Big Idea: Your Personal Experience with Jesus is important...tell somebody! Ever seen someone famous or been to a really good movie? By the end of the day everybody knows about it. Whether through Facebook, Twitter, a phone call, a text, or a one-on-one conversation, it is public knowledge. That's the nature of who we are. When something significant happens we talk about it. So shouldn't it be the same when it comes to the life-changing power of Jesus! In what ways have you experienced Jesus lately? Have you told anyone about it? There was a woman in the Jesus' time that got this concept. She was a Samaritan and wasn't even supposed to be talking with Jews. However, Jesus befriended her one day at a water well. You can find the whole story in John 4. But one of the things that strikes me is what she did after she talked with Jesus... In John 4:28-30 she runs back to her village and tells everyone about a man who "told me everything I ever did!" You see, she experienced life change and then told somebody about it. That is followed by many Samaritans in her village believing in Jesus! Are we telling others about our encounters with Jesus? Are we playing a part in other's story of finding Jesus? We can build others' faith, we can help open the door of somebody's heart to Jesus, and we can be an encourager. So take a moment to reflect...and see what Jesus has done in your life. Don't keep it to yourself, tell somebody else! Because who knows, that Samaritan village may never have known who Jesus was if it wasn't for an adulterous woman being transformed by Jesus and telling her story. Family Challenge: Take some time as a family to share with each other what Jesus has been doing in each other's lives. Challenge each other to share that with at least one person this week.
Big Idea: God has a heart for the world and so should we. Go into all the world...what a big challenge! This past Sunday, Brittany Baker shared about how God first put a drawing on her heart for missions at the age of 10. And now over the years she has begun to more fully understand God's heart for the world. She has been on numerous missions trips and has seen her sister move to Japan to take on missions full-time. Through all of this she has felt the tug of God on her heart to move into the medical field in hopes of one day working in medical missions in South Africa. Matthew 28:18-20 was one of Jesus' final commands before leaving earth. It stands as a reminder of what he died for...to save the world...and how we are supposed to be a part of this great plan. We may not all travel to foreign countries, but we all have a part to play in reaching and changing this world with message of Christ. Who is God calling you to reach? Where is God calling you to go? Acts 1:8 reminds us that it starts with our next door neighbor and ultimately leads to the ends of the earth. So, whether its through prayer, giving, or going...get involved in missions! Family Challenge: Find a local or foreign missions project and get involved by either volunteering or giving. Take time to pray for another country this week.
Big Idea: A Real Superhero is a Servant We all love superheroes! Every child probably dreams of being one at some point in their life. Superman, Spiderman, The Hulk, Batman...and the list goes on. People admire superheroes for many reasons...their good looks, their personality, their superpowers, their popularity, etc. But one of the things that is often overlooked about superheroes is the fact that they serve. The problem is that people don't really seem to mention that a lot. Serving is one of those things that isn't usually put up in spotlights. In fact a lot of people cringe when they hear the word, "serve." Truth is, even Jesus' disciples didn't quite get the whole concept of serving. Check out Matthew 20:20-28. Jesus has to deal with some very selfish attitudes among his disciples and a particular mom. In the end he drives home the point that "importance" in the Kingdom of God is not about popularity, good looks, position, or anything else like that. It's about serving. We are reminded of this again in Philippians 2:6-7. So according to Jesus, one of the greatest powers we possess is the ability to serve. You see, we all want to be superheroes, and we can be, as long as we remember that a real superhero serves first! Question for the Week: What is something you can do this week to serve as a family?
T6 student ministries is a relational, discipleship based ministry for Jr and Sr High youth. Our missions is to see students all across the far west valley develop an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.
Streams Church is a relationship based community of faith serving Litchfield Park, Goodyear, El Mirage, Glendale, Avondale, Buckeye, and Phoenix.