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Purpose Statement Our primary purpose is to expand the knowledge of Christ among youth by setting a positive example and providing a safe place for recreation.

Vision Statement To be Washington's premier skatepark and recreational facility by providing each guest with a variety of activities in a friendly, affordable, Christian environment.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Bible Session Notes - April 21st - Matthew 5:13-16

Matthew 5:13 
What is salt used for? 
What does it mean as a Christian to be salt? 
How as Christians do we stay salty? 
Matthew 5:14-15 
What does a light do in a dark room? 
As a Christian what does it mean to be a light? 
Matthew 5:16 
Why are supposed to do good deeds? 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Bible Session Notes - Monday - April 14 - Matthew 5:1-12

Matthew 5:1-2 (student read)

? Who was Jesus teaching at this time?  His disciples in the broader sense of the word.  Not just the 12 but also those who followed him.

? Where was he teaching?  Mountainside (Not a mountain top – a mountainside – perhaps a plateau)

? Why did he sit? It was the custom of Jewish teachers to sit when they taught.

? Why do you think he went to the mountainside?  Student response

* Luke 6 12-20 (student read)

* Here again we see a difference between two of the gospels in an account of the same story.  However, I believe it is simply a difference in how the story is being told not a case of disharmony between the stories. 

(Get two volunteers at the beginning of the night.  Give each student 2 minutes to silently read the story.  Then give each student a piece of paper and a pen to write out their version of the story. Read these stories to the rest of the students.)

Story: Billy and Jane went to the store at 9:00 in the morning to buy a dozen donuts for their neighborhood friends.  They bought 6 maple bars, 3 chocolate sprinkled donuts and 3 vanilla sprinkled donuts.  When they got back to their neighborhood at 9:30, they went from door to door handing out donuts to their friends.  Their friends were all very happy except for Bobby.  Bobby had just had new braces put on and wasn’t allowed to eat anything for 5 hours.

*I’m using this as an example of how the same story will be told differently by two different people.  One will focus on some of the details while the other will focus on other details.

Student Story 1: Two people went to get donuts at 9:00.  They bought 6 maple bars and something and something.  When they got back, they went around the neighborhood giving donuts to their friends.  Everyone liked them except for Bobby.  He had just had braces put on and could not eat for 5 hours.

Student Story 2: Jane and Billy went to the store to get some doughnuts for their friends.  They got maple bars, sprinkled doughnuts, bacon wrapped maple bars, bacon filled sprinkled doughnuts, chocolate doughnuts, and old fashioned doughnuts.  They went door to door in their neighborhood handing out their doughnuts to their friends.  All their friends were happy except Bobby.  Bobby had gotten braces and could not eat anything, ESPECIALLY bacon filled sprinkled doughnuts, for five whole entire long eternal-feeling hours.
(This wasn’t the best example of my point, because Student Story 2 took some artistic liberties.  However, the point is still the same in that the main points of the story are that Billy & Jane bought donuts for their friends who all enjoyed them except Bobby who just got braces.)

*In the next group of verses, Christ will teach his disciples and us that the greatest joy and happiness is not in the easiness and pleasures of this world, but the greatest joy and happiness is found by living in the good will and pleasure of God even when you are treated poorly by others in this world.
Matthew 5:3-10 The Beatitudes – Beati = Blessed (student read)

*9 Beatitudes = 7 Characteristics – The last 2 Beatitudes talk about external circumstances that can lead to blessings verses a character trait of the person.

*Most of the Beatitudes go completely against what the world is teaching us every day. 
Blessed are:

o   The poor in spirit – Those who realize without God they are nothing.

o   They that mourn – Those who feel a deep sense of sadness/sorrow for their own sins, the sins of others and the effects those sins have on our world and our people.

o   The meek – Those who are not arrogant and greedy and self-seeking.

o   They that hunger and thirst for righteousness – Those who seek to be Christ-like and live in a moral and right manner.

o   The merciful – Those who do acts of kindness and who are compassionate toward those who offend them.

o   The pure in heart – Those who are free from evil desires and purposes.

o   The peacemakers – Those who try to make peace between individuals or communities.

*These first 7 are all characteristics of a person.  This is the attitude of someone who has fully given control of his or her life over to Christ.

Matthew 5:11 The Beatitudes Continued
Blessed are:

o   You who are persecuted for righteousness sake.

o   You who are reproached (to find fault with) and persecuted, and have things said against you falsely for Christ’ sake.

*After Christ’ death, the followers of Christ suffered great persecution.  In some areas of the world, this severe persecution continues today.  With your parents, go online and check out Voice of the Martyrs who help persecuted Christians around the world.  Even here in America, Christians are suffering persecution.  Although we are not being beaten and killed for our beliefs, we are being made fun of, we are falsely accused of being haters, and we are having our moral beliefs being used against us in court and in the government.  Persecution is as real today as it was in the time of Jesus.
Matthew 5:12 REJOICE (student read)


*Rejoice.  Christ says to rejoice in these persecutions.

? Why do you think Jesus says that? Student response

Points to Ponder:
Are you a disciple of Christ?

Are you living out these qualities (the Beatitudes) in your daily life?
How will you rejoice even when persecuted?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Bible Session Monday April 7 - Matthew 4:12-25

Matthew 4:12-17 (student read)

*John the Baptist was put in prison for speaking out against Herod and the evil things he had done.
*Jesus leaves the area and goes to a lake near Zebulun and Naphtali fulfilling yet another prophecy.  So are, we are only halfway through the 4th chapter of a 28 chapter book, and Jesus’ life has fulfilled 7 Old Testament prophecies.

*Several Bible commentaries I read state that Jesus left the area, because the people’s hearts were hard and they refused to hear the message of salvation. 
? Thoughts on that?

? What was the message Jesus began to preach? Repent the kingdom of heaven is near
? What does that mean?

Matthew 4:18-22 (student read)
*Matthew’s story about Jesus calling his first disciples always seemed so odd to me.  All he did was say, “Come, follow me” and they came?  Was this some sort of Jedi mind trick?  Did Jesus’ presence command and demand an audience, so those guys just heard his voice and followed him?

? Why do you think they left everything immediately to follow Him? 
*Luke 5:1-11 (read out loud) – Luke gives us an account of what lead up to the men going with Jesus.

*John 1:35-42 (read out loud) – John gives us even more back story.
*Sometimes you really can’t get the full picture of a Bible story without reading about it from different perspectives.  Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are the 4 books of the gospel. The four authors are as different as choosing any 4 of you randomly to write an account of what you saw at Skate & Rec Night tonight.  Because of that, each author highlights the aspects he sees most clearly.  Matthew was a tax collector, Mark it seems wrote down the account of Simon Peter (once a fisherman), Luke was a physician, and John was a fisherman.  God inspired these men to write what wrote, but they each wrote as themselves with their personalities, careers, and positioning around Jesus and the events showing up in their individual accounts of the gospel.

? Why do you think God had 4 different accounts of the Gospel written?
Matthew 4:23-25 (student read)

*Jesus teaches, preaches and heals.  People came from all over to be healed.

*Most of us probably remember the catch phrase WWJD – what would Jesus do?
? Based on Matthew 4:23, what would Jesus do if he were here on earth today?
·         Teach in the churches
·         Preach the good news everywhere
·         Heal disease and sickness

Points to Ponder:
How can you be like Jesus?
How can you teach, preach and heal?
Think and pray about it this week.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Prayer Needed for My Brother - Robb who volunteers with MAD Skates every Monday night

Please pray for Robb.  He bent his thumb back walking into a door frame at MAD Skates 2 weeks ago.  He went in to have it looked at this week, and they said he dislocated it and broke it.  Right now it is in a splint.  He has to go back to the x-ray doc for a review on the x-rays.  Then he has to go back to his primary care doc to see about treatment or sending him on to a orthopedic hand specialist.  He may need to have it pinned.  This is the same arm that he just got the brace off of from shattering his elbow before Christmas.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Bible Session Notes - Monday, March 31 - Matthew 4:1-11

Matthew 4:1-11 (3-31-14)

Matthew 4:1-2 Introduction to Temptations (student read)

Question: Who led Jesus into the wilderness? The Spirit of God

Question: Why did he go? To be tempted by the devil

Question: How many days did he fast? 40

Question: What is a fast? Not eating anything or eating only a select type of food for a specific period of time.

*God tests. Satan tempts.  Sometimes God’s tests include allowing Satan to tempt us as is the case here with Jesus.  The difference between God’s testing and Satan’s tempting is the motive.  God will test us to strengthen us but Satan only tempts us to sin.  God’s goal in the testing and trials is to make us stronger in our faith in Him and His deliverance.  Satan’s goal in tempting us is to have us fail and turn away from God.

Matthew 4:3-4 The First Temptation (student read)

Question: What was the first temptation? Turn these stones into bread.

Question: What was Jesus’ response?  Quotes the Scriptures – God’s word says man cannot live on bread but on God’s word.

*Jesus hadn’t eaten for 40 days.  I would guess this was a pretty big temptation at this point - an easy “miracle” for him to perform in order to fill his hungry belly.  Satan often uses our pride in our own abilities against us, convincing us to take matters into our own hands instead of trusting God.  Jesus resisted the temptation by quoting Scripture showing His trust in God.

Matthew 4:5-7 The Second Temptation (student read)

*Satan gets a little smarter on this one.  He sees Jesus used Scripture to stand up to the first temptation, so he uses Scripture to put the 2nd temptation into play.  “Throw yourself down from here; the Scriptures say the angels will save you if you are who you say you are.”

Question: How did Jesus answer? It is written, do not put the Lord to the test.

*Jesus didn’t fall for it, and neither should you and I.  We need to know what the Bible says and be able to use it like a sword.  Bible verses are often misquoted and taken out of context to be used to condone bad behaviors or to be used against followers of Christ.  Knowing the Bible not only gives you a strong defense against temptations, it also provides you solid footing when you are facing trials in life as well as helping you to know if what someone is saying is accurate when they are quoting the Bible.

Matthew 4:8-10 The Third Temptation (student read)

Question: Satan says he will give Jesus what?  The world and all its splendor

*Satan doesn’t really “own” the world, so he can’t really give it to Jesus.  There are several schools of thought on this concept.

·         Satan exaggerated when claiming the world as his own.

·         Sin has a place on earth.  Satan is the “king” of sin, so he “rules” here.

·         Satan would leave the people of earth alone and stop tempting them if Jesus agreed to bow down to him.

*The bottom line is that Jesus didn’t fall for Satan’s deception.

Question: What was Jesus response? Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.

*This is a key point!  Bowing down to Satan would have changed everything.  Jesus would have submitted his power and authority to Satan.  Then Satan could have done anything he wanted and as his nature suggests, it wouldn’t have been pretty.  God requires total devotion and dedication to Him and Him alone.  There are many religions, belief systems, deities or gods in our world today, but there is only ONE TRUE GOD, and we are to stay focused on Him and worship Him and serve Him only.

*Some people like to choose the “best parts” of many different religions creating a mosaic of the good things that they like about each one in order to develop their own personal religion.  Although this seems to make the person happy and meet their earthly needs, it is not the truth.  The Bible repeatedly tells us that there is only one true God.  The Bible repeatedly tells us that Jesus Christ is the only way to God.  For those who take parts and pieces of the Bible and mix it with parts and pieces of other religions, I have to ask “when the time comes, will they be spending eternity with Christ?”  Will you?

Matthew 4:11 Angels Assist (student read)

*The devil lost the battle, and the angels came and took care of Jesus.  There are some trials we will not come out of without needing a little help recovering from.  God and God’s people are here to help you.  Do not feel like you need to go through this on your own.  Even Jesus had the angels helping him after his battle with Satan.  Do not let pride keep you from getting the help you need to get back on your feet.

Interesting Thoughts and Questions:

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”  John 14:6.  

Romans 10:9-10 says, “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”