Hope everyone is doing good and loving the fall weather! Wanted to update you ona couple of things.
We headed to the dining room last night as we continued our "Flip my House" series. We spent some time thinking about these questions; What do you serve? How do you serve it? Why do you serve? In life we do many things without every realizing that the "what" is only part of the process. We fail to think through the how and why. So last night we thought through that a bit.
Next Week - WHATEVER WEDNESDAY
We'll be having a theme next week to have a little fun. It's Whatever Wednesday. So we're asking all students and leaders to come dressed up as "whatever." We just ask that everyone makes it clean and doesn't embarrass the family!
This theme will also serve as an illustration to our time of teaching. It should be fun and I'm praying it makes in a lasting impact as we look at our house.
Is who you are who you are?
So that's pretty much it for now!
Hope you all have a great weekend and remember....our PM service this week will begin at 6pm as we host the Carrollton Baptist Association annual meeting. See ya then!
Lots to cover this morning so let's get to it!
Last night.....and last week!
Last week we began a new series entitled "FLIP MY HOUSE." This series will lead us to looking at our spiritual houses. Our spiritual houses, just like our physical houses, need constant attention. When little things are left alone they tend to get worse.
Our phrase of the year is this....Because Jesus is greater the greater life is possible. We spent all of September understanding why Jesus is greater. He is the foundation of our house.....He makes our house a home for His glory. But then this greater life is not just something that comes about. This greater life is not meant to sound like we'll have a mansion of a life with little to no problems. We must re-program what this greater life looks like....that's coming down the pike. For now, through this new series, we hope to help students understand that the greater life takes constant work. We constantly evaluate where we stand, the shape of our house and offer daily attention to that which matters most.
I've attached the last two weeks of sermons for you. Hope they allow you to follow along with us and see what we're teaching the students. I also hope these will challenge you to take a look at your house, room by room.
Below are some things we are working on that will be here before you know it. Also in the list are some thoughts we have of get togethers but simply need some help working out.
One event we would love to have is a bonfire night. We are early in the stages and are having trouble with a location. Does anyone have a good, close location to have a bonfire. Keep in mind we could have 15 students or 80 students show up, you really never know. So we need a location that could entertain the maximum and not run off any neighbors with the noise and silliness of the teenagerisms that will unfold.
We all know the struggles of teenage life. The awkwardness, drama, relationship struggles and fights with pride seem to never end. Unfortunately a student ministry is not immune to these things. While it's true the church should be the last place this is found unfortunately it shows up here just as much, if not more. How do we work against this? Jesus, give them Jesus. Show them how Scripture calls us to live and then help them in this way. It's really all you can do unless we just place some major restrictions on them. But even then their heart will be unchanged. So in an effort to remind our students of the need to EMBRACE one another in Christ I've listed some things that I'd love for you to be reminding your student about. All in an effort to ensure everyone who steps into the doors of The Rock is noticed, spoken to, treated with respect, and ultimately finds a place of belonging. My heart is that each person who comes hears the truth of God's Word. But that battle is hard when they see the opposite in the place grace is meant to dwell the most.
REMIND THEM THAT:
This list can go on but I think we need to constantly help our students in how we embrace people. Both here and outside the church walls. My worst fear is that someone comes to the church and leaves without ever feeling loved, accepted and befriended. It's especially hard when I meet a shy student. The worst part of my job is helping that person find a home here. The best part is when I notice a group of students embrace that shy person and accept them in....much like God, through Christ, once did to us through His unconditional love and acceptance. Even in the midst of our sin and chaos. He brings peace.
I wished my love for that student was enough to keep them here but their heart is crying for the acceptance of their peers. Right or wrong students will often prefer the church or ministry their friends attend. This makes sense right? We can't make kids be friends with one another. I can't change who they connect with. I can't ultimately control how a student is accepted or make connections work. But we can lead them to see the importance of how we relate to one another, especially as followers of Christ. But this is a part of growing up, learning. And this process often stings, stinks and passes.
One day these students will understand the importance of our church home being decided because of Biblical content rather than relational structures. As an adult I understand that Biblical content is first and then once there the relationships begin to form, over time. As an adult I could attend a church that was solid in doctrine and Biblical teaching and allow that to be the reason I am there. But I understand that is not the case for all, especially teenagers dealing with identity crisis, puberty, drama and the stuch. But in this we pray, help, lead and model to our students how we are to embrace others and seek Christ in the midst of life. This is the hope of our ministry after all.....lead students to know Christ and make Him known. To know and follow Jesus.
I don't remember my teenage life being this hard...but I'm also a hermit!
Love you all and pray for you daily as we attempt to parent teenagers in 2017!
Come Quickly Lord Jesus!
Good morning! Hope everyone has had a good week and is looking forward to a great weekend! Plenty of stuff coming up in The Rock SM so we'll get right to it!
We started a new series last night in The Rock called "Flip My House." Our hope this year in our teaching is to do a new series each month. The series will all center around our big theme "GREATER." Because JESUS is greater the greater life is possible.
Life hinges on Jesus. We spend September understanding why and how Jesus is greater. This is the foundation of the greater life. However, life does not simply happen. We have a responsibility to live, act, and move each day in a way that glorifies Him. Sometimes things get in the way, sometimes we get off track, sometimes we tend to hold on to the things we shouldn't while letting go of that we need the most. Enter FLIP MY HOUSE.
We'll spend October moving through the rooms of our spiritual house and doing some work. Last night we started by looking at kitchen. I've included the sermon notes below.
Odds & Ends
While these things aren't major announcements they are things we want you to know about as we move through the fall season.
I'll have the opportunity to speak a few different times this week and I'm very excited about these opportunities. I would love for you to be praying that God is glorified through these times and that what He communicates through me would make a lasting impact for His glory. The goal is not to be cute, popular or funny but to present truth in a way that those listening can hear, comprehend and apply to their lives.
This is more in the form of a prayer request. This year I volunteered with the Central Middle Cross Country team. I did this to hopefully form relationships with students, be a presence on campus and simply love on the athletes and coaches. We have about 10 of our ROCK students on the team so it was good to be around them a bit more too!
Our season came to an end this past Tuesday and though I was able to get to meet many new students there were a few relationships that went a bit further. One particular young lady stands out. The first few practices she needed a little extra motivation while finishing a run....she was alone....and tired. I was seeking out someone to finish out the run with and there she was. A few hundred yards out I challenged her to a race....a gatorade was on the line. From that moment on that was our connection, a red gatorade. The practices went on, the meets happened and each time we spoke it was short, in passing, but each time a few more details were given into her life and even mine. Nothing big was discussed but there was familiarity. She knew I wasn't weird and that I had her best interest in mind in Cross Country and maybe even life. Eventually she earned the red gatorade....but it was blue.
Fast forward, or rewind, back to Tuesday, our last meet. My responsibility for the team was to go to the far corner and ensure the runners knew the route and also to offer some encouragement (I yelled at them to run faster.) Minutes before the race started and seconds before I really needed to get to my post she drops the bomb. "I'm not sure I really believe in God." Are you kidding me? Not for the statement....I loved the honesty and transparency and open door.....but now? "GO" is about to be yelled and this is the time you choose to ask the question? In my heart and mind I knew that after that day my contact with her would be limited.....so we talked. Nothing resolved, no shame or laughter was cast. But a deeper connection was made. My hope is that the word I was able to share with her encouraged her and challenged her to dig deeper. My prayer is that she is at FCA tomorrow morning. My prayer is that others come along her side and help her see that our God can be trusted....that He is real. But as she said...."faith can be hard sometimes." I agree and that is why I toil, strive, remain, and run this race in student ministry. This is why our ministry is grounded in the truth of God's Word rather than making it look like a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse hour. There's times for everything. But nothing should ever replace God's Word to us and our time looking at it intently.
I pray you'll pray for these opportunities I listed above but more than that I hope you'll join me in prayer for this young lady and the many countless opportunities each of us have each day to speak Truth.
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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.