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3/1/2014 by Rachel Foss
Is Hell Real and Necessary?
Luke 16:19-31, Exodus 9:13-17, Romans 10:11-17
Lesson 9 Summary:The reality of hell presents us with at least a few options. We can deny the Bible's teaching on the subject - in this way we outright deny what Jesus affirms to be true. A second option is that we ignore it, choosing to affirm it in our ...
2/22/2014 by Rachel Foss
Why Do We Suffer?
James 1:2-4, Job 1:20-22, 2 Corinthians 1:3-7
Lesson 8 Summary:As the church, we are to help demonstrate the love that we have been shown in Christ to a world that is deeply hurting. We demonstrate the proven love of God when we weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice. Along the way, we continue ...
2/15/2014 by Rachel Foss
Is God Good?
Deuteronomy 7:1-5, Matthew 15:21-28
Lesson 7 Summary:The ultimate answer to the question "Is God good?" must necessarily resolve in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Yes, God is good. And not just good - He's great! death defeated, sin crucified, God is in the process of reversing the effects of the fall.
2/8/2014 by Rachel Foss
Does Life Have Meaning Without God?
Ecclesiastes 3:16-20, 4:1-3, 1 Corinthians 15:12-19
Lesson 6 Summary:Ideas have consequences! According to an athesitic worldview, there is no ultimate meaning or value to life and people are merely seen as collections of atoms in a vast universe that displays pitiless indifference to what happens to...
2/1/2014 by Rachel Foss
Christianity Among the Religions
Lesson 5 Summary:
Most world religions understand and teach that something has gone wrong with the world, and they all claim to have a path back towards fixing it and coming to a right standing with God. In Islam, one can submit to the five pillars of faith in hopes that the balance of their...
1/25/2014 by Rachel Foss
Can We Trust the Bible?
Matthew 1:1-18, Luke 2:1-3, 3:23-38
Lesson 4 Summary:
Trusting the truthfulness of the Scripture is first a matter of trusting that God is there and He is not silent. While we may stumble over certain things we read, we humbly seek to understand what is being said because we believe it comes from God Himself and...
1/20/2014 by Benjamin Webb
1 Chronicles 29
On January 22nd the youth will learn about the self-sufficient God who possesses “intrinsically and eternally every quality in infinite measure.”(1) God delights to share with his beloved His infinite abundance of everything good to result in the praise of His glorious grace. We will be reading from 1 Chronicles 29:10-18,...
1/18/2014 by Rachel Foss
How Did We Get the Bible?
2 Timothy 3:16-17
Lesson 3 Summary:
It is important to know not only what you believe but why you believe it. When it comes to how the Bible came to us, we can be confident that inspiration, canonization, and preservation were some of the main tools that God used in bringing to us a true text that faithfully...
1/15/2014 by Benjamin Webb
This week we are learning how God encouraged the Post-Exile Israelites with an example of genuine repentance from undercover sins and the hope of deliverance. In this week’s passage, 1 Chronicles 21, King David trusted in his prosperity (multiplied troops) for His security...
1/11/2014 by Rachel Foss
Man-Centered Vs. God-Centered Living
Exodus 33:19-23, 34:5-9, 2 Corinthians 3:12-18
Lesson 2 Summary:
The glory of God isn't just an idea in a book on the shelf. It matters on Tuesday morning when you are listening to your teacher or taking a test. It matters when you are playing video games or watching a movie with friends. In...
1/7/2014 by Benjamin Webb
This week we are doing an introduction to the book of 1 Chronicles. The challenging and encouraging message of 1 Chronicles is very applicable to us today, just as it was to the Israelites facing a hard circumstances after their return from exile in Babylon. They...
1/4/2014 by Rachel Foss
Lesson 1 Summary:
In short, worldview matters for the life of the Christian. By better understanding what the Christian worldview encompasses, we are not only made more aware of our own beliefs and the reasons we have them, but also the beliefs of others. In understanding our beliefs as well as the...
10/22/2013 by Benjamin Webb
This week the youth are looking at the example of Jeroboam in 1 Kings 11-14. The main idea is that God is worthy of our love, trust, and uncompromising obedience. In Jeroboam's life we see the pitfall of pragmatism-which is a general life practice doing whatever appears to work to achieve your end goal. This is dangerous because often
10/2/2013 by Benjamin Webb
This week in youth group we are learning about God’s wisdom. In the life of Solomon we see an example of wisdom that is “beyond measure” (1 Kings 4:29-34). Yet even Solomon’s wisdom pales in comparison to the great source of all wisdom, God...