Hope everyone is doing good! Excited about being able to get with each of you although it's only for a few minutes, and only if you happen to read this. We realize life is busy and the ability to all get together and discuss how things are going with each student, with each parent is not going to happen. So excitement builds for me as I see our blog as the main way to keep you the parents involved and informed. We understand our role in your student's lives and never seek to replace the parent. Our hope is to compliment the leading and discipleship that takes place in each home.
We're very excited about the upcoming year. The teaching, vision, retreats, fellowship, worship and community that is coming up excites me to no end. The potential for students to be engaged and discipled and even brought to Christ is there and is enormous. Last night we were able to walk the students through John 15 as we looked at our theme for the year; ABIDE.
As we think about what it means to abide in Christ we first must understand why it's necessary. We must come to grips that our needs are huge! We have a huge need we can't fill, nothing can fill. It's only after we realize this need for Christ that we begin to understand how we actually abide in Him. Ultimately we abide in Christ by abiding in His Word. As we do this the Word gets in us. So to abide in Christ is really about the Word and our Walk. Our hope for this year, and really in life, is that we get in the Word so that the Word gets in us. People should see a difference in us because we've been with Jesus. That's really what they said in Acts 4:13. Our life is summed up in this verse really as we can do nothing without Christ. There really is only one answer for me/you being able to do anything profitable in this life and it's that I have been with Jesus. The question is will I remain there. Will I dwell with Christ, abide with Him, find and make my home in Jesus?
This year we lead students to this thinking; Abide in Christ. We do so by taking them to the Word of God in hopes that the Word of God get in them. The result or fruit is that the nations will see that we have been, and are remaining, with Jesus.
We left the students with a question and I'll challenge you with it as well: Where do you find your home in life? Where are you abiding, remaining, dwelling? This changes doesn't it? Life seems to present things that often stump us. But how amazing would it be if we could find our home in Christ and then live a life that shows that. To know that in the struggles and the victories, in the sun and in the storms, we can have peace and experience joy every step of the way.
This question and this them kicked off last night and will continue throughout the year.
Attached below are the notes. We add these to better communicate what we discussed in hopes the conversation will continue at home. Enjoy.
MEET & GREET
Just a quick reminder that next Sunday, September 20th, will be our meet and greet event. This is a simple time for us to meet you and you to meet us. This is also our deadline to receive a discount for the Refuel Winter Trip. This happens with a $20 deposit. We are limited with space and can only truly accept the first 45 students. Sign ups will remain open after the meet and greet but this day will mark the end of the discount.
Meet & Greet is also a great time to update records and make sure we have all the information for you and your family. We also have our consent that is good for the year available to fill out. Filling this out means you don't have to fill one out for every trip. So it's good to get that knocked out! Other than we'd just like to see you and be available for questions and such. So come and see us!
Why a blog?
A great way for parents and ministry to connect and continue the conversation of what's going on at The Rock.