Hoedown | This Friday

Join us October 30th from 6:00-10:00pm at Concord Church for our annual Hoedown. We’ll have dinner, square dancing and plenty of games. Come in your Halloween costume (awards given to the most creative costumes). For food: boys bring chili, girls bring dessert. The address for the church is 13775 Tesson Ferry Road, St. Louis, MO 63128. Look forward to seeing you there!

Questions? Contact Ben Wahlman by emailing at ben@concordlife.com or calling 314.843.3500.

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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 how “Thomas Doubts”. The main point we wanted the students to walk away with is that there are times in our lives we will be skeptical of the supernatural. It is hard at times to have faith that Jesus truly did the miracles the Bible. The most crucial miracle that we have to believe is the resurrection. In 1 Corinthians 15:12-20 we are taught that our faith is meaningless and actually sinful if the resurrection is false. The beauty is that we can have great confidence through the many eye witnesses and accounts of the resurrection of Christ. May we continue to walk in this confidence of our risen Lord and Savior. We encouraged our students to check out This Reading Plan to take some of these questions a little deeper.

WEDNESDAY
Last night we discussed “Doubting God’s Promises”. We first looked at God’s promises and how we can know what they mean and how they apply to us. We looked at this article that gives some great insights.  Secondly, we looked at some reasons why we doubt God’s promises, they don’t happen immediate or how we want, we think the world has better things to offer and we as humans don’t make good examples of keeping promises. Lastly, we looked at the important question of how we know we can trust God. We know we can trust Him because it is in His character to be faithful as seen in these passages. We can also trust Him because He has a proven track record of always following through with every promise He has made.

LOOKING AHEAD

SUNDAY
This Sunday we will discuss how Abraham and Sarah Doubted God’s Promise for a Son. The beautiful thing is that God doesn’t respond by wiping them off the planet and starting over. Instead God encourages them and reminds them that He is going to use them exactly as He originally planned. This is such a great reminder that God will do what He plans to do, we only need to decide if we are on board. To prep, check out Genesis 12:1-3, Genesis 17:15-19, Genesis 18:10-15 and Mark 10:20-24. See you then!

WEDNESDAY
Next Wednesday we will NOT have our Evening Worship…because next Friday is our HOEDOWN!! The Hoedown is our invite night for the month of October. This is an event that is created for our students to intentionally invite their non-chuched friends. We will have games, dinner, and square dancing! We ask that boys bring chili, girls bring dessert and everyone comes in an appropriate costume! We will give out awards for the most creative costumes. Look forward to seeing them October 30th from 6-10pm.

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 was Serve St. Louis. Here is an excerpt from Pastor Rusty!

Wow! What a huge impact Serve St Louis had last weekend! From doing yard work to visiting nursing homes to tree trimming, you all poured out compassion and sacrifice on our community. I couldn’t be more proud of you.

We had more than 320 participants who formed 28 teams and served at 20 locations, and 10 other churches joined us on Sunday alone. We served lunch to 60 staff members at a local school, delivered 45 dozen donuts to 18 fire houses and police stations, prepared 300 boxes for Operation Christmas Child, made 26 blankets for a crisis nursery, and were a blessing in so many other ways.

WEDNESDAY
Last night we discussed “Doubting God in Trials”. Our goal for the evening was to answer the question, “How can a good God allow suffering?” We discussed how even though we can’t think of a reason for why bad things happen in the world doesn’t mean there isn’t a reason. We also discussed how suffering in the world doesn’t disprove God, in fact the very act of crying out for justice and fair play only proves the need and the reality of a God. To answer our main question we needed to look at the cross. To see how even though we don’t have answers to some of the hardships we go through in life, we have a God who is loving enough to step out of heaven to suffer an excruciating death apart from the Father for us. Not only that, but he promises us an eternal hope in Revelation 21:1-6. Not a hope that is a consolation to the goodness we experience on earth but one that is far greater than we could imagine!

LOOKING AHEAD

SUNDAY
This Sunday we will discuss how “Thomas Doubts.” We will look at how Thomas was skeptical of the resurrection as seen in John 20. We will discuss the skepticism we have as Christians over things God has done. We want to take a moment to walk through the most crucial belief in the Christian faith, the Resurrection of Christ. We know there are lots of theories of what probably happened and we want to talk through those together. I encourage students to check out the passage above and 1 Corinthians 15:12-20 as we prepare to discuss in our small groups.

WEDNESDAY
Next Wednesday we will discuss “Doubting God’s Promises.” We want this to follow up with what we discussed on Wednesday. If our eternal hope is what we look for as we deal with suffering and pain in this life, how can we know God will follow through? We will look at various passages in the Old and New Testament to show the validity of God’s trustworthiness and how we can be confident in His promises.

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 “John the Baptizer Doubts”. Our main text for the morning was Luke 7:18-23. What we noticed in this passage was that even though John had baptized Christ and had been the one that prepared the way for Christ, he doubted Jesus as the Messiah. The encouragement that we find is that Jesus responds graciously. We get a beautiful look into the heart of the Savior for His people, look at Luke 7:24-30. As we continue in this series we encourage students to think through their doubts and bring them before Jesus, allowing Him to walk through them with us.

WEDNESDAY
Last night we discussed “Doubting God’s Existence”. We wanted to look at the source of why we doubt God. Our three main observations were Cultural Pressures, Feeling of Distance, and Selfish Desires. We all know that our culture can push down on us, but we find encouragement from Christ in Matthew 5:11-12, knowing that we are actually blessed when we are persecuted. We can feel that God is Distant because we don’t feel him there but James 1:12-18 gives us encouragement that He is always by our side even when He seems quiet. Often our Selfish Desires get in the way and we purposefully push God out of our lives because we want what we want. Romans 1:18-23 speaks straight into the heart of this thinking. We encourage everyone to take a moment to read Psalm 145 and Job 38-41 to see what God has to say about Himself and who He is. We also encourage everyone to take a moment and soak in the world around and ask, do I really think this could have come about by accident?

LOOKING AHEAD

SUNDAY
This Sunday is Serve St. Louis! We will NOT have small groups as usual. Instead we encourage students to serve alongside their parents at the various projects. If you don’t know where to serve and want to know more click here for all the listings! You can set the host to Concord Church to see what our church is doing.

WEDNESDAY
Next Wednesday we will discuss “Doubting God in Trials”. Our goal for this sermon is to talk about how we doubt God’s goodness in the midst of trial and suffering. Sometimes the trials and sufferings may not be our own but from what we observe around the world (i.e. hunger, natural disasters, etc). The big question we will seek to answer is, “How can a good God allow people to suffer?” See you then!

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 “Bible Reading Strategies”. We looked over some different ideas that will help change the way we read the Bible. The different strategies we looked at were, “Listening to Audio Bibles”, “Reading a Book in One Sitting“, “Reading Without Chapters or Verses”, and “Praying for a Desire to Be in God’s Word”. We also asked the leaders to add in any they thought useful. I know in my small group we are listening to 1 John on audio once this week and reading it in one sitting. I encourage each of us to try reading a book of the Bible or listening to a book of the Bible this week.

WEDNESDAY
Last night we had our Photo Scavenger Hunt. This was a HUGE success! We had 52 students show up and 15 of those were first-time guests that our students invited! Awesome job students! We had an awesome time driving all over South County. I hope your friends that came asked you questions about our church or about God. I hope that you will continue to talk with them about who God is and what He means in your life! Hope to see them and you again next Wednesday!

LOOKING AHEAD

SUNDAY
This Sunday we start our new series “Doubting God”. During this series we want to work through our doubts in our faith. As we read through the Bible we see multiple people who struggled with doubts to some degree or another. What we want to remind ourselves during this series is that we all have doubts and there is nothing wrong with that. What is good about doubts is they can force us to draw nearer to God in His Word. This Sunday we are going to look at the Doubts of John the Baptizer in Luke 7:18-23.

WEDNESDAY
Next Wednesday we will talk about “Doubting God Exists”. I think this is one of the biggest doubts we need to address. In our culture there is a constant stream of people throwing doubts into whether or not God is real. This Wednesday we will take a look at Romans 1:18-23. I encourage all of our students to bring their friends, especially those that they invited to the Photo Scavenger Hunt.