Registration is now open for youth retreat. We’ve arranged a couple fundraising opportunities this year to help offset the full cost of the trip. Students can look forward to selling donuts and muffins on a few Sunday mornings, as well as a car wash in the beginning of May, weather permitting. Head to our events page for more details.
Our theme for this year is “Dangerously Influential” and we’ll be studying the book of 2 Timothy during our group sessions. Timothy was a younger man who was called by God to shepherd the church, and he was discipled by Paul. Paul writes a letter to warn him of the many threats to God’s church and encourage him to stay faithful and make a difference in this world for God’s eternal kingdom. We’ll also provide devotional booklets for individual use that will help us personally engage the idea of being influential for God right now.
Youth leader Josh Samuel is helping us arrange meals this year. More details are on the way, but we will be asking parents and other church members for some assistance by contributing a few pre-made, frozen meals that we can take down with us.
“The Apostle’s Creed”: Session Eleven
NorthLife Youth is wrapping up a video study by Matt Chandler. This 12 week series has strengthened our understanding of the essential convictions of the Christian church by using each line of The Apostles’ Creed to point us back to the gospel.
As always, we’ve included the entire Apostles’ Creed below, which is followed by Matt Chandler’s video for week eleven, which considers the phrase, “The forgiveness of sins.” Next week will be our 12th and final session!
The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God the Father Almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth,
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit;
born of the virgin Mary;
Suffered under Pontius Pilate;
was crucified, dead, and buried.
He descended to hell; the third day
He rose again from the dead;
He ascended to heaven and sits on the
right hand of the Father Almighty,
From whence He shall come to judge
the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit
The holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins,
The resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
Take time this week to engage with the personal study printouts as well as these discussion questions!
- READ LUKE 15:20-24
- How do you relate to the prodigal son? The older son? The father?
- Even if you are truly forgiven, what damage is done in our lives when we don’t embrace and believe that we can be forgiven?
- How can a lack of forgiveness damage community or family? How might it damage our witness to the watching world?
- How does unconfessed sin affect Christian community?
- When have your relationships suffered either due to unconfessed sin or to the inability to believe that you were truly forgiven?
- When have you forgiven someone that you know you wouldn’t have been able to forgive if not for God’s work in your own heart?
- How did Matt distinguish between iniquity, transgression, and sin? What are examples of each and how are the definitions helpful in understanding forgiveness?
- What are some practical ways we might grow to be more mindful of God’s forgiveness of us so that we might extend forgiveness to others?
- What’s your primary takeaway in response to the teaching on the forgiveness of sins?