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Thomas - Not Condemned for Doubt

Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 
John 20:26-29

I personally think Thomas has a bad rap when he is labelled Doubting Thomas. How quickly we forget that the other disciples didn't believe the women initially either. They went running to the tomb to confirm that what the women had said. Thomas does take it to a new level when he says that unless he can put his finger in the side and see the scars, that he wouldn't believe.

Anyway, what I love about the above passage is that Jesus did not condemn Thomas for his doubts. Jesus entered the room, he proclaimed peace, then he gave Thomas the chance to set his doubts aside. Jesus invited him to come and see and touch.

Foundations Of Student Leadership Program

When running a student leadership program, there are some foundational things to set in place before you start. Understanding why you are doing this and how you will implement it are important before you launch in.

Why student leadership

Who can help

What will it look like

Who will you invite

Help I'm A Student Leader

I am aware that I am a little too much of a Doug Fields fan boy, but when his resources keep on hitting the mark then how can I ignore them. 

The synopsis from Amazon says:

August - Student Leaders

The month of August will be a month where we plan to look at student leadership. If done well, this can be one of the most transformative areas of your youth ministry, as young people are trained and empowered to own and grow the youth ministry.

There area number resources we plan to highlight and we want to look at...

Links for Week 1/8

Below are a series of links to articles and resources that I have seen this week. Hopefully they are helpful. If you have any helpful blogs or resources then let us know and we can monitor them for content.

Youth Ministry

Making The Bible And Theology Relevant

It has always been the role of the preacher or small group leader to take the Bible or a biblical concept and interpret into the current context. And it is such an important part of what we do with teenagers in youth ministry.

We all have filters based on our life experiences, how we are wired, the voices we listen to etc. No matter who our parents were or where we were brought up, those filters and those world-views need to be re-aligned with God's word. That is what preaching and small group Bible study should be doing for our teenagers. We take ancient texts, some of which can be obscure, we find the transferable or timeless truth and bring it into our context. We do that so young people can form a godly world-view.

Dealing With Tensions In Theology

As much as Christianity is a unified set of beliefs, there are some of these beliefs that are held in tension. They don't seem to live harmoniously. For example God is love and the judgement of God. To many in our world, if God is really loving, then he wouldn't judge, he would accept everyone without judgement. God's judgement comes from his holiness, his perfection.

If God was not holy and perfect, then he is a flawed god and not truly worthy of being worshipped. But he is not holy and wicked, which would lead to a situation without hope of redemption. We would need to be perfect but would have no way to achieve it so would be condemned from the start. He is holy and loving, which means he provided a way for us to be redeemed and have a perfect record, through Jesus.

If anyone is going to discover and ask about these tensions, it will be teenagers. They are going through a time in life when they are asking questions and looking to see if Christianity stacks up in the real world.

Through Jesus - Conquerors

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Colossians 3:17

This is part 3 in a 5 part series, where we will be exploring the idea that we are more than conquerors and have access to heavenly resources.

Colossians 3:17 has a broad scope - whatever you do. There is no part of our life not encompassed in that phrase. The way you drive, the way you interact with people, how you manage your money and assets. The broad scope is followed by a big ask, to live your life in the name of Jesus. Essentially, that means we are his representatives. We are supposed to do live just how Jesus would, or in a way that he would approve of. It then goes one step further and requires a big attitude - thankfulness. So everything we do is supposed to be as Jesus would, and we are to be thankful through it.

Thankfully the verse doesn't end there, with a big scope, big ask with a big attitude. It closes off with "through him". We are not left to flounder on our own, trying to do all this in our own ability. We are to do this through Jesus.

Principles Of Biblical Interpretation

Interpreting the Bible—hermeneutics—is the science and art of understanding, translating, and explaining the meaning of the Scripture text. There are a number of things to apply to this process.