisdom, teaching, encouragement and doctrine in these letters. The church and believer were struggling with opposition, persecution and often doubt as they walked in this new life. We really aren't much different than they are we? We're actually walking in the same light as they. With this in mind we look at these letters with excitement and expectancy as we seek to also gain wisdom and encouragement as we too live in light of the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Over the next 4 weeks, as we finish up our look at the Bible, we'll cover 4 huge questions and truths.
I will be held accountable to how I used my time, influence and position in these students' lives. As parents we'll be held accountable to how we taught our children. What do we value? What do we give ourselves to? What do we communicate to them the most? Do our children know God and His Word? Do they know they Gospel? We know they know to do homework, brush their tv, flush the toilet, how to field a ground ball or play a certain note or do whatever. But are we this "religious" about spiritual things. Do we leave this up to the church, youth ministry, preacher, or God? Is this a personal thing we let them figure out on their own? Some stirring questions that bug me even as I type.
Now....it's impossible to completely guard them from being in the world....It's crucial to not make this a "religious" activity or something they dread. But honestly....I don't see many young adults with straight, white teeth that bash their parents for staying on them about brushing their teeth or paying for braces. I've never heard that complaint. Sure, they complained when their friends were at a baseball game and they had to go to the orthodontist but in the long range they counted the cost. Something changes from 15 to 26 doesn't it? We being to value tough decisions our parents made on our behalf. We begin to see with more clarity. It doesn't mean the 15 year old is dumb....they are acting like every other 15 year old....it's normal. So we don't make decision based on them at 15 years old....we make decision based on them become a productive member of society whose goal in life is to live for the glory of God....and have pretty white, straight teeth. You get the point? Yes, I'm preaching to the choir. But even the choir needs a reminder that they F sharp is a little flat at times. Also, I'm in the same choir as you! And even after all we as parents strive to do it's still impossible to completely protect them...they must learn to live in this world for God's glory, as hard as that may be for them and us. So we don't lock them up or shut them down. Jesus even prayed that we NOT be taken out of the world but that we trust in the Father as we live in this world. He taught that we be SALT AND LIGHT while we're here. So as parents we fight for them and continue to make those tough decisions.....I'm getting a little off topic here.
SO...as a student ministry we feel this year was a great time to remind the students that the Bible....God's Word...in one big story with one big theme, REDEMPTION. It's a story about God working in His creation for His glory through Jesus Christ. Within the story you see the ups and downs of all sorts of people as they wrestle with what to do in this world. The people of God, the church of God walking with their God. It's not always pretty....in fact it gets downright ugly at times but at the blazing center is the cross. JESUS.
The climax of the story is the CROSS....the GOSPEL....and last night we began our descent down by beginning our look at LIVING IN LIGHT OF THE GOSPEL with the question: WHAT IS THE GOSPEL?
My notes are attached for you to see and continue the conversation at home.
My prayer is that we are all encouraged and strengthened in our view of the Gospel. I pray that we understand it and we consider how we ourselves have responded to this good news. I pray we also consider how our lives are being lived in light of this Gospel.
Thanks for allowing us at The Rock to pour into your students. Please know that every decision and every second is carefully prayed for and planned with the hopes that the students see God, know God and follow Him with their lives!
ALSO - our copier got sick before our bulletins could get copied last night so please remind your students that they can find the announcements and devos here at our website. Specially HERE
Why a blog?
A great way for parents and ministry to connect and continue the conversation of what's going on at The Rock.