One Another Living Guide

Shane Stacey – August 3, 2015 Leave a comment

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The conduit for disciplemaking has always been relationships! But in our culture we cannot assume that people know how to live out the implications of the gospel in biblical community. In fact, the writers of the New Testament did not assume it in their day either. There are more than 59 “one another” instructions in the New Testament.

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Cadre Ministries recently updated one of their resources called, “The One Another Living Guide.” It is your journey through 25 life-changing “one another” verses. (E.g., love one another, pray for one another, bear one another’s burdens, etc.)

It’s a pocket-sized booklet of biblical challenges that helps you and your friends inflow the love of God into your lives, and then overflow God’s love into your everyday relationships in practical ways. Each “one another” study challenges you to express God’s love to others using one of five love languages: time, touch, tell, to-do, or treasure.  Continue Reading…

Bold Moves of Jesus (Part 3)

Shane Stacey – July 29, 2015 Leave a comment

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The Global Youth Initiative Summit took place earlier this year in Israel. I had the opportunity to attend with leaders from 53 countries. The conference theme was “Bold Moves.” We focused on five specific bold moves from the earthly ministry of Jesus.

  1. Change of Geography
  2. Investing in a Few
  3. Going to the Other Side
  4. Surrender to the Cross
  5. Multiply Everything

Bold Move No. 3: Going to the Other Side

Focusing on Mark 4:34-41, Ben Francis, of Big Life India, points to Jesus’ move to the other side.

As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us cross to the other side of the lake.” So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!”Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” The disciples were absolutely terrified. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey him!” (Mark 4:35-41).

Bold Move #3 – Going to the Other Side from EFCA on VimeoContinue Reading…

Bold Moves of Jesus (Part 2)

Shane Stacey – July 24, 2015 Leave a comment

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As I said in my previous post, the Global Youth Initiative Summit took place earlier this year in Israel. I had the opportunity to attend with leaders from 53 different countries. The “Bold Moves” conference theme focused on five specific bold moves from Jesus’ earthly ministry.

Organizational leaders from different international ministries each gave bold move challenges. In part one, the bold move was change of geography.

Bold Move No. 2: Investing in a few

Focusing on Matthew 4-7, Mark Edwards, from Sonlife Latin America, points to Jesus’ intentional investment in a few.

Consider sharing these videos with your team. Look at the passages together from the Gospels and talk about what Jesus’ 1st century bold move could mean for you and your team in your 21st century culture.

Bold Move #2 – Change of Geography –Investing Few from EFCA on Vimeo. Continue Reading…

Bold Moves of Jesus (Part 1)

Shane Stacey – July 22, 2015 2 Comments

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Earlier this year, the Global Youth Initiative Summit took place in Israel. I had the opportunity to attend, along with leaders from 53 different countries. The theme for the conference was, “Bold Moves.” During our time in Israel, we focused on five specific bold moves from the earthly ministry of Jesus.

In this five-part series, I will share the full video of each challenge. Organizational leaders from different international ministries presented each Bold Move challenge.

Dann Spader, president of Global Youth Initiative (GYI) and founder of Sonlife, gave the first Bold Move challenge. Below the embedded video you will find a few key quotes.

Consider sharing these videos with your team. Look at the passages together from the Gospels. Discuss what Jesus’ 1st century Bold Move could mean for you, individually, as leaders, and as a team.

A change of geography

Bold Move #1 – Change of Geography from EFCA on VimeoContinue Reading…

The One Thing

Linton Lundeen – July 17, 2015 Leave a comment

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A number of years ago, my wife and I experienced a rough patch in our marriage. I related poorly to her and didn’t know how to proceed. One morning, I launched an arrow prayer to God and asked him to provide direction for me from my daily Scripture reading.

I didn’t search the Bible for all the passages related to marriage, I simply read what was presented on that day in the One Year Bible. God showed up in a convicting way that brought clarity to my marriage. I read one line from 1 Chronicles 16:43 that provided a breakthrough, “…and David returned home to bless his family.”

That was the revelation I needed. As a pastor, I sought to bless the congregation, the community and my counselees, but I did not go home intent on blessing my family, especially my wife. My wife received my “leftovers” at the end of the day, while everyone else got my best effort. If anyone should get my best efforts it should be my wife.  Continue Reading…

Discipleship and Margin

Gordy Williams – July 15, 2015 Leave a comment

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My youth group attendance plummets by about 33 percent in late May and early June. It happens every year.

Finals, final projects, final concerts, sports, sport banquets, last rounds of SATs and just plain exhaustion take their toll on my students. As the summer progresses, they all come back and by July we’re usually “normal” again.

Ministry and life have their rhythms and cycles. Little dips and surges occur throughout the year, and they’re pretty predictable. To some degree, I think that’s okay. As long as our students are plugged in on Sunday mornings, I don’t sweat it too much if they miss the occasional Wednesday night. In the past few years, however, I’ve been growing suspicious that our yearly plummets indicate something else. Continue Reading…

SketchParty TV

Brandon Early – July 10, 2015 1 Comment

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This Sunday, I needed a game for our gathering time. I knew my message was shorter so I tried to find a game that took a little more time. I landed on an iPad app called, SketchParty TV. This is a Pictionary-style drawing and guessing game, and it costs only $3.99.

SketchParty TV contains several word-lists, but you can make an in-app purchase to create “custom word lists.” I paid for the custom word lists feature a year ago, but it is currently a free add-on. Here is a list I found online. Copy and paste it into a new word list or use it for inspiration in creating your own.

SketchParty TV works on iPads only and uses AirPlay Mirroring to play. If you want to learn more about AirPlay click over to Apple’s AirPlay page here.

Here are three ways you can use AirPlay/mirroring in your youth room:  Continue Reading…

Micah 6:8 and Caitlyn Jenner

Gordy Williams – July 8, 2015 3 Comments

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The LGBT discussion is a hot topic in our ministry. Over the last two months, I continued to ponder the best ways to help our students answer some of these tough questions. I bet it’s the same for you. Our students hear what the culture says about sexuality and identity, and honestly wrestle with what the Bible says. They seek clarity in a dialogue that often seems muddy.

The recent explosion of media coverage surrounding Caitlyn Jenner gives another opportunity for interaction. So, how can we engage the issue from a Christian worldview, and how can we help our students to do the same?

I think Micah 6:8 can help us: “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (ESV)  Continue Reading…

When the Doughnuts are Gone

Dr. G. David Boyd – July 3, 2015 Leave a comment

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Recently, I stood before a dozen junior high boys. No cell phones, no passing gas, no sleeping. They all sat still – eyes attentive and ears attune.

Then I woke up, and had to teach my Sunday school class.

While my dream might not be attainable, I regularly ask myself how I am going to motivate my class to actively listen and learn.  Continue Reading…

It’s Time to Teach Revelation

Gordy Williams – July 1, 2015 Leave a comment

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I don’t have a bomb shelter. I’m not stockpiling weapons and ammo. In fact, to the best of my knowledge, the only thing filling my basement is dust and spiders. However, I must admit that news regarding ISIS in the past year makes me rethink my lifestyle a bit. That’s especially true with the recent ISIS-related violence in Texas and attempt in Boston. I don’t mean that I’m going to start stockpiling weapons in a newly dug bomb shelter. Rather, I think it might be time for me to take a year in the book of Revelation with my students.

Here’s why:  Continue Reading…