I really enjoyed teaching and learning with the students once again. The students did a great job participating in the discussion!
Our discussion revolved around the question, “What is a father?”.
We agreed that a father is:
- a source (of life and growth)
- a provider
- a corrector (a teacher)
- someone who loves us unconditionally
We looked at various father figures and they all met this criteria. Fathers (whether a biological father, adopted father or a father figure) affirm your life and develop you. Fathers make sure we have what we need to live and grow by providing for us food, shelter, education, and yes… video games! Fathers take the time to correct us and discipline us because they care and want to us to grow up to be wonderful, responsible adults. Fathers love us, even when we are not acting lovable.
So once we agreed on that, we compared those characteristics to God. And Shazam! He matched.
God is the source of our existence: 1 Corinthians 8:6
God is our provider: Galatians 4:6
God is our corrector: Hebrews 12:5-11
Lastly, God loves us crazy unconditionally: 1 John 3:1, Romans 5:8
The evidence is so clear! So while we celebrated our dads this past Sunday (and we should), let’s not forget to celebrate our Heavenly Dad who has proven time and time again that He defines the word, “Father”.
Thanks for letting me spend time with you. I hope to do it again soon.
We started off by spreading out and doing quiet time practice, and then we came back together and shared what stood out to us in the scripture we read. One student shared that the love of Christ stood out to him. From there, we went into a discussion about how love separates Christianity from all other world religions and that it’s not just the love that our God shows us, but also the unique way that we are called to love others. Loving our enemies and putting others needs above our own is the kind of love that makes Christians a shining light in an otherwise dark world.
We read 2 Timothy 3:16-17 and someone asked what reproof meant. After discussing the meaning of the word, that lead us into a discussion of the benefits of reading the Bible slowly, thoughtfully, and with the intent of learning something and growing in our Christian walk. If we don’t know for sure what a word means, we should look it up so that we have a full understanding of the scripture. It was great to see that lightbulb moment happen about the thorough examination of scripture in order to get a full understanding of it.
This service went a little different because there were several students are already doing their own quiet time studies. We had some of the students share about their quiet time experiences from the different scriptures they were reading. Then as a large group we discussed what stood out in those different passages. It was such a blessing to see these students living out what we have been talking about for the last month.
After the students spread out and had their quiet times, it seemed that prayer was standing out to several students. We talked about prayer for a while then I had them spread out again and pray for two things. The first thing I had them pray for was the families that don’t have good relationships with each other going into a very family oriented holiday like Christmas. I asked them to be very specific and list out everything they were grateful for. Then I had them pray and give thanks to God for all the many blessings that they have in their lives.
Due to the rain, we moved into the Fusion building to meet. Here the students spread throughout the building with the quiet time guide that I gave them and they got some practice having a quiet time.
After about 15-20 minutes we all came back together and discussed what stood out to us in our time with the Lord. Most of the students read the scripture that I provided them, but one student read something different because he is currently studying a different passage in his personal quiet time. He got to share with everyone what he read.
What a blessing it is to see these students growing in their faith and in their thirst for knowledge of God.
This week the students shared what God had showed them in their quiet times. I had a couple guys in my group that were excited to share what they had read. I also had a few guys that said they had struggled to read their Bibles this week.
This was a great opportunity for each of them to discuss some of the hurdles they faced that hindered them from doing so. Then each of the students shared some ideas of what can be done to overcome those hurdles. It’s nice to see how these young men are growing and helping each other grow from week to week.
This week we talked about what a quiet time means to me and what my current quiet time looks like. After I walked them through a day in the life of Weave’s quiet time, I explained to them that it will change.
I used to have worship music playing while I read my Bible, but because of my love for music and singing, I found my quiet time turning into just a worship session. So then I tried having just the instrumental music for the worship songs playing when I read my Bible, but I would still recognize the song, start singing along, and thus again a worship session begins. So over the year I have figured out my quiet time has to be quiet in order for me to focus.
After explaining that, a few of the students offered up what their current quiet time looks like, and that opened up some great discussion.