Good news today! Jesus is alive, the tomb is empty. This was our focus last night at The Rock as we completed our look at the life of Jesus. We asked a very simple question; Who Is Jesus? That's a pretty thick question. We want our students to know what the Bible says about Jesus and ultimately what Jesus says about Himself. For the last 7-8 weeks we've seen Him teaching, healing, and living. Last week we saw the cross and last night we felt the sting and hurt of the followers of Christ. Imagine what they must have been thinking as their "King" laid in a tomb. All that He said, taught, did and promised now came into question. Forget that Jesus told them it would be like this....think about how they felt. You've been there too....you've concentrated on what you felt rather than what you knew.
I'm guilty of this all the time. In concentrating on how I feel I demean the promises of God and what I know. Their "King" was dead and all they knew was gone. But thank goodness for Easter morning. Thank God the cross was not the end....the tomb was not the end. Praise be to God that the tomb is empty and Jesus, our King, is alive.
This changes everything...
I'd encourage you to spend some time reading through the devotions of last week and this week. Be encouraged by the fact that King Jesus has kept His promises and will keep His promises.
KINGDOM COME DNOW 2016
DNOW is fast approaching! Last night was the deadline to sign up with shirt sizes. Students can still sign up but the possibility of them receiving a shirt that fits may not be so great. Good news is the weekend is not about a shirt....but a God and His Word.
Dates are March 11-13. If you're not sure how DNOW weekend works let me help.
DNOW takes place Friday Night to Sunday Morning. Students are dropped off here at the Church (at 6:30) and meet together for worship. After worship they head to a host home (a member of the church) to spend the night and have some small group time. Saturday morning they wake up and to the church for another worship and small group session. They return to their host home at some point to tidy up and then return Saturday night for the final worship session. After this they return one last time to their host home for their final small group time. Students wake up Sunday morning and head to church like normal and head back home after the morning worship service.
It's a jam packed weekend but one that has so much potential for discipleship, fun, and relationship building. Hope your student can come.
ALSO - We do need a home to host some guys. So if you're available please let me know. I'd hate for them to have to sleep outside in the parking lot.
Roatan - July 9-16
We really need to figure out our numbers for the Roatan Honduras Mission. We are now taking $100 deposits for airfare. If you have questions please see me or email me. I would love to answer any questions you may have.
We are hoping to finalize the team in the next 2 weeks!
Spring is coming and summer is close behind! Our next big event is DNOW. This is coming up March 11th weekend and we need host homes. If you are interested please let me know. Check out our DNOW page for more details. For now we need names, shirt sizes and starting next week we need to begin gathering the money ($25).
We also have two mission trips this summer, Roatan and Buffalo.
THE CROSS (Last Night)
The Rock last night concentrated on the cross of Christ. This "event" is the most pivotal in all of human history. Our devotions this week will look at the details of the cross. Last night we really wanted to look at the big picture and answer this question; why did Jesus die? Through Scripture reading, a song, and a video we wanted students to be faced with the reality that Jesus dying brought life to millions.
My heart is this. We want students to know that the cross was an event with huge implications. Ultimately we are responsible for Jesus being on the cross. Our sin put Him there and ultimately He gave His life as a ransom for all.
Here's the question...Is the cross some myth to us? Is it a good story that isn't necessarily true? Is it a reality to me? Is it what defines me or is just something that may or may not have happened? Do our students live differently because of Jesus....because of the cross? Do I live differently?
Attached are the notes from last notes although they'll look a bit different. I also encourage you to watch the videos below to get the full picture.
These videos served great purpose last night.
1. "WHY DID JESUS HAVE TO DIE? Sometimes it's good to hear what our neighbors think. in hearing this we are awakened to the great need to share the gospel while also causing us to also answer the question.
2. Mark Dever - A great, Biblical response to this question. This gives wisdom and strengthens our head.
3. "How can it be" - A great opportunity to stand still and know that He is God. This gives encouragement and strengthens our heart and leads us to worship.
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Hello! Running a bit behind today so I'll go quick....as if I could!
Last night we continued our look at Jesus. It's surprising how many different views there are of Jesus Christ. Our lives express what we ultimately believe to be true about Jesus. We can say whatever we want but what does our life say? What is our response for Jesus?
In a world that has so may influences and opinions about Jesus it is crucial for us to live as salt and light. We do this to glorify the Father, so others will come to know Him through Christ. But we also live this way because He is worth it and deserves this above all.
Before we got to the Scripture we had a little fun talking about some misheard lyrics. Have you ever sung a song the wrong way only to figure out you had the lyrics wrong? I have....and you have too! Here are some funny ones we shared last night to communicate the point that so many people, maybe even us, have misinterpreted who Jesus is. It's huge for us to see what the Bible says about Jesus and then live in a way that communicates this to the world!
The notes from last night are attached below. We dove into the issue the Jews had with Jesus. Why did they kill Him? Why were so upset? Looking at this helps us learn more about Jesus and see that this man was the Son of God.
Trips and things...
Not sure if you realize it or not but summer is close! With that said we have a ton of opportunities to grow and serve this summer. In the next few days we'll be updating our "events" page to show all we have coming up. In the meantime take note of the opportunities we have this summer:
So there is a lot to get on board with this summer. Obviously the students can't be involved with everything but we hope you'll pray about what you can join in with this summer!
We continued our look into the life of Jesus last night. There is such a huge need to understand who He is, what He said, what it meant for Him to come. The better we understand these things the more we're able to walk in a way that exalts Him and bring glory to God.
Last night one of our college students, Alex Stewart, shared and taught about the miracles of Jesus. Through the night we were able to better understand why Jesus performed miracles and understand there was something much bigger going on through the miracles. No hidden meanings but rather a deeper meaning. Below are the notes from last night and don't forget you can follow along with the story of the Bible through our devotions! Take advantage of knowing what your student is hearing at The Rock!
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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.