Experiencing God – Middle School Discipleship Class

On September 8, 2010, in Middle School - EXIT, Students, by Shoreline

Next month we are excited to begin our new middle school discipleship track here at Shoreline. Throughout the school year we will be offering three courses to help further develop the students in mature followers of Christ. Our new program starts with Experiencing God and will begin in mid October.  Adapted from the best-selling adult study, students learn to hear God in new ways. Through this exciting, truly compelling 9-week study of the Bible we will help them:

  • Learn to hear when God is speaking
  • Find out how God is speaking
  • Find out where God is working and join Him
  • Experience God doing what only He can do
  • This phenomenal discipleship resource has helped millions of believers develop a more intimate relationship with God. Through personal and group study, the students will learn how to recognize when God is speaking. What’s more, this resource helps young Christians understand the importance of His timing and how to respond obediently. The result of this obedience is a fresh and exciting spiritual walk. Translated into 50 languages, this in-depth, small-group study has helped change countless lives around the world. We hope that through this study we can get our students ready to begin Experiencing God at work through their lives. For more information please contact Pastor Andrew at andrew@shorelinechurch.org

    Next month we are excited to begin our new middle school discipleship track here at Shoreline. Throughout the school year we will be offering three courses to help further develop the students in mature followers of Christ. Our new program starts with Experiencing God and will begin in mid October.  Adapted from the best-selling adult study, students learn to hear God in new ways. Through this exciting, truly compelling 9-week study of the Bible we will help them:

  • Learn to hear when God is speaking
  • Find out how God is speaking
  • Find out where God is working and join Him
  • Experience God doing what only He can do
  • This phenomenal discipleship resource has helped millions of believers develop a more intimate relationship with God. Through personal and group study, the students will learn how to recognize when God is speaking. What’s more, this resource helps young Christians understand the importance of His timing and how to respond obediently. The result of this obedience is a fresh and exciting spiritual walk. Translated into 50 languages, this in-depth, small-group study has helped change countless lives around the world. We hope that through this study we can get our students ready to begin Experiencing God at work through their lives. For more information please contact Pastor Andrew at andrew@shorelinechurch.org

    Developing Habits That Will Change Your Life week#5

    On September 5, 2010, in Middle School - EXIT, Students, by Shoreline

    As we wrap up out time going through our Habits series we will spent the first half of the morning on this weeks theme and the second on a review and wrap up of all we have learned. I hope that as parents you have followed along with our series but if this is your first read then take time to go back through the habits posts to connect with what your student has been learning. As always we encourage you to continue the conversation and learning at home. If your a student and need to talk about these ideas further talk to your parents or any of the middle school leaders.

    DEVELOPING HABITS THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE

    Money, Tithing, God & me

    The truth about money

    The world’s way says … God’s way says…
    Money is important Loving God is most important

    No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

    Luke 16:13

    Money gives me power Loving money makes me powerless

    For the love of money is at the root of all kinds of evil. 1 Tim. 6:10a

    Money gives me happiness Loving money leads to pain

    For the love of money is at the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.

    1 Timothy 6:10b

    Money gives me security Loving money makes me insecure

    Don’t weary yourself trying to get rich. Why waste your time? For riches can disappear as though they had the wings of a bird! Proverbs 23:4-5

    The truth about giving

    1. Giving proves that I recognize God as the rightful owner

    When you have eaten your fill, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. Deuteronomy 8:10

    2. Giving proves that I put God First in my life

    “Well, then,” Jesus said, “give to Caesar what belongs to him. But everything that belongs to God must be given to God.” This reply completely amazed them. Mark 12:17

    and he will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern. Matthew 6:33

    3. Giving proves I trust God to provide for me

    Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything your land produces. Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with the finest wine. Proverbs 3:9-10 (See also Malachi 3:10)
    When you give…

    1. Inspect your Heart (give cheerfully)

    You must each make up your own mind as to how much you should give. Don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. For God loves the person who gives cheerfully. 2 Corinthians 9:7

    2. Reject Recognition (give in secret)

    Give your gifts in secret, and your Father, who knows all secrets, will reward you. Matthew 6:4

    3. Expect God’s blessing (get beyond expectations)

    If you give, you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use in giving—large or small—it will be used to measure what is given back to you.” Luke 6:38

    One Last Thought: Giving back to God is a constant reminder that he is first in my life.

    As we wrap up out time going through our Habits series we will spent the first half of the morning on this weeks theme and the second on a review and wrap up of all we have learned. I hope that as parents you have followed along with our series but if this is your first read then take time to go back through the habits posts to connect with what your student has been learning. As always we encourage you to continue the conversation and learning at home. If your a student and need to talk about these ideas further talk to your parents or any of the middle school leaders.

    DEVELOPING HABITS THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE

    Money, Tithing, God & me

    The truth about money

    The world’s way says … God’s way says…
    Money is important Loving God is most important

    No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

    Luke 16:13

    Money gives me power Loving money makes me powerless

    For the love of money is at the root of all kinds of evil. 1 Tim. 6:10a

    Money gives me happiness Loving money leads to pain

    For the love of money is at the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.

    1 Timothy 6:10b

    Money gives me security Loving money makes me insecure

    Don’t weary yourself trying to get rich. Why waste your time? For riches can disappear as though they had the wings of a bird! Proverbs 23:4-5

    The truth about giving

    1. Giving proves that I recognize God as the rightful owner

    When you have eaten your fill, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. Deuteronomy 8:10

    2. Giving proves that I put God First in my life

    “Well, then,” Jesus said, “give to Caesar what belongs to him. But everything that belongs to God must be given to God.” This reply completely amazed them. Mark 12:17

    and he will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern. Matthew 6:33

    3. Giving proves I trust God to provide for me

    Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything your land produces. Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with the finest wine. Proverbs 3:9-10 (See also Malachi 3:10)
    When you give…

    1. Inspect your Heart (give cheerfully)

    You must each make up your own mind as to how much you should give. Don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. For God loves the person who gives cheerfully. 2 Corinthians 9:7

    2. Reject Recognition (give in secret)

    Give your gifts in secret, and your Father, who knows all secrets, will reward you. Matthew 6:4

    3. Expect God’s blessing (get beyond expectations)

    If you give, you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use in giving—large or small—it will be used to measure what is given back to you.” Luke 6:38

    One Last Thought: Giving back to God is a constant reminder that he is first in my life.

    EXIT – Game Night! September 17th

    On September 2, 2010, in Middle School - EXIT, Students, by Shoreline

    Middle School Game Night!

    Friday night Sept 17th Exit our middle school group will be having an epic game night here at Shoreline. Every game night we top the last and the games get crazier! This is a must for all 6th to 8th graders as it’s one of the biggest events of the year. So if your ready to chug clam juice, smash eggs with fish, spin to you fall, and win great prizes then this is your night. Come to play or just to watch but either way bring a friend for an amazing evening. In the Shoreline youth room at 6pm on Sept 17th.

    Parents we are always looking for more volunteers so why not come hangout for the night to see how you might get involved with the middle school team. One way to help would be to provide snacks such as chips, popcorn, or finger foods for our events. Contact Pastor Andrew for more information.

    Middle School Game Night!

    Friday night Sept 17th Exit our middle school group will be having an epic game night here at Shoreline. Every game night we top the last and the games get crazier! This is a must for all 6th to 8th graders as it’s one of the biggest events of the year. So if your ready to chug clam juice, smash eggs with fish, spin to you fall, and win great prizes then this is your night. Come to play or just to watch but either way bring a friend for an amazing evening. In the Shoreline youth room at 6pm on Sept 17th.

    Parents we are always looking for more volunteers so why not come hangout for the night to see how you might get involved with the middle school team. One way to help would be to provide snacks such as chips, popcorn, or finger foods for our events. Contact Pastor Andrew for more information.

    Developing Habits That Will Change Your Life week#4

    On August 29, 2010, in Middle School - EXIT, Students, by Shoreline

    Week for of our series “Developing Habits That Will Change Your Life” is all about connecting with and being part of the local and global church. In this weeks study we will look at why God made the church and our role within it on a regular basis. Frequently people confuse attendance , volunteering, or giving to be the primary portion of church involvemente when they are simply small portions of the big picture. As we look at living out our faith as a community please take time with your student to talk about what being part of the church means to you. Students if your parents aren’t involved in church please connect with one of the Exit leaders or perhaps the parents of a friend for a view on how their family unit connects with the church. As always feel free to leave thoughts in the comments to encourage others or share how you connect and take part in the church.

    Part 4: Involving yourself in the church

    THE BIRTH OF THE CHURCH

    They stood there amazed and perplexed. “What can this mean?” they asked each other. But others in the crowd were mocking. “They’re drunk, that’s all!” they said. Acts 2:12-13

    Awe=God was a draw…people followed his ways.

    Mocked=and many people walked away…went the way of the world.

    WHAT’S YOUR RESPONSE?

    World’s God’s Church’s

    Message Message Response

    • “I’m all I need”         Orphan without Christ              GATHER
    • “I plan my life”         God gives direction                      SEEK
    • “I’m in control”        God is in control                           WORSHIP
    • “I can use people”    God uses people                            RELY

    GETTING INVOLVED IN THE CHURCH BODY

    1. Commit to God’s plan for the CHURCH

    [Jesus said] “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

    [Jesus said] “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” John 10:11

    So you should not be like cowering, fearful slaves. You should behave instead like God’s very own children, adopted into his family– calling him “Father, dear Father.” Romans 8:15

    2. Refuse to confuse ATTENDANCE for spiritual growth

    Simply going to church does not mean your part of the church. To truly be part of the church you must inter into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and inter a corporate relationship with others following the ways of Christ.

    3. Find your ROLE in the Church Body

    Instead, we will hold to the truth in love, becoming more and more in every way like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. Under his direction, the whole body is fitted together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. Ephesians 4: 15-16

    One last thought: The church isn’t PERFECT… but, God’s power is AMAZING. Will you mock and walk or be in awe and be drawn to Christ’s Body?

    Week for of our series “Developing Habits That Will Change Your Life” is all about connecting with and being part of the local and global church. In this weeks study we will look at why God made the church and our role within it on a regular basis. Frequently people confuse attendance , volunteering, or giving to be the primary portion of church involvemente when they are simply small portions of the big picture. As we look at living out our faith as a community please take time with your student to talk about what being part of the church means to you. Students if your parents aren’t involved in church please connect with one of the Exit leaders or perhaps the parents of a friend for a view on how their family unit connects with the church. As always feel free to leave thoughts in the comments to encourage others or share how you connect and take part in the church.

    Part 4: Involving yourself in the church

    THE BIRTH OF THE CHURCH

    They stood there amazed and perplexed. “What can this mean?” they asked each other. But others in the crowd were mocking. “They’re drunk, that’s all!” they said. Acts 2:12-13

    Awe=God was a draw…people followed his ways.

    Mocked=and many people walked away…went the way of the world.

    WHAT’S YOUR RESPONSE?

    World’s God’s Church’s

    Message Message Response

    • “I’m all I need”         Orphan without Christ              GATHER
    • “I plan my life”         God gives direction                      SEEK
    • “I’m in control”        God is in control                           WORSHIP
    • “I can use people”    God uses people                            RELY

    GETTING INVOLVED IN THE CHURCH BODY

    1. Commit to God’s plan for the CHURCH

    [Jesus said] “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

    [Jesus said] “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” John 10:11

    So you should not be like cowering, fearful slaves. You should behave instead like God’s very own children, adopted into his family– calling him “Father, dear Father.” Romans 8:15

    2. Refuse to confuse ATTENDANCE for spiritual growth

    Simply going to church does not mean your part of the church. To truly be part of the church you must inter into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and inter a corporate relationship with others following the ways of Christ.

    3. Find your ROLE in the Church Body

    Instead, we will hold to the truth in love, becoming more and more in every way like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. Under his direction, the whole body is fitted together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. Ephesians 4: 15-16

    One last thought: The church isn’t PERFECT… but, God’s power is AMAZING. Will you mock and walk or be in awe and be drawn to Christ’s Body?

    Exit – Guys Camping Trip

    On August 27, 2010, in Middle School - EXIT, by Shoreline

    It’s about 8:30 and we just started making our smores here on the Exit guys camping trip. As the the girls are out to the movies and dinner we are spending the night by the fire. So far we have spent time exploring the camp grounds and going on several short hikes. After all the smores have been eaten we will settle down for a short bible study on what it means to be a man of God. Taking time to get away with just the guys allows us to explore Gods plan for men and what the young boys can begin doing to grow into being who God would have them be. I love this time and remember going on camp outs like this at there age and those lessons have kept with me all these years.
    Also a big thanks to all the boys being okay with one girl on the trip. My 3 year old Katie has joined us for her first camping trip. Thanks Boys!

    It’s about 8:30 and we just started making our smores here on the Exit guys camping trip. As the the girls are out to the movies and dinner we are spending the night by the fire. So far we have spent time exploring the camp grounds and going on several short hikes. After all the smores have been eaten we will settle down for a short bible study on what it means to be a man of God. Taking time to get away with just the guys allows us to explore Gods plan for men and what the young boys can begin doing to grow into being who God would have them be. I love this time and remember going on camp outs like this at there age and those lessons have kept with me all these years.
    Also a big thanks to all the boys being okay with one girl on the trip. My 3 year old Katie has joined us for her first camping trip. Thanks Boys!

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