This group is for teens (grades 7-12)
To create a fun environment where we develop fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ, take devoted followers deeper and equip them to disciple fellow youth.
We understand that a fun environment is key to gathering teens together. This environment occurs weekly at each gathering with games and fellowship among the youth. We will also hold monthly events and retreats that happen throughout the year. This environment however, is just the starting point. We want to have fun and yet have time where we can get serious and dive into scripture, allowing for us to grow spiritually. The lessons that are taught are designed to help the teens learn the Bible, understand its messages and allow for implementing in their own lives. Each lesson is also structured so that a new person can come in and understand the story being told and how to apply it to our lives. The ?deeper? part comes with the questions and challenges that are asked of the teens, opening a line of communication that allows the teens to ask questions, debate and really dig into the scriptures. Finally the youth has small in depth bible studies that will develop future leaders who can go out and seek fellow students.
??????????? Our vision is to create a place where the youth will feel safe, loved and able to speak openly about any struggles they are going through. We want to build our current youth to become leaders who can then lead other youth to Christ.
We want our youth to be the leaders of the youth group, leading fellow teens on the right path. Not too long ago it was the young adults 17-25 year olds who would ride on horseback preaching the gospel from town to town, starting new churches where ever they were that day.? Our vision is to have our teens with this same fire in their bellies that they would have such a burning for Christ, that they would want to preach the word to anyone who would listen.
Spiritual Disciplines?Lesson Summary
I encourage you to read through these disciplines and try them out. Find ones that work for you and stick to them.
It seems that we as humans were made to worship; everyone seems to worship someone or something
Ultimately, whatever it is we are devoted to will shape our lives. For most of us it is whatever the culture seems to be worshiping at that time, such as: fame, money, houses, and vacations.
Here are different ways one can worship God daily:
- Celebration: Celebrating God does not mean we have to feel happy, even in prison Paul still celebrated victory in Christ! The world is filled with too many reasons to feel bad, instead let us feel the Joy we have in God?We are never alone and that in its self is a reason to celebrate.
- Gratitude: We must be able to give thanks to God in any situation, even when things are looking bad there is always something to be thankful for. (Moses and the Israelites) We only complain because we want things done when and how we want. Each day we have the choice to be thankful or to be a complainer. Our day does not need to go perfect for us to be thankful.
- Rules for life: There are many commandments in the Bible that help us to live a holy life. We must also have rules implemented in our life that help us honor God, this in its self is an act of worship.
- Sabbath: Is a day of rest that was created for us by God, so that we would slow down and look at the beauty that is all around us and see his work. This is also a day for us to dwell within Gods word and reset our focus on him. (Matt 12:1-14)
Open Myself to God
If, being open and present to others doesn?t happen automatically, but, requires intention and desire. Then why would it be any different when it comes to God? .
- Contemplation: Instead of rushing through life and being busy all the time, we need to slow down and seek God through our daily lives. This is to say we must search for symbols and meanings, believing that God is in everything and always present. We just need to be open to seeing him.
- Examine: This is a time you would set a part and sit alone or with a someone and reflect on what God may be saying to you.
- Journaling: Is a way of paying attention to our lives and reflecting on our experiences. Over time repetitious themes, sins, compulsions, hopes and concerns emerge. The journal does not have to be perfect, it just needs to be a place for you to tell the truth to God and to yourself.
- Retreat: Is a time spent in solidarity with God. Bringing fourth perspective while strengthening and nourishing the soul. What?s, the difference between the types of retreats we have taken and this kind of retreat.
- Self- care: You must not allow ourselves to burnout. We must learn to say No, if we are someone who says yes to much. We need to respect our bodies for they are a temple for the Holy-spirit to dwell in.
- Simplicity: Matt 6:19-21 We don?t need all those things that the world tells us we need to live a happy life.
- Slowing: Sometimes our lives become to hectic and we are rushing from one place to another, and if not rushing, we are thinking about what else we have to do latter today, tomorrow or in the week that we forget to live in the now.
- Unplugging: Turning off technologies to have actual face to face time with people, gives us time to be away from the bombardment of emails and notifications that distract us. we are now able to have solitude and time with God.
Share your life with others
It is in the company of others where we learn to tell the truth about ourselves
- Accountability Partner: God created us be in relationship with him and with others. Accountability partner help us face the truth of who we are in Christ together you let your secrets out and focus on living a holy and responsible life.
- Community: Jesus teaches us that we are all a part of the family of God. It is within this family that we are to be the example of what true love and belonging looks like to the rest of the world.
- Covenant Groups: This is a type of small group that takes its participants to a deeper level. They are set up to be a closed group that can talk about lifestyles, priorities, goals and spiritual well-being. These are long term groups that can last a few years to a lifetime. These groups become a place where trust is built and where people encourage, help, support, challenge and pray for one another.
- Discipling: Making disciples is Gods given agenda to the church. Often a more mature Christian would disciple a younger on like Paul did with Timothy. The point is to help one grow in loving God with all their heart, soul, strength and mind. (MK 12:30-31)
- Hospitality: We have been welcomed into the love of Christ and we should mirror this image to the world. Hospitality is a way we can love our neighbor in the same way God has loved us. (Romans 15:7)
Hear God?s word
Scripture is the primary way the Holy Spirit opens us up to God. It also opens us up to truth and guidance.
- Bible Study: The Bible is God?s word to us. It is within the pages of the Bible that we discover who we are and who God is. When reading the Bible, ask these three questions. 1) What is speaking to me? 2) What new thought is coming to me? 3) What is the scripture moving me to do?
- Devotional Reading: Prepare your heart, read the word, meditate and read it again, pray and read it again, finally reflect on the word.
- Memorization: When we memorize something it seems to be deep within our minds and touch our very souls. Therefore is we memorize scripture we allow ourselves to be close to God and can pull out encouragement in a time of need.
Personified Love of Christ
We want to show others the life changing love God has to offer us! By showing love we express our faith.
- Compassion: We live in a competitive world with many suffering people who need to meet the compassion of Jesus. Jesus was compassionate to the outcast, He saw what others overlooked.
- Control of the Tongue: Words are small things that hold incredible power! They can be of love and war. James tells us that words can be like a flame and when used wrong they can burn down a forest. Yet, words can also build grand things!
- Humility: Jesus was God and yet he did not walk around screaming it, instead he humbly went to the cross for us.
- Stewardship: Nothing we have belongs to us, it belongs to God. Stewardship will reveal what is in your heart.
Opens us to have a dialogue with God.
- Centering Prayer: Is very similar to Eastern Meditation, you allow yourself to sit in a comfortable position; a way from distractions, eyes closed, and concentrated breathing. The difference here however, is we do not clear our minds completely; center them on God, reciting a small prayer or verse occasionally to re gain focus.
- Contemplative Prayer: No words are used. We just sit in dwell on God.
- Conversational Prayer: These prayers are not fancy or grand things. Instead they are simply and for the most part short prayers where you talk to God as if he is a friend.
- Community Prayer: This is prayer that is done in a group of people. This type of prayer is again not fancy nor is it organized. One person prays on something and when they are done some picks up the prayer and can either continue on the same subject or change subjects. Each prayer should be somewhat short.
- Fasting Prayer: Fasting helps open us up to intentionally seeking God?s will and grace in a way that goes beyond normal habits. We are allowing ourselves to give up a comfort to embrace God. Anytime we feel hungry we feed on the word of God to fill us.
- Fixed-Hour Prayer: This is a set time each day that is dedicated to prayer. This type of prayer started with the Jews and continued in the Christian community after Jesus?s death. This can be of great help to someone who may have a very busy life and therefore needs to have time separated from the day to pray.
- Memorized Prayer: These are prayers we may have learned from a church as a kid and they are still with us today. Most of these prayers are rooted in scripture and have been around for 2000 years, such as the Lord?s Prayer. These are good because they are not improvised and can be recited when needed.
Prayer Walking: This can just be for the person who can?t sit still or maybe you enjoy being in nature. You simply just walk around and pray. This can also be more deliberate, you can go to a place of concern and walk around the area praying for the place.