Photo Scavenger Hunt

Join us September 30th from 6:30-8:30pm at Concord Church for our annual Photo Scavenger Hunt. We’ll pile into vans to track down photo clues around South County. You don’t need to bring anything with you, just yourself and a camera phone if you want to take photos. The address for the church is 13775 Tesson Ferry Road, St. Louis, MO 63128. Look forward to seeing you there!

Questions? Contact Ben Wahlman, ben@concordlife.com or 314.843.3500 x263

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Weekly Recap

Welcome to our Weekly Recap! We want to equip students and parents to live out the Gospel. One way we thought we could do this better is by looking back on what we learned from Sunday and Wednesday. We also want to look ahead to next week’s teaching. This way you can prepare ahead of time and remember what God has taught us.

LOOKING BACK

SUNDAY
This Past Sunday we discussed “Memorization”. We started off in our groups looking at different passages that spoke on uses for memorizing the Bible. The uses we discussed are: Conformity to Christ, Triumph over Sin, Triumph over Temptation/Satan, Comfort for Those We Love, Communicating the Gospel to Unbelievers, Enjoyment of God, Making Wise Decisions, Comfort in Stress and Comfort in Sadness.  After that we looked at a fair amount of techniques to help us memorize the Bible. Our encouragement this week was to memorize two passages from their Bible reading plan. This Sunday we will share those passages they memorized.

WEDNESDAY
Last night we discussed “Listening to the Word”. We were planning on this being our talk for the coming Sunday but it fit better as a message than as small group questions. We learned that when we read the Bible we need to listen thoughtfully, thoroughly, repeatedly, patiently, imaginatively, meditatively and purposefully. The two we centered on were listening thoroughly and patiently. When we are thorough listeners we bombard the text with questions. When we are patient listeners we have to be patient with the text and with ourselves. As you read this week, think of how you can better listen to the text and what it is saying.

LOOKING AHEAD

SUNDAY
This Sunday we will talk about different “Bible Reading Strategies”. This will be our last small group session on this series. We want to finish off by equipping one another with different ways to read the Bible and keeping it fresh and new each time we read. As we get closer to Sunday morning be thinking of ways that you read through the Bible and study it so you can share that with your small group.

WEDNESDAY
Next Wednesday is our first invite night of the fall, “Photo Scavenger Hunt”! This is an opportunity for our students to invite their non-churched friends. We will have responsible drivers taking students all over the south county area to take photos of clues. At the end of the night we will award the winners and have a brief message sharing the Gospel. The night will be from 6:30-8:30pm. Be sure to be on time!

Weekly Recap

Welcome to our Weekly Recap! We want to equip students and parents to live out the Gospel. One way we thought we could do this better is by looking back on what we learned from Sunday and Wednesday. We also want to look ahead to next week’s teaching. This way you can prepare ahead of time and remember what God has taught us.

LOOKING BACK

SUNDAY
This Past Sunday we discussed “Meditation and Journaling” in our small groups. We looked at Psalm 1:1-3 as our main text. The major questions we answered were, how do we slow down enough to meditate on the words of God and how do we keep reminding ourselves of what re read throughout the day? After taking time to discuss we spent time meditating and journaling our thoughts on Romans 12:1-2. Remember this week to keep meditating on what you read in your devotionals!

WEDNESDAY
Last night we discussed “Cultural Awareness”. We used oversea trips to help us better understand the Bible. It is easy when we read the Bible to forget that we are going to a totally different culture, since it’s in English. We have to remember a few things as we read to ensure we are reading the Bible according. Here are the four main points, What do I See, What Does it Mean, How Does it Relate, and What Do I Do? As we read through the Bible we have to start from a simple observation of the biblical culture because it’s vastly different from ours. From there we can begin looking at the context to find out what it means. Then we can start looking for the timeless truths that we can apply to our lives today. As we mentioned last night, it takes time, be patient. Just like going oversea, there are so many things to take in, it’s overwhelming.

LOOKING AHEAD

SUNDAY
This Sunday we will talk about what it means to “Memorize” the Bible. We will look at various passages that emphasize the need to commit the scriptures to memory. We will also discuss different techniques that can help us memorize scripture. Click here to see the scriptures that we will look at Sunday morning.

WEDNESDAY
Next Wednesday we will talk about different Bible Reading Strategies. There’s never a one size fits all approach. We want to equip ourselves to read the Bible that is effective for one another. We also want to give some different methods that will hopefully give us a new look at reading the Bible and bring out different things we never noticed before.

Weekly Recap

Welcome to our Weekly Recap! We want to equip students and parents to live out the Gospel. One way we thought we could do this better is by looking back on what we learned from Sunday and Wednesday. We also want to look ahead to next week’s teaching. This way you can prepare ahead of time and remember what God has taught us.

LOOKING BACK

SUNDAY
This Past Sunday we started our new series, “How To Read The Bible.” We discussed the all-important question, “Why Read the Bible”. Our main points were “because its God’s primary way of talking with us” and “it’s the source of truth”. When we compared the Bible as God’s way of talking to us, if we aren’t reading it then we are basically that person in the relationship that never listens; no one wants to be that guy! As we talked about the Bible as the source of truth we looked at Psalm 119. We saw how it is useful in all areas of our lives. Most importantly, each small group started a Bible Reading Plan. Be sure to encourage one another in getting in that Bible Reading Plan!

WEDNESDAY
Last night we discussed “Why There Are So Many Translations.” We looked at how translations differ in how they translate word-for-word or thought-for-thought and to what degree. Here is a handy diagram of the different translations and where they fall on the spectrum. After discussing those we looked at the English language, because what use is an English translation if we don’t understand English anyway. The major points we wanted to focus on when reading through the Bible is look at the verbs that are used, are they imperative or passive? Look at what the Bible repeats, what is it trying to emphasize? Look at the connecting word (and, but, therefor, for, since, because), what thoughts are being connected together?

LOOKING AHEAD

SUNDAY
This Sunday we will talk about Meditation and Journaling. I encourage us to read over Psalm 1 this weekend as we prepare for our small groups. Meditation is the act of slowing down to stew over the Words of God.

WEDNESDAY
Next Wednesday we will talk about cultural awareness. There is an obvious difference in the culture of the Bible and our culture today. Our aim for this message is to help our students familiarize themselves with the culture of the Bible as they read through the text so they can better understand it. We will use the example of going to a new culture, it takes a long time to understand it, but overtime you begin to as you pay attention and learn.

Weekly Recap and What’s Next

We are trying something new today. We want to equip students and parents to live our the Gospel. One way we thought we could do this better is by giving you a weekly recap on what we learned from Sunday and Wednesday. We also want to give a look into what’s coming up in next week’s teaching. This way you can prepare ahead of time and remember what God has taught us.

RECAP

SUNDAY
Last Sunday we looked at the final piece of  our series “Who We Are”, “Make Your Faith KNOWN”. We talked about how the way we act in our relationships makes a huge difference in our ability to share the Gospel. We see this play out in Matthew 5:21-48. How are we submitting to proper authorities? How are we part of the greater ministry of the church? What are our relationships with our non-Christian friends, our parents, etc? We also discussed how we all have some influence among others. Are we using this influence to make His name known? We see this play out in Matthew 5:13-20. We want to be a people that are not ashamed of the Gospel. We want to be a people that can clearly articulate our faith and defend  it. We want to use our influence for His name and not our own.

WEDNESDAY
Last night we finished our series, “Who We Are”. We wanted to challenge ourselves to think about the world we live in and how it affects our relationship with God. Looking at Matthew 13:1-9 and 13:18-23 we saw Jesus’ parable of the sower. We wanted to challenge ourselves to think about what soil we are in. Are we on the Path, not having understanding of what the Gospel means for our lives? Are we on the Rocky Ground, not able to withstand the persecution of the world, whether physical or verbal? Are we in the thorns, being choked out by the cares of this world? My belief is that because of our culture around us we are surrounded by thorns, cares and things buying for our attention over God. Our prayer last night was that God would remove the rocks, remove the thorns and surround us with good soil as we look to Him.

LOOKING AHEAD

SUNDAY
This Sunday we are starting our new series “How To Read The Bible”. Our first topic will be to answer the most fundamental question, “Why Read the Bible?” We will look at Psalm 119 as our main text. I encourage all of us, especially students, to read Psalm 119 before Sunday to get a better grasp on what it has to say about what the Bible is good for. As you prepare for discussion begin thinking about why you think the Bible is important to a Christian’s life.

WEDNESDAY
Next Wednesday we will talk about translations. There are so many different options of translations we can read. We will talk through each of them and what their intent is behind their translation. We will talk about what is good to read at home, what is good to study and what is good to read while in church. We want to clear this up from the front so students can lock into something they feel comfortable reading throughout this series and beyond! (cue buzzlightyear).