WHAT WE ARE LEARNING

Join us in the youth building from 6:00PM – 8:00PM for Wednesday night worship! We hang out, sing praises to God, study the Bible together, play a game, and eat a snack. If you miss a week, check out this page to see what we learned about, and then come on back next week!

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February 14, 2018

Today’s lesson was brought to you by your very own youth-mates! We broke up into three small groups to each dissect and discuss a part of the passage.

The Scripture – Acts 16:11-15, 16-24, 25-34

“From Troas we put out to sea and sailed straight for Samothrace, the next day to Neapolis, and from there to Philippi, a Roman colony and a leading city of the district of Macedonia. We stayed in that city for several days. On the Sabbath day we went outside the city gate by the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and spoke to the women gathered there. A God-fearing woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira, was listening. The Lord opened her heart to respond to what Paul was saying. After she and her household were baptized, she urged us, ‘If you consider me a believer in the Lord, come and stay at my house.’ And she persuaded us.”

“Once, as we were on our way to prayer, a slave girl met us who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She made a large profit for her owners by fortune-telling. As she followed Paul and us she cried out, ‘These men, who are proclaiming to you the way of salvation, are the servants of the Most High God.’ She did this for many days. Paul was greatly annoyed. Turning to the spirit, he said, ‘I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her!’ And it came out right away. When her owners realized that their hope of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to the authorities. Bringing them before the chief magistrates, they said, ‘These men are seriously disturbing our city. They are Jews and are promoting customs that are not legal for us as Romans to adopt or practice.’ The crowd joined in the attack against them, and the chief magistrates stripped off their clothes and ordered them to be beaten with rods. After they had severely flogged them, they threw them in jail, ordering the jailer to guard them carefully. Receiving such an order, he put them into the inner prison and secured their feet in the stocks.”

“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the jail were shaken, and immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s chains came loose. When the jailer woke up and saw the doors of the prison standing open, he drew his sword and was going to kill himself, since he thought the prisoners had escaped. But Paul called out in a loud voice, ‘Don’t harm yourself, because we’re all here!’ The jailer called for lights, rushed in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. He escorted them out and said, ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ They said, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved – you and your household.’ And they spoke the word of the Lord to him along with everyone in his house. He took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds. Right away he and all his family were baptized. He brought them into his house, set a meal before them, and rejoiced because he had come to believe in God with his entire household.”

Step 1 – Observation

Lydia was a God-fearing woman from Asia who was listening to the men speak by the place of prayer. She was touched by the Lord to respond in belief and follow that with baptism.

A slave girl was following Paul and Silas and shouting out about them. Paul got annoyed and using the name of Jesus cast the spirit out of her. The slave girl’s owners got mad and convinced the town to beat them and threw them into jail.

Paul and Silas were singing to God at midnight when an earthquake occurred leaving the doors to the cells open. The jailer was going to kill himself because he thought that everyone had escaped. Once he realized they hadn’t, he and his family called Jesus their Savior and were baptized.

Step 2 – Interpretation

Lydia selflessly opened her home to strangers. There is evidence of change in her after her conversion.

Paul used the name of Jesus to cast the spirit out. Go to Jesus in everything.

Paul and Silas were up at midnight praising God. God can use a bad situation for good. Praise and trust God. God has a plan for every bad thing. God doesn’t forget about you.

Step 3 – Application

We need to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit. It’s not about a feeling, it’s about obedience. Be obedient. Be intentional about prayer.

Be known by your love for Him. Don’t be afraid to use the name of Jesus. Let him be your response to everything. Let God handle your life, your every situation.

God can use your bad situations for good. (Check out Romans 8:28!) Always praise the Lord, regardless of the circumstances. Pray. Be obedient. Be a light in the world. Do what is right.

 

 

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January 31, 2018

The Main Point – What is your faith in?

The Scripture – Acts 14:8-20

“In Lystra a man was sitting who was without strength in his feet, had never walked, and had been lame from birth. He listened as Paul spoke. After looking directly at him and seeing that he had faith to be healed, Paul said in a loud voice, ‘Stand up on your feet!’ And he jumped up and began to walk around.

When the crowds saw what Paul had done, they shouted, saying in the Lycaonian language, ‘The gods have come down to us in human form!’ Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul, Hermes, because he was the chief speaker. The priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the town, brought bulls and wreaths to the gates because he intended, with the crowds, to offer sacrifice.

The apostles Barnabas and Paul tore their robes when they heard this and rushed into the crowd, shouting: ‘People! Why are you doing these things? We are people also, just like you, and we are proclaiming good news to you, that you turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and everything in them. In past generations he allowed all the nations to go their own way, although he did not leave himself without a witness, since he did what is good by giving you rain from heaven and fruitful seasons and filling you with food and your hearts with joy. Even though they said these things, they barely stopped the crowds from sacrificing to them.

Some Jews came from Antioch and Iconium, and when they won over the crowds, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, thinking he was dead. After the disciples gathered around him, he got up and went into the town. The next day he left with Barnabas for Derbe.

Questions we went over in small groups:

  1. What did you learn about God?
  2. Are there other things besides God that you are placing your faith in?
  3. How can you demonstrate your faith to God this week?

Let’s talk about what we can learn from a few of the people in this story. First, when we read this historical account of healing, we can be tempted, just like the people in Lystra, to put Paul up on a pedestal for his ability to heal this man who was lame. However, we must be careful not to make assumptions when we are reading scripture. We must look at each passage of scripture in light of the Bible as a whole. If we travel back a few chapters and read Acts 3:16, Acts 4:30, and Acts 9:34 we will see that this healing comes from faith in Jesus Christ. Paul’s ability to heal came from Jesus; and, he is quick to set this straight with the people of Lystra. Are you quick to give Jesus and God the credit for all they do?

Paul points the people to God, and we learn much about His character from verses 15 through 18. He is Creator, Sustainer, Provider, Giver of Mercy, Giver of Grace, and more. When people look at your life, do they see that you have faith in this mighty and trustworthy God?

Last, we look at the lame man. Upon being healed, the Bible says “he jumped up and began to walk around.” When we encounter Jesus, we are changed. We have a new identity. This man, now able to walk, would not be known as a lame man, but as a healed man or as a walking man. This is a sweet reminder that we are not known by our past. When we accept Jesus as our Savior, he changes us. His death on the cross paid what was due by us to wipe our slates clean so that we can stand before God our Father one day and enter into His forever kingdom. Do you know this Jesus? Have you prayed to Him to be Lord of your life? Has your slate been wiped clean? If not, come talk with us and we will show you how you can be set free in Christ! If you are a believer, do you live as though you have been set free? Do you live in a way that declares and praises God for who He is and what He has done?

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January 10, 2018

The Main Point – Be prepared to share.

The Scripture – Acts 8:26-40

“An angel of the Lord spoke to Philip: ‘Get up and go south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.’ (This is the desert road.) So he got up and went. There was an Ethiopian man, a eunuch and high official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to worship in Jerusalem and was sitting in his chariot on his way home, reading the prophet Isaiah aloud.

The Spirit told Philip, ‘Go and join that chariot.’

When Philip ran up to it, he heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, ‘Do you understand what you’re reading?’

‘How can I,’ he said, ‘unless someone guides me?’ So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. Now the Scripture passage he was reading was this:

     He was led like a sheep to the slaughter,

 and as a lamb is silent before its shearer,

     so he does not open his mouth.

      In his humiliation justice was denied him.

     Who will describe his generation?

     For his life is taken from the earth.

The eunuch said to Philip, ‘I ask you, who is the prophet saying this about – himself or someone else?’ Philip proceeded to tell him the good news about Jesus, beginning with that Scripture.

As they were traveling down the road, they came to some water. The eunuch said, ‘Look, there’s water. What would keep me from being baptized?’ So he ordered the chariot to stop, and both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him any longer but went on his way rejoicing. Philip appeared in Azotus, and he was traveling and preaching the gospel in all the towns until he came to Caesarea.”

Questions we went over in small groups:

  1. What did you learn about God?
  2. How can you serve people in your house?
  3. What will you do to be prepared to share the Gospel?

This is one of the stories in the Bible that can confuse you and inspire you all at the same time. The last paragraph sounds like something from a sci-fi movie about teleportation, and honestly, that is pretty cool. However, as we look at what is written before that, we can see how so much of this story applies to us today.

First of all, Philip was one of the seven servants chosen by the twelve disciples to handle the serving of bread back in Acts 6. When he was called to serve then by simply serving bread, he was obedient. Then when God called him to serve by sharing the gospel with this Ethiopian man, he was obedient. Whatever God called Philip to do, whether it was a “spiritual” job or not, Philip did as the Lord had said.

We should have the same attitude. Whatever God calls you to do, whether that is to call upon Him for salvation (which He calls everyone to do) or to simply respect your parents authority, obedience is always the best choice. God will do many amazing spiritual things in our lives if we let Him. Yet, one thing to always remember is that obedience is always spiritual.

So be obedient, be prepared to share, rejoice as Philip did, and join us next week as we discuss whatever God has for us next!

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November 29, 2017

The Main Point – You can be thankful because of the greatness of God.

The Scripture – Isaiah 12:1-6

“On that day you will say: I will give thanks to you, Lord, although you were angry with me. Your anger has turned away, and you have comforted me. Indeed, God is my salvation; I will trust in him and not be afraid, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my song. He has become my salvation.” You will joyfully draw water from the springs of salvation, and on that day you will say: Give thanks to the Lord; proclaim his name! Make his works known among the peoples. Declare that his name is exalted. Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things. Let this be known throughout the earth. Cry out and sing, citizen of Zion, for the Holy One of Israel is among you in his greatness.”

Questions we went over in small groups:

  1. What did you learn from the text?
  2. Explain how Isaiah 12:1-6 is relevant in your life.
  3. How will you show your thankfulness for God’s salvation?

This passage was set in a time before Christ, around 700BC. Looking in chapters 1-11 of Isaiah, we see that God was angry with the people because they were forgetting about God. They were turning to idols and the love of money, and they were basically replacing God with other things that would never satisfy. This passage was written BEFORE Jesus, yet it was written ABOUT Jesus. It was pointing to Him and the fact that He was going to choose to come down from heaven to be our salvation. The Lord promised that they would “joyfully draw water from the springs of salvation”.

This society was full of farmers. They were dependent on God to provide that water (through rain and springs). Therefore, this analogy was something they could connect with. What was there response? Thankfulness! And when we look ahead to John 4 when Jesus met with the woman who was drawing water from the well and spoke about being the living water, what was her response? Declaration!

So what is your response? Judah sinned and yet God had become their salvation. We have sinned and God has become our salvation. Has God become your salvation? If not, we would love to talk to you about what that means! If He has become your salvation, what is your response? Are you giving thanks? Are you making His works known among the peoples? Are you declaring that His name is exalted? Are you singing to the Lord for the glorious things He has done? Are you thankful because of the greatness of God?

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November 15, 2017

The Main Point – Disciple: Something that you are AND something that you do

The Scripture – Matthew 28:16-20

“The eleven disciples traveled to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshiped, but some doubted. Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Questions we went over in small groups:

  1. What did you learn from the text?
  2. What does it mean to you that Jesus has all authority?
  3. Disciple has two parts: being and doing. How are you being a disciple?

Salvation is found only in Jesus Christ. But is there more to the Christian life after accepting Jesus as your Savior? Absolutely! When we call upon Jesus, ask forgiveness for our sins, and choose to give our life to Him, our heart is completely changed (2 Corinthians 5:17). And He doesn’t just want a piece of your life. He wants all of it. Looking at the first disciples’ example of following Jesus in this passage we see many things. They went to where Jesus directed them. They had some doubts, but they still chose to worship Jesus. They didn’t let their doubts be bigger than their worship. They learned from Him many things that they then took to the world to pass on.

There are 4 all phrases to look at here:

  1. All authority – A disciple knows and believes that Jesus had all authority. This means that He is in control and that everything that happens goes through Him. (Check out Ephesians 1:21 and John 17:2 for more on this subject.)
  2. All nations – The gospel of Christ is for anyone and everyone. God wants all people to become disciples of Christ.
  3. All I have commanded – A disciple doesn’t pick and choose what to pass on. A disciple passes all of Jesus’ commandments on. C.S. Lewis in his book Mere Christianity said it in this way:

    “I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”

  4. Always – A disciple has the Holy Spirit living inside of them; therefore, Jesus is ALWAYS with them. Matthew uses this kind of as bookends to his gospel account. It began with Jesus’ birth when Mary was told to call Him Immanuel which means “God with us”. Then Jesus says it Himself to the disciples that He is always with them.

So how are you doing what Jesus commanded? What good works are flowing from the transformation Jesus made in your heart when you called Him Lord? Have you called Him Lord? Join us on Wednesday nights to find out more about who Jesus is, what a disciple is, and how becoming one will literally change your life!

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November 8, 2017

The Main Point – Jesus invites you to be forgiven and to serve.

The Scripture – John 21:1-19

“After this, Jesus revealed himself again to his disciples by the Sea of Tiberias. He revealed himself in this way: Simon Peter, Thomas (called ‘Twin’), Nathanael from Cana of Galilee, Zebedee’s sons, and two others of his disciples were together.

‘I’m going fishing,’ Simon Peter said to them.

‘We’re coming with you,’ they told him. They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. When daybreak came, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not know it was Jesus.

‘Friends,’ Jesus called to them, ‘you don’t have any fish, do you?’

‘No,’ they answered.

‘Cast the net on the right side of the boat,’ he told them, ‘and you’ll find some.’ So they did, and they were unable to haul it in because of the large number of fish.

The disciple, the one Jesus loved, said to Peter, ‘It is the Lord!’ When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he tied his outer clothing around him (for he had taken it off) and plunged into the sea. Since they were not far from land (about a hundred yards away), the other disciples came in the boat, still dragging the net full of fish. When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish lying on it, and bread.

‘Bring some of the bread you’ve just caught,’ Jesus told them. So Simon Peter climbed up and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish – 153 of them. Even though there were so many, the net was not torn.

‘Come and have breakfast,’ Jesus told them. None of the disciples dared ask him, ‘Who are you?’ because they knew it was the Lord. Jesus came, took the bread, and gave it to them. He did the same with the fish. This was now the third time Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.

When they had eaten breakfast, Jesus asked Simon Peter, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?’

‘Yes, Lord,’ he said to him, ‘you know that I love you.’

‘Feed my lambs,’ he told him. A second time he asked him, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me?’

‘Yes, Lord,’ he said to him, ‘you know that I love you.’

‘Shepherd my sheep,’ he told him. He asked him the third time, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me?’ Peter was grieved that he asked him the third time, ‘Do you love me?’

He said, ‘Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.’

‘Feed my sheep,’ Jesus said. ‘Truly I tell you, when you were younger, you would tie your belt and walk wherever you wanted. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands and someone else will tie you and carry you where you don’t want to go.’ He said this to indicate by what kind of death Peter would glorify God. After saying this, he told him, ‘Follow me.'”

Questions we went over in small groups:

  1. What did you learn from the text?
  2. Have you asked Jesus for His forgiveness?
  3. How are you serving?

Jesus knew they hadn’t caught any fish, but He asked the question anyway. Jesus could have simply made the fish go into the net where the disciples had it, but instead He calls the disciples to take action. He calls them to trust him. Jesus already had fish and bread on the charcoal fire; He didn’t need their fish. Still, He asks them for it. Jesus didn’t have to forgive us. After what we had done, how we had denied Him, He could have left us to our own destruction. But He wanted us, and He wanted to die for us so that we might be called children of God. Jesus doesn’t need us to serve Him. He could accomplish His will all on His own. But He wants us to be involved.

Therefore, you have to yourself a few questions. Do you recognize Jesus in your life? Have you asked Jesus for His forgiveness? Are you listening when He calls you to do something, and are you then faithful to do it? Are you working alongside Jesus or against Him? How are you serving others? Are you denying Him with how you live? Or are you FULLY devoted to Him? Jesus asked Peter “Do you love me?” three times. Are you ready to follow Him now, or does He have to ask you again?

If you want to learn more about Jesus and His forgiveness or how to become a Christian, click on “Going to Heaven” above or come next Wednesday and we would love to sit down with you and tell you all about our Savior Jesus Christ and how He can be YOUR Savior too! If you are a believer, we would love to help you discover your part in God’s story and get you plugged in to serve Him through Tate Springs Baptist Church. See you next week!

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November 1, 2017

The Main Point – Bring your doubts to Jesus.

The Scripture – John 20:24-29

“But Thomas (called ‘Twin’), one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples were telling him, ‘We’ve seen the Lord!’

But he said to them, ‘If I don’t see the mark of the nails in his hands, put my finger into the mark of the nails, and put my hand into his side, I will never believe.’

A week later his disciples were indoors again, and Thomas was with them. Even though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’

Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here and look at my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Don’t be faithless, but believe.”

Thomas responded to him, ‘My Lord and my God.’

Jesus said, ‘Because you have seen me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.'”

Questions we went over in small groups:

  1. What are your takeaways from Thomas’ story?
  2. Have you ever doubted Jesus’ presence?
  3. What doubts do you need to bring to Jesus?

The Bible mentions Thomas in other places, including John 11 and John 14, yet this story is what he is most known for. This relates to our lives as Christians because we must be aware of how we live at all times. As Christians, we can’t take breaks from living out our faith. We don’t get a pass to just “lose our cool.”

Yet, doubt will always be a struggle in our lives. One question we ask ourselves as we read this passage is “Why is Thomas so hesitant to believe?” However, we could put our own name in place of Thomas. “Why is [insert your name here] so hesitant to believe in God’s promises?” But the point of our discussion last night was not how to stop having doubts, because we will always have doubts this side of heaven. The true question to ask is what are you doing with those doubts? Are you bringing those doubts to Jesus?

To find out more about this lesson or more about Jesus, come next Wednesday to youth as we dive into God’s word once more! Glory to His name!

 

October 24, 2017

The Main Point – Jesus came looking for you!

The Scripture – John 20:19-23

“When it was evening of that first day of the week, the disciples were gathered together with the doors locked because they feared the Jews. Jesus came, stood among them, and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’

Having said this, he showed them his hands and his side. So the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.

Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace to you. As the Father has sent me, I also send you.’ After saying this, he breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.'”

Questions we went over in small groups:

  1. What did you learn?
  2. Tell a time when you could tell that Jesus was looking for you.
  3. When will you tell others that Jesus is looking for them?

Jesus went looking for his disciples because he cared for them, wanted to give them peace, wanted them to rejoice, and to send them out to tell the world about him. He is doing the same for you. If you are not a Christian, he is looking for you! He wants to give you peace and joy. If you are a Christian, he came looking for you, has given you peace and joy, and wants to send you out to tell the world about him. If you have any questions, come to youth this Sunday or next Wednesday and we would be glad to answer them!

As always, have a joy-filled day, for this is the day that the Lord has made!

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