Amanda

Bringing the Gospel to Kids

Bringing the Gospel to Kids

Head

This past Sunday, we heard from Ministry Director Amanda Whiting about the role we play in bringing the ‘good news’ of Christ to the children in our lives. Have each group member take pen and paper, and take a few moments to create a list of the children in their life. 

Heart

(Read what we commit to as a community to the children of The Gallery- from covenant handbook)

Hands

Before we introduce the second part of the ‘hands’ piece, we want to remind you of the most important thing that you can commit to doing for this list of children in your life: pray. Where can you incorporate these kids into your prayer life. Never underestimate the impact and power of your prayers. 


Part two

On the list of names you created, jot down some simple ways that you can model your faith and the gospel to each child (gestures, phrases, specific interactions, etc). 

Abba's Adoption

This week Pastor Brad and Ministry Director, Amanda Whiting team up to bring us a sermon on the adoption of our sonship into God's family: A powerful and poignant reminder that God chose us and is always full of love for us. 

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Our sermon from two weeks ago, the war within, makes this week’s sermon on the adoption into God’s family an interesting contrast. Re-read Romans 7:14-25. Stop there. If you check with your group members, this probably doesn’t make anyone feel very warm and fuzzy. Now continue reading into Romans 8:1-11. Discuss how this changes our outlook on our internal war with sin.

Heart

Think of your family of origin and pick three or four words that would describe your family. What areas of your family (and yourself) reflect your adoption into God’s family. What areas of your family life (and your life) need redefinition?

Hands

Have everyone take a piece of paper and quickly draw a simple family tree going back a generation or two. Now, have everyone write: Abba’s Family at the top of the tree. Read Romans 8:14-17. As a group discuss the words that would describe being adopted into God’s family.

Hope at the Onset

While the men were away at the first annual men's retreat, ministry director Amanda Whiting gave a message on Romans 5:1-11, the Peace and Hope of God. Listen for a encouraging word on how to find hope in our lives.

Head

Lectio-Devina is a traditional Benedictine practice of scriptural reading, meditation and prayer intended to promote communion with God and to increase the knowledge of God's Word. It involves reading a passage of scripture several times, focusing on what stands out to you. Using a computer or smartphone Read Romans 5:1-11 in the NLT translation. Have someone else in the group read it in NIV. Finally, have someone read the scripture in The Message Version. Share with one another what stands out to you.

Heart

Romans 5: 3-5 encourages us to know that we’re not without hope even in the midst of trials. God’s Holy spirit WILL fill our hearts with love. Maybe seeing God’s goodness is a struggle because you are in the waiting place. Perhaps you feel like you’re in a hopeless place. However, the practice of remembering the times that God has showed up for you inspires hope. Take time to remember stories from your life of ways you’ve experienced the sweetness of God’s love and hope. Share these! There is power and inspiration from sharing. As scripture says: boast about it!

Hands

Choose an area of your life where you need the reality of God’s hope. Big or small, God wants to prove himself and the power of his sacrificial love to you. Commit to presenting your ‘sufferings’ (struggles) to Him in prayer and faith. As this past Sunday’s sermon reminded us: Hope is only possible if you’re in relationship with Jesus. Go to Him and practice trusting and resting in Him.