ACTS 28 CHALLENGE - our students are being challenged to read the book of acts by the last wednesday of november. the challenge is to answer 4 questions for each chapter. we provide a reading guide as a way for them to keep record of their thoughts and prayers. they are also encouraged to write their thoughts and prayers in their own journal. this is a challenge that comes with a reward but my desire is to encourage students to seek the face of Jesus personally. I believe that if they learn the sound of God's words in their own hearts and minds they will learn the sound of Jesus' voice. the "acts 28 challenge" is just one way of helping our teens discover how life changing and personal Jesus is. they are encouraged to ask "what truths do I see", "how can these truths affect what I think and believe", how can these truths affect the way I act" and how can I pray about these truths". please pray that our teens will treasure this time with God and that they will encounter him in a personal way.
PAUL'S LETTERS - on wednesday nights, students are learning and discussing truths from paul's letters in the new testament. we are following the journeys of paul that were described in the book of acts. on each mission trip he visited regions and cities, made disciples, and encouraged the new church fellowships. he followed by writing letters to his new christian brothers and sisters to encourage them and help them believe the truth. we are diving into this journey with our teens and will tackle tough issues along the way. our teens are discovering this rich awesomeness of god through the stories he has told and the way he has changed our lives because of jesus. please pray for them as they are challenged to live with boldness and confidence in jesus. and pray that they will love each other and god's church the way he does.
ARMOR OF GOD CHALLENGE - our students are being challenged to memorize ephesians 6:10-18 by the last wednesday of november. so many teens share how they are coming to a realization and conviction about sin in their lives and now have a desire to resist temptation. our desire is to see students seeking god first in all things. god tells us that his word will teach, train, and correct us. he also teaches that he creates faith in our hearts through the hearing of his word. we want to help students hide god's word in their hearts so that when they are alone, find themselves in temptation, or simply are trying to live for god, they will hear the voice of the holy spirit through the words they have taken to heart.
BOOK OF ACTS - our sunday-school small groups from 6th grade through 10th grade are walking verse by verse through the book of acts. they are encountering and discussing many truths that help them navigate through the difficult choices and issues they face every day. this is happening at the same time as our pastor is preaching through the book of acts on sunday mornings. we pray they will hear our pastor speak through god's word, come to small group to study it again, and walk through the letters of paul on wednesdays for a big picture view of gods's heart for his church.
WORLDVIEW & APOLOGETICS - our 11-12th grade students are working through the "welcome to college" book by jonathan morrow. this book details and explores subjects like, "can i trust the bible?", "do all roads lead to god?", "the problem of evil and suffering", and "christianity and sexuality". please pray that our discussions will be gospel centered and will equip our teens to guard their heart and minds in christ jesus and learn to listen to others and lead them to the truth.
YOUTH TEAM - we have an awesome team of volunteers who have dedicated their time and heart to the teens of rosemont baptist church. we are richly blessed with people who are walking life in a way that exemplifies godliness and love in front of our teens. the LORD has chosen people from among our fellowship who love Jesus, love his word, and love our teens. please join me in praying for them that the Spirit of God will do his work of ministry through this awesome team of missionaries.