Wednesday @ The Rock
Next week we'll be kicking off the new year at The Rock SM. We invite you parents to come and join us. This will be nothing fancy but we'll take some time to explain what The Rock is all about. We'll also explain how we'll go about helping students come to know and follow Christ this year.
The last few weeks at The Rock we've been spending some times in our devotions. Using this time to teach students how to better read and understand the Bible on their own. So as we wind up summer and prepare to kick off the new year we settle our minds around some basic principles and attempt to sharpen our minds for all that's in store for the future.
Tonight (Wednesday Night) we'll revisit the gospel and ensure we have a good grasp on all that it is and means for us in this life. Consider having a conversation with your student about the gospel. Do they understand it? Can they communicate it? Are they sharing it? Have they experienced it?
Have a great day, morning, noon or night!
Last night we took some time to take a more detailed look at the gospel. The book of Acts is mainly about the church being created and then being sent out on mission. The mission of the church was to "be witnesses" according to Acts 1:8. The gospel is what they are sent out to share, declare, lean on and live. When we step back we find that we too have been given this same calling. We are called to go out and share, live, declare the gospel of Jesus Christ. But have you ever tried to share something you didn't really understand?
This is not fun! So we need to press into this truth. We must dig in and understand so we can go out and declare!
There is a need for a clear understanding of the gospel. There are times where we must push back from the busyness and dissect the gospel, ensure we understand. So last night we dove into the gospel in hopes of better understanding our call and our message.
We often confuse the gospel with the mission. We may think the gospel is us telling when in fact the gospel is what is being told. "Good news" is what the gospel means but is not a clear description of the news itself. So we must go deeper than the surface. What is the good news? What do I share, live and declare? The gospel message delivered me but do I really understand its contents?
An apple is a fruit. But if you really want to know what an apple is made up of you must cut it open and look at it intently. The Gospel is a message of good news but to better understand it you must cut it open and look at it closely and intently. Get past the peeling.
One video we shared was by Matt Chandler. He gives us a nice clear description of what the gospel is all about. Watch it and share it! This was a good place for us to start.
I've attached my notes and pray we all end with a greater understand of the gospel message and then go out to live it, share it, and embrace it
Praying you have a great day and weekend!
Meet & Greet
September 20th, after the AM service, we will have an opportunity to meet together for a little bit. This is nothing big but simply an opportunity to make ourselves available to you as parents and students. We hope to answer questions, communicate what's going on at The Rock, or maybe just get to know you a bit more.
Meet & Greet is also an opportunity for you to sign up for some trips. Refuel sign-ups are currently underway and we do have a maximum number for that trip. We can only house 45 students so please don't wait around too long. Also, if you sign up for this trip by placing a deposit by September 20th you will receive a $10 discount. So get signed up!
We also seek to update contact information. We love to email and really push hard to keep these up to date and make sure you as parents are being informed of the latest news.
Devotions are rocking right along. We invite you along on the journey through Acts. To make this as easy as possible we have made these devotions our weekly bulletin. So students received one booklet each Wednesday night that has sermon notes, announcements, study helps and 5 days worth of devotions. If they can't make it on Wednesday we make them available on our website. So share this news and let's get in the Word!
NEW YEAR KICK OFF
September 2nd we'll be unveiling our new theme for the year. We'll also take some time to explain what we do, why we do it and how we do it. I'm very excited about this years direction. This direction and theme is more for us as leaders than for the students in that it provides a clear vision for our teaching. We never want to simply float through our preparations, so we pray and plan. This year we'll be journeying through Scripture seeking to understand the big picture. We hope to Abide in Christ through His Word and through our Walk.
Parents are invited to attend and hear the details and then hopefully enjoy a snow-cone. (fingers crossed on the snow cones!)
Well I hope everyone is back into the school groove. It doesn't take long to miss summer does it? Hopefully it has been a smooth transition and everyone is experiencing some normality in their life.
I am very excited about tonight and our time together at The Rock. It's about 2:00 pm right now on Wednesday and I've been wrestling around with some things, issues. Our heart the last several weeks has been to offer some help to our students in how to read and understand the Bible. We are convinced that one of the greatest things we can do for our students is help them in this regard. We desire strongly for them to understand the Bible, read the Bible, and be able to do this themselves. This takes work and instruction.
Tonight we will take it a step further by getting real with distractions, time management, and heart issues. I doubt there is one student in our group who doesn't want to read Scripture. The issue comes from making it a priority. So how can we help? We can help by addressing these things and maybe prompting some conversation about this. Of course every student must choose to put these things into practice but we do want to do our part.
I did want to make some helps and things available to you. These link and videos below range from easy to advanced. In other words some videos are easier to follow than others. Some are meant to challenge and others are meant to teach us as we engage the Word.
We realize getting in the Word is tough, right up there with taking time to pray. Funny how these are two of the most powerful things we could; be equipped and communicate with our Creator. So let's get serious about our time in the Word! Let's put in the work and be discipled. Let's make this a priority and accept the responsibility of becoming more like Christ!
So tonight is a good night of dealing with an issue that is huge. Students need our help, accountability and our example in being serious with the Word of God. So let's help them! You do remember how long it got them to brush their teeth, eat their veggies, make their bed and flush the toilet don't you? This whole parenting thing isn't easy and it really never ends....or so I hear!
Students, if you're reading, flush the toilet!
Have a great weeks end and weekend!
Well it's the first day of school for the majority of our students.....and parents. How are your emotions and nerves? No matter if you're a nervous wreck or shouting from the rooftops, like the picture below, be reminded that God has this!
Here's a couple of thoughts about school in general and maybe some things to keep in mind as you suffer or rejoice on this fine Thursday. The first day of school!
(yes, these are tongue in cheek but meant to bring a smile and possibly our feet back to the ground.)
I realize today is tough. And now that you're probably all mad at me just relax or maybe rejoice. Rather than being sad you're mad at me. I've done my job in getting your mind off of that other thing!
Enjoy the freedom, the schedule, the opportunity to pour into lives you would never have come in contact with if not for school. And yes, I would rather have parents who over dramatized every situation than a parent who could care less. I would rather you request every teacher you want than never show up, help out or show interest. I would rather see parents run to greet the child at pick up line rather than the one who won't even acknowledge they're in the car. I rejoice that the majority of parents are gung ho.
I do however pray we allow our children to breath though, develop independence at the right age. I pray we give them responsibility and even at times allow them to fail. If they never fail and we're always there to right the wrongs I'm afraid they'll never learn at all. So we pray for wisdom and we step back and view life, school, new beginnings with Scripture and the fact that God is in control as our lens!
Happy First Day of School! The first of many more firsts.
Last night we took a break from Acts and challenged student with 4 things. We wanted to both challenge and encourage students as they prepared to go to school today. We realize many were in bed by the time we got out preparing so we wanted to, as always, put the notes online so you can read back over them and maybe even discuss them with your student(s).
1. See school as an amazing opportunity to share and follow Christ. (Mission Field)
2. Rather than conforming to the world around you be changed by God!
3. Build and Strengthen Godly Relationships!
4. Get in the Word!
The complete notes are below as well as a picture of some questions following the sermon. In all of this we challenge you all to embrace this school year. Understand that more than students, parents, teachers and whatever, we are children of God. This is our first and foremost privilege, calling and passion. May our lives and actions reflect this in all we do. Whether we eat or drink may we do it all for the glory of God.
As school returns we are faced with many challenges and changes. The late night texts turn from meaningless chatter to finding out what the assignment for 2nd period was all about. The early morning silence is broken with a traffic jam like none has ever seen. The ease of summer gives way to the pressure of performing. The need to decide what to do on Friday night finds it's home under the lights of a packed football stadium. The boredom gives way to drama. The sleepy head look gives way to the frustrated designer. The struggle of purpose, identity, academics and true love is here, real and pressing. We need hope. Thankfully we have a prayer!
As school returns we pray for each student and teacher/administrator. We lean strongly on the hope of Jesus and the Gospel.
There are many things we can pray. We can pray for safety, protection, the right team of teachers, no drama, good grades or maybe just that they not ruin the family name. But if we focus our prayer on Scripture and pleasing God won't all these other things fall into place in a way that will bring ultimate honor and glory to God? The list below is not a complete list but the ultimate prayer and goal is that we all seek first the kingdom of God. We realize school is tough, demanding, and pressure filled. We know our ways are not God's way (Eccl. 55:8). So we seek His ways which are found in His Word.
We know that sometimes we get our priorities out of whack. So we seek Him and as we seek Him we pray...your will Lord, not ours.
We hope you'll join us in this prayer for all of our students, and teachers, this year.
Why a blog?
A great way for parents and ministry to connect and continue the conversation of what's going on at The Rock.