Acts: The explosive story of the Church

Acts: The explosive story of the Church

Resonate kicked off this semester by diving in the book of Acts. Each week we have been looking at the early church and the explosion of the Gospel that occurred.  Acts 1 8

Week 1 we looked at the mission that Jesus gave His disciples found in Acts 1:8, “Be my witnesses in Jerusalem, all of Judea, and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Jesus not only gives us that mission but He gives us the power to do it through the Holy Spirit.Acts two sides to the cross

Week 2 was an investigation of Peter’s 1st sermon.  Peter gets straight to the point.  Our sin crucified Jesus.  A greater awareness of the Gospel starts with a greater awareness of our sin. We can’t fully understand the magnitude of God’s grace until we understand the magnitude of our own sin and the fact that it killed the Son of God.  We killed the one who came to rescue us.  Peter closes his sermon with a call to repentance and over 3,000 were add to the church that day.Acts measure of belief

Last night we looked at how our life parallels the life of the lame beggar in chapter 3. He was physically broken. We are spiritually broken.  We both look to the world to meet our needs, but they never do and never will satisfy. He was healed in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene. Jesus offers us spiritual healing through a relationship with Him by grace through faith. (Eph. 2:8-9) His life pointed people to Jesus. Our lives are to point people to Jesus.

Pray for our students and leaders as we walk through the book of Acts. It is our prayer that we would see an explosion of the Gospel in our community and around the world.

Smart Money Smart Kids

Begins Thursday, August 27 through Oct 1st from 6:00-7:00pm in Room D103
Led by Jeff & Stacie Richard
Cost $60

Check out this great resource for parents to help them navigate issues of money and teenagers.  Don’t wait to figure out how to tackle these issues, learn now.  I highly recommend this class to parents as they either prepare or are in the midst of these financial challenges.

In Smart Money Smart Kids, financial expert Dave Ramsey and his daughter Rachel Cruze equip parents to teach their children how to manage money. Starting with the basics like working, spending, saving, and giving, then moving into more challenging issues like avoiding debt, paying cash for college, and battling discontentment, Dave and Rachel present a no-nonsense, commonsense approach. You’ll learn how to build your kid’s character and give them a solid understanding of how money works and how to make wise decisions.

My Favorite Verse

My favorite verse titleWe are starting a new series this Wednesday called, “My Favorite Verse.” While we may not all have a favorite verse, we all have many favorite things. Here’s what I need from you:

Submit a 10-15 second video saying one of your favorite things from the list. Feel free to be as creative as you want and to submit more than one. Choose from the list below.

Due by midnight tomorrow night! That’s Tuesday, April 28. Video should be shot from your iPhone and submitted via text message to Patrick @ 270.293.2462.

  • Favorite team
  • Favorite drink
  • Favorite candy bar
  • Favorite sport
  • Favorite instrument to play
  • Favorite song
  • Favorite activity
  • Favorite book
  • Favorite movie
  • Favorite food
  • Favorite (your choice)

I’ll be compiling all of these videos to make one big video to show on Wednesday night. Those who participate will be entered into a drawing to win a prize pack worth over $50! An award will also be given out to the most creative. Each video increases your chance to win! I must receive a minimum of 15 videos from the group for the contest to be on. Get together with friends and submit a group video. Each person in the video will be entered to win!

Get those videos coming!

Stay Connect via Text message

“Remind” is a web-based app that teachers use to communicate via text to students and parents. We’ve created multiple groups that you sign up for by simply sending a text message to the number (270) 505-4294. See chart for the group lists. Everyone should sign-up for at least 3 groups.

Groups text this message to (270) 505-4294
Lone Oak FBC Student Ministry @lofbc1
High School Students @resonate1
Middle School Students @amplify1
Parents of High School Students @hsparent1
Parents of Middle School Students @msparent1
Lone Oak FBC Parents @lofbcp
Lone Oak FBC Students @lofbcs

You can unsubscribe anytime by simply texting “unsubscribe” to the same number.

We can’t wait to see what God does through the students at Lone Oak FBC!

Wanting God’s Best for Your Teenager

Abby and I are first time parents with two incredible boys.  They are now approaching 3 years old.  We are just like most Christian parents in that we want to express God’s love to our children as early and as often as possible.  We read the Story Book Bible to them at bedtime.  We pray before meals.  We take them to Sunday school.  We are doing our best at figuring this out as we go. Not perfectly, but intentionally.

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

Matthew 7:7-11

We all love to give gifts to our children and the knowledge of Christ is the greatest gift of all.  The idea that God loves my children more than me and wants to give better gifts than I do, blows my mind.  The love for your child is an incredible thing.  And think, God loves them more.

So what is our role in spiritual discipleship for our kids?

The full scope of that question cannot be answered within a single post, blog, or even a single book.  Ultimately, I think it starts with being intentional.  Not perfectly, but intentionally. Intentionally sharing the Gospel with your children.  Intentionally reading and pointing them to God’s Word. Intentionally praying with them. Intentionally taking them to church.  Intentionally talking to them about their relationship with God. And intentionally being a living example of the Grace we have received.

Orange is a ministry philosophy that focuses on ministering to the family as a whole.  In student and children’s ministry, that means spending as much if not more attention on parents.  This is not a new philosophy, but Orange has done a very good job of packaging, communicating the essentials of this philosophy, and providing resources.  Below I have highlighted a post from Orange Leaders that I think helps at attacking the question of our role in spiritual discipleship for our kids.

They’ve given seven steps for use to pass on to parents about how to desire God’s best for the inhabitants of their homes.

1. Establish who’s the king of the castle!

2. Parents set the example; it starts with you!

3. Your home should be a place of learning God things!

4. Keep your marriage strong.

5. Be willing to parent each of your children differently.

6. Have fun as a family.

7. Make church, small group, youth group, and serving a priority.

For more on each of these check out the full article below.

Wanting God’s Best for Your Children

©2012 Jim Wideman Ministries Inc

Wanting God’s Best for Your Children

Psalm 112:1-8 (NIV) tells us: “Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, 
who finds great delight in his commands. His children will be mighty in the land; 
the generation of the upright will be blessed. . . . Surely he will never be shaken; a righteous man will be remembered forever. 
He will have no fear of bad news; 
 his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD. 
His heart is secure, he will have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph on his foes.”

This is hard to walk out as a parent, let alone lead other parents to walk this out for their families. The world can be a cruel place, it can be an unsure place. This is our time but they are hard and troubling times for the church.

A large percentage of Americans believe it will get worse before it gets better. When you look at what’s happening in the news, on TV and even in the church it’s pretty scary out there but it’s times like these that makes us ask the big question: Do you really believe and practice what you teach and preach? As for me, I BELIEVE THE BIBLE!

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The Heart Speaks

The Heart Speaks

Last night we continued our series in the book of James.  We looked at James chapter 3.  As you dive into James 3 it would be easy to assess that the key idea from the text is to control your tongue or rather your speech. And I think that would be an accurate assessment although incomplete. As we dig a little deeper we see that while James 3 is mostly talking about the tongue, James is most concerned with the heart.

Chapter 3 starts with a clear and sobering message showing us the power of our words and how much they matter.

James 3 mp1They have the power to:

  • Discredit
  • Direct
  • To be Destructive
  • To be Deceptive

james 3 overflow

James transitions in verse 10 as he references the inconsistency of how we often use our tongue. “Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing.” James ultimate point that he makes as he uses illustrations about fruit is that it is the heart that speaks, not the tongue. “Can a fig tree produce olives?”

james 3 mp2

Later in chapter 3, James gives us a list of what wise speech should look like.

james 3 wise speech

The challenge is to test your tongue to see if your heart speaks these wise characteristics or if it speaks something else.

james 3 mp3 While your tongue took the test, it is your heart that is on trial.

We left students with the difficult question of, “Did my heart pass the test?”  Our speech can give us an indication as to where are heart really lives.  If your answer is no, the next question is why?

Did you heart fail because it is still dead to God and a slave to sin. If so you only need to put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ for salvation and new life. In Christ you are alive to God and a slave to righteousness not sin. The Holy Spirit will empower you to live out God’s call on your life and to use your tongue wisely.

See the Gospel message here: The Gospel.

james 3 question

The Gospel Everyday

Often in the student ministry we talk about the need for the Gospel to be more than just the starting point in our relationship with Christ.  As J.D. Greear points out in his book, Gospel – Recovering the Power that made Christianity Revolutionary, the Gospel is not just the diving board into Christianity, it is also the pool itself.  We do not move beyond the Gospel, but deeper into it.

Below is an article written by Tullian Tchividjian about this exact same point.  It is my prayer that the students of Lone Oak FBC would learn this and grow in this understanding of the what the Gospel truly means for  believers.

The Gospel Everyday

By: Tullian Tchividjian

Ionce assumed the gospel was simply what non-Christians must believe in order to be saved, while afterward we advance to deeper theological waters. But I’ve come to realize that ” the gospel isn’t the first step in a stairway of truths, but more like the hub in a wheel of truth.” In other words, once God rescues sinners, his plan isn’t to steer them beyond the gospel, but to move them more deeply into it. All good theology, in fact, is an exposition of the gospel.

In his letter to the Christians of Colossae, the apostle Paul portrays the gospel as the instrument of all continued growth and spiritual progress, even after a believer’s conversion.

“All over the world,” he writes, “this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God’s grace in all its truth” (Col. 1:6). He means that the gospel is not only growing wider in the world but it’s also growing deeper in Christians.

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