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.
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.
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.
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.
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).