Merge Recap-True Story

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Series: True Story (week 1 of 2)
Message in a Sentence: We all have a story of how Christ saved us and what he is doing in our lives now.
Main Scripture: Galatians 6:9-17

There is something very special about a good story that draws us in. Whether it’s a book, TV show, movie, or even a song, we love a good story.

For this series we will be talking about our faith story or our testimony. If we have accepted Christ, we have a story. We are no longer who we were, Christ has come and made us into something new. And as growing Christ followers, He should be teaching us new things about Him and our relationship with Him. All of this makes up our testimony.

I wanted to encourage students in several ways.

1) That people they go to school with generally know if they are a Christian or not and they are watching to see what Christian acts like.
2) Wanting to be a witness is not something we natural want to do. We are constantly battling our sin nature, and our sin nature doesn’t want to put Christ on display, but as Christians that is what we are called to.
3) We need to keep our focus on Christ. He is the one who starts and finishes our salvation.
4) Have conversations about what God is doing in our lives can be as easy as any other conversation we can have.

I used Dnow as an example. God did something special last weekend in the lives of our students. From the Bible study times, to the worship times, and everything in between-God was working. It’s been great to listen to students talk about last weekend.

Students can use what happened last weekend to talk about what God is doing in their lives. It provides an easy opportunity for students to talk about their faith. And that’s the whole goal of the series.

Parents: I want to encourage you to find a time to share to story of how you came to Christ with your student. It’s a cool thing to know that God is working in the lives of your parents.


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Seres: Promise Maker, Promise Keeper (week 3 of 4)
Message in a Sentence: All of God’s promises are fulfilled in Christ.
Main Scriptures: Acts 17:17-23, 26-33, 38-39

At the beginning of this series I knew for this specific week I want to have a guest speaker. The reason behind this was because we talked about the promise that was fulfilled in Christ. This is the most important message in the series since it talked about Christ being the Son of God, how he died for our sin, and rose again.

Students have heard me talk about this before and sometimes bringing in another voice who brings the same message, but in a different way, can help students make a connection with Christ.

This week I brought in one of our former college students and someone who is considering full time ministry, Travis Teague. He has also done some speaking at Fall Retreat last year.

Travis did a great job presenting the promise of Christ from Acts 13. He also brought out 7 points out of this passage to help see God’s promise in Christ.

1) God is faithful even in our disobedience 
2) God’s promises are fulfilled in His ways and His time
3) God makes His promises for our good and His glory
4) All of God’s promises are fulfilled in Christ
5) God promised Jesus would come, be broken, and be killed
6) God promised Jesus would be raised and seated at God’s right hand
7) The promised of God rest on His grace

All of these points are illustrated in the main passage.

Travis also set up a promise that is made to us when we receive Christ: This is the promise that he made to us–eternal life. 1 John 2:25
With that eternal life come forgiveness of sin and the opportunity to be with Christ forever! What a great promise that God makes to us through Christ.

We encouraged students to accept Christ if they haven’t yet or to find comfort in that promise that they have if they have accepted Christ.

As everyone left we handed our cards that had different links for smartphone wallpapers. I’m excited for these because they provide a reminder of God’s promises to our student and can be a conversation piece for their friends who might not know Christ.

I want encourage you to download them for you smartphone or tablet.

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Sunday night we had what I’m calling an Ask Me Night. For two weeks I’d been talking with students and providing cards for them to write me questions on any topic. I also threw it out on social media. I took all the questions and we made a night of it.

One of the main reasons for doing this was so that our students would get to know me better. They asked questions about me now, me in middle school and high school, and some really off the wall stuff. It also allowed them to ask specific question about our faith that they may not have asked otherwise.

The one question that I really spent time a lot of time with was If Jesus was Jewish and we are supposed to model our lives like His, why are we not Jewish?

This is a great question that I myself have never thought about and was really fun to figure out the answer. So today I’ll unpack it here on the blog.

There are 2 uses for Jew
1) Ethnically
2) Religiously

I think we all understand that there is a race of people who are Jewish. The heart of our question is rooted in the religion side.

God through Abraham started the Jewish people. Genesis 12:1-3

Jesus came and completed the Jewish religion because He was the Messiah, the one the prophets had foretold about.

God promised Abraham that through his family line the nations would be blessed. In Matthew 1:1-17, we see how Jesus is connected to Abraham and David, just like was promised.

The Jewish faith in 2014 is still waiting for the promised Messiah. We as Christians believe that Jesus is that promised Messiah and has come died for our sin and be raised again.

We also believe that Jesus is bigger than any one race and came for all mankind. Romans 1:16 tells us that God revealed His Son Jesus first to the Jews then to Gentiles, proving that He has come for all mankind.

Some great further reading is Romans 2:28-29, all of Romans 4, and Galatians 3:6-14

Sunday night was a fun night that had a really good laid back feeling. I think our students really enjoyed the feel and getting the chance to be heard.