OneHouse Fray meets Wednesday evenings (starting up in Fall 2013) from 6:15-7:45 pm. Come at 5:45 pm to grab dinner for a $ 1 a person.
OneHouse Move meets Sunday evenings from 6-7:30 pm. Come at 5:30 pm to get a slice of pizza for $ 1. Meeting at Jumpin' Java on April 28th and at Lakeshore on May 3 and May 19 (last date of the 2012-2013 school year. Will resume in Fall 2013).
What is OneHouse about this year? ADVENTUROUSLY EXPECTANT!
"God's Spirit beckons. There are things to do and places to go! 15-17 This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It's adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike "What's next, Papa?" God's Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what's coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with him, then we're certainly going to go through the good times with him!" Romans 8:14-16 (MSG)
Definition: Excited for the next adventure. Unafraid of what God has in store. Not negative or cynical but ready to jump in because Jesus is your life jacket, so you're not afraid.
To point students that come through our ministry to adopting a Child-like faith becoming adventurously expectant in their everyday lives, frequently greeting God like their father saying, "I'm ready Dad, what's next?"
This year, we'll conquer an over-arching theme that will be discussed throughout the year in both Move and Fray. Living our life isn't about settling into the life that we have. Not becoming well-adjusted to the culture. It isn't eve about adopting this new YOLO (you only live once) attitude. It's about being adventurously expectant; about taking on that child-like faith we're encouraged to have and greeting God with a child-like, "what's next, Papa?" Part of being adventurously expectant is just jumping. Just jumping into the idea of living inside out or acknowledging the fact that without God, we are literally nothing. He found us; he pulled us out of our brokenness and set us on our feet. So because of that, we're free.
WHAT IS FRAY? WHAT IS THE 2012-2013 THEME "YOU FOUND ME" ABOUT?
When you look at a rope, it always starts out bound together. But over time, the longer you use a piece of rope, it begins to fray at the end. Those strands that were once together now shoot off in different directions. This is my goal for the Jr. High youth group. Providing an environment where the group can grow together and be like a rope but also equipping them to spread out (or fray) into the community and into their friend groups to be that light that Christ calls us to be.
"11 In him we were also chosen,[a] having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession—to the praise of his glory." Ephesians 1:11-14
The idea for the theme of "You Found Me" is pulled from a song by The Fray that has the same title. However, I will be focusing on one line in the song:
"Lost and insecure, you found me."
The purpose of You Found Me is to point to the fact that while we were still sinners, while we were lost and insecure, he found us. Because he found us, we're covered. So throughout the year, I'll be pulling from bible stories of God finding people and using them where they were at (the prophets and more specifically, Jeremiah) and then pointing to God not being done. He found us and he created us but he is always creating and always finding us and altering our hearts, minds, and souls to who he wants us to be.
It's easy for us to get down on ourselves. To have something bad happen and think, "I'm not good enough. I don't look a certain way, I don't get good enough grades. So what's the point in even trying?" This year in Fray, we reverse that thinking. We reverse that because God found us. God pulled us from our brokenness and our darkness because we are his and he set us on our feet. We are co-heirs with Christ and we're free. So we take those negative thoughts and replace it with another so that by the end of the year, we can honestly believe it:
I am a child of God. I am loved, I am a co-heir with Christ, and
WHAT IS MOVE? WHAT IS THE 2012-2013 THEME "INSIDE OUT" ABOUT?
I think of the verse in Acts where Luke says, "For in him we live and move and have our being." Through Christ, we move. Therefore, the purpose of Move is intentionally moving towards each other to grow and build Christ-centered relationship within the church group but moving outward just as Christ tells us in the Great Commission, teaching others about God, and being that shining light through our words and actions.
" 1-2 So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out." Romans 12:1-2 (MSG)
Currently, the popular thing to do is to not conform. To be a "hipster"; to do things ironically and if anything becomes "too mainstream", you stop doing it immediately. However, so many people have the hipster mindset that nonconformity is the new conformity. So how do you really not conform to this world? Fix your attention on the Creator. This is something that is far easier said than done. During the first semester, we're going to be looking at four different areas; growing inside out, serving inside out, living inside out, and loving inside out. We'll learn practical, Christ-honoring ways to grow, serve, love, and live so that by the end of the year, we'll truly be able to fix our attention on God because when we do, we'll be changed from the inside out.
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