Consider this verse related to our Core Belief on Man, which we’ll cover this Sunday in Sunday School.
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” (Gen 1:27-28 NIV)
And this one.
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. (Psa 139:13-14 NIV)
Our Core Belief this week is all about who we are as “Man” – humanity, men and women made in God’s image. Think about the cultural questions this topic touches on today:
- Where do we find value for human life?
- Is abortion okay, and when does life begin?
- Is gender fluid?
- What does God say about sexuality?
- Am I important?
- Why should I protect those who are weaker in society?
- Is my worth found in my abilities, the contribution I make to society, or something else?
- Do we have to worry about overpopulation?
Use this handout and choose an issue to talk about this week with your youth.
Due to inclement weather conditions, Redland Baptist Church has cancelled ALL activities on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. The Church Office is also closed.
Stay safe and warm inside!
Last year Barna research shared about a trend in our society where many describe themselves as “spiritual” who would say they are not “religious.” You can read their article here. The trend, of course, is most common in young people.
The gist is that people still have the same built-in spiritual thirst common to all but without the trust that institutionalized faith holds the answer. Instead their own judgment and ideas are inserted above any absolute truth claim. So what do we do about that?
This week’s Core Belief reminds us that all people are in need of a Savior, and that Savior is Jesus alone. We might understand the general distrust of institutions common to many, but our spiritual condition has a much higher authority: God himself.
We will talk about God’s loving act of salvation and our need for it as well. And we want YOU to talk about it, too!
Download the notes here and use them for your own family discussion.
Redland’s Healthy Church Workshop, facilitated by Randy Millwood from the BCMD will be Saturday, April 7. A continental breakfast with coffee is served at 8:15am, the workshop starts at 8:45am in the Sanctuary and will conclude by 1pm. Everyone is invited and childcare (birth-Grade 5) is available by RSVP to Peggy Peek.
The first half of our time together will be spent reviewing the results of our recent Healthy Church Assessment, taken by a cross-section of Redland’s members (determined by age, gender, marital status, ministry involvement, and length of church membership tenure) earlier this year in January. This will be an overview of our church health, highlighting areas where we are strong and areas that could use some extra attention.
The second half of the workshop will be for collaborative discussion, discernment, fellowship, and planning to develop strategies for RBC’s continued health. This workshop is for everyone! We look forward to seeing you here.
In case you have questions, take a look at the FAQs below. … (more)
March 25 Palm Sunday
March 28 No Regular Wednesday Night Activities
March 29 Maundy Thursday
7:00pm Communion Service (Childcare for age 0-4 years)
March 30 Good Friday
Family Devotional Guide Available
March 31 10:00am Easter Egg Hunt for age 0-Grade 5
April 1 Easter Sunday
6:30am Sunrise Service on Patio
7:30am Coffee and Pastries
8:30am Worship Service
9:40am Sunday School for all ages
11:00am Worship Service
April 2 Easter Monday – Church Office Closed
Creator God notes
This Sunday we begin a series called Core Beliefs. This will be held during our Sunday School hour, and we do this every year (though some other planning adjusted our normal schedule).
March 4 – Creator God
March 11 – Salvation
March 18 – The Uniqueness of Jesus
March 25 – Bible Answer Man (Youth Q & A with teachers)
April 1 – Special Easter lesson
April 8 – Man
April 15 – The Bible
April 22 – The Trinity
April 29 – Bible Answer Man
Why this is important
Students need to know and understand their faith before they can live it out. Core Beliefs are 6 central doctrines to our faith. They are at the core of what it means to be a follower of Christ.
How you can get involved
For each lesson we provide some notes for teachers (and even give these out to older students), which cover the main truth concerned. Download them for yourself and…
- Talk about them with your student.
- Look up the verses with them.
- Ask the questions at the end.
- Ask what parts they covered in class – it’s not uncommon for there to be so much discussion that the teachers cannot get through all of the content! You can help finish the rest.
The results from the Media Use Survey are here! Download your copy below.
Music and Media Final Report
One note – pp. 2-3 detail devices: First set covers devices in the home, while the second set covers devices in the bedroom.
Our parent training on Feb. 25 was an excellent time of discussion, training, and interaction. Stay tuned for future parent meetings!
Top 10 Ways to Tame the Cell Phone Beast
Due to inclement weather conditions, Redland Baptist Church will only have 11:00am worship on Sunday, February 18. The sidewalks will be shoveled and the parking lot will be scraped and salt put down before 10:00am on Sunday to prepare for your arrival. There will be no 8:30am worship or Sunday School.
Stay safe and warm and see you on Sunday at 11am!
Parents, this is a reminder that you are invited to our parent meeting on Feb. 25 at 5:00pm. We will get some food at the barn and then meet in the youth house. This will take place during the Fuel hour.
Our topic is Tech-Sensible Parenting, which corresponds with our current lesson series on media discernment. What can you expect at the meeting?
- Practical, Bible based discussion on technology, media, and wise decision making in parenting
- Interaction and story-swapping…especially about media issues
- A tasty dinner
- Other print resources
Everyone who attends will have a chance to win a free book, The Tech-Wise Family, by Andy Crouch.
Please RSVP to help us plan on food. Contact Kevin Freeman or the church office.
This Sunday at Fuel we will
have a chance to evaluate media according to God’s message to us. How will we do that? By investigating the song “Stressed Out” by twenty one pilots. The Atlantic calls this song “the anthem of millennial anxiety.”
It brings up biblical themes about how we handle stress, the point of our work, and the goal of life. My prayer is that students are awakened to view their lives according to God’s purpose, not any other one.
Take a look at the 3(D) guide provided by the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding on this song.
And don’t forget – Parents are invited on Feb. 25 for a special parent meeting – with dinner. RSVP if you can and arrive at 5:00pm in the barn.