"You're an artist and a potter,
I'm the canvas and the clay"
In my mother’s womb You formed me with Your hands
Known and loved by You Before I took a breath
When I doubt it, Lord, remind me I’m wonderfully made
You’re an artist and a potter I’m the canvas and the clay
What a great lyric! This song reminds me of the David's poetics in Psalm 139
"You formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well."
Every middle school student is trying to figure out who they are. As their bodies change and they start to notice the opposite sex, they question their physical appearance at every turn. As their education gets more demanding, their deficiencies seem more pronounced. Many of them are wondering if God messed up when he made them.
Psalm 139 is a beautiful reminder that, no, God did not mess up. He created each one of us intentionally and planned each of our days with purpose - for his glory and our good.
So, take a listen to the song this week. How might you remind your son or daughter of the truths about them in Psalm 139? Maybe you need this reminder as well! Your son or daughter is wonderfully made! God is the artist and the potter - we are the canvas and the clay.
Our middle school students tackled this week’s question together in their LifeGroup — How can we glorify God? There are actually so many places in scripture that help us understand how we can glorify God. We can glorify him by giving him praise and worship, through our faith and trust, through our words and our good works, through our unity with each other, through our dependence on him.
What we focused on this week was the verse Deuteronomy 11:1-13, which helps us understand that we can glorify God through our obedience. If we love God, we will DO what he says, which brings him glory. In Matt 22:37-39 Jesus identified the greatest commandment in the law as this “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.”
In one of the LifeGroups, the girls were asked this question: Why do you think we should live in a way that glorifies God? Their answers blew me away!
- Because He is our salvation
- Without him we are nothing
- Because he is worthy of it
YES and AMEN! They are spot on!!
We encourage you to help you students think through what it would look like for them to:
1) Love God
2) Love others
Get specific and practical! Maybe challenge them to commit to one thing in each area this week.
Our study in James is getting good! Pastor Joe is almost as fired up as James is at this point in the book. Last week we talked about how partiality has no place in the church. This week, James hits it home with "Faith without works is DEAD."
His whole point in this section is you can’t separate faith and works; you can't have one without the other. James provides two examples of faith, Abraham and Rahab, to prove that both faith and works have to be present. Their faith is evidenced to us BY WHAT THEY DID. Genuine faith, faith that saves, is followed by ACTION.
It's important to clarify, good works are not required to earn our salvation. We are saved by grace alone, through faith alone (Eph. 2:8-9). But just as salvation is a result of faith, so are good works. They are fruit or evidence of the Lord’s work in our heart and life.
You can say you’re a Christian all day long and it doesn’t mean a thing if you don’t back it up with action.
Our goal is not to cause all of our students at Impact to question and doubt their faith, but James makes a very clear point; if your life doesn't reflect your faith, there is a good chance that your faith is dead. That is something that anyone who says they are a follower of Christ should wrestle with. Does my life look any different? Is everything in my life surrendered to the Lord? A good place to start is with this prayer from Psalm 139, “Search me, O God, and know my heart...”
Today is the last day to register for the Collide Fall Fest!
CVCYouth is proud and excited to announce a new ministry for parents – hosted by parents.
Parent Equip will be hosted by Sola and Felicia Oshunniyi, Duane and Holly Myatt, and Larry and Thea Domzalski. These three couples have 13 kids between them – several with kids of their own – all the way down to 9th grade. You won’t want to miss their experience and wisdom coupled with the excellent curriculum from Doug and Cathy Fields – Intentional Parenting: 10 Ways to be an Exceptions Parent in a Quick Fix World.
We have designed Parent Equip with you in mind. That means, you don’t have to buy a book, the time commitment is low, you don’t have homework or reading to do, and each session stands on its own so that if you miss one – no big deal – just show up next time!