Youth Sunday School

15 Sep - Genesis 15

Genesis 15

Covenant ratification ceremony
• Dividing animals and walking between the pieces
• God alone walks between the pieces for both of us
• Either party brakes the covenant the curse would apply to God alone
God takes on the punishment on the Cross

9 Sept - Genesis 14

Genesis 14

• Mari Tablets: Extra-biblical evidence corroborating the biblical narratives

• War of the Nine Kings
    • A description of what Abram was up against
    • Landmarks descriptions describe desolation in contrast to the initial valley description
    • Abram’s small task force rescues Lot and the King of Sodom
    • Glory to God Alone

• Melchizedek - contextual evidence that Abram was not the only follower of God
    • Jesus is a high priest in the order of Melchizedek
    • Abram’s offering of a 10th was generations before Moses


1 Sept - Genesis 13

Genesis 13

Abram seems to have learned his lesson to put trust in God
Lot chooses what looks good on the outside, ignoring the rotten in the core
To call upon the name of Lord - To worship and pray to God by name

25 Aug - Genesis 12.2

Genesis 12.2

Strangely familiar account
- Sojourn to Egypt because of a famine
- Pharaoh’s household afflicted
- An exodus with Egyptian wealth

Promise (Nation, Name & Blessing) given in Mesopotamia
Promise of land in Canaan - Even here food and clothing come from the Lord and His blessing

Egypt:
Out of fear, Abram & Sari’s relationship is concealed
The nature of the plagues are unknown
How Abram & Sari’s true relationship was revealed is unknown
The gods of Egypt are not mentioned
God alone saves Abram & Sari from a situation of their own making

18 Aug - Genesis 12.1

Genesis 12

• No scriptural evidence that Abram did not know God prior to his call
• The region of Mesopotamia could include the are between Ur and Haron
• We will learn Sari is Abram’s half sister later in the book.
God’s Promise to Abram are ultimately fulfilled in Christ Jesus
    • Great Nation
    • Great Name
    • Blessing to Others


11 Aug - Genesis 11

Genesis 11

• Languages of the world are attributed to the Tower of Babel
• Peoples of the world are attributed to the descendants from Noah’s sons.
• Myths and Legions of “immortals” attributed to the longevity of flood survivors
• Similarities in ancient architectural structures (ziggurats) are attributed to a single source


4 Aug - Genesis 9 & 10

Genesis 9 & 10

Faith is what makes a sacrifice acceptable to God
In their zeal, advocates for plant based diets unwittingly use faulty theology
Noah and sons together were given ordnance to be fruitful and multiply and yet no post flood children of Noah are mentioned
Text does not support conclusions on Ham’s sin.
Graham’s observation: Shem and Jepheth points us to Christ in that Jesus covers our shame and nakedness. Like Noah, we too need a savior

14, 21, 28 July - Is Genesis History

Is Genesis History

• History tells us what happened; Science helps explain how it happened
• Removing the early chapters in Genesis changes our understanding of History; we loose sight of the meaning; nothing is certain
• Attacking the foundation is used as a tool to undermine the Cross and Resurrection    


7 July - Genesis 7 & 8

Genesis 7

• Our videos can’t help themselves by making stuff up (Even the Christian ones)
• Clean vs Unclean - Fully defined in Leviticus but known and applied to the Ark Animals
• Moral Law and the Ceremonial Law - Jesus fulfilled the Ceremonial Law
• Uses of Numbers in the Bible: Conventional, Rhetorical. Symbolic/Mystical meaning not supported within the text.
• The Symbol of peace: A Dove with an Olive Branch - God no longer at war with man after the flood?


30 Jun - Genesis 6 pt 2

Genesis 6 Part 2

• God’s Promise to us through Noah: I will save you. Gem 6:18
    • 1Peter 3:18-22 - connects Baptism with the Flood
    • Hebrews 11:7 - A righteousness that comes by faith
• Shem, Hamm, Japheth - Where the sons the made it onto the ark
• Plenty of ideas on how the flood came about


23 Jun - Genesis 6

Genesis 6

Nephilim may mean:
    • Fallen angels or children of men and angels
    • Possessed men
    • Children of believers who are without faith
    • Children of a believer and a nonbeliever

Book of Enoch
    • Rejected books of both Christianity and Judaism (Not Inspired)
    • Predates Christ
    • Lost to history until found again in the Dead Sea scrolls
    • Mentioned in the writings of the early Church fathers
    • Parts are quoted in Scripture, Jude for example


16 Jun - Genesis 5

Genesis 5

By faith Enoch was taken up. Everyone else died

Sons of God may mean:
    •    People of faith.
    •    People born before the fall
    •    People in the line of Seth
    •    Fallen angels

Nephilim
    •    LXX - Septuagint - Greek translation of Hebrew in used during Jesus’s time.
    •    Hebrew - fallen ones
    •    Greek - means giants


26 May Genesis 4

Genesis 4

God desires faith not rituals

Faith was the difference between Cain and Able’s offering


19 May Genesis 3 Part 2

Genesis 3.2

Promise of a Savior Gen 3:15 - A plan of salvation

Consequences:
• All of creation was changed
• Total corruption of Human Nature
• Cost of sin is death - God covered Adam & Eve with animal skins
• v16 “multiply pain in childbearing” may indicate Eve had already given birth
• v 17 surviving just got harder

The “us” in v22
• God in Trinity
• Other heavenly hosts
     • Guardians of the tree of life
     • Angels must have been made in the Image of God
     • Angels not given stewardship over creation like us
     • Fallen Angels (Demons) - don’t appear to have a plan of salvation

Purpose of Scripture - To point us to Jesus


12 May Genesis 3 Part 1

Genesis 3.1

Seems like more is going on here than just disobedience.

Stewardship Perspective
- Trusts in God
- Listen to God
- Understands we are just the stewards

Eve
- Adds to the Word of God
- Listens to her own fears
- Covets knowledge
- Takes the initiative

Adam
- Acquiesces to Eve when he should have rebuked Eve

Fruit of the Tree
- No description is given other than it looked good for food
- Unclear why the culture identifies that Apple as the symbol for sin


5 May Image of God 3

Image of God 3

God does not love us because we are valuable; we are valuable because God loves us.

Three States of Humanity are: Innocent, Fallen, and Redeemed

“Expert” Definition:
Dr Heiser - Image of God given to us wholly - we are not potentially made in the image of God. It separates us from the animals. It shares with God’s nature.

Ethics say what we should do. Morals are what we actually do. Our morals does not invalidate our ethics

28 April Image of God 2

Image of God 2

Function flows from Essences. God’s Essences is good so what he does is good.
God and Gracious Will of God:

His name be kept holy;Word be taught correctly;Sinners be brought to faith; Lead godly lives.

Original Sin distorted the image of God - the myriad of world religions is a result of Original Sin.

“Expert” Definitions:
Dr Thoenne - Made in the Image of God is what separates us from the rest of creation. Made in the image of God means we are not gods. We are defined by what we are not what we do (Essences vs Function)

14 April Image of God 1

Image of God

Preconceptions:
Ability to Create, Act like God, Compassionate, Conscience, Everlasting, Free Will, Humor, Lead godly lives, Life, Love, Soul, and Personality.

“Expert” Definitions:
Pastor Jack Hibbs - A reflection of God’s moral character
Ben Shapiro - Infinitely Valuable
Some random atheist - Product of evolution
Del Tacket -

Biblical descriptions:
Authoritative, Good, Holy, Right, Righteous, Sinless, True, Truth

3 April Genesis 1 & 2

Genesis 1& 2

Beyond Evolution vs Creationism
- numerous divergent views concerning creation
- Is death a tool or punishment for Sin
- Science or Religion isn’t a real thing

We are have a unique relationship with God and with creation

31 March Worship 7.5

Worship 7.5

- The practical issues - celebrant must help in drinking from the common cup

- Function of the vestments

- Liturgical: identifies the person doing a function
- Alb - latin for white, covers the sinful man
- Pastor’s Stole - Shaped to symbolize the yoke of Christ
- Lay Ministers Stole - different in shape to separate them from pastors

- Universal: The uniform of the church - provides continuity

24 March Worship 7.4

Worship 7.4

Rev Brinkley
- Retired pastors considered called to a congregation without actually having a call to that congregation
- Pastors have lead way with knowledge of confidential backstories
- Communion is about personal examination, not the examination of others
- Its okay talk about the meaning of communion with visitors especially the ones you bring


17 March Worship 7.3

Worship 7.3

- Altar Guild - Standing committee of the Elders
    - Prepares elements for Communion and cleanup
    - Consecrated wine poured into the ground
    - Consecrated wafers reused

- Elders - assists the Pastor with distribution
    - Part of the function of the Pastoral offic

10 March Worship 7.2 (Communion)

Worship 7.2

Divergent Teaching
    •    Symbolicism - An understanding that the bread and wine only represent
    •    Transubstantiation - Elements are changed into the actual body and blood of Christ.
    •    Consubstantiation - Substance A + Substance B = Substance C
    •    Receptionism -Only the celebrant who believes receives
    •    Sacramental Union - Real Presence is sometimes described as being; in, under, and above the elements without changing them

Confession of faith
•    Altar Fellowship restrictions
    •    No fellowship with ELCA. They are in altar fellowship with church bodies who hold divergent teachings
    •    No fellowship with WELS. They have different views of the role of women and who is in public ministry
    •    No fellowship with non-lutheran church bodies because of their doctrines
    •    Who’s doctrines are we agreeing to when we present ourselves at other church’s altars?
•    How much unity is needed and on which teachings?

Communion Policies
    •    Open - Everyone welcome
    •    Closed - Only LCMS
    •    Close - Only those who adhere to Sacramental Union

Communicating our doctrines
    •    Examined our written announcements
    •    Are we doing enough

3 March - Worship 7 (Communion)

Worship 7

Passover
    •    Story of God’s redemption of His people out of bondage
    •    Celebrated for over 1400 years by the time of Christ

Establishment of Communion within the setting of the Passover

Responsibilities of the Church
    •    Reverence and respect
    •    Confession of faith

3 February - Worship 6

Worship 6

Purpose of Sanctuary Symbolism/Art is to remind us who God is and what He has done.
    •    Traditional Symbolism (Candles, Furniture, Paraments, etc.)
    •    Stain Glass Windows - Our windows are: Abundance, Feeding, Death and Resurrection, Rejoicing and Welcoming, and The Lost and Saved
    •    Banners -
    •    Screens - An electronic form of Stain Glass/Banners

27 January - Worship 5

Worship 5

Church architecture conveys doctrine
    •     Intentional or unintentional

Denominational differences in architectural design can be contributed to differences in doctrine.

20 January - Worship 4

Worship 4

Service of Communion Terms:
• Sanctus Holy, Holy, Holy
• Pax Domini - The Peace of the Lord
• Agnus Dei - Lamb of God
• Nunc Dimittis Song of Simeo

13 January - Worship 3

Worship 3

Liturgy - Denotes the whole system of formal worship.

Our “contemporary” and traditional worship services (Service of the Word) has 17 of 18 liturgical elements in common and are presented in the same order.

Worship Service parts:
- Service of the Word
- Service of Communion

Worship Music Rubric


The purpose of music in the worship service is specific. Therefor, not all songs are suitable because they do not fulfill that purpose. The entertainment industry’s influence has radically transformed the way people understand the purposes of music and song. These influences are effecting the church. Music has its place as entertainment in society, and may freely be enjoyed by you. However, your favorite song may not qualify as a worship song. This rubric is an aid for discerning the message/meaning of a song as to its suitability for worship.

February 2019

6 January - Worship 2.1 (Music)

Worship Music Part 2

- Not all songs are suitable for worship
    - Sing ability
    - Subjectivity
    - Clarity of Deity
    - Teachings
    - Proper Law/Gospel Distinction
    - Purpose of Song
        
- The Role of Choir/Praise Band
    - Help leads singing
    - Brings richness and variet

30 Dec - Worship 2 (Music)

Worship Music Part 1

- Music influences us in setting tone and mood.
- Music is used as an educational tool.

- Purpose of Music in Worship
    • To give thanks
    • To rejoice
    • To edify
    • To respond in one voice

- Worship rhythm
    - Proper rhythm starts with God to us, and then our response
    - Confused rhythm starts with us to God

16 Dec - Worship 1

Terms
Lex Orandi Lex Credendi - Law of Worship, Law of Belief - How we worship is how we believe. How we believe is how we worship.

Means of Grace - the means through which the Holy Spirit works forgiveness of sin

Doctrine - what we teach and believe

Keys
- Two dimensions to worship:
    1.    Personal
    2.    Corporate

- Twofold point of Worship:
    1.    Receiving from God and then
    2.    Responding with Reverence & Praise

- Worship focus is on Christ (the Word of God)

- Differences in worship are contributed to differences in doctrine.

- Only God can makes things holy.

Proposed Questions:
How does our doctrine manifest itself within our worship service
How does our doctrine influence our architecture?

9 Dec - Hosea Chapter 14

Chapter 14

Repent: To turn away

The righteous shall live by faith

2 Dec - Hosea Chapter 13

Chapter 13

God Himself will save us from the punishment of death.

25 Nov - Hosea Chapter 12

Chapter 12

Israel chases shadows of no substance.

Jacob’s struggles were of substance.

Be like Jacob, not like Israel.

18 Nov - Hosea Chapter 11

Chapter 11

Matthew connects Jesus’ life’s journey with the troubled journey of the people of Israel. Jesus' redemption journey succeeded where Israel fails.

Israel is God’s firstborn son (Exodus 4:22)

Jesus is the Son of God/Son of Man - The Word that became flesh and dwelled among us.

Admah & Zeboiim = Sodom & Gomorrah

11 Nov - Hosea Chapter 10

Chapter 10

Covenants - A formal relationship that listed benefits and punishments.

Gibeah - Days of Gibeah’s sin: The story of a certain Levite’s visit to Gibeah (Judges 19-20) and the similarity to Lot’s hospitality to Angels in Sodom. More bad news.

Triiip didn’t see the connection between the luxuriant vine (v10:1) and the Parable of the rich man (Luke 12:16-21).
    •    Forgetting that it is God who responsible for our abundance.
    •    Wealth of this world is going to be taken away

Triiip seemed more willing to agree that Hosea 10:8 may be a description of Jesus’ crucifixion. Thorn and thistles on their altars similar to Jesus’s crown of thorns and crucifixion on the cross up on a hill.

Jesus quotes Hosea 10:8 on the road to gethsemane to the people following Him, after Simon of Cyrene tasked to carry His cross.
    •    Hosea speaks of elimination of Northern Kingdom as a nation and as a separate peopel

4 Nov - Hosea Chapter 9

Chapter 9

Paying for sex is cheap. A false relationship. A false security.

Peor- Where Balaam advised that the Midianite girls should make the young Hebrews fall in love with them and then make the Hebrew youths abandon their God.

The affair with Baal-peor, shows the moral decline that occurred in the wake of contact with idolaters. Allowing outside influences in.

Memphis, Egypt: False security.

Clean Vs Unclean Animals: Split hoof & chews its cud.

Are their similarities between the account fo the Fig Tree in Mark 11 and Hosea 9:15-17?

28 October - Hosea Chapter 8

Chapter 8

Now Animal Metaphors
    •    Vultures - circle the dead and dying
    •    Wild Donkeys - cannot be ridden
    •    Calfs - a long association with idols.

Word of God (Review)
    •    Living Word - Jesus
    •    Written Word - Scripture
    •    Visible Word - Sacraments
    •    Spoken Word - Preached

Worship god of our own making

21 October - Hosea Chapter 7

Chapter 7

Descriptions of our depravity:

Oven —Our lust/sins hangs on like the baker’s oven holds its heat

Treacherous Bow - Undependable and dangerous to those who use it

Cake - A disgusting mess. Half baked

Grey Hair - Past our prime

Dove - Bird brains. Doomed to get caught because we are brainless.

Weather Vane - blown in whatever direction.

14 Oct - Hosea Chapter 6

God desires a steadfast love and knowledge of Him, not mindless adherence to rituals.

More Places:
Adam - north of Jericho. At this spot the waters of the Jordan River were stopped to create a dry pathway for Israel to enter Canaan.

Gilead - Site of a rebellion against David. Idolatry

Shechem - Place where Abram received the promise. Location of Dinah incident. Capital city for Jeroboam. Site of more atrocities.

Oct 7 - Hosea Chapter 5 pt 2

When people forget God they look for salvation elsewhere.

A history of facing adversity, and frantically searching for earthly solutions.


Place Identity - The makeup of a people's identity. 1) The bond between people & places. 2) The symbolic meaning people have with places.


Gilgil - 1st Beachhead into the Promise Land and later HQ of Elijah and Elisha. Now referenced as a place of wickedness.

Beth-aven - House of idols… golden calves where worshiped there

Mizpah - A common noun meaning “watchtower, or guardpost”. Most frequently Mizpah refers to the town of Benjamin

Mount Tabor - Northern boarder marker. Place where the brothers of Gideon were slain

Gibeah - Saul’s HQ and execution place of Saul’s descendants.

Ramah - Home of Samuel where the elders ask Samuel to appoint a king over them.

Ephraim - Jeroboam I, First king of Israel was an Ephraimite, rebelled against Solomon’s son Rehoboam.

Benjamin - The history of the tribe contains a sad record of a desolating civil war in which they were engaged with the other eleven tribes. The first king of the Jews was Saul, a Benjamite.

30 Sep - Hosea Chapter 5 pt 1

You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink.
    
The Twelve Tribes of Israel:
    •    Reuben
    •    Simeon
    •    Levi
    •    Judah
    •    Issachar
    •    Zebulun
    •    Dan
    •    Naphtali
    •    Gad
    •    Asher
    •    Joseph (later Ephraim and Manasseh)
    •    Benjamin

23 Sept - Hosea Chapter 4


Chapter 4

No Faith. No Knowledge. Brings Grief & Death

The Church, Husbands, Wives, Fathers, and Mothers are culpable in the culture of faithlessness & ignorance

More geographic locations
    •    Gilgil - 1st Beachhead into the Promise Land and later HQ of Elijah and Elisha. Now referenced as a place of wickedness.
    •    Beth-aven - A Golden Calf location - “House of wickedness”

16 Sep - Hosea Chapter 3


Key Learnings

Capter 3

Unacceptable conduct example: A divorced woman who remarries and divorces could not then return to her first husband. And yet….

God saves us only out of his mercy and undeserved love.

Emphasis added: We are unworthy.

Messianic prophecy in 3:5 - The Northern Kingdom did not follow the Davidic Kingship.

9 Sep - Hosea Chapter 2

Key Learnings

Chapter 2

A family metaphor is used to describe the severity of our bad behavior

God is faithful

Valley of Achor - The troubled valley near Jericho; a consequence of the sin of Achan

Trouble will turn into Joy; Despair into hope.

A new relationship; Husband (Ishi), instead of Master (Baali)

2 Sept - Hosea Chapter 1

Key Learnings

Chapter 1

General Revelation - Evidence of God in Nature (Observations)
Special Revelation - God revealing Himself through his Word. (In this case, by speaking directly to Hosea and to us through His written word)

Blood of Jezreel - A rich history of murder.

Whore - immoral, unfaithful, unclean, unscrupulous, unlawful, unworthy, and corrupt

Hosea - “God saves” Children - God Scatters, No-Mercy, Not-my-people

The word picture given is ugly and bloody. Damaged

22 July Augsburg Confession - Article 4


See screen shot of white board for key learnings from class discussion.

8 July - Augsburg Confession - Article 3


See screen shot of white board for key learnings from class discussion.

24 June - Lord's Prayer Revisited

Lord’s Prayer Key Learning’s

Matthew 6:9-13

The Lord’s Prayer in post Christian culture
    •    Pope Francis has suggested an updated translation to the 6th petition to avoid confusion. His suggest is in line with what we teach.
    •    Missed opportunities: On a good Sunday only 25% are in Sunday School

English translations examined (ESV, KJV, NIV, TNIV, TEV, NLT, Beck, NABRE)
    •    Each translation made different word choices
    •    The prayer version we use in corporate worship more closely follows the KJV

Lutheran hymnals examined (LH, LBW, LW, LSB)
    •    Subtle changes in the prayer were made over time concerning word choices and punctuation.
    •    The Lord’s prayer is spoken as the conclusion of the Prayer’s of the Church

The language of the church is criticized for being archaic
    •    Tradition and personal preferences

A class version of the Lord’s prayer (petitions numbered)
    
Our Father who is in heaven.
    1. Holy be Your name.
    2. Your kingdom come.
    3. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
    4. Give us today our daily bread.
    5. And forgive us our sins and help us forgive those who trespass against us.
    6. Do not let us fall into temptation.
    7. But deliver us from evil.
    For Yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

A different class version of the Lord's Prayer (Jun 2018)
    
Our Father in heaven.
    1. Keep Your Name holy among us.
    2. Your kingdom come.
    3. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
    4. Give us today our daily bread.
    5. And forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
    6. Do not let us fall into temptation.
    7. But deliver us from evil.

27 May - Hosea



Hosea Film - Amazing love (2012) Key Learnings Part 2

- Hosea is a love story

- Hosea’s relationship with his wife is an illustration of God’s relationship with us
    - Golmer was;
    -    unfaithful
    -    unthankful
    -    rebellious
    -    captivated by bobbles and trinkets
    - We are Golmer

- The movie's present timeline reflected the themes of the Prophet
    - Our criticisms of lack of character development was precisely the point the movie was making.
    - There are no quick fixes
    -    The Law does not change behavior, the Gospel changes behavior

20 May - Hosea

Hosea Film - Amazing Love (2012) Key Learnings

When a confrontation occurs amongst the youth group, Stuart takes the opportunity to share with the group the story of the Old Testament prophet Hosea.

Present time:
    -    Stuart - Youth leader
    -    Beth - Stuart’s wife
    -    Ashley - the reluctant girl
    -    Cooper - the insectophobia guy
    -    Carry - the other girl
    -    Steve - the other guy
    -    Gameboy - Yes, that’s his name


Old Testament Times:
    -    Hosea - Prophet
    -    Golmer - Unfaithful wife



13 May - 24toDouble

24ToDouble Key Learnings (First Impressions)
First Impressions
    -    Made within the first 7-11 minutes of arrival
    -    People need to connect with people
    -    Making the most of opportunities with people
    -    Feelings more important than the tangible
Front Door Teams (Greeters, Ushers, Parking Lot, Hospitality )
    -    Preferential treatment for non members
    -    We tend to stop when church starts
    -    In an effective Wow Ministry is where ushers and greeters are working together
Need for systematic change
    -    Parking
    -    Greeting
Team Clarity
    -    Under the Pastor’s span of control
    -    Clearly define team member roles
    -    Casting vision (why the team exists) before each event
Front Door Teams Followup
    -    24toDouble is inconsistent with their team names
    -    Website descriptions for 1 .Hospitality, 2. Parking, 3. Safety, and 4. Ushers
    -    Presentation talked about Parking, Greeters, and Ushers
    -    Our current Teams
    -    Greeters
    -    Ushers : Only Ushers have in house documentation
    -    Fellowship
Theological underpinning
    -    More questionable definitive theology statements
    -    Issues of adiaphora ignore

6 May - Ruth 4

Ruth Chapter 4 Key Learnings

- Boaz’s status
    - TLSB infers from v4:6 that the closer family redeemer had no family of his own and backs out because of inheritance concerns for his own heirs.
    - Boaz acceptance of the responsibility
        - Boaz already had heirs
        - Boaz made a sacrificial labor regardless
    - Scripture doesn’t say

-
Rachel and Leah is a reference to the whole nation of Israel
    - Bilhan and Zilpah where handmaidens not wives

- Noami’s reentering the story at the end
    - The son of Boaz and Ruth was Noami’s family redemption
    - To give the book symmetr

29 April - Ruth 3

Ruth Chapter 3 Key Learnings

- Chapter 3 is the focal point of the Book of Ruth
    - Recognition
    - Respect

- Old Testament connections
    - Lot & his daughters
    - Judah and his daughter-in-law (Tamar)

- Restoration of boundaries
    - kindness
    - love

- Shavuot (Pentacost)
    - Acceptance of faith
    - Commitmen

22 April - Ruth 2

Ruth Chapter 2 Key Learnings

- The strangeness of an agriculture culture
    - Reaping and harvesting
    - Gleaning : gathering what the harvesters did not collect

- “Redeem, redeemer, or redemption”
    
- The World term usage is mainly in an economic context
    - Church/Scripture uses the terms to describe deliverance from bondage
    (Delivered, Ransom, Rescue, Advocate, Defender, Buy Back, Set Free)

- The theme of family redeemer foreshadows Jesus as our Redeemer

8 April - 24ToDouble

24ToDouble Key (Laity Involvement ) Learnings

Terms
FTA - First Time Attender. (The term visitor implies visitors eventually leave)
MTA - Multiple Time Attender


The Pastor’s Meal - A structure opportunity for FTAs/MTAs to connect with the church. People want to meet and interact with the pastor. It makes them feel special. Our pastor is our best “draw” we have to offer.

Meal Goals:
    •    To make friends
    •    To share the church’s statement of faith
    •    To share the Pastor’s vision
    •    To inform that God has a plan for their life and His desire to use them in His service

Curtis’ Notes:
    •    The good and gracious will of God: Name kept Holy; Word taught correctly; Sinners brought to faith; Lead godly lives.
    •    Goals of Confirmation: 1. Take ownership of faith 2. Live as a child of God. 3. Grow in the life & mission of the church.


Application of
Dr Weston’s 7 Laws of Growth can be summed up as relationships, relationships, relationships.

24toDouble uses Romans 12:4-8 as their
leadership model proof text. Concern was raised that they may have bent the meaning to make the text fit.

15 April - Ruth 1

Ruth Chapter I Key Learnings

Linage
    - Ruth - Not a Hebrew. A Mobite.
     - Mobites are related to the Hebrews through Lot
     - Lot was Abraham’s nephew
    - First mother-in-law is Naomi
     - Naomi and her husband were originally from Bethlehem before Moab
     - Moves back to Bethlehem after husband’s death
    - Ruth - Grandmother of Kind David
    -Ruth - One of four women mention in the genealogy of Christ

The importance of geography is to demonstrate scripture is rooted in reality.

Ruth was loyal to Naom

25 Mar - Lord's Prayer

Lord’s Prayer Key Learning’s

Matthew 6:9-13

The Lord’s Prayer in post Christian culture
    •    Pope Francis has suggested an updated translation to the 6th petition to avoid confusion. His suggest is in line with what we teach.
    •    Missed opportunities: On a good Sunday only 25% are in Sunday School

English translations examined (ESV, KJV, NIV, TNIV, TEV, NLT, Beck, NABRE)
    •    Each translation made different word choices
    •    The prayer version we use in corporate worship more closely follows the KJV

Lutheran hymnals examined (LH, LBW, LW, LSB)
    •    Subtle changes in the prayer were made over time concerning word choices and punctuation.
    •    The Lord’s prayer is spoken as the conclusion of the Prayer’s of the Church

The language of the church is criticized for being archaic
    •    Tradition and personal preferences

A class version of the Lord’s prayer (petitions numbered)
Our Father who is in heaven.
1. Holy be Your name.
2. Your kingdom come.
3. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
4. Give us today our daily bread.
5. And forgive us our sins and help us forgive those who trespass against us.
6. Do not let us fall into temptation.
7. But deliver us from evil.
For Yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

11 Mar - 24 to Double

24 To Double Key (Involvement) Learnings:


Dysfunctional Church Models

1. Staff Lead Model (Overworking the staff)
2. Desperate Volunteer Model (Filling slots with warm bodies)
3. Chaos Model (Whatever is in chaos gets attention)

Types of Gifts (Gifts are different that talents):

1. Ascension Gifts (Romans 12:4-5)
    -    Apostles
    -    Prophets
    -    Evangelists
    -    Pastors
    -    Teachers

2. Function/Motivation Gifts (Romans 12:6-8)
    -    Team Leader
    -    Prayer Leader
    -    Recruiter
    -    Encourager
    -    Trainer
    -    Worker
    -    Treasurer

3. Spiritual Gifts (1Cor 12:8-10

4 Mar - Philemon

Philemon Key Learnings

Sunday March 4, 2018

The purpose of the Bible is to point us to Christ Jesus. Our study is taking a closer look at those biblical books and letters that lack the verbosity of the others.

Puzzles:
Roman slavery is confusing for us today because it was different from the types of slavery we know best.
The greek word “Doulos” is translated as “slave” or “servant” and different translations made different choices

Relationship Motivations; Slave, Servant, Employee, or Family:
Slave - Obligation
Employee - $$$
Servant - Relationship
Family - Responsibility

Comforts:
We are all runways
Through Christ our relationship status with God is changed
Through Christ our legal status has change


25 Feb - Nahum

The purpose of the Bible is to point us to Christ Jesus. Our study is taking a closer look at those biblical books and letters that lack the verbosity of the others.

The Book of Nahum



Nahum Key Learnings:

Comforts:

Nature of God is: Justice; Slow to anger; Has authority; Shows mercy

God remembers his promises

God is at work in History

Imagery projected warnings:

The world, sin, and the devil are predators.

False teachings and worship of false gods

Natural protections and worldly alliances do not provide shelter from unbelief