Boy meets girl, and then what happens? Are they dating? Are they courting? Are they talking? Are they hanging out? Are they in a relationship? Are they boyfriend and girlfriend? Is it complicated? The point is, it doesn’t matter what we call it. That’s surface level stuff. What matters is what’s below the surface—the substance of dating. The Bible actually says very little about a relationship between a boy and a girl before they get married. But it has plenty to say about wisdom. For the Christian, the key to dating is learning how to apply Biblical wisdom to difficult situations and feelings. We’ll spend this class talking about the goal of dating, the hard questions of dating and how to trust the Lord’s guidance throughout the whole process.
Have you ever looked at someone older and thought, “I can’t wait until I am that cool.” I know I have. In fact, I still do. We are constantly looking around us and wishing we were different, better, more mature, more capable, and just…..more. In this class we are going to take a closer look at how the gospel of grace allows us to be patient with ourselves, with others and with God as He works in our lives and builds His kingdom.
My hunch is that you and I have something in common; we both find prayer hard sometimes. Whether you think you’re too busy, feel like you're talking to the ceiling every time you try, or maybe you want to pray but seem to fall asleep half-way in every time this is the class for you. Together, we are going to ask God to teach us to pray. We’ll spend the week looking over Christ’s answer to the question, “How should we pray?”.
Jesus tells us that His new commandment is that we love one another. How important do we really think that is for Jesus. Why is it so hard? What makes it so hard to love others, forgive others, or even just give others the time of day and a friendly smile? Well - let's figure out what God's Word has to say about that!
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.
Did Jesus save you, or did Jesus make salvation possible? Did Jesus jump into the water and pull you out, or is he in the business of manufacturing life-vests? Are you secure in your salvation, or liable to falling out of the Father's hands? Does God love you personally, or generally?
This year marks the 500th year of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, and it is fitting that we should explore and recapture some of the central truths of the Reformed Faith. We'll talk about TULIP, the acronym that describes the state of humanity and the Trinitarian work of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit to save and keep God's people. My hope is that you'll not only find truth in this class but also the joy of your salvation and security you have in God's promise that 'he who began a good work in you will surely carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus' (Phil. 1:6).
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