Final week of Who Am I?

Posted: February 15, 2018 by bmunafo in Uncategorized

Brent Kreager brought the word this week to wrap up our series who am i? He related with today’s youth who can be so dependant on cell phones and discussed how important cell phones can be to us and how crushed we can be if we lose our phones or they die. 

Part of his message focused on when our cell phone battery is drained. It makes the cell phone useless. We can’t call, text, check social media, or do anything else if the battery is dead. That is why we charge it up and give it enough power to continue working.

He said that our relationship with God is similar. We get drained in this world. We need to read our Bible, talk to God through prayer, and talk to our brothers and sisters in Christ to help power us up. He also encouraged us to do so before we are completely drained.

John 15:4-5 (ESV)

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

Brent mentioned three points for abiding in Jesus. First, he said there is a connection. There is a mutual connection it is not just that we abide in him, but he also abides in us. Secondly, there is a dependence. We are dependent of Jesus, a branch cannot bear fruit without the vine. Finally, there is a continuance – we have to cling to Jesus and his teaching by abiding in his word.

We can’t wait to see everyone this Sunday night where we will be starting our new series… Make It A Habit!

 

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Who Am I continues; Super Bowl party Sunday

Posted: February 2, 2018 by bmunafo in Uncategorized

Our Who Am I series continued with learning this basic and vital lesson: knowing yourself is connected to knowing your Creator.

Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)

10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,which God prepared in advance for us to do.

We discussed spiritual gifts and how God created us for his plan, and that he gave us talents for a reason. Students took time to reflect on their identity, what some of their strengths are and how God can use it for his glory.

The students even took a personality test to try to help them learn their spiritual strengths during iTeam time.

Brian mentioned how Saul became Paul. How God had a purpose for his life to spread his message and write so much of the New Testament. But before that he persecuted Christians. God has a purpose for us.

Our Super Bowl party will be this Sunday. It starts at 6 p.m. and parents can pick students up when they see fit during the game. The night will end at 11 p.m. Middle School students are bringing 2-liters and high school students are bringing salty/sweet snacks.

First off, Springhill was tremendous. Thanks to all the volunteers who went and money that was raised to make sure students who wanted to go could. It was a great trip that gave students the opportunity to commit or recommit their lives to Jesus.

We came back Sunday for the second part of our ‘Who am I’ series. The first week was about how God knows us. The creator of the universe actually knows our desires, passions, hurts, wins, and loses.

This week the message was about how God has given us a place to belong.

Reminder on Feb. 4 we are having a Super Bowl party at the church. Middle School students are asked to bring a two-liter to share, and high schoolers are asked to bring sweet/salty snacks. It begins at 6 p.m. and pick up time is at the discretion of the parents with 11 p.m. being the end of the night.

 

Christmas Party Sunday!

Posted: December 14, 2017 by bmunafo in Uncategorized

It is our last Sunday night before taking a two-week break for Christmas and New Years. We’re so excited about how the first semester is gone and can’t wait to build off of it in 2018.

Sunday we’ll be celebrating Christmas with a White Elephant Gift Exchange, so students should bring a $5 valued gift wrapped if they want to participate. Also 6-8th graders are bringing something salty like chips, 9-10 graders are bringing something sweet, and 11-12 graders are bringing a two-liter to share.

We just wrapped up a two-week series called This Christmas. Week One Brian discussed how important it is to be generous. How it is much better to give a gift, then receive one.

A few things he mentioned, we don’t have to be a big financial sacrifice to be generous to someone. A few keys: 1) True generosity brings joy 2) True generosity is contagious 3) True generosity connects us with the heart of God.

Last Sunday Brent discussed how Jesus changed everything, and changes everything. He went through the story of Jesus birth and showed a video of the three wise men coming to see Jesus in amazement.

Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)

For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

 

Night of Thanksgiving

Posted: November 30, 2017 by bmunafo in Uncategorized

The series opened up with leader Brent Kreager and finished with Levi Phillips who discussed how sharing our story can help others and ourselves.

Levi showcased how we can impact others with our story through Jesus encounter with the Samarian women (John 4 1-45). This story shows how Jesus is the Messiah, how he knows everything about us, how we can be ashamed of what we’ve done but he still loves us and cares for us, and how impactful our story can be for others.

The woman is embarrassed that Jesus knows she has had five husbands, and the man she’s with now isn’t one of them. She is embarrassed in front of the town so she goes to the well at the worst time of day to be alone. But after an encounter with Jesus, she is so moved she goes to people that she previously avoided to tell them about Jesus.

John 4:39 (NIV)

39 Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.”

That verse should be so inspiring to us. They believed in Jesus because of her testimony. Our friends/family/peers can believe in Jesus because of our testimony.

“Sharing your story helps others know they’re not alone,” Levi said. “People believe in Jesus because of your testimony.”

What an inspiration! Share your story!

Starting a new series Sunday Night

Posted: November 15, 2017 by bmunafo in Uncategorized

Thanks for joining us for Halloween Clue. It was a great night and our students had some great costumes.

Want to make sure we see everyone back at Revolution and Rush this Sunday at 6 p.m. for the start of our next two-week series. Can’t wait to see you!

How to be awesome (week three)

Posted: October 25, 2017 by bmunafo in Uncategorized

Sunday night we talked about building a team. No, we weren’t talking about a football or basketball team. We discussed how we need a team of people to help us be awesome. They should be older than us, and people who have the same values and can help us with our walk with Christ.

1939912_10153290351674278_1088969637612730595_nBrian shared a story about how he at a “Meat Mountain” at Arby’s on a challenge. A good friend warned him not to eat it, but he did anyways. He later regretted it. Although he didn’t listen to his friend who gave him a difficult truth, he appreciated that that person cared more about his well being than laughing at the challenge.

Proverbs 15:22 (NIV)
Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.

We need guidance from others. We need to be able to listen to advice and accept it even when it can be difficult.

So who is on your team? Brian mentioned for things to help when you consider someone for your team…

  1. Know there values.
  2. Pray for the right people.
  3. Be a listener.
  4. Give them an invitation.

How to be awesome (week two)

Posted: October 20, 2017 by bmunafo in Uncategorized

Levi started out his message last Sunday discussing a plane crash. In this crash, John F. Kennedy Jr. trusted his gut over his guide which would have helped him land the plane.

He shared that when we want to be awesome, we need to follow our guide – Jesus.

Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)

19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

We discussed how sometimes we feel alone or that we don’t have anyone to turn to – but that is not true. It can be difficult to believe, but you can be sure that God is always with you through the Holy Spirit until the end of age. The Holy Spirit is a counselor, friend, and guide. Christ in us.

“If you believe he can guide you, do you want him to?” Levi challenged us.

Are you making room for him? Reading the Bible, finding time to pray?

We are going to try to pause for one minute every day and pray that we’re listening to the Holy Spirit. Give God room to use it.

How to be Awesome (week one)

Posted: October 12, 2017 by bmunafo in Uncategorized

We talked about being awesome last Sunday. We even watched a video of people doing awesome things, and also people failing miserable attempting to be awesome (not making a double backflip etc.).

“Pointing glory to God is what it means for a believer to be awesome at life,” Brian said in his message. “Do you do that? Or do you take the credit yourself?”

Brian also talked about decision making. He encouraged students to realize the decisions we make are who we are. He warned that some make decisions without thinking about the consequences. Some ignore them, some let others make that decision. He wants us to think out our decisions, pray about it, and make it ourselves instead of someone else.

Matthew 7:13-14 (NIV)

13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

It can be easy to make quick decisions or sometimes hurtful decisions. But if we memorize this verse, know the Word of God, and pray – then we can make wise decisions.

Finding Friends part 3

Posted: September 26, 2017 by bmunafo in Uncategorized

We talked about best friends during the last part of our series. How a best friend is willing to sacrifice for that person.

Lip service doesn’t do much when your back is against the wall and you need a great friend. That is when action speaks louder than words. And the person sacrifices his/her own needs for that friend.

Proverbs 18:24 One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin,
    but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

The best friend any of us could ever ask for is Jesus. He took the ultimate sacrifice at The Cross for us. He died for our sins and that we may have a relationship with God by taking the judgement for our sins.

John 15: 9-17 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.

This scripture tells us four things about Jesus:

  1. He tells us he loves us.
  2. He commands us to love like he does.
  3. He was willing to die for us.
  4. He calls us to follow him and live like he did.

Jesus is a friend who doesn’t create drama for us, but peace. He is kind even with hard truths. He never lies. He always forgives, and Jesus is a true friend for eternity.

Thanks for following along to Finding Friends… Can’t wait to see everyone at Skyzone next Sunday!