Merge Recap 9/30

Last night we wrapped our look at the church with looking at 2 purposes of the church: Worship and Fellowship.

Acts 2:41-47 sets up all the aspects of the church and paints a great picture of how the church should function. It also serves as the backdrop for our night last night.

1) Worship (verses 42, 46)
Worship is done when we seek to encounter God for who He is and what He’s done.
Is more than just music style, but music does play a role

The preaching of God’s word is central to worship.

1 Corinthians 1:18-25 (If you have the time read to verse 31. we didn’t to cover this whole section of scripture, but there is a ton of truth pack in.)

I think you can see many similarities between the Greeks Paul mentions in the passage and the way in which Americans think today. While we have great technology and great knowledge, God chooses the ‘foolish’ thing of preaching to draw people to himself and save people. Preaching serves 2 purposes at the same time 1) speaking to those who need to be save and 2) strengthening, encouraging, and reminding us who have been saved.

While private worship is important to our spiritual health, collective worship is also important in the life of a believer.

2) Fellowship (verses 42, 44, 47)

I’m sure lots of things come to mind when you hear the word fellowship. But for our definition last night we used hanging out. Some takeaways are:

-done well over meals. There is just something about a meal that helps the conversation to keep flowing.
-it involves getting to know people and letting them get to know you
-building community. We cannot do life alone and we need others in our life to share in the good time, bad time, and in-between times. We also need people who love Jesus more than us and can call us out in times of sin and have permission to do so.

We looked at two discussion questions in smaller groups and then looked at them as the larger group.

1) How do you as a middle schooler become a better worshipper?
My ideas for this were very simple and mainly involve engaging in a worship service and not merely attend a service.
-Come to a service, stay awake in a service, take notes, sing, close your eyes during prayer.

We are seeing a trend among our families, that they are only spending 1 hour a week in church. So for some our students all they get is Sunday school on a Sunday and no worship experience. While the Sunday school is important so is going to worship. This is why for some of our students, being exposed to a service will help them to become a better worshipper right off the bat.

Speaking about getting involved in worship, we have several different options and service times to choose from. Here is how they are broken down: Traditional Service (Worship West) meets at 9:00am and 10:15. Our new modern service (Worship East) meets at 10:15 and 11:30.

2) How can you take your friendships to a deeper level?
Being intentional is a key to this one. We are finding among our students that most say they feel they have surface level friendships and that they don’t feel really known. Being intentional and vulnerable is how we go deeper in our relationships. I mentioned to the students that the goal is have 50 people like this, but one or two people they share life with.

These are two great conversations for you to have with your students. They can also serve as conversation starters. Alot of time I feel I need to have a prepared answer to a discussion question, when the students bring out more great talking points than I could have thought of. I hope that posting these recaps with help you and your students.

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