Welcome back! Hope you have had a great week this week!
Last night we continued working through the book of Hebrews. We talked about who Jesus is and why he is greater. The book of Hebrews is written to some folks who were ready to give up on the faith because their suffering had become overwhelming. The author of Hebrews is encouraging them to continue and not give up on Christ! We looked at how Jesus is the Great High Priest who understands us. That's encouraging - Jesus understands us. He understands us because he was tempted as we are and he suffered as we do. When you feel overwhelmed and like you can't do it, know that Jesus gets it and we can run to him!
If you missed last night the video and sermon will be attached below!
We'll keep it simple this week. Two things:
DNOW (March 13) - DNOW will be a 1 day event jam-packed with worship, teaching, eating, games - it'll be awesome! For now, students can sign-up in the Rock for DNOW! - the cost is $20! If you have any questions let us know. We will need some volunteers to help us make it happen and safe. If you are interested in helping out let us know! As we get closer to the date, we will get some more info out! Keep an eye on your inbox and messages from us!
SUNDAY SCHOOL - Every week we meet in Sunday School in the Rock, please encourage your student to join us each week. We have some great Sunday School teachers who love your students and the Word. We gather in the Rock at 9:30a to pray together and then head back to classes. If your student isn't connected to a SS class, text Chris or Andrew and they'll get them connected! Sunday School is a great opportunity for students to grow deeper in their walk with Christ and grow closer to other students their own age.
Hope you guys know we love you and are always here for you!
See ya soon!
Happy rainy Thursday! Hope your week is going great, it's almost Friday!
Last night we continued our walk through the book of Hebrews. The focus of Hebrews is simply Jesus. The author's message is that JESUS IS GREATER... greater than everything. The Hebrews are facing suffering and persecution for their faith in Jesus. They are considering turning away from the faith and going back to their old ways. The author of Hebrews is writing to them to consider Jesus and persevere in their faith!
Last night we saw how Jesus is greater than Moses and how he ultimately provides rest for those in him. Consequently though, for those who don't believe, there is no rest. The good news those is there is rest in Jesus; for you, for me, for those in Christ!
Today, likewise, we need to consider Jesus. Often our lives get wacky, hectic, and down-right overwhelming! Today, consider Jesus with me!
If you missed last night the sermon notes and the video will be linked below!
Hope you can join us next Wednesday night as we see how Jesus is our High Priest who understands us!
DNOW (March 12-13) - Currently we are communicating with other Student Pastors in the area who usually team up with us to pull DNOW off. As you all know, this season of ministry has been quite interesting with the current pandemic. We have tried and are stilling tryin to do things that are wise, safe and enjoyable for students! At our last DNOW meeting we discussed DNOW being a 1 day event jam-packed with worship, teaching, eating, games - it'll be awesome! No decisions other than the date have officially been made yet. As we start to nail stuff down, we'll let you know!
*For now, students can sign-up in the Rock for DNOW!
FIREHOUSE HELP - We've got a cool opportunity to serve in the Firehouse with the children's ministry on January 31st. It'll be a complete takeover. Rock students and leaders will participate in everything from worship, teaching, games and more. It'll be a lot of fun and a great opportunity to serve. If you're interested shoot Chris an email or text!
SUNDAY SCHOOL - Every week we meet in Sunday School in the Rock, please encourage your student to join us each week. We have some great Sunday School teachers who love your students and the Word. We gather in the Rock at 9:30a to pray together and then head back to classes. If your student isn't connected to SS class, text Chris or Andrew and they'll connect you!
A lot going on and a lot coming up. Know that we love you guys and are thankful for you!
See ya soon!
Well, I turned 48 yesterday. I got a pillow, some sour candy, and we had stewed tomatoes and rice, peas, and smoked sausage for dinner after church, and I'm completely happy about all of those things! Suzanne would say my new tires also count towards my birthday.....and Christmas....Valentine's day and so on, you get the point. So put tires on that list.
My point in this is "my how things have changed!" Things change with age right? I'm not even talking about the physical things, but rather the mindset or perspective. I would have been fine with the sour candy at age 12 but a little dismayed with any of the rest. You know what I didn't wake up expecting yesterday morning? A trip with a few friends to the Double Dip Depot for some Ice Cream and Presents. Better yet, a fantastic night out to the Showbiz Pizza Place. I forgive you and understand if you're not familiar with either place. One was local and the other has since given way to the Chuck E Cheeses of the world. But never fear, you can click here for a blast back to the past. I wasn't expecting anything when I woke up yesterday, just simply thankful for another day. I was thankful for the meal, the pillow, the time in the Word with students and leaders who I love. But again, this would not always have been the case. My perspective has changed. Time, maturity and the grace of God has a way of changing you. Thanks for all the birthday wishes, not expected but appreciated! I'm thankful for another year and also thankful the Showbiz Pizza Place didn't scar me for life.
Events & Requests
Here's what's coming up over the next few weeks along with some opportunity to serve.
High School Refuel
We are planned and ready for Refuel. We've shared with you our schedule and changes but wanted to share that again, along with some other details.
If you have any questions please email or text Chris/Andrew.
Though we hate to have to change up Refuel, we're thankful this option is available.
We continued our Jesus is Greater series last night by seeing how Jesus is Greater than the Angels. That may sound a little stranger, considering our knowledge of Angels. So, how does this part of Hebrews help us in this life? Great question, part of the answer is below. I've attached both the sermon notes and video below. Enjoy, engage and apply!
Happy Thursday! Really hoping you all had a great start to this new year and are ready for whatever God has in store for us in 2021. With so much fear, anxiety and darkness at every corner, I pray we as followers of Christ would simply BE what we ARE, Salt and Light. Little is much when God is in it. So be encouraged to take your little, or your "a lot," and make much of Jesus today. May our conversations (posts) be seasoned with the grace and mercy that has been shown to us through Jesus.
January and February tend to be pretty slow months for our ministry. Just as we allow some time in August for students to be acclimated to school and the new schedule, we do so during January and even parts of February. It's a "Sabbath" type time. We still meet, have some events, but not too much. Below are some events we have planned over the next few weeks.
Each Saturday and different times of the week we have many of our students/leaders helping with Roopville Road Basketball. This is a great way to serve and support. If your student is interested in helping during the games have them connect with Garrett Eason.
We began a new series in Hebrews last night called "JESUS IS GREATER." This series will help us learn more about Jesus. We peek behind the curtains and learn how Jesus is the Greater One. Last night was simply an intro. But in this intro we saw the big idea itself, the reality that Jesus is the ultimate and final expression of who God is and how God loves. What a great reminder that Jesus is the final spoken word from God. Jesus is the period.
Below is the recording from last night. We did have some audio issues towards the end. In light of this I've included my notes. Unfortunately I deviated from them towards the end. I would say you missed the best part...but that would be corny!
Hope you enjoy and hope it encourages and challenges you to consider your response in light of this Greater One!
Why a blog?
A great way for parents and ministry to connect and continue the conversation of what's going on at The Rock.