“For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future.” ~Jeremiah 29:11
Sometimes we can get so caught up in trying to figure out the next step that we forget to look at the step we’re on. While planning and looking ahead is a good thing, worrying isn’t. In fact, worry can rob us of joy and cause us to miss out on unique opportunities that God has placed directly around us. When talking about ministry, it’s important to understand what ministry is. Your family and friends are wonderful opportunities to develop your personal ministry. How God will choose to use you is a distinction that He will make clear as you trust, obey, and follow Him. So, when you’re trying to figure out the next step to take, remember that being proactive and doing the best with where God has you is a great place to start. Once you’re ready to pursue the desire God has placed on your heart, ask yourself, “do I see myself doing anything else?”
“But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells him?” ~Romans 10:14-15
Jesus’ life is an incredible example of ministry. Throughout his time on Earth, he modeled what it truly means to love and minister to others. (Matthew 20:28) Something to ask ourselves as we pursue the next phase of our lives is, “will we choose to glorify God or will we seek to satisfy ourselves?” This is an important concept to understand when considering ministry. There’s no doubt that we are called to tell others about Jesus, and there are different ways to get involved in ministry (local outreach and community projects, overseas missions and volunteering at church are a few….) While these areas of ministry have different roles and responsibilities, they all share a common goal: serving. So whether you’re in another country telling others about Jesus, helping with VBS, or distributing materials to those in need downtown, you’re a part of ministry. As we allow God to develop our passions and talents, we’ll find that we all have a unique role in the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:4-6). If you’re trying to decide what specific area of ministry to pursue try starting with your church. Many people who are now working in ministry were volunteers when they started. So, if given the opportunity, get involved so you can see what it’s all about. Your youth leaders are happy to talk with you and help point you in the right direction! J
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path.” ~Proverbs 3:5-6
Although our journeys may be different, we can learn from each other while encouraging one another to actively pursue the opportunities God has given us. As we learn more about God through His word and the experiences He provides, His will for our lives begins to unfold. You may serve in a classroom, hospital, library, church, inner city, another country, or office. The important thing is that your main goal is to bring honor and glory to your Heavenly Father. That’s what it’s all about.
This year’s destination location was the quaint city of Charleston, SC. It was a weekend to remember filled with great fellowship and lots of fun. Being on the beach for our devotional and small group time was great. The ocean has a unique way of helping to put things into focus, if you take the time to think about its vastness and beauty.
Our God is truly an awesome God!
Philippians 2:3 reminds us to embrace a spirit of humility. It’s always a joy to see our students connect with each other, and this particular weekend provided a unique opportunity for our girls to do just that. Along with our small group time, our seniors had the opportunity to share their thoughts and advice with the younger high school and middle school girls. It was such a sweet time! We’re already looking forward to next year and hope to see you there!
Wow! What a great summer!
Something we all look forward to in our Middle School Girls Ministry is Lunch Bunch. It’s a fun way to stay in touch and a great opportunity to get to know each other. During our time together, we enjoy each other’s company and share encouraging scripture. We were blessed with some great weather and lots of smiling faces! Thanks to everyone who came out this summer!
We hope to see you next year!
Summer Lunch Bunch!
You’re invited to join us Tuesdays at 12:30!
We will meet on the following dates:July 5th: Willy’s (Northside Pkway) July 26th: Schlotzsky’s (Cobb Pkway) August 2nd: Chick-fil-A (Northside Pkway)
*Parent Pick up/Drop off at each location
What to bring: A smile & lunch $
For more information contact Anna Witt: firstname.lastname@example.org, 404-564-3149
Summer Lunch Bunch!
You’re invited to join us Thursdays at 12:30!We will meet on the following dates: June 16th: Jason’s Deli (Cumberland Mall) July 7th: Schlotzky’s (Cobb Pkway) July 28th: Willy’s (Northside Pkway) August 4th: Chick-fil-A (Northside Pkway)
*Parent Drop Off/Pick Up at each location
What to bring: A smile & lunch $
For more information contact:Anna Witt email@example.com 404-564-3149
The world has always offered, and will continue to offer, things that are said to provide “a fulfilled and meaningful life.” However, once the temporary pleasures and quick fixes run out we find we’re left with nothing. The only certainty we have in following the world’s standards is an endless cycle of dissatisfaction. It’s a lose-lose situation. When we give in to the temptations of this life, we allow the ways of the world to chokehold our thinking.
Scripture tells us we have been made in God’s image and given the mind of Christ. ( 1 Corinthians 2:16, Ephesians 2:10) Instead of accepting the lies of the enemy, what if we embraced God’s truth? What if we allowed Christ to reverse our thinking…
We love Spring Retreats! There’s always a new adventure to discover filled with laughter and fond memories. Our weekend started on Friday evening as we headed to Whitewater Express in Copperhill Tennessee. We were absolutely blown away by the beautiful scenery on the way. During our awing and marveling at the scenic drive, one of our 6th grade students said, “What if the sky is a part of one of God’s eyes….” (It was a great reminder of how truly great our God is!)
On Saturday, some of our activities included paintball, horseback riding, a high ropes course and white water rafting. The students did a great job! Many of them tried an activity for the first time and displayed positive attitudes while encouraging each other. Teamwork, cooperation and flexibility are key during retreat activities and our 5th and 6th grade students rose to the occasion!
Our theme for the weekend was Solo de Gloria; “for the glory of God”. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the routines of life, forgetting we were made for a higher purpose. We forget that our every action and thought should radiate with the love of Christ and bring glory to God. Instead, we try to fill our lives with things that we think will make us happy, only to find they’re temporary fixes. Jesus is our answer! He’s life, healing, and purpose! A life devoted to Christ, glorifying Him in what we do is life at its best! What a mighty God we serve!
We are blessed with some awesome students in CrossWalk and are grateful to be a part of what the Lord is doing in each one of their lives.
We look forward to seeing you on our next adventure!
~The CrossWalk Team
5th & 6th grade girls!
~Lunch, games, and fellowship~
Let’s get together and celebrate the love of our Heavenly Father!
Sunday, February 13th
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Middle School Room, The Church of the Apostles
Please RSVP by February 11th to
Anna Witt firstname.lastname@example.org
Come join us for some pizza and a fun afternoon!
What: Lunch & Box-Talk!
Who: Fabulous You!
Where: Middle School Room, The Church of the Apostles
When: Sunday January 30th, 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Please RSVP by January 28th to:
Anna Witt Awitt@apostles.org
If God has all of heaven to entertain Him, why does He care if we sing to Him?
“I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.” –Psalm 9:1-2
We’re going to correlate the word sing used in this question with worship, as singing is a form of worship. (Worship doesn’t equal singing and singing doesn’t equal worship, however, a lifestyle of worship is our response to God’s amazing grace.) With this thought in mind let’s look at a simple question: “What is the purpose of worship?”
In our “me, myself, and I” culture, we tend to focus on us, don’t we? We invest a majority of our time and efforts in the people and things that give us a sense of comfort and identity. (I mean, who cares about focusing on me as long as I’m not hurting anyone else, right?) Not exactly. We have to remember that this isn’t about us; it’s about God. Focusing on ourselves robs us of a life of fulfillment and causes us to miss out on the purpose for which we were created. When we realize this we see the beauty and purpose of worship.
Psalm 19:1 says: “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” Why? Because that’s what they were created to do, and that’s what we were created to do! It’s not that God needs our worship; He desires it. Does our worship make Him more worthy? Does it make God feel better about Himself? No. God knows who He is and He doesn’t need us to remind Him. He graciously gave us Himself through His son, and provided us with the incredible opportunity to worship Him. So, why is worship important? Well, this brings us to our next point: we’re in a constant battle for our worship. Whether we realize it or not, the enemy seeks to hinder our worship. What’s up with that!? I’ll tell you, Luke 10:18 tells us that Satan was focused on himself and continues to deceive others. He’s in the business of altering focuses. You may be thinking, “What? I didn’t choose to battle with anyone, nor do I plan on falling for some silly trick; I’m going to live my life and look both ways before crossing the street.” You can be as cautious as you like, but avoiding temptation is not an option. Matthew 4:1-11 reminds us that even Jesus was tempted. In his final attempt, Satan tried to steal Christ’s worship. However, Jesus overcame temptation by keeping His focus on His Heavenly Father. So what does this mean for us? It means we need to realize we’re like silly sheep. As great as we think we are, we can’t trust ourselves. We’ll follow anything that looks interesting unless we’re guided. Think about it like this: a good shepherd is always looking out for his sheep and calls them unto himself so they can know him. Sound familiar? Jesus is the ultimate Shepherd! He knows us, guides us, and gives us the opportunity to know Him. Worship is a unique part of our relationship with God! It’s an opportunity to draw near to Him and acknowledge Him for who He is and all He’s done. You may be thinking, “Why me?” Well, because there is no other you! The Creator knows you by name and wants a relationship with you! He loves you and delights in you! (Psalm 149:4)
It’s also important to remember that whatever we choose to worship, we will most likely become. For example, if we worship money, we’ll become greedy. If we worship stuff, we’ll become materialistic. Putting the things of this world on a pedestal jeopardizes our worship. If we want to be more like our Heavenly Father we have to spend time with Him; in His Word and through a lifestyle of worship. So how do we worship? Well, the Bible tells us that God is looking for worshippers who worship Him in spirit and in truth. (John 4:24) It’s not about how great of a singer you are or if you enjoy singing, it’s about your heart; whether you have a personal relationship with God. It’s about your joy in spending time with Him, and the testimony you are to others. Yes, God is surrounded by praise, but is that a license to opt out of worship? Well, it’s less about convenience and more about allegiance. It’s about giving back to God the praise He is worthy of. It’s about living a life committed to Him and bringing glory to His name.
I’ll close with this: I was in Asia a couple summers ago. One of the fondest memories I have of this trip is a little church filled with people. There were so many joyful faces! Everyone was eager to soak up the Word and proud to praise their Redeemer. This particular area in Asia is under surveillance and freedom to worship is uncertain. Did this stop anyone from worshiping and singing to God? No. People were packed into this church! Some people listened outside and others piled into the basement to listen through a wired audio system. No one budged during the message, and when the time came to sing, they sang! They didn’t care who was watching because they knew God was listening. It was a beautiful reminder of what matters. (What would life be like if singing was a threat? Would we come to church if our comforts were removed?) Maybe sometimes we take for granted the freedoms we have.
Life is a gift, and Jesus paid the ultimate price so we could be reunited with our Heavenly Father. Worship…why not?