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
Last Sunday we looked at “Christmas According To The Old Testament”. We discussed the expectations we have of the Messiah. In Scripture we can see the expectations that Israel had for the Messiah and we can see how Jesus, though He fulfilled them, looked a little bit different. We spent the majority of our morning discussing the different expectations we have about who Christ is. We hope that students will feel challenged to know Jesus for who He truly is and not just for who they think or want Him to be.

SUNDAY/WEDNESDAY NIGHTS
Sunday and Wednesday Night were our annual High School and Middle School Christmas Parties! These were a total blast and a huge success! Our students had tons of fun throughout the night and many brought their friends to hear about the truth of Christmas. Be sure to check back here tomorrow for pictures!

LOOKING AHEAD

SUNDAY
This Sunday is our last meeting of the year! We will discuss “Christmas According To Reality.” The main question we will wrestle with is “What does ‘God with us’ mean?” We will look at a few ideas in our small groups but we hope to hear more from you. I encourage everyone to check out Hebrews 4:15 as we prepare for our time together.

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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
Last Sunday we looked at “Christmas According To Culture.”We looked at three different aspects of our culture and Christmas: Christmas Trees, Gift-giving, and Santa Claus. We saw that Christmas trees were called Paradise Trees during the Middle Ages. They were to signify Adam and Eve in the garden and how that correlates with the birth of Christ. I love this picture that perfectly paints this thought. Second, we saw how gift-giving correlates with the wise men and how Christ freely gave Himself. Lastly, we looked at Santa Claus and how it originally represented Saint Nicholas who was known for his generosity in the 4th Century. We hope that when we see these icons in our culture we will see the Christmas story in them and not something to be taken granted.

WEDNESDAY
Last Night we discussed “Christmas According To Carols.” We sang and discussed the meaning behind four different Christmas Carol: Joy to the World, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, O Holy Night and Go Tell it On the Mountain. We know that Christmas Carols can often sound mundane and unspiritual but our hope is that during this season we can hear them in a new light. I pray that these will help us reflect on the Christmas story.

LOOKING AHEAD

SUNDAY
This Sunday we will look at “Christmas According To The Old Testament.”As we gaze into the Old Testament Prophecies we get a glimpse of the Messiah to come. Often glimpses can lead us to preconceived notions that aren’t necessarily true. We will see how Israel had some misguided expectations of who the Messiah would be. More importantly, we will look into our own hearts and ways that we have misguided expectations of who Jesus was and is. I encourage you to check out these passages before small groups Sunday!

SUNDAY/WEDNESDAY EVENINGS
Next Sunday and Wednesday Evening are our Christmas Parties! The High School Christmas Party is on Sunday Evening from 6-9pm. The Middle School Christmas Party is on Wednesday Evening from 6-9pm. We will provide pizza and ask students with last names A-L bring a side dish and M-Z bring a dessert. We will also have a white elephant gift exchange at both so be sure to bring one! Look forward to seeing 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
Last Sunday we looked at “How Do I Make God’s Will My Will?” The concept behind this small group discussion was to discuss the root of our desires. When it comes to making God’s will our will it always comes back to the heart. Our genuine love for God will always drive us toward His will. We see this manifested in the story of the Rich Young Man. We encourage one another that the most important thing we can do is grow in our affections toward God. We encouraged each other to trust God, lean into His goodness, reflect on His faithfulness, and celebrate His unconditional love to begin that process.

WEDNESDAY
Last Night we finished our series “Our Will vs. God’s Will”. We talked about “God, when can I…?” This question often reveals our desire to deviate from the plan God has for us. Our main text for the night was Matthew 16:21-23. We looked at verse 21 to see Jesus’ plan to suffer for our behalf. Then we looked at Peter’s rebuke and Jesus’ response in verses 22-23. I think Jesus’ words clearly sum up what we wanted the students to walk away with, “you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” We hope that as we make plans and decisions in our lives we will always base them on the things of God (eternal) and not man (temporal).

LOOKING AHEAD

SUNDAY
This Sunday we will start our new series “Christmas According To…” We will look at “Christmas according to Culture.” We will take a look at three different aspects of culture around us and where they come from; Christmas tress, gift-giving and Santa Claus. Our goal for this small group session is to help us see how these different aspects can actually draw us closer to the Biblical narrative.

WEDNESDAY
Next Wednesday we will look at “Christmas According To…Carols”. We will look at a few different Christmas carols and the meaning behind them. We hope that this will give us a greater sense of worship during the Christmas season.