Three Ways to Prepare for Easter

THREE WAYS TO PREPARE FOR EASTER
Luke 19:37-38; Romans 1:1-7

  1. We prepare through an authentic life of praise and adoration to Jesus Christ.
  2. We prepare as the Object of our praise and adoration becomes our identity.
  3. We prepare as our Identity in Christ becomes confirmed through genuinely belonging to the church.

Questions for Further Study:

  1. What are some of the normal ways people begin a letter or a phone call?
  2. When have you been startled by the opening paragraph of a letter?
  3. If you were writing the initial letter to a pen pal, how would you introduce yourself?
  4. How did Paul introduce and identify himself to the Romans? (Romans 1:1)
  5. What special calling on his life did Paul feel? (Romans 1:1)
  6. In what ways has God revealed His gospel to people? (Romans 1:2-4)
  7. Who is the focus of God’s gospel? (Romans 1:2-4)
  8. What credentials does Jesus have to confirm His claim as Son of God? (Romans 1:3-4)
  9. What did Paul and others receive as a calling for their lives? (Romans 1:5)
  10. Who were the new group of people being exposed to the gospel message? (Romans 1:5)
  11. What were the Gentiles and all people being called to believe? (Romans 1:5)
  12. How did Paul describe the people who were receiving this letter? (Romans 1:6)
  13. To whom was this letter written? (Romans 1:7)
  14. What kind of greeting did Paul send to his audience? (Romans 1:7)
  15. In what way do you feel God has placed a special calling on your life?
  16. What purpose for living has God given you?
  17. What words do you use to describe yourself to others as a follower of Jesus Christ?
  18. How did you feel when you realized God’s gospel was meaningful to you?
  19. What do most people today believe about God’s plan for the world?
  20. What do most people today believe about God’s plan for their personal salvation?
  21. How have your beliefs about Jesus Christ changed during the various stages of your life?
  22. In what ways would remembering in prayer each day God’s calling on and plan for your life affect your daily walk with Christ?
  23. With whom could you share God’s unfolding plan of salvation for the whole world?
  24. How would you explain God’s plan of salvation to a friend?
  25. To what friend could you explain God’s love and your response to His plan of salvation? How?

Students Spring Retreat 2018

Spring Retreat
Camp Silver Beach
March 23 – 25

Registration begins February 11, 2018.

 

At A Glance Calendar:

February
Wendy’s Wednesday – February 14
Women’s Retreat – February 23 & 24

March
Wendy’s Wednesday – March 14
Spring Retreat – March 23 – 25

April
Easter Sunday – April 1
VBS Paint Party – April 4
Wendy’s Wednesday – April 11

Jesus – Live on Stage

The JOY Club is going to see Jesus… actually we are going to a play about him in Lancaster PA.

Sight & Sound Theatres invites you to experience the greatest rescue story of all time! Jesus is the action-packed musical stage adventure that takes you on a miraculous journey alongside the most famous person ever to walk the earth and the everyday people whose lives he changed forever.

The cost is actually $85 for the dinner and show (due to Elsie Greer by March 21) and the hotel you will pay at on your own (estimated at $121 + tax, double occupancy). See Elsie Greer or Charlie Flint for details and questions.


More Information about the show:

Student Study in John’s Gospel

An Invitation From Our Student Pastor:

Statistics show us that teenage Christ-followers are behaving no differently than their friends who don’t follow Christ. We talk about how teenage Christ-followers don’t know the Bible or can’t articulate their faith. While these things may be true, I firmly believe that the biggest reason some Christian teens aren’t living their faith is because they simply don’t recognize Christ for who He is. They don’t fully understand or appreciate whom it is they claim to follow; what His life, death, and resurrection accomplished; and the power that is gained in surrendering to Him.

In his gospel, John seeks to prove to people the identity of Christ. This proof comes from a man who saw Jesus’ ministry first-hand as one of His closest disciples. John saw Jesus as not just a good teacher or friend, but as the Son of God, the promised Messiah, the Redeemer of God’s children. The picture of Jesus John paints in his gospel is a powerful image of the “who” of the Christian faith.

I’m excited to tell you that our students will be engaging in a meaningful time of Bible study and application, learning exactly what Scripture says about Jesus through John’s eyes. Our hope is that your child will join us for the next six weeks on Wednesday nights at 6:15 for Proof: A Study on the Book of John. Through this study, your teenager will begin to see Jesus as:

  • Not just a great teacher or prophet, but the Son of God
  • Someone who faced tons of opposition
  • Powerfully compassionate
  • Promising His continued presence through the Holy Spirit
  • The atoning sacrifice for the sins of the world
  • The resurrected Lord

I strongly encourage you to make every effort to have your student be part of this Bible study series on Wednesday nights. I’m praying that it offers thought provoking discussion and life changing perspective!

Another added bonus is that Pastor Ken is teaching on the book of John in his current sermon series – Real Life. My hope is that these truths will really “soak in” after students hear it twice during the week. I’m also hoping that it gives families common talking points as they’re hearing similar messages.

Please be praying for our ministry, your child, and your child’s friends as we challenge them with the person of Jesus. We want to be known as a student ministry who knows the proof but also points others to this proof, the person of Jesus, the “who” of our faith!

Winter Shelter Preparation 2018

Please visit the bulletin board for information on how to serve during our winter shelter week.

  1. Classes are invited to cook and serve an evening meal during the week.
  2. Men are invited to provide security overnight (8:30 pm through 6:00 am).
  3. The hospitality team welcomes volunteers each evening to meet and greet, and interact with the our guests during the evening activities.
  4. Visit the bulletin boards to pick up “mitten” tags – to purchase items for daily lunches for our guests.
  5. Visit the displays regarding the hygiene kits, and fill a zip-lock bag with the requested items.
  6. Who would come to church early on Sunday to help clean our restrooms for the morning’s activities (working with our church custodian)? Time is essential so help is needed.
  7. Who will come early on Sunday to take down tables in the fellowship hall and set up for the worship service in the Well?