Impossible...it's a word that usually brings discouragement to the hearer's heart. Others find it a challenge. In fact there are record books full of people who have accomplished "impossible" feats such as walking on coals, sitting in tubs of rattlesnakes, and much more. The impossible can be very intriguing and scary all at the same time. And for one couple in the Bible, the impossible literally changed history. Mary and Joseph were two normal people who were sold out to following God. But when an angel appears to each one of them separately and reveals the plan of God for their lives, their life is no longer "ordinary." Check this out in Luke 1.26-38 and Matthew 1.18-25. God's plan for their lives is revealed and in naturally speaking terms it is literally impossible. Mary, a virgin, is pregnant with the savior of the world and Joseph, her fiancée, is supposed to support her in this.What about you? Are you seeking out God's plans for your life? Get ready to believe in the impossible, because God wants to take you there! Whether it's that person at work or school that you never think you could share God with, or it's that impossible dream for your future that God has put in your heart...believe it can happen. Just like the angel told Mary, "With God all things are possible." Family Challenge: Take some time to share with each other what you feel like God has planned for your lives. Then encourage each other to believe for the impossible!
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 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.