Iceberg- Because of The Titanic we know icebergs are deceptive. We know that only about 10% of an iceberg can be seen above water. The same is true for people, we see maybe 10% of a person, we don’t see them behind closed doors, we don’t see their thinking, processing, feelings – we see very little of a person. So, for good or for bad, there is about 90% of a person you aren’t seeing. Well, what character, godliness, rebellion, sin, skill, and pretty much anything else has there been of things we haven’t seen – we are simply seeing the display. If you want to get better at a sport, don’t think simply of the 10% of the game you will play next Saturday, think of the 90% of practice, drills, and mindless skill builders. If you want to be godly, don’t be focused on the 10% that’s “on display” in front of others, think of the 90% that isn’t seen by others.
This week at Ignite – James will be talking about Icebergs. Because of the titanic we know icebergs are deceptive, we know that only about 10% of an iceberg can be seen above water. The same is true for people, we see maybe 10% of a person, we don’t see them behind close doors, we don’t see their thinking, processing, feelings we see very little of a person. So for good or for bad, there is about 90% of a person you aren’t seeing. Well what character, godliness, rebellion, sin, skill, and pretty much anything else there has been a lot of things we haven’t seen, we are simply seeing the display. If you want to get better at a sport, don’t think simply of the 10% of the game you will play next Saturday, think of the 90% of practice, drills, and mindless skill builders. If you want to be godly, don’t be focused on the 10% in front of others, think of the 90% that isn’t seen by others.
This week at Ignite, our High School Director – James Fairfield- will be speaking about “Rivers and Floods”. These two things have more in common than they do different. Potentially the biggest difference between a river and a flood is direction. A river is guided somewhere, it’s going somewhere, a flood is a directionless river. In our tech obsessed culture it’s easy to be overwhelmed and flooded, the key is not getting rid of everything, the key is direction.
This week at Ignite, we will be celebrating Christian & Angela as they journey to the next phase of Middle School Ministry. We are so excited at how God has used them here at the Richland Campus during this interim time but we are just as excited for God to work through them with the middle schoolers at the Pasco Campus! We will be hearing a brief message from Christian & Angela, as well as, some special farewell activities.
This week at Ignite is our last study session on the book of James. We will be studying James 5:7-20.
This week at Ignite we are continuing our series on James. We have been so excited as we watch students get engaged in a verse-by-verse walk through of this book in the bible and jot down notes of lessons they’ve learned and phrases they want to stick.
Our focus this Sunday will be on James 3:13-18 and 4:1-12. The first part talks about the 2 kinds of wisdom. How does this apply to middle schoolers? Well, we want to have a discussion with them about what wisdom means. Middle schoolers tend to have crazy hard questions and go to some of their peers for answers, but are these peers the wisest people they can go to? What kind of wisdom will they receive from them? We want to challenge middle schoolers to seek out WISE counsel from people who have wisdom like the one described in verses 17-18!
The next section will focus on submission. Maybe as adults we have experienced a beautiful life of submission to God and have seen how He has lifted us up in our most desperate times. Through the video, students will see how truly amazing it is for our God to lift them up when they are going through their own sets of trials. Submission to God, even in the toughest of times, always means exaltation from Him in the end.
This week at Ignite, we are moving into James 2:14-26 and 3:1-12. James teaches the concept of faith and deeds, highlighting verse 2:26. Our faith in God compels us to act. We serve others, obey our parents, help the needy, etc. not to be good enough, not to erase the sins we’ve committed, but because of our faith in a God who did the same for us.
This week, we are continuing session 2 reading through James 1:19-27 and 2:1-13. James teaches us to be quick to hear and slow to speak. In a world where our thoughts are one click away, how often are we practicing this habit? How easy is it to lash out when something doesn’t go our way? This section also discusses the powerful topic of being DOers of the word and not just HEARers. In order to live out our faith, we must be DOers of the word but walk the fine line of not letting ourselves be deceived that our works are to keep our salvation. We do because He did, which is what the Word of God teaches us. James helps us understand that the law is not one to keep us hostage but to liberate us of sin. Let’s walk in that liberty, living out our faith!
This week at Ignite, we are excited to begin our summer series on the book of James, a book dedicated to living out your faith! What a great topic for middle schoolers. We will be doing this through the Right Now Media series by Francis Chan.