I look forward to seeing each of you tomorrow night at 6:30. Well be meeting at my home for a time of bible study and fellowship. (I’m sure that there will be some ninja action that takes place!) Beginning this week, we’ll be doing a new series on prayer.
As many of you know, our family has been sick for the last few days. We are still recovering, so there will be no Bible study at our home tonight. Lord willing, I will see all of you on Sunday.
I’d like to thank everyone for helping to make our 2nd Annual Progressive Dinner such a great night. We especially want to thank our three host families–the Halls, the Bradfords, and the VanArsdales–for the great food and hospitality.
Also, if you took pictures during the event, send them to me and I’ll post them on the blog.
I hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving last week. I missed hanging out with you guys on Wednesday. I’m look forward to seeing you all at Bible study tomorrow night. We’ll be continuing in our Digging Deep series this week. In case you missed either of the first two weeks, I’ll give you a brief review of what we’ve covered.
We began by answering the question, “What’s so special about the Bible?” In response, we gave two answers.
Reason #1: The Bible is unique because its Author is God. According to the Bible, God is the one who breathed out Scripture (2 Timothy 3:16). His Word came to us as the Holy Spirit inspired men to write (2 Peter 1:20-21).
Reason #2: The Bible is unique because it is the means by which God communicates with us. When we read and study the Bible we not only get to know God better (i.e. His attributes, His words, His deeds, His promises, His salvation, His expectations, etc.) but we also get to know ourselves better (i.e. who we are, who we should be, etc.).
This week we will be talking about reading the Bible (i.e. Scripture intake). God did not give us the Bible just so that we could learn some interesting facts. God gave us the Bible so that we can grow in our relationship with Him! And one of the most important ways for us to grow in our relationship with God is by reading His Word.
We began a new Bible study series tonight – Digging Deep: Read. Think. Pray. Live. In this series we are focusing on the spiritual discipline of Scripture intake. If you were not able to be with us tonight, please be sure to pick up the Digging Deep Devotional book on Sunday. This book is filled with daily Bible readings, thought-provoking questions, quotes, and comics.
Last night at our youth group meeting we discussed studied Hebrews 10:24-25. As you’ll recall, these people were facing hardships because of their faith in Jesus. And many of them are being tempted to return back to their old way of life–in this case, Judaism–in order to avoid persecution. He knows that it would be disastrous for them to turn away from Jesus. Therefore, he exhorts them to stick together.
In these verses, the writer calls for God’s people to stick together by:
- considering how to stir up one another to love and good works
- continuing to gather together on a regular basis
- encouraging one another, especially as we draw closer to Christ return
So, what are some ways that we can encourage one another this week? Here are a few suggestions:
1) Call someone and find out what problems they are struggle with this week. It makes it much easier to encourage others when we know what’s going on in their life.
2) Send an encouraging text, email, or letter. This could be as simple as sending them a Bible verse that you think would be relevant.
3) Hang out with one another. It is good for Christians to come together and encourage one another. The more time we spend together, the more opportunities we’ll have to encourage one another.
Do you have any suggestions to add? The comment section is open for you…
Youth Guys…Don’t forget that we’ll be playing backyard football at the VanArsdale’s home this Saturday from 10am to 12pm. If you need a ride, please be sure to contact me by Friday. You can either leave a comment on this post or give me a call. I’ll see you then.