Friday, 13 April 2012
Here's a website that I steal a lot of games ideas from. You will find the games sorted by various categories and good descriptions about how to run the games and the equipment needed.
Friday, 13 April 2012
This is a really great website packed with creative ideas for discussions and devotionals. It is aimed for Christian work in schools but is a really useful part of the arsenal for anyone looking for family devotional ideas, or for children's ministry or preteen teachers. The resources range from multimedia clips and discussion questions to flash cards and games.
Saturday, 07 April 2012
1 Peter introduction
Key moments in his story
Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!”
Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.
- Rebukes Jesus when he revealed the nature of his death – no way ….get behind me satan
Matt 26:51-54 – Using force at the time of Jesus’ arrest
1 Peter is a letter of warmth and maturity. Different to the brash fisherman who seemingly blundered his way through the early years of ministry. It’s a letter of appeal and yet still strong and impassioned with conviction.
Xians were tortured, made to wear animal skins and crawl on the floor of the amphitheatre and be eaten by lions and other animals. Nero used them as human torches in his garden. Peter himself would die during this period
The churches were most likely made up primarily of gentile Christians. In chapter 1 vs 18 he refers to them being handed down the empty way of life from their forefathers. Quite an unlikely comment to an audience of Jewish origin.
Jewish leaders who refused to accept Jesus as the promised messiah loudly criticized and persecuted the Christians. Followers of the local Gods., viewed the message of Christianity as a threat to their way of life. Political leaders viewed Christians as troublemakers.
The environment of the day…
Asia Minor was an area of extremes of wealth and poverty. This was likely reflected in the church – references to slaves being the poorer end and references to wives and gold jewellery at the wealthier end.
Purpose of writing:
What can we learn?:
However, as Christians we wrestle with how to engage with the world we live in, how to relate to it and connect with the people in this world of social and religious complexity whilst at the same time remaining distinctive and “set apart” .
The rich / poor divide maybe another issue for us to contemplate. How do we apply the instructions to our different positions in life?
The main thread of the message here though is to focus our hearts, minds, and life on the message of Jesus and the hope that we have in that and not in the hopelessness that is all around us.
Many of us do not face the kind of persecution that these early brothers and sisters would live under though if you are in a country where Christianity is not the majority religion or where freedom of religion is not possible, where you could lose your job for being a Christian or be imprisoned for opening a Bible or sentenced to death for attempting to share the gospel then you’ll get the picture loud and clear.
Peter’s letter is not about gloom and doom at all. The message is an appeal to trust in God especially in trials and difficulties as it is the trials and difficulties that we face that mature us and help us grow
Thursday, 05 April 2012
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Thursday, 05 April 2012
Here's a link to a lesson about addressing the heart in all of our teaching. It's from a youth & children's ministry conference in the evangelical world. It calls us to go beyond managing behaviour into discipling the heart and whilst it understates the sense of mission that we are called to, uses some religious and secular language that makes it perhaps a little dry compared to our usual diet. It is worth persevering with, as it does give some food for thought when it comes to dealing with the hearts of the young people we disciple and lead.
Addressing the heart in all of our teaching