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 started our new series “No Strings Attached.” On Sunday we introduced the subject. The main idea during our time was how there is so much pain and hurt in relationships because of sin and brokenness. What we want our students to know is that if they start guarding their heart now from unneeded pain, they can enjoy the blessing of marriage and relationships in the future and even today! As they guard their heart now, they won’t have to live with guilt later in life. Proverbs 4:23 is our main text throughout this series.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT
Last night we looked at the subject of boyfriends and girlfriends. Our key thoughts for girls were “Singleness is a gift” and “Guard your heart“. Our key thoughts from the guys were “Be a leader in the relationship” and “Get a circle of people to walk alongside you“. If you would like to see the outline for the message you can click here. We know that in our day in age these key thoughts for both the guys and the girls are so important for them to keep themselves from living in guilt. We hope all of us will make a commitment to follow and trust God’s good plan for sexuality.

LOOKING AHEAD

SUNDAY
This Sunday we will discuss “Boyfriends and Girlfriends” in our small groups. This will give us the opportunity to respond and connect on the material from Wednesday night. If our students weren’t in attendance on Wednesday, that’s okay they will be able to learn and contribute the same. We have added a section for the morning discussion on why we date in the first place. Hopefully this will be a good opportunity for us to think on how our relationships can honor God.

WEDNESDAY
Next Wednesday we will get into some of the more mature subjects of our series. We will split up the guys and the girls during this time. The guys will talk about pornography and the dangerous effects it has on their expectations and behavior. The girls will talk about modesty and the skewed message “50 Shades of Grey” and “Magic Mike” sell to girls. Whether its the message that a girl can somehow change a bad boy to be good or should be totally free with her sexuality. We hope that these message help clarify thoughts in the minds of our students and let them know that the Bible does have good things to say on these subjects.

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.

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

WEDNESDAY
Last Wednesday we talked about “God, will you…?” The main point of the message was to take a look at our prayer lives and see how they are surrendered to God’s will. We looked at three things that helped us answer that question, What are we praying for, Is God listening, and What are we to pray for? We looked first at the heart of our prayers, why do we pray what we pray? Then we needed to answer the question, do our prayers even matter? Lastly, we wanted to discuss the importance of our attitude when we pray. We looked at the humility of Christ the night he was betrayed as he prayed, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” We left with the challenge, hand over to God the things that we are holding on to.

SUNDAY
Last Sunday we talked about “What Do I Ask God?” Again we looked at our prayer lives and how they match up with God’s will. We began by answering how we ask things according to God’s will. We then talked about the hardship of waiting. Often times we think something isn’t according to God’s will because He hasn’t answered it yet, but God is telling us to wait or is saying no. We finished with the encouragement found in Isaiah 25:6-9 to fix our eyes on the eternal rather than the temporal.

LOOKING AHEAD

TONIGHT
Tonight we have our church-wide Thanksgiving Service at 6:30pm in the Atrium. We will worship God, share things we are thankful for, hear a devotional from Pastor Rusty and commission our new deacons. At the end of the night there will be a dessert reception (so everyone has something to be thankful for). This will take place of our regular Wednesday night activities, so there is no evening worship this week.

SUNDAY
Next Sunday we have small groups at 11am. You might be wondering why we are meeting when everything else is cancelled. There was a last minute decision to cancel classes, we decided to keep CSM for Sunday morning since we planned our series to go through November 29th. We know it will be a low Sunday but look forward to seeing any that can make it! We will finish our series, “Our Will vs. God’s Will” by talking about “How Do We Make God’s Will our Will?” We encourage everyone to read Matthew 18:1-4, Romans 12:9 and Matthew 19:16-22 to prepare their hearts! 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 introduced our new series “Our Will vs. God’s Will”. During this series we want to dialogue “What is God’s Will for My Life.” We want to understand God’s Will for our lives and how to follow it. The two main texts we looked at on Sunday were Matthew 28:18-20 to make disciples and 1 Thessalonians 4:1-7 to be sanctified. The discussion then revolved around where do we need to surrender things in our lives to God’s Will.

WEDNESDAY
Last night we discussed “God, Can I…?”This is a common question that we have for God. It sounds a little like, God can I hang out with these friends, can I cuss, can I watch this type of movie, can I work at this job, etc. What we discussed was how we can filter these questions through a series of three pointed questions, “Is this drawing me closer to Christ“, “Is this making me more like Christ“, and “Is this showing the goodness of God“? As we are honest with ourselves and our motives we will begin to loosen our grip on our worldly desires and draw closer to Christ and His will for our lives.

LOOKING AHEAD

SUNDAY
This Sunday we will discuss “What is God’s Will for my Public and Private Life.” Our desire is to dialogue about how different our lives at school, church, work, home and alone look different. Is that biblical for our lives for this all to be segmented? Is it good for us to live different lives? As we prepare for our time in small groups check out Romans 12:9-21, Matthew 6:2-18 and Psalm 139:1-6, 23-24.

WEDNESDAY
Next Wednesday we are having a Q&A with Pastor Rusty! This is an opportunity for us to ask Rusty any questions about faith that we have. We will also have a chance to share ideas with Rusty on how we can reach youth in our church. This will happen during our regular time 6:30-8pm in the Rafters.

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.