2016 March-April Curriculum
RE Curriculum for March-April for March-April.
In the Bible there are a number of key statements that use words starting with “RE.” We’re going to examine 5 words in the Scriptures starting with remember in our Illuminate service just before Easter. It says, speaking of Jesus:
...when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me. 1 Corinthians 11:24-25
We will be looking at how important it is to remember what Jesus has done through His cross and resurrection. Remembering this, letting this one event change us, dramatically impacts our future.
2016 February-March Curriculum
Relationship Status Curriculum for February-March.
RE Curriculum for March-April Valentine’s Day is a great day for some people and it’s not so great for others. It’s a reminder to some that their relationship status is “single” or “complicated” and often students feel that this makes them of less value or as if they are missing out. During this series we are going to talk about dating. From the get go I would suggest to senior highs that they shouldn’t date and to junior highs that it’s absolutely pointless and harmful. We want to get students to think about what they are pursuing and to chase after the right thing:
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
So often when it comes to dating, Christian teenagers are not chasing after what God would want for their lives but are instead chasing after the opposite sex like the rest of the culture. We want to see youth engage in the richness in a chase after Jesus; his ways and his life.
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2016 January-February Curriculum
Get Real Curriculum for January-February.
In the opening chapter of the book of Romans it talks about a people who disobey God. It talks about how even though they had the opportunity to know Him, they decided to go the other way. They receive the wrath of God because as it says:
“…they exchanged the truth about God for a lie…” Romans 1:25
So often we read through passages like that pointing our fingers and shaking our heads saying, “Those bad people who do that bad stuff,” and we forget that in fact, that is us. It’s my hope and prayer that through this series we can highlight how we trade the reality of God for fake versions of His truth and then we can truly Get Real!
2015 November-December Curriculum
Make Your Move Curriculum for November-December.
MAKE YOUR MOVE is the new series we’re starting in November and it will carry us through into the first week of December. The key verse, which you’ll hear me quote at our Illuminate on October 28th (tonight, if you’re getting this at Salivate) is:
When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” ACTS 2:37
The people’s response is to Peter’s explanation of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection as well as the Holy Spirit at work in their hearts. They realize that they have just crucified the Son of God and that He has now risen from the dead. So they are asking the apostles; “Now what? We know we messed up. What do we do?”
Over this series, we are going to respond to this question “what shall we do?” We are going to, by the work of the Spirit, reveal students their next moves in their relationship with God. We are going to challenge them to make moves towards where God would have them.
Download a supplementary document that has more information on the devotionals.
2015 September-October Curriculum
Discover Who You Are Curriculum for September-October.
This is for five weeks and is called “Discover Who You Are.” We want students to discover who Jesus has called them to be, which is different than what the world says they are. It’s our belief that:
…God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. GENESIS 1:27
That image was damaged in the Fall as sin entered the world, but we are thankful that through Jesus and the cross, the power of sin was conquered. As Christ followers, we are being restored into His image again.
Over the next five weeks we will lead students on a journey of discovering themselves and who God has created them to be. We will talk about who God is and how we are to resemble Him and his heart.
Download a supplementary document that has more information on the devotionals.
2015 September Curriculum
Rooted Curriculum for September.
Every year we have an over arching theme for the year and this year it’s “rooted.” We are “rooting” our theme in the text of Colossians 2:6-7 (ESV):
Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, ROOTED and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
Where we are going with the theme this year is to see our students center their lives around the only person worth their full devotion, Jesus. We want youth to have a STRONGER walk in their faith, to DEEPEN their understanding of God’s Word and to be more FRUITFUL in their character and in sharing their faith with others.
Through this journey it’s our hope and prayer that students would ask the questions: “Where do I have my roots?” & “What is my center or source of life?” As they answer these questions honestly, we pray that they would move towards having Jesus at their roots.
2015 March Curriculum
Beatitudes Curriculum for March.
This month we will be talking about the Beatitudes. This is what Jesus is talking about in His sermon on the mount. Basically, Jesus is giving us examples of what a life should look like to be worthy of entering the Kingdom of God. We will be taking a deeper look at four of the beatitudes, hoping to bring everyone involved closer to this important message that Jesus is trying to portray,
We want to dive in and actually experience some of these beatitudes first hand. This is what we are going to call to call the Kingdom Experiment. After each week, we will ask you to invite your students to participate in a challenge/activity that will hopefully put their words into actions. Some are less intense than others, but hopefully they will all speak to each of us in some way.
It is our hope and prayer that each of you, along with our students, will experience God in a new way, We want them to realize that this is an extremely important message that Jesus himself spoke, The ultimate goal is for everyone involved to shed their old behaviours and habits, embarking in a new quest to better serve God,
Pray that our students will experience what Jesus spoke about first hand and in a tangible way. May we all become a bit closer to people who are worthy of entering the Kingdom of God!
2015 February Curriculum
Right Relationship Curriculum for February.
This month, the month of LOOOVVVE, we’re talking about relationships. We’re looking at the right relationships to have and how to relate rightly. The three relationships we’re putting the magnifying glass on are relationship with Jesus, Friends and “the significant other.”
Relationship, especially dating relationship is a tricky topic to approach, because most people, if we’re honest have their way of relating that they hold on to, and really don’t want to let go of that for another way… especially if it’s going to disrupt their lives in a significant way.
It’s our prayer that as we lean in to this topic this next month that students will open their hands, and let go of selfishness, let go of their wrong thoughts and actions around relationships. And with their hands still open, accept the Word of God on how we are all to relate.
Jesus says: “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.” Matthew 16:25
Pray that our students would loosen their grip on their relationally unhealthy ways of living their lives and give them up to find life in relationship as Jesus calls them.
2014 October Curriculum
SERVE Curriculum for October. This month has devotional large group teaching.
We’re moving into a challenging topic this month but a very significant one. We are exploring a foundational part of our Christian faith… servanthood. Jesus led as a servant. He got down into the dirt and muck of this world in order to transform our lives. Mark says about Jesus: “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” MARK 10:45
As our King, Jesus leads this way, the servant way. It begs the question: “How do we follow a Servant King?” and the question: “What does being part of a servant kingdom look like?” The answer is simple to understand, but often difficult to execute… Following this King, living the kingdom life, means sacrificial serving, just like Him.
2014 September Curriculum
Kingdom Come Curriculum for our fall season launch 2014.
Our theme this year for Resonate is “Kingdom Come.” This is taken from Jesus’ famous prayer in MATTHEW 6:10.
Jesus talked about the kingdom of God. In fact the Bible mentions the Kingdom of God or the Kingdom of Heaven over one hundred times. According to Jesus the Kingdom of God is both a present and a future reality. He said, “The kingdom of God is at hand.” LUKE 11: 20
Jesus also said, “Nor will people say, it is here or there it is, the kingdom of God is in your midst.” LUKE 17:21