Welcome to What’s Happening in 180, a page where parents and students can stay up to date on the happenings of 180. We hope this page is a place where you can stay informed on what we have been discussing in 180, so you are able to continue the conversations within your families.
This Past Week in 180: The Value of Homemaking. 12.02.18
We examined a topic very much at odds with the current cultural philosophy – the value of homemaking. The main idea we tried communicating to the students was: Being a wife, a homemaker, and a mother is a challenging and fulfilling occupation for women and is extremely valuable to the world. We had two goals, 1) to help young men and women appreciate the difficult and rewarding occupation of homemaking and mothering, and 2) to encourage young women to consider choosing this valuable and fulfilling occupation.
A woman’s decision to give her life to the work of wife and mother is met with shame and hostility in today’s world. We looked at this calling through the lens of God’s word. However, we were careful not to demean or shame or show hostility to women who have chosen to work outside the home. Rather, we focused on the inherent value of all women as God’s image bearers. This hard subject matter gave us the opportunity to celebrate our godly mothers who work in the home and away from the home. Who show us care and compassion. Who show us love and devotion. And most importantly, who point us to Christ.
180: Gender Roles in the Church. 11.18.18.
We took what we’ve been learning about gender roles in the home and applied them to the church. The main idea we tried communicating to the students was: Although certain roles of headship and authority are reserved for men, there is much fulfilling work to be done by both men and women in the church. Again, the subject matter gave us the opportunity to reinforce that men and women are both created in the image of God. Are both equally valuable and loved by God. And yet, are diverse in their God given roles. When it comes to the church, we saw that the main difference between men and women in regard to role has to do with the position of pastor/elder. While women are able to use their spiritual gifting and talent in almost every avenue of church service, Christ as the head of the church, and chief shepherd of His people, has reserved the role of pastor/elder for men.
180: Female Submission in the Home. 11.04.18.
The main idea we tried communicating to the students was that: Women have a unique, God-given calling to joyfully submit to and honor their husbands. In light of the messages they hear from the culture everyday, our hope was to help the students embrace a biblical understanding of the roles in the home. We emphasized the fact that headship and submission deal with differing roles. NOT value or worth. God gives men and women to one another in marriage as gifts, to complement one another in different roles for their own good and for the glory of God.
We looked at a variety of Scriptures that deal with submission in general (James 4:7, Hebrews 13:17, 1 Peter 2:13-14, Ephesians 6:1). Then we looked at Ephesians 5:22-24, which teaches that marriage is to be patterned after the Gospel.
This subject gave us the opportunity to discuss trusting God when the Bible teaches something hard or counter cultural. After we established the fact of female submission, we asked the question “HOW?” How are wives called to live this out? To help us answer that question we took a long look at 1 Peter 3:1-7. This passage of scripture offered 5 how’s: 1) With awareness of husband’s imperfections, 2) With Respect, 3) With Purity, 4) With Words and Actions, and 5) With Fearless Faith in God. In the end, the young women and men were both challenged to trust and depend on God’s enabling power, and not their own strength, when it comes to living out the biblical realities of marriage.
180: Male Headship. 10.07.18 and 10.21.18.
The main idea we tried communicating to the students was that: Men have a unique and God-given role of headship in the home in regard to their wives and children. This subject gave us the opportunity to discuss trusting God when the Bible teaches something hard or counter cultural. We talked about the temptation to ignore or reject the Bible and the Dangers of misunderstanding the Bible. After we established the fact of Male Headship, we asked the question “HOW?” How are men called to exercise this Headship? Well, the answer is, men are called to be Servant Leaders, shepherding their family 1)Actively, 2) with understanding, 3) lovingly, and 4) sacrificially. In the end, the young men were challenged to look to Christ, who did NOT demean or abuse or neglect or domineer, but lovingly and sacrificially died for His bride, the church.
180: Singleness. 09.02.18 and 09.16.18.
As we continue our examination of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, we have recently come to some topics related to marriage. A few weeks back, we focused our time on Singleness. The main idea we tried communicating to the students was that: Singleness is a gift from God and should be used wisely for God’s glory. We wanted the students to understand the differences between how the bible views Singleness and how the culture views Singleness. It is not a curse or a punishment, but has been designed by God for all of us to experience at different stages of life and for different lengths of time.
The following week, we moved from Singleness to focus our time on Marriage. The main idea we tried communicating to the students was that: If they decide to pursue marriage one day, they should pursue it with wisdom, discretion, patience, and faith in God. Our hope that morning was to impress upon them the beauty of God’s design for the marriage relationship, the magnitude of the commitment involved in marriage, and the parameters for entering into a marriage relationship.
180: The Perfect Role Model of Masculinity – Jesus. 05.20.18.
This past week in 180, we wrapped up our study of Biblical role models of masculinity with the perfect role model – Jesus. Jesus was both truly God and truly human, and as we know, he was a male human. So why is Jesus the perfect role model of masculinity? Well, it’s because Jesus lived a life of perfection, a life without sin. In our study, we looked at four aspects of Jesus’ masculinity: toughness, tenderness, dedication to God’s work, and sacrificial leadership.
Toughness and Tenderness:
Jesus was no pushover. When the temple was full of people stealing, swindling, and trying to make a profit, Jesus had no hesitation in driving those people out. When speaking to the Pharisees, Jesus called out their hypocrisy and self-righteousness. Jesus demonstrated appropriate toughness – that is toughness that is for the benefit of others and the glory of God. We identified that appropriate toughness is fueled by a desire to benefit others, while inappropriate toughness is about protecting yourself.
Jesus was also tender, gentle, and compassionate. He welcomed small children to himself and embraced them in his arms. He was kind to women and treated them with dignity and respect. He comforted Mary and Martha in their time of loss, and wept over the loss of his friend Lazarus and was deeply moved by the pain in his friends’ lives. Masculinity doesn’t mean avoiding our emotions!
Dedication and Leadership:
Jesus was more dedicated to the work God had for him than seeking earthly pleasures. When his disciples urged him to eat, he stated that his food was to do the work that God had for him. On the cross, he stated “It is finished.” Jesus knew he was on a mission and had work to do, and was committed to fulfilling God’s work!
Jesus had ultimate authority and power, but he didn’t use that to satisfy his own desires. He didn’t lord it over people like the gentile rulers did. Instead, he used his position of leadership for the benefit of others. When it comes to male headship in a marriage, it isn’t about satisfying your own desires. It is about a self-sacrificial love and leadership that puts the needs of others before your own.
Jesus was the perfect example of Godly masculinity. As you talk with your students about what Godly masculinity is all about, point them to Christ and talk about our call to live like Him!
180: A Role Model of Masculinity – Paul. 05.06.18.
Our last meeting in 180, we spent our time learning from the Apostle Paul about what true, biblical masculinity looks like. The apostle Paul wrote 13 (or maybe 14) books in the New Testament. Although he was not a warrior or a soldier, Paul was a Godly masculine man. In Paul, we see a sense of benevolent responsibility to lead, provide for, and protect others. Paul was willing to risk it all, even his own life, for the sake of the Gospel and the call God had on his life.
In our learning, we focused on three aspects of his character: zeal, self-discipline, and courage.
Zeal: Paul led many missionary ventures to spread the truth of Christ to the peoples of the world. He provided for the needs of poor people. He protected the young churches from false teachers, false teachings, and errors in doctrine and practice. In 2 Corinthians 11:24-28, Paul describes instances of persecution and suffering he had faced in his ministry. As a faithful follower of Christ, Paul suffered greatly. What does this tell us about his Character? He had energy, he was determined, he was tireless, he was dedicated – in other words, Paul was zealous for the Gospel.
Self-Discipline: Just like a runner, Paul was running a race. Just like a good athlete, Paul knew he needed discipline in order to finish the race of faith. In 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, Paul talks of the importance of self-discipline. Paul encourages us to have self-discipline like he has, to remain faithful to Christ.
Courage: As previously stated, Paul suffered much for the sake of the Gospel. He was courageous, not allowing the threat of trials to determine his work. What is the secret to Paul’s courage? In 2 Corinthians 5, Paul shows that he is not afraid of death. He had a longing to be with God and was assured of his final destiny. He was looking for a greater reward in heaven that made all the suffering worth it. In not fearing death, Paul was freed from fear to live courageously, boldly, and strongly.
As you interact with your middle schooler this week, ask them about what they learned about Paul, and what we can learn from him about true masculinity!
180: Distortion of God’s Good Design: Homosexuality. 04.15.18.
Last month in 180, we had a very serious and sensitive teaching and conversation about a very highly debated and emotionally fueled issue – homosexuality. As we began our discussion, we reminded our 180 students of the seriousness of this topic and that it was not a matter to take lightly or to make jokes about. Almost all of us have have personal experience with this topic in our own lives, whether that be personally, or through a family member or friend.
In the same way we find answers and truth in other areas of lives, we turned to the Bible to learn what God has to say about the issue of homosexuality.
When we opened our Bibles and found relevant passages, we saw that throughout scripture God condemns homosexual behavior as sin and as a distortion of His good design. Had it not been for the fall of man, homosexual desires would not be in the heart of people, in the same way that any other temptations to sin would not be in the heart of people.
Our current culture and climate not only accepts homosexual practice as OK, it loudly promotes and encourages it at any age, and tells us that any one who does not affirm homosexual practice as OK is hateful. Even in middle school, our kids are being discipled by this culture and are being told that if they don’t affirm homosexual practice then they are hateful people. We believe that this is the perfect age to dive into this conversation and get a biblical perspective, not shy away for fear of being labeled hateful. As Christians, we know that the most loving thing we can do is to speak the truth, even if the truth isn’t always the easiest thing to hear or say.
We closed our time reminding our students of the seriousness and sensitivity of this topic. We encouraged them all to ask for forgiveness if they have ever made jokes about this issue or made fun of people who have same sex attraction. We encouraged them all to talk to their parents about the topic and continue this discussion within the home.
We are very proud of our students for discussing this topic with seriousness, with grace, with truth, and with love. If any of you parents have questions, comments, or concerns, or you would like to talk with Pastor Don about this teaching, please reach out and he is more than glad to meet with you!
180: Female Rebellion Against God’s Good Design. 3.18.18.
This week in 180, we continued our discussion of the fall, and specifically the effects that the fall has on how women fail to live into God’s design for their role in the marriage relationship. Since we were all created by God, with specific roles and responsibilities in order to enjoy Him and bring Him glory, God’s Word is the place to find out what it means for a woman to be a wife! However, we too often tend to believe what our culture says about what it means to be a man and a woman.
In Genesis 3:16, God says to Eve that ‘Your desire will be for your husband’. The correct way to understand this is that women in their flesh will desire to control and conquer their husband, rather than live into the role of trusting their husband as the head of the family. Too many people believe that submitting to someone implies personal inferiority. However, God has created men and women equal, just with different roles.
Jesus himself submitted to God the Father freely and willingly to accomplish God’s will of saving us from our sins. It was not shameful for Jesus to do so, rather, it is part of His glory that he as fully God surrendered and submitted Himself, even laying aside His divine glory to take human nature upon himself. In a similar way, wives are called by God to trust their husbands as leaders of the family, and stay away from our culture’s lies that say that this teaching is archaic and sexist.
180: The Fall – How Men Fail to Meet God’s Standard. 03.04.18.
This week in 180, we talked about the fall, and specifically the effects that the fall has on how men interact with women. Over the course of our study, we have studied and learned how God has given men a distinct role of responsibility and headship within the family. Sadly, as a result of the fall, men throughout history failed to live up to God’s standard of treating women with respect, honor, and dignity.
One of the ways that men fail to live up to God’s standard is that they “rule over” (Genesis 3:16) women. It’s without debate (see the #metoo movement) that men have a history of dominating women. The world is riddled with cases of men abusing, insulting, disrespecting, treating women as second-class citizens… The list goes on and on. God, on the other hand, has a different idea in mind. In Luke 22:25-26, Jesus teaches that those with positions of authority should use their position to humbly serve others, not to further their own selfish desires.
A second way that men tend to fail to live up to God’s stand is that they can be fall into the trap of passivity – see Genesis 3, and Adam’s failure to step in when Eve was interacting with the serpent. In Acts 12, we see the account of Herod passively accepting the praise given to Him from the people, instead of directing the praise to God and correcting the sinful worship of the people. Passivity is when men fail to step into their God given role, and instead do nothing.
Both of these errors are harmful, hurtful, and fail to live up to God’s standard. This week, take some time to discuss these two kinds of failures that men fall into.
180: The Fall of Man. 2.04.18.
This past week in 180, we spent time discussing the fall of Man. We all realize that there is so much hurt, pain, brokenness, shame, and fear in the world. In short,the world is messed up. As a middle school student, it can be very easy to see all that is messed up and question God why life is the way it is.
So this past Sunday, we spent time in Genesis 3 looking at the origin of all the brokenness in the world. We spent a lot of time discussing how Adam, who was given the command to not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil directly from God, failed to step in when the Serpent began talking to Eve. It is evident that he was there to witness Eve eat from the tree, and yet he did nothing to prevent it from happening. Additionally, when God came into the garden and questioned what they had done, neither Adam nor Eve would take responsibility for what they had done.
In this one historic event, sin entered into the world. This week, we encourage you to take time and talk about the fall of man and the problem of sin with your kids. Talk to them about the bad in the world, and discuss how Jesus has entered into the mess to offer us hope and freedom from sin.
Have a great week!
180: Acknowledging our Created-Ness. 11.19.17.
In our last 180 meeting, we spent time discussing that before we can begin to understand anything about who we are, we have to understand what the bible teaches about our creator and about our createdness. We can’t know anything about ourselves or life without knowing about the One that made us.
We read the account in Acts 14 the people of Lystra called Paul and Barnabas ‘gods’ and wanted to worship them as such. But Paul and Barnabas were quick to point out that they were mere humans, and there is only one creator. Paul and Barnabas wanted the people to know that they were men and that they had been created and weren’t gods. Just like them, we need to be clear that we are creatures and not gods. Because we are created, we are different from God – in many different ways.
We ended our time by discussing differences between God and man:
No limitations outside Himself vs. Severe limitations. No needs vs. Immense needs. Independent vs. Dependent. Self originating vs. Originated. Absolute Authority vs. Under Authority. Objective knower of all truth vs. Subjective knower of some truth. Autonomous vs. Not autonomous.
Have a blessed week!
180: First Lesson in “Rejoicing in God’s Good Design”. 11.05.17.
Rejoicing in God’s Good Design is a study for junior high students on biblical manhood and womanhood. While the Bible teaches that men and women are each fully equal and made in God’s image, the Bible also teaches that there are major differences between men and women. We believe that male-female differences are rooted in God’s good design, and that the only way we can understand who we are as men and women is to come to terms with the Creator and what He tells us about ourselves in Scripture.
Follow this link to hear from authors Sally Michael and Gary Steward as they share the vision behind this 28-week study for youth on biblical manhood and womanhood.
180: Trusting Jesus in Judgement. 10.15.17.
This week in 180, we completed our last lesson in our “Abiding in Jesus” Curriculum. Throughout this series, we’ve learned and discussed so many great truths found in the Bible. With it being our last lesson, we took a look back and discussed some of the things that we have learned over the past year in 180. We revisited the topics of God’s grace, salvation, growing in righteousness, and the return of Jesus.
Finally, we discussed the parable of the seed scattered on different soils. How can we be confident that that our eternity is secure with Christ? How can we be sure that we are the fertile soil that the seed lands on? We finished by looking at 1 John 2:24-25, which gives us confidence that if the Word of God abides in us, and we abide in Jesus, He will abide in us and we are promised eternity with Him!
We are excited to be starting a new curriculum in the coming weeks! We will see you tomorrow at the Fall Kickoff at the Ishams!
180: Trusting Jesus in Success. 09.17.17.
This week we focused on trusting Jesus in success, be being humble and acknowledging that all glory goes to Him. We reviewed Psalm 44:6-8, discussing how every victory comes from God and how the Psalmist trusts in God (not just his bow or sword) to give him success.
In Romans 15:18-19, we see Paul’s attitude as an instrument of God’s ministry. In 1 Corinthians 3:7 and 2 Corinthians 10:17, 18, we see that Paul knows that real success is to be recognized by the Lord and to Him be all the glory. We then looked at Solomon’s thoughts in Ecclesiastes 9:11 – how a person’s abilities don’t determine the outcome of God’s orchestration of the situation.
This really hit home with some of the kids, when we backed up and realized that Solomon was gifted with great knowledge and he also recognizes God’s hand over a person’s abilities. We wrapped up by discussing the importance of being humble, how it plays out in our everyday life and what that looks like to others.
Thanks for all you do!
in 180: Trusting Jesus for Guidance. 08.06.17.
This week in 180, we discussed and learned that God can be trusted to guide and lead His children through His Word as they acknowledge Him in all of life. We talked about how the Bible doesn’t give us a black and white answer for every decision we have to make, however it gives us general principles to guide us in ALL decisions. And God will be faithful to guide us!
Have a great week!
180: Trusting Jesus in Failure. 06.04.17.
This week in 180, we discussed and learned what it means to trust Jesus when we come up short. As humans, we will without doubt experience failure, whether that be failure in school, work, in relationships, or failure to live up to God’s standard. The beauty of what we find in scripture is that even in failure, Jesus is still there for us. Failure is a time when we can easily see our brokenness and our need for Jesus!
In failure, the amazing promise we have is that Jesus gives us grace in forgiveness to us as his children. We looked at Matthew 6:14-15, and discussed about how understanding that we are forgiven in our failures will lead to a response of being eager and willing to extend grace to other people. What a great promise it is that Jesus is with us, even in the midst of failure!
Thanks for supporting our kids, have a great week!
180: Committing All Things to Jesus. 05.21.17.
This week in 180, we talked about what it means to cast all of our worries, anxieties, and problems onto Jesus. We learned together of the peace that can be found when we admit that our burdens are too much to carry on our own and we surrender them over to Jesus. This isn’t just a one time thing; it’s an ongoing process. The temptation to take our worries back from Jesus is real, and we must continually be learning to let go of them.
We looked at Philippians 4:6-7 which commands us to not be anxious and to make our requests known to God. In return, God promises to give us peace that will guard our minds and our hearts. However, we learned through our study that God doesn’t promise answer our requests in the exact way that we want Him to. Even so, we can find peace and joy in that he does promise that He will always be there, walking with us in whatever we are experiencing! What a wonderful and joyous promise!
Have a great week!
180: How does Jesus Spell Relationship? LOVE. 05.07.17.
This week in 180, through studying various Scripture passages, we have been learned about life-giving relationships with other people and with God.
In this lesson, we read John 13:34-35 and discovered the new commandment Jesus gave his disciples right before he died on the cross. This was a simple commandment: to love each other the way Jesus had loved them. This week, I encourage you to spend a few minutes talking about our lesson. Consider building your conversation around these questions:
What are some traits of Jesus’ love? What does his love offer us that nothing else in this world can offer?
What obstacles might hinder us from carrying out Jesus’ new commandment?
Think of a time you struggled to love someone close to you. How did you overcome that struggle? What did Jesus’ love look like in that moment?
Thanks for all of your prayers for our students and our ministry. Have an amazing week!
180: Trusting God’s Heart for You. 03.05.17.
Every day, we base our thoughts, attitudes, and actions based upon our interpretation of the world around us. We see in Genesis 3:1-5 that Satan presented Eve with a false interpretation of facts. We see Eve believing those lies; that God is not good and that independence from God is a good thing.
To combat a misinterpretation of the world around us and who God is, we must fight to believe the truth of the goodness God and His heart for his children. The truth is that we never have to worry whether or not God will be good to His children. God’s heart is always for us, never against us.
“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31.
Have a great week!
in 180: Satisfied in Jesus. 02.19.17.
In our last 180 meeting, we had a conversation about what it means to be fully satisfied in Jesus. Looking at James 4:3-4, we see James writing to other Christians who have fallen into a trap of asking God for things to satisfy the pleasures of their flesh. We see in John 6:35 that Jesus clearly states that He alone will satisfy our desires, not our selfish and sinful passions.
Jesus wants to be our greatest desire and our greatest love. He will not tolerate us loving something greater than Him – we must be ALL IN! If Jesus is sufficient for our desires, then why do we often feel unsatisfied? It is because we allow our desires for other things and other people to rule our hearts, when a life with Christ is the only thing that will truly satisfy!
Have a great week!
180: Abiding and Prayer. 02.05.17.
This past Sunday in 180, we talked about what our prayer life should look like as we are striving towards a life of abiding in Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 implores us to “pray without ceasing”, which means our prayer life should be more than just praying before meals, in church, and before bed.
Abiding in Jesus or “hanging out” with Him means that our prayers should look like less of sophisticated string of words but more like an ongoing conversation with a friend! Jesus is with us in every step of every day, and He wants us to talk with Him! Importantly, we mustn’t forget that a conversation isn’t one sided, meaning that we must be willing to listen to what God is saying to us!
To continue this conversation on prayer in your families, consider discussing the followings ways to communicate with Jesus:
Praising Him – Expressing our admiration.
Thanking Him – Being grateful for his blessings.
Confessing our sin – Acknowledging what we have done wrong and repenting of that.
Asking Him – Admitting we can’t rely on our own strength or ability.
Have a blessed week!
180: Abiding and Obedience. 01.15.17.
This week in 180, we discussed how love is more than just a verbal expression! If we claim to love someone or something, but our actions don’t reveal the same, our verbal expression of love is not truly authentic. Love is a commitment expressed by loving actions toward the recipient of our love!
When it comes to God, and our love for Him, our actions must show that our expression of love is more than just rhetoric. Does this mean that we are going to be perfect? Absolutely not. But by abiding in Him, He promises to give us the power and grace to live into obedience.
1 John 5:3 reminds us that His commandments are not burdensome! The more we abide in Him, our love for Him will grow, and we begin to realize that his commands are for our own good. Over time as our relationship with God deepens, we can begin to joyfully surrender our own sinful desires for His perfect ways!
Reminder: Saturday at 6pm, 180 will be meeting at the Konolds for pizza and games!
180: Dependence On The Cross. 01.01.17.
This week in 180, we discussed that as humans we all have a sinful nature. We identified that there are two ways we can try to fight sin: 1) self effort, and 2) depending on God’s grace through Jesus. The truth is that the battle against sin is a battle of the heart, and we all need grace every day!
As followers of Christ, we fight this battle, and we must:
Admit our sin specifically.
Confess our sin to God.
Repent of our sin.
Have faith in God’s Word about forgiveness.
Ask for forgiveness and grace.
And obey through God’s grace.
Together, we were able to work through different scenarios of sins that we all struggle with, and how we fight against them! Thanks be to God that this is not a battle that we fight alone!
The 180 Christmas Party was a BLAST! Congratulations to team Candy Cane for winning the Christmas Competition!
180: Living in Daily Dependence on Jesus. 12.4.16
This week, we discussed how as human beings, we are all created dependent on God for not just some things, but for everything. However, our rebellious human nature rejects dependency and seeks independence. Abiding in Jesus means living in daily dependence on Him.
Looking at Exodus 16:13-21, the people of Israel were given bread in the morning to gather and eat, but they were only to collect enough for that day. God was teaching them to be fully dependent on Him. In Acts 17:24-25, we see that man relies on God for everything. However, God doesn’t need man, yet He loves us so much that he provides what we need.
As we read 2 Cor 1:8-10, we see that God wants us to rely on Him and be humble enough to acknowledge him as the source of all we have. We discussed what Jesus means when he tells us to abide with Him as a branch on a vine. We talked about ways we try to do things apart from Jesus – how we try to fight sin on our own, going through our day without relying on His strength, and depend instead on ourselves; we attempt to rely on willpower rather than lean on Him for sustenance.
As follower of Christ, Jesus is calling us to remain in and depend on him for everything. For without Him, we can do nothing.
180: Partaker of the Divine Nature. 11.20.16
This week we discussed our identities in Christ and the promises you have by believing in Christ and being a part of His covenant community.
We looked at 3 John 1:9-11, where John talks about the dangers of putting oneself first and not acknowledging God’s authority. We used a yellow and blue crayon as an example of this relationship – yellow being people without Jesus and the blue crayon being Jesus. Once we accept Jesus as our savior we start looking different (blue mixed with yellow). There is evidence of Christ in us, and we yearn to look more “blue” (like Jesus).
As we read 2 Peter 1:3-5, we see how escaping our sinful desires and putting on our new nature comes from Jesus. God’s promises enable us to deny our fleshly desires. We touched on 1 Cor 10:13 and were reminded how we will not be tempted beyond our ability, and that God will also provide the way of escape. We also looked at Rom 8:28, to remember that all things that work together for good, for those who love God.
We wrapped up by looking at 1 John 3:5-10, we discussed how we are all practicing working to be more like Christ, and how we are never going to be a perfect “blue” (Jesus). God is honored when His people show His love and glory to others.
REMINDER: 180 Christmas Party – Dec. 15, 2016 at McLaughlin’s House – 7805 S. 3rd St. Mattawan, MI 49071. We will be playing some crazy Christmas games so hope to see you! BRING A SWEET (cookies, etc.) to share if you would like – brownies and hot cocoa bar provided!
180: Member of the Covenant Community. 11/06/16
Last week we looked at Deut 29:10-15. We discussed how being in a covenant community and looked at Gal 3:7 and Eph 2-19:22 to see how we are all brothers and sisters in Christ. We also looked at 1 Cor 1:10 to see how divisions take away our focus on Christ. To God the only division that matters is if you are with Christ or without. Divisions do not honor God, and are commonly paired with pride and arrogance. Looking at Col 3:11-17, we talked about what is means to “put on” compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, patience, and love to serve our community of believers.
We then looked at 1 Thess 5:11, and gave examples of what it would mean to “build one another up”, and what it would look like in ReCast 180. We shared things that could tear down and discourage instead of build up and encourage, and we also talked in small groups about what we should do when we witness someone who does something that does not build up another person. We wrapped up with practical ways that we can contribute to our families and to our communities around us, how we can stand out for Christ and be a testament of His love.
180: A New Identity In Christ: Heir. 10.16.16.
This week in 180, we looked at Ephesians 1:3-7 and Ephesians 1:11-14, and discussed how as Christians, our new identity includes being God’s treasured possession and an heir to the promises of God. However, our inheritance as Christians is different from a normal inheritance. Part of our inheritance is received now, while we are on alive on earth, and part will be received later after we die. A few examples of the present inheritance are the presence of the Holy Spirit, true joy, and the power to fight sin. Our future inheritance is freedom from sin, eternal life, and a new home in the new heaven and new earth. This inheritance that God promises is not achieved through works, it is purchased by the blood of Christ, secured by the Holy Spirit, and guarded through faith. What joy we can find in knowing that this inheritance is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading!
A huge thank you to all who were involved in making the homecoming parade a huge success! It was a great night of community, topped off with a Wildcat victory!
180: Those Chosen By God To Receive Jesus As Savior Become The Children Of God. 10.02.16
This week in 180, we looked at Deuteronomy 7:6-8 and discussed how God has chosen us to be his treasured possession. We realized that there is absolutely nothing we can do to deserve the love of God, but it is a free gift that he graciously gives to us. We then took a look at John 1:9-12 and read that Jesus is the true light, the one way to God, and how all of those who receive him become the children of God. Our identity is as children of God, and as we realize that, we see that Jesus is transforming us into new creations.
Mattawan Homecoming Parade Time Changed – 5:30PM!
Due to the construction and the need for the high school band to get on the field for their performance before our Homecoming game (October 7), there have been some slight changes to the parade route and the start time of the parade. The parade will begin at 5:30 in the High School parking lot and end at the Early Elementary where the Hot Dog sale will be.
180 Fall Kickoff!
This past Sunday the Filcek’s hosted the 180 Fall Kickoff! Both parents and students attended the kickoff, which made for a night full of fun, laughter, and great community! Below is a picture from one of the games we played, “Cheeto Beard”, in which students teamed up to stick as many cheetos to the shaving cream beards!
Thanks to everyone who came and especially to the parents for participating in all of the crazy games! We’re looking forward to a great year of growing in our faith and in community with the 180 students!
180: Daily Fellowship with Jesus. 09.04.16.
Passages: Psalm 100:1-2, Psalm 139:1-6,23-24, Luke 10:38-42
This week in 180, Nick led a discussion on Daily Fellowship with Jesus. We first looked at Psalm 100:1-2, where it is evident that the psalmist enjoys being in God’s presence. The psalmist encourages us to make a joyful noise to God and to serve Him with gladness. We noted the stark contrast between how the psalmist is rejoicing compared to how Adam and Eve felt shame and embarrassment, which we discussed in a previous week.
In Psalm 139, we read and discussed how awesome it is that God has intentionally searched us and that He knows everything about us! It is clear that David is in fellowship with God and running towards God, inviting God to help him in his life. In Luke 10, we learned how distractions can get in our way of living with Jesus and how the best thing we can do is to simply spend time with Him.
To finish, we each spent 10 minutes alone walking and talking with God, telling him what is going on in our lives and asking him for help. Our encouragement for the next two weeks is to be aware of Jesus in our lives and we left the students with a challenge to continue to talk with God daily.
Reminder: Next Sunday, the Filceks are hosting a 180 event, 6:30pm-8pm, for middle school students and their parents. This is an opportunity for the students to have a fun time and for parents to meet Nick McLaughlin and Nathan Douglas, as well as learn about what to expect from 180 for this coming school year!
– Nathan Douglas