This week students led many aspects of the Sunday morning service. Pastor Neal spoke about the vision frame of student ministries including the mission, values, measures, and vision. Adolescence is marked by a great deal of change and often sets the trajectory for our lives. Coming alongside students at this time in their lives is critical for the spiritual survival!
Review: How quickly we forget the remarkable message of grace found only in Jesus Christ. Drawing from the stories of Esau, Lot, and Nebuchadnezzar we see that the pattern of this world demands our attention, redirecting our focus away from Jesus. If left alone this pattern results in a common drifting away from what is remarkable to that which is utterly unremarkable. Pastor Neal encourages us from Hebrews 12 to restore our focus on the One who is truly remarkable and to share this good news with those we love.
Barn raisings were common in rural America and involved the entire community. Those barns became the pride-and-joy of the entire community. However, through neglect and the effect of the elements the barns become piles of rubble left to be razed. Like those barns, without continuous investment a godly heritage will become a pile of rubble rather than a treasured possession.
This is Moses’ farewell address to the Israelites as they prepare to enter the Promised Land. At this point the Israelites are still wandering in the desert because they had disobeyed God and refused to enter the Promised Land because they were afraid of the powerful nations living in Canaan. Moses is now addressing the children of the parents who had rebelled against God 40 years earlier. In Deuteronomy 6, Moses lays out a clear and concise message to the nation of Israel of the proper priorities they should embrace: (1) God is always the highest priority (Vv. 4-5); (2) the role of the parents who love, follow & obey God are to invest those biblical principles, morals and ethics into their children (Vv.6-8); (3) the entire faith community is to participate in the discipleship of God’s people (Vv. 10-15).