Looking forward to Saturdays! ;)

Jesus, in His ministry here on earth, called young people to be His disciples.  What amazes me most is that He called and mentored them despite their age, life situation, and their varying temperaments.  In the book of Acts, even the religious leaders witnessed the life-changing impact that Jesus Christ created in these people.

“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.”  (Acts 4:13)

Even in the Old Testament, Daniel and his three friends are noteworthy examples of young people who lived out uncompromising faith and that of fervent prayer.

“When Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem. He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously.” (Daniel 6:10)

Could you just imagine if our youths shared the same passion and commitment for the Lord?  What an exciting vision, isn’t it?

Two months ago, our core team composed of nine young men and women began to be on our knees to seek God’s direction for our youth ministry here in GCF South Metro.  Over time, He impressed in our hearts the need to be more intentional about building relationships with their peers and their families, to go deeper into God’s Word, to make prayer a priority, and be more focused in making Christ-committed disciples.  Now, the big challenge left for us is, how are we going to start?

Thus, we are enjoining all the high school and college students to attend our regular SATURDAY YOUTH FELLOWSHIPWe will launch this on August 18, 4:00–5:30 P.M, at the YDT Center.  In these gatherings, we will study the Word, worship God together, and experience the joy of being in the company of fellow young people!  Of course, everyone’s welcome to join!

Please feel free to approach our team at the lobby outside the worship hall, and sign-up!  For more information, you can get in touch with me at 0917.805.0531 or via e-mail at mike.duco@gcfsouthmetro.org.

“Church: Day One” (A Study Guide on Acts 1-2)

“Church:  Day One” (A Study Guide on Acts 1-2)


Introduction

When we think of church, why is a building the first thing that comes to mind? Is church a place full of robes and pews? Bands and banners? Or is church meant to be something different?

Originally, the church began as a movement.  Not only did the teachings launch the church, but the testimonies of those who witnessed the life and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  A moment in history began this movement.

However, when about 300 years passed, the definition of the church transitioned from a “movement” to a “location” (kirche – German word for the “Lord’s house”), which may be considered a form of retrogression to the Old Testament temple/synagogue.

Additional Information:

*Derivatives of CHURCH:  EKKLESIA (Gr.) = assembly, gathering, congregation

*William Tyndale – 16th century scholar/translator; he was the first to translate considerable parts of the Bible into English for a public, lay readership. Sadly, he was betrayed by a friend, named a heretic, was strangled and burnt at the stake.

Discussion Questions

  1. What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of church?
  2. What were your first/early experiences of attending church? Were those positive or negative experiences?
  3.  Read Matthew 16:17-18 and Acts 1:7-8. In your words, how would you define church? How would you define the mission of the church?
  4. After reading the first two chapters in Acts, what sticks out to you the most about that “first day” of church?
  5. If the church began as a movement, how do you see the church moving today?
  6.  If the church began as a movement, what can you do to be a part of that movement?

Changing Your Mind

Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far offfor all whom the Lord our God will call.”Acts 2:38-39

Time to Level Up

We are the church or “temples” of God (Holy Spirit; cf. 1 Cor. 6:19).  Therefore, we should start living like one.

*Note: Items written in this study guide were a combination of the author/blogger’s personal research and those from North Point Community Church’s “Big Church” series.