I want us to be men of God. As men of God, we need to be in community. I love that we're all good friends. But more than being good friends, we need to be a community wherein which we are united in one thing. What is that thing?
Jesus Christ. We need to be united in Christ.
Do you know the best way to love someone? What is love?
Clip of Barry asking Patty out on a date
The first marriage Adam and Eve
Since Christmas was around the corner, we decided to have a special Bible study. We had a short devotion, exchange of gifts, and a bonfire with smores.
Thanks to all the parents for bringing the youth and the food! Special thanks to Tita Gerrie, Tito Jojo, Tito Dennis, Tita Jean, Tita Eva, Kuya Jaymer, Kuya Jerome, and Ate Venia for all your help! PC: Kuya Jerome
Below are the lesson notes:
Do you guys know what the meaning of Christmas is?
We are twisted people. And this is why we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Because while we were yet sinners. Christ died for us. While we were twisted and selfish people, Christ died for us. God sent His own son to die on our behalf. So instead of looking at you and seeing the selfish twisted person that you are. When you put faith in Christ, God sees the perfect life of Jesus. Isn't that good news?
Turn with me to Matthew 1: 18-25:
Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall call his name Immanuel”
(which means, God with us). When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.
Who is Jesus Christ? He was born to "save people from their sins". He is "God with us". Isn't that amazing?
Last week, we participated in Operation Christmas Child by the suggestion of TIta Gerrie. We believe that the gospel calls us to be outward focused. In Ephesians 2:13, we read "But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ." As we read verses like these, we begin to not only care about followers of Christ, but even those who do not know or even reject Christ. Understanding that Christ was excluded so that we could be included causes us to desire to share Christ's love and the gospel to others who are excluded.
Thank you to all the youth and parents who contributed and helped pack these boxes! Our hope and prayer is that the children who receive these boxes would come to know our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in a personal way.
Because this program (Operation Christmas Child) is through the organization, Samaritan's Purse, we decided to go through the parable of Great Samaritan that was taught by Jesus. Below are the lesson notes:
The Good Samaritan