4.30.14 Recap

Hello Parents,

Upcoming Events:

Pickerel Lake Bible Camp

  • Middle School Camp -  7/27-8/1
    High School Camp  6/22 - 6/27
    $75 for the week and optional Camp T-Shirt for an extra $10
    Attached is Registration Form for BOTH MS & HS Camps

Recap:

Middle School Foundations

Scripture: Luke 5:27-32

Theme: A Big Dinner for Sinners

Levi was a hated guy. He was a tax collector and cheated people out of their money. Levi would then pay Roman soldiers a cut of this cheated money so that they would protect him. One day Jesus asked Levi to come and follow him. Levi dropped everything and followed. Then Levi had Jesus over for dinner so that all of his friends could here what Jesus had to say. This made all of the religious people extremely angry. You can just about hear them say, "What is Jesus doing with all of these losers?". "Doesn't he know that these people are going to infect him." "How can he even call himself religious?". But Jesus responds with truth but also with respect. He says "“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” This is the amazing new that Levi heard. And this is exactly what Levi wanted everyone else to hear. That God has come to move you from imperfection to perfectness, from sinner to saint, from sick to healthy, from prisoner to free person. 

Questions/Discussion topics

  • Who is someone you want to know about the freedom Jesus gives?
  • What is the best way to befriend someone who has different beliefs/ideas from you?
  • If someone believes something differently than us, are we simply supposed to ignore the topic with them?
  • How would you continue a friendship with someone you know disagrees with your faith?
  • Should you ever change what you believe because of other people?


High School Dig

Scripture: Luke 1:26-55

Theme: Mary

This is a story we have hard a million times during the Christmas season, but this isn't simply a Christmas story. Its a story of God and His faithfulness. It's also a story about how we can say yes to God's mission for us. Mary is visited by an angel of the Lord and told that she is highly favored. This might have seemed very strange to Mary because of the mission that God was giving her. She literally would be trusting God with her life since her culture stoned those who were caught in adultery. It might have been very hard for Mary to feel favored in that exact moment. And it might be difficult for us to feel favored when we are serving God and experiencing the hardships that can come along with His mission. But God wants us to experience the sweet taste of victory. He knows we can do all things with Jesus and even though things get tough He favors us when we are living His will because we will experience victory. The angel continues to tell Mary she is favored, but Mary is a bit freaked out. And this is okay. It is okay if we freak out a bit when we find out what God's mission for us is. But Mary doesn't let her fear consumer her. Its okay to be scared, its not okay to let that fear control us. Then Mary asks the angel how this all is going to work. IT IS ALWAYS OKAY TO ASK GOD HOW TO FULFILL HIS MISSION. When we ask how, we are trusting God and putting our faith in Him as our source of help and abilities. When we ask why me, then we are only trusting in ourselves and our own capabilities. Mary then says yes to God's mission, we don't see this verbally but her actions show her taking this on with a servant attitude, putting the focus completely on God. Mary then runs to tell her cousin Elizabeth. This is a step we often miss when we accept God's mission. Telling another person who is also living for God's glory allows us to be encouraged and to encourage them. What an amazing experience that must have been for Mary to hear encouragement from Elizabeth. And Elizabeth praises Mary. Not for Mary's ability to be pregnant, but for her faithfulness to God. Our success as followers of Christ is never in quantifiable data, but in our faithfulness to God. 

So what about us? What is God's mission for you? Here are three things I see for you:

 God’s mission for you is to let the world see Christ in you. Mary’s mission was to carry Christ inside of her. God used her ability to do that to bring Jesus into the world and accomplish his plan for all of us. God has shown me that  he has a mission like that for you. To show Jesus to the world by letting everyone see him in you. Here is God’s word that shows me this from Colossians 1:27. “God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

 Another mission for you is to use what he’s given you to serve other Christians.  Several passages in the Bible tell us that every Christian is given at least one very powerful gift from God to use specifically to serve other believers. It says so in 1 Corinthians 12.

 God’s mission for you is to be kind to everyone. Ephesians 4:32 says to be kind and compassionate. Sound like a dumb mission? Well it’s not. Its super tough. How well does this happen now? But it’s such an important mission. 

      Discussion Topics/Questions

  •         What are some missions that you know are revealed in God's world?
  •         What are some specific things that you feel God is calling you to right now?
  •         Who is someone you could go to to be encouraged by?
  •         Is fear holding you back from following God's mission for you right now? If so what           are you fearful of? Will you repent of that fear?

      Grace and Peace,

       Kyle