Teen Group: Dug Down Deep



Dug Down Deep featuring Joshua Harris

Building Your Life on Truths that Last.

What Are You Building Your Life On?

There is only a short window in a student’s life to lay a foundation that will last a lifetime. What we know about God shapes the way we think and live. If we get it wrong then our whole life will be wrong.

In these four thought-provoking sessions, students share the honest doubts and struggles they have about their own faith. Joshua Harris uses Scripture to challenge students to root their faith in the life and words of Jesus.

Four video-driven sessions:

  1. What Are You Building Your Life On? (February 8th)
  2. The Importance of Knowing God (February 15th)
  3. How God Makes Us Right (February 29th)
  4. How We Change (March 7th)

Wednesday’s from 5-7pm

Teen Center
(Downstairs Office Building)

Game Night!


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Teen Game Night

Wednesday, February 22nd, 4-7pm

Teen Center (Downstairs Church Office)

It’s February vacation week and it’s time to play! Our regular Teen Group will be extended and taken over by games. Board games, foose ball, carpet ball, air hockey, and fun. Bring a friend, bring yourself, bring a favorite game if you like- just come on out and join us!

Reflection: Sunday Morning Teen Series!



On Sunday, February 19th, @ Church from 8:45am-10:15am, we are beginning a new 2 week teaching series called “Reflection”.

WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:

Here is an overview of what we’re talking about. Listed below the summary is a “parent cue” to help you dialog with your child about the session. The question is intended not just to be asked by you, but to be responded to by BOTH of you. Use this opportunity to find out what God is teaching your child, and allow your child to see what God is teaching you as well.

Series Overview

What do you see when you look in the mirror? Many of us see what we’re not instead of who we actually are, don’t we? We see someone who burned dinner or spilled juice on the carpet. Someone who lost her car keys—again. Someone who is not the right height or weight. Someone plagued with could-have-beens and if-onlys. These disappointments and imperfections are why we want to cover up who we really are. We want to make sure that the world around us sees only the version of us that we want them to see. But the Bible tells us we are children of God—loved and treasured exactly as we are. Over the next two weeks, we are going to challenge your child to take a look at him or herself and dare to be real.

Session One: Masks (Sunday, February 19th)

The first week we are going to set up the series by talking about the masks that we all wear. Most of us know we can’t be perfect at everything, but we do have certain areas where we want to appear like we are. We want to be desirable and valued. We want to feel we are worth something. But in order to get those things, we feel the need to cover up who we really are. This week we will encourage your child to begin to allow others to see him or her for who they really are. We want your child to be free from hiding behind masks.

Session One Parent Cue: What are some masks you hide behind? Why do you hide?

Session Two: Uncovered (Sunday, February 26th)

Practice makes perfect. How many times have you heard that? How many times have you said it? Just like it takes practice to be a skilled musician or softball player, it takes practice to be content with the real you. This week we will share with your child just a little bit about what our heavenly Father thinks about him or her. We want to encourage your child to practice seeing who God sees when he or she looks in the mirror. Because when we learn to see ourselves as God sees us, we can be free to live without the mask and be who we truly are.

Session Two Parent Cue: How does God see me? Why do you think this is hard to believe? How can we help each other see ourselves how God sees us?

 

Game Night!


Teen Game Night

Saturday, January 21st 6-9pm

Teen Center (Downstairs Church Office)

Bring your favorite board game, a few friends, and a few bucks for pizza! Don’t have a favorite board game, a friend to drag along, or any dollars to spare?  No worries, just bring you! We’ll enjoy a great night of simply hanging out. Carpet ball, air hockey, foose ball, mini pool, assorted board games and pizza- what’s not to love?

Doubt: NEW Sunday Morning Teen Series!


On Sunday, January 22nd, @ Church from 8:45am-10:15am, we are beginning a new 2 week teaching series called “Doubt”.

WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:

Here is an overview of what we’re talking about. Listed below the summary is a “parent cue” to help you dialog with your child about the session. The question is intended not just to be asked by you, but to be responded to by BOTH of you. Use this opportunity to find out what God is teaching your child, and allow your child to see what God is teaching you as well.

Series Overview

Every one has moments of doubt. We doubt if we are heading in the right direction when going some place new. We doubt if that low-fat snack that tastes really good is really as healthy as it claims to be. We doubt if sometimes the people in our lives really care about us, despite the evidence that they do. And sometimes our doubts are about God. Can we really trust Him? Does He have our best in mind? What does that Bible verse really mean?

When questions arise, they can be a little unsettling, especially questions about our faith. But what if God was big enough to handle the questions? He is. What if He was secure enough to handle our uncertainty? He is. And what if doubt actually paved the way to a deeper belief, a stronger relationship with Christ? It can.

Session One: Honest Questions (Sunday, January 22nd)

You know those nagging questions that seem to linger in the back of your mind? The ones you hesitate to ever speak out loud, admit you have or let anyone else know you think? Questions like: “Does God hear me when I pray?” “Does He have a plan for my life?” “Does God really have everything under control?” Questions and doubts can be unsettling if they are left unsaid. We begin to think we are alone in our doubt, and often our doubts only grow until they paralyze our faith. But when we learn to admit our doubts openly, we learn that we are not the only ones—that everyone deals with questions. And when we learn to live with doubt, doubt can be a tool that strengthens our faith.

Session One Parent Cue: Do you ever have doubts about God? If so, what are they? What do you do with them—vocalize them or keep them to yourself?

Session Two: Gray Matters (Sunday, January 29th)

It’s one thing to recognize that doubt can strengthen faith—but HOW do you get there? How do you handle a doubt that you just can’t seem to move past? One way is to look back. When you look back, you draw on the things you do know to help you live through the things you don’t know or can’t understand. When you remember the things that God has shown you, you remind yourself of a bigger picture that can help you deal with the close-up situation at hand. The ways you have learned about or experienced God in your past are still true in the present, and can be used to pave the way to belief now—in spite of and in the midst of doubt.

Session Two Parent Cue:  What are some things that God has taught you in the past about Himself? How can those things specifically help you with the doubts you now have?