First Things First

24 03 2013

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Series Overview

By the time students reach middle school and high school, they have probably learned that there are only just so many hours in the day. There are limits to how many hobbies you can pursue. There is a finite number of friends you can talk to for hours every night. So, for the next two weeks, we are going to apply that same life lesson to our faith. We only have so much time, energy, and interest, so what are the most important things in life? What should we include in our day-to-day life and what can fall to the side? The only way we are going to give up sleep, fun with our friends, or time playing Xbox in order to spend time with God is if we put “First Things First.”

Week 1 (March 24, 2013)

Yes, by middle school and high school, they’ve learned that we have to prioritize even simple decisions, such as “What must I put in by book bag today?” or “Should I get up now for school or sleep 10 more minutes and skip the shower?” These are simple lessons in prioritizing, but they carry major life lessons that affect their walk with God. There are simple activities or practices that strengthen our faith. The challenge for every believer is that, to find time and energy for these exercises, we must sacrifice other activities. Every believer wants to pray more, read their Bible more, and serve more. However, only the mature believer is prepared to forfeit time elsewhere in order to make time for God.

Talk to your student about a time when you gave up something good to gain something better. Ask your student how they can prioritize their relationship with God this week.

Week 2 (March 31, 2013)

We have talked about the idea that sometimes we need to give up something good to gain something better. Now we want our students to know that Jesus did the exact same thing when he went to the cross.  Jesus was willing to give up his whole life in order to gain something of greater value – YOU! Through his work on the cross Jesus showed just how valuable you are and how valuable a relationship with God really is. We want every student to know that they have tremendous value in the eyes of God, and that they are loved so much that Jesus was willing to give up his life. This Easter we want every student to know just how valuable they really are.

Talk to your student about the importance of Easter. Ask your student how they feel when they hear that Jesus gave up his life for them.

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Baptism

17 03 2013

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March 17, 2013

We love telling stories in Transit, especially stories about faith. One of the best ways to share your story is through baptism.  While baptism is great way to share your story, it is often misunderstood.  If you ask ten different people about baptism, you will probably get ten different responses.  We want to talk about the real reason for baptism. Baptism was created as a way celebrate and share our faith.  We want all of our students to know that we want to celebrate baptism with them, and we want them to share their stories.  Our lives our changed when we enter into a relationship with Jesus, and baptism is one of the best ways to show others that our lives have changed. Just like a wedding shows that two people have come together or a graduation shows that someone has completed a degree, baptism is the way that we show how our faith has impacted our lives.  Baptism isn’t something this is required or must be done in a specific way, but it is the way that we show that our faith has become our own.

Talk to your student about your experience with baptism. Ask your student if they would be interested in getting baptized if they have not been already.

For more information about baptism at Redstone please visit the Baptism Page.





Saved You a Seat

3 03 2013

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We want Transit to be a fun and engaging place every Sunday for all students.  While it might be easy to congratulate our selves for engaging the students who come to Transit consistently each week, we want to make sure that we stay aware of one key truth – there are hundreds of students in our sphere of influence who do not have a relationship with Jesus. Over the next two weeks, we want to focus on the students who are not in Transit.  We want to talk about how our students can be better prepared for when new students who up for the first time because we want all new students to know that we “Saved You a Seat.”

Week 1 (March 3, 2013)

Isn’t it interesting that students will know someone’s favorite color, favorite movie, and what boy or girl they like but, if you asked them if their friends goes to church, they will shrug and say “I don’t know.” Students will take the time to memorize their friends’ class schedules, but ask them which friends are Christian and you’ll get a blank stare.  It seems it is not a lack of compassion on their part, but a lack of awareness. It simply has never entered into the lens of how they view people.  So, today, we want to point out to all our students that eternity is a reality, that students have been called to share the gospel and Transit is here to partner with them.

Talk with your students about how you invest in other people in your life. Ask your student who they can invite to Transit and BigStuf this summer.

Week 2 (March 10, 2013)

The natural pull of any organization is to begin to focus on the insiders.  After all, they are the ones who are there every week.  They are the ones who will tell us what they need, want, and expect.  So it is no wonder that organizations drift toward serving and anticipating the needs of their most dedicated members.  The challenge for Transit – and any ministry, for that matter – is to fight this pull and remember we are a part of the great commission to bring in new believers.  The good news this morning is that, as a whole, the students of a church love to invite their friends.  The hard news is that not every student they bring sticks around.  Why is that?  Is there something more each small group could do to make people feel more welcome?  Remember, new students are always going to be coming to Transit. We need to decide now what we want their experience to be like, so we are prepared when they show up.

Ask your student what their first experience in Transit was like, and how they can help create a great experience for a first time student in Transit.