Hope everyone is doing good today and ready to meet together as a church family on Sunday! Many of us, you get together or at least cross paths throughout the week but there is absolutely nothing that can replace us being together each Wednesday and Sunday. So as we reflect on us being together last night may we already be anticipating being together on Sunday. But now, today, we're in the grind, in the world, equipped and encouraged for what the day brings. I pray you're ready to face all that God will place before you today.
In the We had a great time in the Word last night as a student ministry. We finished our series digging into How and Why we accomplish the What of The Rock SM. We've discussed certain elements of our faith that are must haves. We've looked at why these things are so important and how they in fact do help us in this life. Andrew finished us off last night. His sermon is attached below.
I do want to share one question I was asked last night in my group, after the sermon. Had nothing to do with the sermon but everything to do with life. It will help you understand the seriousness of the struggle and what exactly is on the mind of the random 15 yr old as we peel behind the layers.
The question "Why doesn't Jesus help me?" His problem was this, he doesn't expect Jesus to provide bread or money or a new house. He simply is curious why Jesus doesn't take the pain away. Great question, popular question and also one of the biggest "hang-ups" with people today. So how would you respond? There is not good answer, only the most right. Jesus didn't come to take all our boo boos away. We will experience pain, suffering, wrong while living here. He understood this. But why does his mom keep getting "done wrong?" Again, a big perspective is key here. Has God forgotten us? Is Jesus real? Is Jesus enough for our daily needs? Huge question and the answer is something that will continue to be lived out. Be praying for this young man and for the others who do not yet have the boldness to ask such a question. But be honest....we think this too sometimes don't we? In the end the question had everything to do with the sermon I guess. If this center of the sermon was questioning why we continue in this Christian life, questioning where Jesus is in my pain is an obvious reason to not continue.
Last night we attempted something new. Many students have cell phones with them on Wednesday night. They seem to not have their Bible. We do have actual Bibles for them to use each Wednesday night. Over the last 10 years we've probably bought 500 Bibles. We let them take them if they do not have one....occasionally they forget to bring them back, obviously. But....they rarely forget their phones. So why not put them to use in a good way. Why not teach them that even the phone can be used for good.
YOUVERSION is a Bible app in all app stores. Within that app there are events, bottom right option, third down from the top. EVENTS. Once you hit, if your location is used within the app you'll see us.
Once there, during the service, students can follow along with the points, commentary and Scripture. A great way to be present during the night and a great way for students to continue to chew on what we've talked about. We'll give it a go for the next month and see what students think.
Meet & Greet is a time for us to meet and talk with parents and students after the AM worship. We told you all about this last week along with Camp and Refuel information. So I'll simply point you back to that for all the details.
Have a great rest of your week and we'll see everyone Sunday morning!
Thank you for allowing us to be a small part in your students life.
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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.