Highlights from the annual costume party of the Brookhaven Church student ministry.
Song: Afterlife (Neon Feather Remix) by Switchfoot
BigStuf Camp 2013 promo video!
A friendly game of “Wink Assassin” at youth.
We have alot of cool things planned for this fall! Here’s a snapshot:
September 16th | Ministry Open House @ 9:30a & 5:30p
October 21st | Worship Night! [cool prizes for those who bring the most friends]
October 28th | Costume Party
November 2nd-4th | Fall Retreat @ Mt. Lebanon
December 16th | Christmas Party
Parents, stay tuned for info on a great opportunity for you this fall.
This past Sunday night we covered the second half of Ephesians 4. Paul commands the church to not imitate the lifestyles of those who don’t know God. People that have no knowledge of God or those who have rejected Him live with blinded minds. Paul says that’s not how we are since we know Christ. We should be different because of Him… The key verse for our lesson was verse 23:
…let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. (Ephesians 4:23 NLT)
From there on, Paul turns his attention to addressing external actions. Therefore, everything we do is influenced by what/how we think.
Our minds our powerful instruments. They can influence everything about our lives. What we think determines how we act. So we encouraged our students to first change the way they think. Negative thoughts lead to negative actions… Lustful thoughts motivate lustful actions.
God doesn’t want our minds to be darkened like those who don’t know God. Rather, His desire is for us to allow Him to change the way we think.
Taken from: http://brettmeredith.com/2012/08/03/be-renewed/
BigStuf 2012 Recap Video
Walking through Ephesians 1 has been life changing for me. The content of that chapter is so deep, it is difficult to comprehend all that Paul is saying. Thankfully, the Holy Spirit is there to help make God’s word come to life for us. As I walk through these verses with the students in our ministry at Brookhaven Church, my goal is to explain the verses to them as well as I can as well showing them how it applies to their lives today.
One of the recurring themes throughout Ephesians 1 is the fact that we are chosen by God. That’s the main thing we concentrated on last week, but Paul continues that thought in verses 12-14. God wanted all people to know Him, and those that are in the family of God (both Jews and Gentiles) are a part of His family. The proof that we are in the family is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit guarantees to us that God will be true to His word. What we briefly touched on in our student ministry is the presence of the Spirit in our lives. We asked them if they had ever sensed His movement within their lives. As Christians, learning how to listen to the Spirit and His voice takes much discipline and practice. Without Him, there’s no way we determine the will of God for our lives.
Paul moves in a little different direction starting in verse 15. He mentions his love and passion for the people of Corinth. He prays for them constantly and wants them to understand the hope and call of God for their lives. Paul wants them to know and experience these spiritual blessing he’s been talking about earlier in the chapter. He asks God to give them wisdom so that they might grow to know Him [God] better. The thing we wanted to emphasize from verse 17 is that our relationship with God needs to be constantly growing. No relationship can be healthy and vibrant without growth. How do we grow closer to God? Well that requires spending time with Him… through prayer, scripture, worship, and friendships that encourage us to seek after God are just a few ways.
Paul explains that as we grow in our knowledge of God, we then begin to understand the “hope” God has given to those He called. We have a rich inheritance because we are united with Christ. We can only just begin to comprehend all of what awaits those who belong to the family of God!
One of the final points we made on Sunday night was from verses 21 through 23. Jesus has been made SUPREME over everything. That includes my life. It includes your life. So what we hoped to challenge our students with was the fact that Jesus [in order for Him to be our “Lord”] needs ALL of us. Not just part. It is a challenging thing to evaluate the status of your heart. Where is your allegiance? It’s a disconnect to proclaim Christ as your “Lord” if He doesn’t have all of you. In addition to this… As the church, we are the representatives of Jesus on earth. As His body [verse 23], the world should look at us and see Jesus. They should see the church treating people the way He did. They should see us caring about the things He cared about…
We will continue the study in Ephesians 2 on July 1st. We head to BigStuf Camp in Daytona Beach this next week. Pray for the trip that our students will encounter God in a way that they will never forget.