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.
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.
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!
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.
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.