Big Idea: Holy Spirit is a Helper Sometimes it just takes more than one! This past week as we were getting the new building ready for Sunday, I quickly realized that I couldn't move all the couches in the youth room by myself! It took someone else holding the other end to get them where they needed to go. There are times in all our lives when we need help. And when it comes to our faith and living it out, in all reality we can't do it on our own. But that's ok...before Jesus left, he promised the Holy Spirit to us. The sad thing is that sometimes the Holy Spirit gets a bad name. People are sometimes a bit skittish when it comes to talking about the Holy Spirit. But take a look at Jesus said about the Holy Spirit:John 14.26, John 16.5-8, John 14.15-17, and Acts 1.8. Over and over Jesus promised us the Holy Spirit. And what is amazing about this is that the original language of the Bible used the word "paraclete" to describe the Holy Spirit. Literally translated it means "called to one's side." And that is exactly what He does. The Holy Spirit steps into life beside us and empowers us to live our faith out. Sometimes He reminds of us the things that Jesus taught. Sometimes He helps us understand Scripture. Sometimes He operates in our lives through spiritual gifts. Sometimes He operates in our lives through the supernatural. But one thing remains...he is always helping. The gift of the Holy Spirit is something powerful that God has given us to help us in our faith. The Holy Spirit is our helper! Family Challenge: Read the book of Acts together as a family. Take some time to talk about how the Holy Spirit helped the early church through various ways. Then take some time to explore how the Holy Spirit can empower your own lives.
T6 Tuesdays: 7pm at the Ploesers (5322 N 132nd Ave. Litchfield Park Gate Code: #6119)
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.
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.