I received a call last night after The Rock. I'm never sure what's going to happen when I get these calls, from parents/guardians, immediately after The Rock. If it's a student they usually text, parents call. Imagine that.
The call was encouraging but also a reminder to be very clear when giving illustrations! Last night we began walking through what CLEAN means. Clean is our theme for this year and deals with the calling to be holy, pure as we live. The first step in CLEAN is to BE CLEAN. As we learned last night this is something we can't do ourselves. We only bring dirt to the situation....God brings the CLEANING. So our only responsibility is BEing CLEANed is to come to the Father.
In the beginning, at salvation, He cleans us and makes us as white as snow. We take on His righteousness and are forever His child. But then we know sin is still a struggle right? From time to time we fall into sin and there is a need to seek forgiveness, to BE CLEANed. That is what is going on in Psalm 51. David, a child of God, is in sin. His response is the only good response he could have; go to the Father.
The better explanation of the illustration occurred here. We know the need of reconciliation within marriages and relationships. A husband and wife do not always get along right? Right? We know that small issues and big issues creep in and it hinders the relationship. Now, in the midst of that argument, strife, friction the two people are still married right? But the relationship is a little hindered by these issues. What needs to happen is reconciliation. Things to be renewed, made right. This is a great illustration of our need to continually go to the Father to seek forgiveness when we've sinned. In a marriage both make mistakes so both need to apologize. In our relationship with God only one sins and seeks forgiveness, us.
The call from the parent/guardian was to inform me that their student, when asked to talk about what they learned that night, came away with this:
FYI - Suzanne and I are better than ever! I only throw about 4 plates and 2 glasses around each week.
I have attached the sermon notes for you to keep up with what we're going through each night at The Rock. I encourage you to read through them, learn with us. It's also a great way to know exactly what we're discussing! Ha.
Social Networking is a blessing and a curse. The blessings often are overshadowed by the curses.....the bad. I have, an and am active on, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. I love seeing the thoughts, updates, encouraging words, pictures and having conversations with people I typically couldn't have conversations with on normal basis. That's the good. But then there's always a potentially bad side. It breaks my heart to see many of the posts....particularly pictures that some of our students post. There are many good posts as well. But it seems the bad overshadows the good many times. I'll mention a questionable post to them and sometimes there's an explanation or two. "I didn't realize my butt was hanging out of my shorts." "I didn't know he was shooting a bird." "I didn't realize the rest of those lyrics were filled with sexual talk or cuss words." Some are innocent/honest and some are cover ups. Not my job to discern and heal the heart. It is my job to invest in the lives of students and help them know and follow Christ.
But I wanted to encourage you as parents to follow your students. I'm not going to follow them and report details. I don't like the idea of being a spy. My thinking is that if your student (child) has any of the social networking accounts you as a parent need to also have that account and you need to follow or friend them. This doesn't mean you have to "like" or comment on everything, that could/would be embarrassing. Even if their post or action embarrasses us we may need to respond in a bigger way. Teach them how to handle issues. But it does mean that at any time you see something that represents Christ, the Church, your family in a bad way....you pull the plug or at least deal with it.
I'm not convinced all of our parents are aware of what students are posting. In a year in which we're striving to teach what "CLEAN" is all about I see the great opportunity to "CLEAN" up our social networking. We'll talk about it at The Rock but I wanted to remind you that you may want to brush up on those Instagram skills.
Is this something you need help with?
Do we need a Social Networking Class?
Are you aware of measures you can take with your student and their phone?
Do you realize that by them having a device that connects to wifi they essentially have a gateway to anything in this world? Any information, picture, videos can be accessed. Yes....they can watch sermons but they could also watch porn.
SO....if you made it this far....is this a struggle? is this something you need help with?
Would a night together discussing and learning about this help you?
Let me know by responding and we'll work together to a God glorifying end.
Why a blog?
A great way for parents and ministry to connect and continue the conversation of what's going on at The Rock.