Week of December 2nd

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Announcements

  • We will meet at the Samuel’s house this Friday, December 6th
  • Christmas Party – Friday, December 20 @ Andre and Tara Cassell’s
  • Home addresses and important documents are available on the About page. A few regularly attending students have not submitted the required forms. Please do so.

*In the future we will not be announcing beforehand any chosen film for the sake of a fresh experience and discussion for our students during movie nights. However, parents may inquire of any details if they wish. As always, we will exercise great caution and discernment in our movie selections, and we encourage parents to be able to talk about the films with their students, as well.


Bible Study

Thank you Jimmy for an in-depth study on how Jesus healed a blind man in John 9 last Friday (and to Heather for an amazing meal!). The first two verses in the book presented an interesting question posed by Jesus’ disciples: “As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?'”. The disciples believed that sin ultimately caused all the suffering in the world, but they didn’t understand how God chose to allow sin to affect the lives of different people in different cases. They wondered whether the man had been born blind because he somehow sinned while still in the womb, or because his parents sinned before he was born. We discussed the similarities between physical and spiritual blindness, and what this miracle teaches us about faith and truth.

See you all again as we read John 10 at the Samuel’s home!


A couple study questions to think about from John 9:1-17…

  1. What prominent belief about sin and sickness did Jesus’ disciples allude to
    concerning the blind man? How does Jesus’ response deal with their ideas? (Hint: Jesus tells them that you can’t assume that someone is sinning just because they are sick. That most of the time those two things are not directly, individually connected.)
  2. What is the struggle of the people upon seeing the man healed? What is his
    testimony about Jesus? What does this tell us about talking about Jesus? (Hint: We are simply testifying about who Jesus is and what he has done.)
  3. The Pharisees added rules for keeping the Sabbath. How did these rules
    influence their opinion of Jesus? What does this tell us about how religion (i.e., man-made rules to gain favour with God) can get things, and Jesus, wrong?

Week of November 25th

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Announcements

  • This upcoming Friday, the 29th, we continue with John 9 at the Burchett’s
  • Christmas Party – Friday, December 20 @ Andre and Tara Cassell’s
  • Home addresses and important documents are available on the About page. A few regularly attending students have not submitted the required forms. Please do so.

*In the future we will not be announcing beforehand any chosen film for the sake of a fresh experience and discussion for our students during movie nights. However, parents may inquire of any details if they wish. As always, we will exercise great caution and discernment in our movie selections, and we encourage parents to be able to talk about the films with their students, as well.


Bible Study

Thanks so much to Tara Cassell and Jasmine Armstrong for hosting our second movie night last week! We watched Saved! and had an engaging, thought-provoking discussion about the themes and messages of contemporary Christianity that the film was trying to portray. Jasmine shared a portion of her testimony as well.

We can’t wait to see everyone again as we read John 9 at the Burchett’s house (255 Wild Rose Street)!

Week of November 18th

November 8

Announcements

  • This Friday is Movie Night, and will be hosted at Andre and Tara Cassell’s – there will not be dinner served. Please bring along some snack foods for the youth to enjoy!
  • The following Friday, the 29th, we continue with John 9 at the Burchett’s
  • Christmas Party – Friday, December 20 @ Andre and Tara Cassell’s
  • Home addresses and important documents are available on the About page. A few regularly attending students have not submitted the required forms. Please do so.

*In the future we will not be announcing beforehand any chosen film for the sake of a fresh experience and discussion for our students during movie nights. However, parents may inquire of any details if they wish. As always, we will exercise great caution and discernment in our movie selections, and we encourage parents to be able to talk about the films with their students, as well.


Bible Study

Andrew Laidlaw led an invigorating discussion on John 8 this past Friday. Jesus made some very bold and pointed statements, and displayed His authority in being able to forgive sins while not condemning sinners, and directing them to lead renewed lives in Him.

Hope to see you all at the Movie Night at the Cassells this Friday!

Week of November 11th

November 11

Announcements

  • This Friday, the 15th, – Bible study will be hosted at Josh & Sally Samuel’s house
  • Movie Night* – Friday, November 29 @ Andre and Tara Cassell’s house
  • Christmas Party – Friday, December 20 @ Andre and Tara Cassell’s
  • Home addresses and important documents are available on the About page. A few regularly attending students have not submitted the required forms. Please do so.

*In the future we will not be announcing beforehand any chosen film for the sake of a fresh experience and discussion for our students during movie nights. However, parents may inquire of any details if they wish. As always, we will exercise great caution and discernment in our movie selections, and we encourage parents to be able to talk about the films with their students, as well.


Bible Study

 An extra HUGE thanks to Tara Cassell for serving dinner, hosting, and teaching on John 7 last week! John 7 is the seventh chapter of the Gospel of John in the New Testament of the Christian Bible. It describes Jesus’ visit to Jerusalem for the feast of Tabernacles, the possibility of his arrest and debate as to whether he is the Messiah.  Here is another video summary, this time of chapter 7, that you can review before this Friday.

We’ll see you all again this Friday at Josh & Sally’s house as we explore John 8!


Study Questions

  1. Why were the “Jews” in Judea seeking to kill Jesus? Read John 5:18.
    • John records that the Feast of Booths (also known as the Feast of Tabernacles) was at hand. What was the Feast of Booths? Read Deut. 16:13-15 7, Leviticus 23:42-43.
    • Was it important for all Jewish males to attend the Feast of Booths? Read Deut. 16:16.
  2. Who encouraged Jesus to go to Jerusalem for the Jewish Feast of Booths? How many brothers (half-brothers) does Jesus have? Read Matthew 13:55.
    • Why do Jesus’ bothers want him to go to Judea? Do they really believe in him as the Messiah? Read 7:5.
    • How did Jesus respond to his brothers’ challenge to go to Judea? Read 7:6-8.
    • When Jesus talks about “his hour” (verse 6) what is he referring to? Read John 2:4, 8:20, 12:23, 13:1, & 17:1.
    • Why does the world hate Jesus and those who follow Jesus? Have you experienced this kind of hatred (persecution) in your life?
  3. John records that Jesus does go to the Feast, but in secret and separate from his family. Read John 7:10.
    • How would the way in which Jesus goes to the feast help protect him from those who are seeking to kill him? Who was watching for him? Read John 7:12.
    • Does the way in which Jesus goes to the feast help us understand why he says he isn’t going to the feast and then later in the week, he
      shows up at the feast?
  4. What were the people in Jerusalem saying about Jesus? Did all of the people have the same opinion of Jesus? Read John 7:12-13, 15, 20. Do you hear
    some of these same opinions about Jesus today?

    • Why did people not speak openly about Jesus?
    • Does fear keep people from speaking openly about Jesus today? What are some ways that we can help each other overcome that fear?
  5. When Jesus begins teaching in the temple, what is the reaction of the people who hear him? How does this reaction confirm that Jesus is the Son of God?
    • Where does Jesus say his teaching comes from? Who receives glory when Jesus speaks and teaches?
    • When we share Jesus with others and teach them about who he really is and what he has come into the world to accomplish, who should receive glory … us or God? What can you do to make sure God gets the glory?
  6. When Jesus teaches in the temple, what does he say about who sent him and by whose accord (purpose and plan) he has come into the world? Read John 7:28-29.
    • What does Jesus say about himself on the last day of the feast? Read John 7:37-38.
    • What does Jesus say about himself in John
      8:12?