The Temptations We Face

Cat poop in brownies?! Thank goodness it was just a metaphor and wasn’t true. Karlye and I had so much fun talking with the students about what we consume via social media, movies, songs, books, etc.

We looked at James 1:12-16 and found that we are not tempted by God but by our own desires. When we give in to our desires (our sinful nature) we begin heading down a slippery slope that, if we continued to follow, would lead to death. This is the reason it’s important to stay focused on the path God has before us, the righteous path.

It was amazing to me how much the students were aware of what causes the slow fade within us. We talked about friendships and the difficulties of saying “no” when so many are saying “yes.”

It was a great weekend and such an important lesson in today’s world!

Have a great week!

Ashley

The Game of Questions

I am continuously amazed at how much our students know and how curious they are! These young adults face so much more in life than I did at their age and it’s so important to teach them how to find the answers in Jesus.

What began as a discussion about different topics such as loving our neighbors and who our neighbors are to what our middle names are and what being a light in the world means. I began a series of questions that led our students down a path of discovery. I shared that a light doesn’t need to be super bright to shine if it’s in a dark room.

The conclusion we came to was to be a light, learn to shine bright and share Jesus. I asked the young adults to think about their testimony which we determined is the truth about Jesus in our lives. Then I challenged them to think about why they follow Jesus or why they are not following Him.

It was a great Sunday to walk with our students through this time of discovery, to explore what it means to follow Jesus, and to find answers by asking questions.

What About Dinosaurs? 

The best part about Q&A in a discipleship group is the moment right after that pregnant pause when someone breaks the silence and asks a question. 

What about dinosaurs, creation, and the theory of evolution? 

A beautiful question that took us all over the Bible. Beginning in Genesis with creation, seeing clearly that God created everything and created a full grow man, not an evolution of a man. Then looking at the descriptions of the behemoth and leviathan in Job 40 & 41, we see evidence of something dinosaur like. Crazy that’s in the Bible! 

It was a really cool journey we went on this past Sunday. It’s always best when we talk through topics the students are interested in. 

I look forward to the next time I get with these students. It’s an awesome opportunity to pour into this next generation. 

Context is Key

It’s easy to skim over a verse because you don’t fully understand it, but what if there was a tool you could use to discover what it means?

This week we talked about context and the importance of looking at the surrounding verses rather than just one single verse. We looked at Proverbs 5:15-17 which can be confusing if you don’t look at the entire passage to gain context.

It was great to walk the girls through the chapter and see that moment of understanding. Context is something we learn in literature, but we forget that it can apply to the Bible as well.

Bring your questions next week, it’s open Q & A! We look forward to seeing you.

Quiet Time Challenge

What a great kick off to Strength and Beauty!

God desires a relationship with each of us, not just simply showing up because our parents bring us to church. I shared how each of our relationships with the Lord are different and so our quiet times will look different. James 4:8 tells us that when we draw near to the Lord, He will draw near to us.  No matter what our quiet times look like, Jesus simply desires that we build in time throughout our day for Him.

We ended with a challenge to read the Bible every day for 30 days, specifically reading through Proverbs. There are 31 chapters and 31 days of October so it will be easy to remeber what day we’re on! The number one way to hear from the Lord is to read His Word.

I look forward to our discussion next week about our quiet times and what you are learning through reading Proverbs.