Sunday Morning Recap 10.25.15

We had a middle school lock-in on Friday, Dan preached on blind Bartimaeus and on challenging the status quo, and our middle school small groups started a new series on who God is. Let's take a look at the weekend that was. 

This is what we talked about

Middle School Small Groups

Our teenagers have begun a new three-lesson series titled “Who Is God?” Each conversation focuses on foundational truths about God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

In this first lesson, we talked about how God the Father is loving and perfect. God cares for us more than any earthly father could, and he has created us to have a relationship with him. The Bible says God loves us more than we can fully understand. God never gets tired of loving us. God has always loved us and always will. There is nothing we can do to make God love us more—and there is nothing we can do that will cause God to love us less.

This week, I encourage you to spend a few minutes talking with your teenager about our lesson. Consider building your conversation around these questions:
•    What qualities would make someone the perfect human father or stepfather?
•    What is the relationship between the ability to trust someone and the ability to experience love from someone?
•    How has God the Father reminded you this week that he absolutely, positively loves you?

Thanks for all your prayers for our teenagers and our ministry. Have an amazing week!

High School Small Groups

We just finished our series focusing on four different questions Jesus asked in the Gospels. In this final lesson, we explored John 9:1-38, where Jesus healed a young man who was born blind. This miracle of Jesus actually created a measure of trouble for the young man as he was looked down upon by his friends, abandoned by his family, and kicked out of his religious community—all because his sight was restored!

The beautiful end of the story shows Jesus meeting him at a time of need and bringing things back into focus with an on-target question: “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” There’s a lot going on in this passage, but one truth is clear: Despite what’s happening in the lives of our students, Jesus wants to know if they believe in him.

This week, I encourage you to spend a few minutes talking with your teenager about our lesson. Consider building your conversation around these questions:
•    What has Jesus given you a vision to do or to be?
•    Do you ever struggle with your identity as a follower of Jesus?
•    What are some similarities between physical blindness and spiritual blindness? What are some differences?
•    What can we do as a family to make sure we’re constantly answering the question about whether we believe in Jesus?

Thanks for all your continued prayers for our students and our ministry. Have a blessed week!