As the parent of a student, you know the disconnect that often occurs between what teenagers say they believe and the way they live throughout their lives. Adolescents, like all Christ-followers, fight the constant temptation of falling into the trap of saying one thing while doing another. The Book of James clearly addresses this issue.
James puts forth a simple idea: our actions should match our beliefs. This is what it means to live a vivid faith through the power of the Holy Spirit.
In light of this, we are really excited to be launching a new series this week in ignition. We’ll be digging into the book of James rooted in a study from youthministry360 entitled Vivid: A 6-lesson Study on the Book of James. This study will challenge students to evaluate their faith and their actions, to identify where the two don’t match up, and to make the necessary changes to live a life of a vivid faith. During the next six weeks your child will learn about:
- the struggle with sin that lives in every Christ-follower
- the danger of showing favoritism to those who are easy to like
- the importance of spiritual fruit in our lives
- the power of words
- the futility of trying to love the world and God
- the importance of submitting to God’s leadership
You’ll be receiving follow-up reminders from me as we teach these topics. We want to equip you with overviews of what we talked about as well as some follow-up suggestions you and your student might use to continue this important conversation.
We want to be known as a student ministry who leads students to live a vivid faith, standing as a powerful witness to a watching world.
Our students have immeasurable influence and present-day potential. Let’s unleash them as brilliant lights into this dark and hurting world!
Fuel is required to survive. And as life comes at each of us 1,357 mph, we know our fuel supply quickly evaporates. We need more.
We must ReFuel. Or risk dying on the road.
And, at Ignition, we REALLY believe that middle school small group gatherings are absolutely life giving and death defeating.
Knowing Jesus personally and forming spiritual friendships allows each of us to be changed. Our small groups create an environment of acceptance, loving honesty and biblical truth. We focus on really diving into God’s word and learning how to explore and study on our own, believing that this prepares us for a long, healthy and authentic spiritual journey.
Our leadership team is rolling out an incredible curriculum from YouthMinistry360 called The Thread.
The Thread will completely change how your student sees the bible in two very specific ways.
First, your student will learn the big-picture story of Scripture. So many of us simply don’t have a grasp of the narrative of the Bible. Key characters. Key events. Few of us understand how these elements fit into the story of God and His people. The Thread aims to change this.
Second, your student will learn what the Gospel is, and how it literally courses through the narrative of the Bible. Not only will your student learn the story of the Bible, but they will see that it is a story of unfailing love, as God seeks from the beginning of Creation to draw humankind to Him through the grace of the Gospel.
In addition, this year, we will have three very specific types of groups:
Designed for our brand new 6th grade students. Each gender specific group has dedicated leaders, a flexible schedule and loads of interactive challenges.
7th and 8th graders will find themselves challenged to go a little further and a little deeper in their gender specific groups.
This co-ed group is limited in size and is available by sign-up only. The curriculum is intensified; there will be homework and a devotional. Don’t worry – this isn’t AP Calculus. This group is designed to help students take personal responsibility for their spiritual health and maturity.
So, please be sure to sign up your student here and be sure to indicate whether or not they would like to consider the Growth group.