Do you feel like the Bible is boring? Like you’ve read every story before or heard it all Sunday School since day one? Do you feel like the Bible is hard to understand? Like you have to be a pastor to try to figure out what it all means? When you try to read it, do you ask yourself, “How does this apply to my life, to what I’m going through right now?” With so many things promising us quick entertainment and immediate pleasure, sometimes reading and studying the Bible can seem like just one more tedious chore to check off the list. Sometimes reading and understanding God’s word can be difficult, and that makes us feel like it’s just a bunch of old dull stories that don’t apply to our lives. In this elective we will talk about why the Bible might seem boring and hard to understand, how to study it, and what it means for our lives.
While there is certainly a lot to learn in the great outdoors, this class isn't primarily concerned with finding your way home if you get lost in the woods! While some of us have known the wilderness as a real place with various challenges and difficulties, we all experience “the wilderness” in the challenging and difficult seasons of our lives. When we are “in the wilderness” we find ourselves feeling out of control (I can’t seem to do anything to change things! I can’t fix this!), without clarity (Why is this even happening? How did I get here?), and also feeling a lack of consequence (Where is this going? What’s going to happen next?). Come to this class and hear how God meets His people “in the wilderness” and fills them with Himself...offering peace under His control, comfort amidst tons of questions, and courage to press on knowing He is with you. Life is hard y’all...God wants you to know that He get’s it and to experience Him right in the middle of all of it.
It’s there when you look in the mirror. You’ll find it roaming the halls of your school. It’s on the athletic field and the stage in your school auditorium. It’s there when you take the ACT or SAT. You’ll see it sitting in the classroom when you give that oral report. It tucks you in at night and greets you as you roll out of bed. You’ll read it in text messages & tweets. See it on Snapchat and Instagram. It’s in our conversations and is always rattling around in our minds.
What is it? Insecurity.
Insecurity is something all humans struggle with. Young and old, male and female, across the globe – insecurity has no boundaries. While it is a commonality among humanity, it doesn’t mean it’s something you have to live with. Insecurity is painful for many, but there is a greater fear to drown out this lesser one. Scripture tells us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. It is in this greater fear, that we learn how to grow, live, and, possibly defeat, our insecurity.
Have you ever opened up a text message or a social media request to attend an event, go to someone’s house, or accept someone as a friend? What do you think about before you accept that request or politely say no to the invitation? How do you decide whether it will be fun, cool, lame, boring, or worth the time?
Jesus has invited us to follow him, to bear our cross, and to love others, so how have you responded to these invitations? Are you following Jesus or the enticements of the world? Are you bearing your cross or looking for something easier? Are you loving others or really only yourself? Come to the Invitations of Jesus and let’s discuss what exactly Jesus is inviting us to and why it’s better than anything the world offers us.
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