Our Middle School students are in a series called THE UNIT. In it we strive to connect as believers, something our church is working on for our “connect” vision in 2018.
This week’s topic is about overcoming divisions. Parents, consider a story of your own where divisions were a problem. Me? I can think of all the cliques in school. It’s worth a conversation with your student to talk about the change that comes through Christ.
Oftentimes a simple question can spark great discussion. And just as often we find ourselves too busy or preoccupied to think of a good question. So here’s a resource to help jump start the conversation with some basic but helpful questions.
Dinner Discussion Questions – Try to introduce one question each week at dinner and make it last all year!
Why we care about family discussions.
Making disciples among Christians happens first and foremost within the family. That means relationships matter. We can’t talk about the things of God with our kids if we haven’t built loving, trusting relationships with them. In our hectic world, that can sometimes be tough, but strong parent/child relationships matter to God.
This is what was prophesied about John the Baptist:
“He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and he will cause those who are rebellious to accept the wisdom of the godly.” (Luke 1:17)
That quote was lifted from Malachi 4:6, and without it we read that bad things happen! So parents, be sure to take time to build those relationships with your children. I hope these questions help!
Middle School youth are covering a three week series on biblical community called “The Unit”. This is a great way to help students CONNECT with each other as believers.
Week one will begin May 6 and cover the Unity and Love theme of John 17. Here’s a quote from Gary Burge that helps sum up the session. “The confidence of the church’s mission rests here: If it lives in the Spirit (and thereby in the Father and Son), if it reflects God’s glory and love, if it shows a unity in its ranks born by a shared knowledge of God, its testimony will astonish the world.”
Starting Sunday, May 6, our high school youth will cover a three week series on biblical guidelines for money management. The curriculum is called Generation Change and is produced by Dave Ramsey.
Stewardship, we understand, is an important facet of faithful living, which is why we want to help equip students with some financial tools. But what we share on Sunday is much more effective when it’s reinforced at home.
Parents, if you would like more information about biblical finances, we periodically hold sessions for adults, too. For now, here is a basic guide that goes along with our series. We are covering series two: “DO”.
Parents will get to meet at the Barn this Sunday at 9:45am. For parents with youth going to Recharge Camp, this meeting is mandatory. Bring the required documents and deposit money with you, plus medical cards. Visit http://www.redlandbaptist.org/annual-trips/recharge-camp/ for more information.
A chance to connect:
We will also have some discussion time to help parents connect with each other, and there will be some helpful updates related to Family Ministry.
See you there!
In the fall of 2017, our staff decided to invite Dr. Randy Millwood from our BCMD staff to help us determine how we might help Redland to become a more efficient tool for furthering God’s kingdom. Randy suggested the Church Health Assessment—a study he and other faculty of New Orleans Seminary had developed a few years back. We liked that idea so we set the dates. We enlisted the respondents (30 Redlanders carefully chosen to reflect the age, gender, marital status, and length of church membership tenure, etc. of our church). The idea was to assemble a “little Redland” to help us get a picture of the “bigger Redland. The surveys were carefully tabulated, and on April 7 about 60 Redlanders gathered to hear the results and to brainstorm some ways we could use the results.
Here are a couple things the survey revealed:
1.) We have a very healthy church.
2.) The results reflected the vision focus for 2018—our need to do a better job of connecting with each other and the lost in our community.
Our staff will with Randy to get suggestions on next steps, and continues to review the results. We want to accomplish those goals with you, not for you.
Copies of the results were sent out attached to an e-mail and are also available on the table in the back of the Sanctuary, or contact the church office for a copy.
This Sunday we will launch a new leadership series during Fuel that focuses on the “doing” side of leadership. This first lesson examines the leadership idea of focus preceding success. We defined this as “maintaining a single-minded focus on the chosen goal in order to experience success in one’s mission.” Focus transforms our lives, blocks out distractions, and creates entire team success. Our students will also examine the story of Noah in Genesis 6–7 and see how his focus helped save humanity. Noah is a great example of a leader who remained focused, even in the midst of great adversity.
Here are some questions you could ask your teenager about this week’s lesson to get some conversation flowing:
- What kinds of things regularly try to steal your focus and attention away from God?
- What traits or characteristics or habits define a person who is focused?
- Why do you think God wants us to be people of focus?
Have a great week!
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.