Hazardous Series Review: Timeout
Sometimes we have to stop and gather ourselves. The same is also true in our relationship with God. Life can get really crazy and God so often wants to speak to us in those quieter moments. During this series students had the opportunity to hear about what those times look like as a Christ follower, we we should pursue God's time and that he is constantly pursuing ours. Jessica Woltz lead this 3 week long series about worship, quiet time and prayer with God.
Week 1: Worship
Worship, at least in the church is so often associated exclusively with music, instruments and raised hands. Although worshipping through music is both acceptable and encouraged in the bible- it is not the only form of worship. Not only that, but worship is something we are doing all of the time!
"Believe it or not, worship is something we do all of the time- we're actually really good at it."- Jessica
The example of sports was used as to how easy it is to worship something less than God. We are constantly in a state of worship, but the question students have to ask themselves is- who or what am I worshiping? So much more important is it that we are worshiping God with our response to Him- in the way we talk, act, and think.
"And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him." Romans 12:1 NLT
Week 2: Quiet Time
When we're talking about middle school students, most adults do not think of the word "quiet". When it comes to growing a relationship with someone, time spent is one of the most important way to do that- the other is the willingness to listen.
So often God waits for us to quiet ourselves in order to communicate with us. In a culture that moves 100 miles per hour- more so nowadays for middle school students- this can be extremely hard to practice.
Time with God = A changed life
We see an example of ordinary people who were changed radically by the TIME spent with Jesus in Acts chapter 4:
"The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus." Acts 4:13
Week 3: Prayer
Then Jesus said, come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28
Prayer can be a difficult topic to talk about- not just with Middle School students but with adults as well! Is God really listening? Is He really there? Does God answer prayer? These are all questions that our students are asking and we spent part of the night talking about the importance, biblical legitimacy, and the power of prayer. God does hear you when you pray, he is listening and he is eager to answer.
This week, students get to kick back and relax of the roller skating rink at Jellybeans in Cary. Our semester wraps up next week as we celebrate middle school students who are choosing to outwardly display their decision to follow Jesus through baptism.