Big Idea: Jesus is HopeHope..."the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best." One family in St. Petersburg, Florida had so much hope in Best Buy's Black Friday deals that they started camping out, not on the Wednesday before, but on the Wednesday...an entire 9 days before! The Best Buy ended up giving everyone in their family an iPad for their efforts. Guess it paid off! We all put our hope in different things at different times. Sometimes it pays off and sometimes it doesn't. There is a very interesting verse in Matthew 12.13-21 that has to do with hope. Verse 21 states that "[Jesus' name] will be the hope of all the world." So...Jesus is hope! How cool is that! Out of all of things that we can have/put hope in, that's the one thing we can't do without. And what is so amazing is that in Jesus' names alone we can find hope in so many ways. We can find hope in Jesus because he is our advocate, the Alpha & Omega, the second Adam, a Beloved Son, the Bread of Life, the Chief Shepherd, the Cornerstone, a King, a Lamb, the Light of the World, the Lion of Judah, and a Messenger...and that's just a start! We also know that when one loses hope, he dies...whether its physically, emotionally, or spiritually. It's so important to have hope! And in Jesus we have that hope! So what are you needing to have hope in this week? How can Jesus bring that hope? Challenge: Take a moment as a family to think about two things. What do you as a family need hope for this week? Who is someone that you can bring hope into their life this week?
New Time and New Place for Church Next Sunday! We will be having our first service in our new building! Church will start at 10am at 6532 N El Mirage Rd.For the time being, Tuesday nights will remain at the Ploeser's House.
Big Idea: God is Personal Names...they're kind of important. We know people by them. We use them to describe things. For instance, my name means fair and handsome...I like it. Take a moment to look up what your name means. Anyway, back to the subject at hand. Names are a big deal and we often throw around the greatest name in history without much thought to it. God. It's just three letters, but it has so much wrapped up in it. In Exodus 4.13-15 Moses is talking to God at a burning bush. Moses, who is reluctant to take on the task of delivering the Israelites from Egypt asks God what His name is. After all he needs a name to give the people. And I love how God responds..."I am that I am." In the original language it was written "Ehyeh asher ehyeh" which literally means, "I shall be that I shall be." Wow! What a statement! God understands the fact that we all have different perceptions of who He is and He made it clear that he can't be defined by just one name. So take a look at the list below of names that God is referred to in the Bible. This isn't an all inclusive list. What I think is so amazing is that God is so personal. There are times when we need God to be creator and there are times when we need God to be all sufficient. He is all of those things, but when we call him by name it becomes personal! I encouraged the students to start calling him by name according to what they are facing. For example, "Dear Healer...I'm facing some pretty tough sickness in my life right now..." So take a moment to get to know God. Who is he? Get to know his name! El – Mighty and Strong El Shaddai – All Sufficient Adonai – Master Jehovah Jireh – Provider Jehovah Ropheka – Healer Jehovah Nissi – Our Banner Jehovah M'Kaddesh – Holy Jehovah Shalom – Peace Jehovah Tsidkenu – Righteousness Jehovah Rohi – Shepherd Jehovah Shammah – The Lord is Present Jehovah Sabaoth – Commander Jehovah Elohim - Creator El Elyon – Most High Shaphat – Judge El Roi – Sees Kanna – Jealous Palet – Deliverer Yeshua – Savior Gaol – Redeemer Magen – Shield Eyaluth – Strength El Olam – Everlasting Abba - Father
Challenge: As a family take some time to talk about how you need to see God personally. Write down the name and stick it to a mirror or some place you will see it daily as a reminder of who God is personally in your life.
What an incredible weekend! For those of you that had students that headed up north to Winter Retreat, God did incredible things in our lives! And for those of you that stayed in the warmer climate of Goodyear, one of our leaders Michael Wallace challenged us on to righteousness.
Winter Retreat: Twenty-three students and leaders from T6 joined up with Living Streams at Camp Shadow Pines Campground for an incredible weekend of God moments, bonding, crazy games, and sub-freezing temperatures! The theme of the camp was The Spiritual Network. On Friday night, we were challenged to listen for God's voice. Saturday morning, we were reminded that when we truly get passionate about God we will make some spiritual enemies. We talked about spiritual warfare and the importance of being prepared. Saturday night was an awesome night of hearing about God's desire to be our best friend. We got to experience his presence in a very real way! Sunday morning we got to hear testimonies from various students about how God had challenged them and loved on them during the weekend. Be sure to take some time and hear from your students how God moved in their life this past weekend!
Righteousness: Check out Michael's talk from Sunday here.
Don't forget...the Progressive Dinner is this coming Saturday! Get more details here.
Guest Speaker: Kyle Byrd This past Sunday Kyle Byrd was our guest speaker at T6. He shared the story of David and Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11). He reminded us all that sin is a very slippery path that ultimately leads to cover-up after cover-up. In the story of David and Bathsheba it all started with a wayward glance by David. This led to adultery, the conception of a baby, an attempted cover-up that failed, and eventually the death of Bathsheba's husband along with quite a few other men. Pretty sure it's not quite what David had in mind when he first laid eyes on Bathsheba. And then the biggest blow of all...the story ends with this: "But the thing David had done displeased the Lord." Sin always displeases God. So how do we avoid this? We have to start at the beginning. David thought it would be one innocent night with Bathsheba (if you can call that innocent), but it eventually led to murder and much more. What are the little things in your life that cause you to stumble that you need to watch out for? That one little lie will and can eventually lead to much more. That one little moment of giving in to peer pressure can and will lead to more. So take care of sin at first thought. Get an accountability partner, stay in the Word, be honest with yourself and others, and have a plan! Sin is everywhere, so be ready to fight! Challenge: Take some time to pray for protection over each other as a family. Spiritual warfare is so important when it comes to the fight that is not against flesh and blood.
Big Idea: Your Faith Rests in Your Understanding of Jesus We put our faith in a lot of different things. Some things may be worthy of our faith...Starbucks...and some things probably just aren't...No Wash Underwear. Regardless of that fact though we do use faith on a daily basis. And for those of us who put our faith in Jesus, it's pretty important to understand what that means. You see, when storms hit us in life our faith is tested. Whether it's a foreclosure, a lost job, a sickness, or just a really bad day, storms can be really put our faith to the test. And to be honest there are times in all of our lives when we may even wonder if Jesus is even around to care about our storms. Even the disciples struggled with this thought. Take some time to read Mark 4.35-41. You see the disciples were stressed out of their minds wondering if Jesus was going to pull them out of the storm. Funny thing is...they had been around Jesus and seen him raise people from the dead, heal sicknesses, and even turn water into wine. Jesus asks them, "Where is your faith?" And they ask, "Who is this guy?" You see they didn't quite grasp who he was. In fact they didn't even realize the simple fact that He was in the boat with them should of been all they needed to persevere. Do we really understand who Jesus is? Is our faith based solely on a shallow understanding of Him? Let's not underestimate Jesus! Let's get to know and understand him fully. Allow the Holy Spirit to build your faith and reveal Jesus in a greater way.
Family Challenge: Talk about some of the storms you may be going through. Talk about the times in the past when you have seen Jesus move in your life. Encourage each other.
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.