Sundays | 10am to 11:15am
During our Bible Study hour, students meet to worship, learn from God's word, play games, and gather in small groups.
Wednesdays | 7pm
We have our weekly Bible study on Wednesday evenings.
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The student ministry of Brookhaven Church exists to lead students into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. Our purpose is to help students take ownership of their faith and develop a worldview based on the truth of scripture.
Our strategy is based on The Seven Checkpoints, a book by Andy Stanley and Stuart Hall. We believe that these checkpoints include everything a student needs to know from middle school through their high school graduation.
Checkpoint #1: Authentic Faith
This checkpoint focuses on a correct understanding of faith. Confusion in this one area is the primary reason so many students abandon Christianity. True faith is confidence that God is who He says He is- and confidence that He will do everything that He has promised to do.
Principle: God can be trusted; He will do all He has promised to do.
Critical Question: Are your students trusting God with the critical areas of their lives?
Key Passage: Proverbs 3:5-6
Checkpoint #2: Spiritual Disciplines
The focus of this checkpoint is your students’ devotional life. The apostle Paul says that true spiritual transformation begins with a renewed mind. Only as teenagers begin to renew their minds according to the truths of Scripture will their attitudes and behavior begin to change.
Principle: When you see as God sees, you will do as God says.
Critical Question: Are your students developing a consistent devotional and prayer life?
Key Passage: Romans 12:2
Checkpoint #3: Moral Boundaries
One of the most important things you can teach your students to do is to establish clear moral limits. They need to learn how to protect their bodies and emotions by honoring God’s plan for sex and morality. That’s the focus of this checkpoint. The depth of their intimacy with God and others is dependent upon it.
Principle: Purity paves the way to intimacy.
Critical Question: Are your students establishing and maintaining godly moral boundaries?
Key Passage: 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8
Checkpoint #4: Healthy Friendships
The people your students associate with the most will have a direct impact on the decisions they make and the standards they choose. Healthy friendships build them up and draw them closer to God; unhealthy friendships bring them down and cause them to compromise what they know is right.This principle focuses on helping students build healthy friendships while avoiding unhealthy ones.
Principle: Your friends will determine the quality and direction of your life.
Critical Question: Are your students establishing healthy friendships and avoiding unhealthy ones?
Key Passage: Proverbs 13:20
Checkpoint #5: Wise Choices
This principle focuses on the necessity of applying godly wisdom to the choices students make.Good decision making is more than simply choosing between right and wrong. Teenagers need to ask, “In light of my past experience and my future dreams, what is the wise thing for me to do in this situation?”
Principle: Walk Wisely
Critical Question: Are your students making wise choices in every area of their lives?
Key Passage: Ephesians 5:15-17
Checkpoint #6: Ultimate Authority
Teenagers often view freedom and authority as opposing concepts. But the Bible teaches that true freedom is found under authority. This principle focuses on students’ need to recognize God’s ultimate authority and respect the earthly authorities He has place over them.
Principle: Maximum freedom is found under God’s authority.
Critical Question: Are your students submitting to the authorities that God has placed over them?
Key Passage: Romans 13:1-2
Checkpoint #7: Others First
Selfishness comes naturally to teenagers (not to mention the rest of us!) Selflessness, however, must be learned. The Bible says that Jesus “made himself nothing” in order to serve the people he loved. He put the needs of others ahead of His own. This checkpoint focuses on the true nature of humility and service.
Principle: Consider others better than yourself.
Critical Question: Are your students putting the needs of others ahead of their own?
Key Passage: Philippians 2:3-11
(Taken from The Seven Checkpoints by Andy Stanley & Stuart Hall)