Friday, November 30, 2012

Acts 12

Acts 12 tells the story of Kind Herod's attempt to kill Peter. Peter is imprisoned by Kind Herod and guarded by a total of 16 guards.  All 16 guards' job was to make sure Peter didn't escape. Herod even bound Peter with two chains, not one, and locked him in with an iron gate. Even though it seemed nearly impossible to escape, God still led Peter out of prison! When you read this section today, think about what in your life is "imprisoning" you. Pray to God to help take you out of it and ask someone in this group to pray for you. Verse 5 says, "So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him."

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Acts 11

Good morning everyone. Acts 11 is a really cool chapter because Peter retells his vision to believers. Because of this vision, we can all eat bacon now! At the end of this chapter we learn about the Church in Antioch. Verse 19 tells us The Word has traveled through Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch. The prophet Agabus even predicts a severe famine that would affect the entire Roman world. Questions on reading:
  - Why did Luke take the time and space to record the events of 10:9-46 all over again?
  - Of what importance is the gift of the Holy Spirit in Peter's argument? Why would this have such a strong effect on the Jerusalem believers?
  - Antioch was the third largest city in the Roman empire. What might the apostles feel as they hear the Gospel is taking root there (v. 23)?

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Acts 10

You guys are doing an amazing job! Doing this as a youth group helps a lot because when we all say what we saw we can learn from each other. Acts 10 is really cool because you can see how God can communicate to us and if we listen to Him, amazing stuff happens. Cornelius obey's God after receiving his vision and what I find so amazing is that before Cornelius's men found Peter, The Spirit tell Peter they're coming. (v 20).

Tonight Impact High School is having its second Bible Study. We are having one every Wednesday night from 6:30 - 7:30. Come prepared with your Bible and keep in mind what you've found this past week. If you've missed a chapter or two don't worry about it, but if you can try to finish what you've missed. We will be discussing Acts 4 - 10 so we have a lot of ground to cover. Keep up the great work!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Acts 9

Sorry I was a bit late on this one. Wow this is a big chapter. So much happens in it. It stretches from Saul's Conversion all the way to God raising Tabitha from the death through Peter. I wish I could write more about this one but my bus is coming so here are the questions:
  - What do you know about Saul to this point (before chapter 9)?
  - Describe what happened in verses 3-9 from the viewpoint of one of Saul's companions.
  - How do you think Saul felt when confronted by Jesus (vv. 4-6)?
  - Was Saul's heart open to Jesus' arrival?
  - Given his previous activities , what would he be thinking about during those three days of blindness and fasting (v. 9)?
  - How did the Lord first get your attention? Was it in some dramatic even or something more subtle? Have you had a post-encounter experience like Saul did?
  - Do you assume some people are beyond God's reach? How does this story challenge those assumptions?
  - Who has played the role of Ananias in your life?
  - Why would the Jerusalem disciples still fear Saul? What risk is Barnabas taking?
  - Although Peter had healed many people, he had never raised anyone from death. What might he be feeling as he goes to Tabitha's home?
  - Why is it that Tabitha was raise, but Stephen died, even though Peter was there too (8:2)?

Monday, November 26, 2012

Acts 8

This chapter covers a lot. Make sure when you read it you are able to separate the different stories. This chapter mainly goes in depth about to spread of Christianity. It provides multiple examples of conversions and also talks about Saul a few times. My favorite verse of this chapter was verse 36, "As they traveled along the road, they came a to some water and the eunuch said, "Look, here is water. Why shouldn't I be baptized?" I love that attitude. The eunuch was just converted and he didn't hesitate, he immediately wanted to be baptized!

  - What did Simon and Philip have in common? (vv. 5-11)
  - Given that the Samaritans were considered outcasts by the Jews (see Jn 4:9), why would Peter and John come to them?
  - In what ways does Simon's reaction to the apostles (vv. 18-19) show his deep misunderstanding about the Gospel?
  - Do you think that Simon's words in verse 24 reveal a change in his heart?
  - In the verse the eunuch was reading, in what ways does Jesus fit the picture of the one described there?
  - How did God pave the way for his message?
  - So far, what has been the effect of Stephen's death upon Philip? Upon the church as a whole

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Acts 7

This chapter was amazing! If you remember Stephen from chapter 6, he was accused of speaking "words of blasphemy against Moses and against God." (6:11) His accusers even produced false witnesses to testify that "This fellow never stops speaking against this holy place and against the law. For we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and change the customs Moses handed down to us." (6:13-14) Most of chapter 7 is Stephens speech to the Sanhedrin. He starts off with the story of Abraham and works his way down to Moses and quotes many old testament verses along the way. I love verse 51. Stephen finishes his monologue and addresses the Sanhedrin. "You stiff-necked people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You are just like your fathers: You always resist the Holy Spirit!" Stiff-necked is an metaphor taken from and ox who cannot bend its neck and cannot yoke. It means stubborn or unwilling to submit. Uncircumcised hearts means their hearts would not submit to the law. Stephen adds, "and ears" meaning they also did not listen to what God says. This verse really hits me because sometimes we can act like these religious leaders. We can get stuck trying to obey the law and forget to stop and just listen and submit to God.

  - From 6:13-14, how would you write up the formal charges against Stephen?
  - What does Stephen's storytelling (in effect a history lesson) reveal about his respect for the Mosaic Law?
  - What parallels does he draw between Moses and Jesus?
  - How does this relate to the charges against him in 6:13-14?
  - How does the quote in verse 37 begin to turn the tables on his accusers (regarding who is really rejecting Moses)?
  - Of what does he accuse them of in verses 51-53?
  - Why are Stephen's listeners so enraged?
  - Stephen's death was illegal (see Jn 18:31). What does that reveal about the desperation of the Sanhedrin?

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Acts 6

Thank you to everyone who is commenting each day. Keep it up guys! This chapter is all about the disciple Stephen being chosen and then falsely accused. This is setting up for when Stephen makes his speech. You will see in the next chapter when Stephen replies to theses accusations.

Questions on reading:
  - Given 2:44-45 and 4:32, how could the widows be neglected?
  - How do the apostles resolve this problem?
  - Why did they choose men "full of the spirit and wisdom"?
  - Consider verse 6. Why such attention to a seemingly minor task?
  - What secondary issues hinder your church from fulfilling Acts 1:8
  - Immigrant Jews often formed their own synagogues in Jerusalem. How is their opposition to Stephen like and unlike the opposition the apostles faced from the Sanhedrin (5:27-28)?

Friday, November 23, 2012

Acts 5

Can't post right now, but if you guys want to comment now you can.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Acts 4

Good morning everyone! Acts 4 talks about the religious leaders' reaction to Peter healing the beggar. Then it also shows us how the believers prayed and how they all shared their possessions.
Here are some questions to think about while reading. You do not have to answer them but you can if you want. Remember to also share what you personally found during your quiet time.
  - Why would the Sadducees oppose the disciples' preaching (v. 2)?
  - What is the heigh priest's family trying to do (v. 7)?
  - If you were one of the authorities, how would you react to Peter's bold answer (vv. 8-12)?
  - What is the most persecution you have experienced due to your faith?
  - On a scale of 1 - 10, how sure are you of Peter's statement in verse 12?
  - How do the Sanhedrin and the disciples view themselves and God?
  - Why would the disciples begin to the prayer by recalling God's sovereignty?
  - How are your prayers in crises like and unlike this prayer (vv. 24 - 30)?
  - How well does verse 32 describe you relationship with others in your church?
  - What would have to change for such sharing to be possible?

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Acts 3

Hey sorry for the late post. I slept to 10 today on accident. Anyway, Acts chapter 3!

The story of Peter healing the beggar really speaks to me because it shows how it is important to give the glory to God for any of your abilities. After healing the man, Peter could have become boastful or prideful and took the credit, but instead, he immediately says, "In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk." (verse 6) Peter also continues to give Jesus the credit. "By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong." (verse 16)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Acts 2

Acts chapter 2 is all about Peter's sermon at Pentecost. We get to see the power of the Holy Spirit who allows the disciples to be heard in all languages at once! Verse 7-8 says, "And they were amazed and astonished, saying, Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language?" When you read through this section, think about how the Spirit can help you bear witness to Jesus. We also get to see Peter's sermon. Notice how he uses scripture to back up what he says. Verse 17-21 is actually Joel 2:28-32 being quoted. What tells you that Joel's prophecy is coming true? Peter gets the crowd so fired up, that when someone asks, "Brothers, what shall we do?" (17) they immediately begin to baptize in repent. The new believers also begin to fellowship in communion. How is could you help your church be more like this?

Monday, November 19, 2012

Acts 1

Here we go on our journey through Acts! Acts is all about the birth and growth of the early church. When reading Acts 1 today, think about some of these questions (from the Serendipity). You do not have to answer them in your comments but use them to help understand the passage:
   - How does this book pick up where Luke leaves off?
   - If you were one of the disciples how would you have felt about Jesus leaving?
   - In verse 8 Jesus says "you will be my witnesses." Where do you feel called to be Christ's witness?
   - What was the role of Scripture,  prayer, discussion, qualifications, and trust in God when disciples selected a replacement for Judas?
   - What has been your best experiences in group prayer?

Sunday, November 18, 2012

John 21 last chapter

Wow this is the last chapter of John. It is such an amazing chapter, do not miss reading it even though its Sunday. Jesus appears to His disciples for a third time, while they are fishing. He feeds them fish and forgives Peter in a special way for denying Him. There is so much you can learn in this last chapter of John. You guys have done great and we have finished our first book of the Bible. We don't know what book is next but we will decide at church and I will update this afterwards. Read this chapter as soon as you can because God has something for each of us in it.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

John 20

John 20 is a really joyful chapter! I can feel God's presence and joy just by reading it! At the start of it, Mary goes to Jesus' tomb and finds it empty. She then runs and tells the disciples that someone took Jesus' body.

The disciples eventually get to meet Jesus, and Thomas has to put his hands in Jesus' scars before he believes. John 20:25 So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord!" But he said to them, "Unless I see the nail marks in  his hands and put my finger where the nails weer, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it."  John 20:27 Then he said to THomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe." There is spiritual, physical, and archeological proof that Jesus rose. We all know he has from what He has done in our life. We need to stop spending time doubting Jesus, (I have been guilty of doubting lots of times) and believe in Him. We probably won't get to put our fingers in His scars till heaven, but Jesus in verse 29 blessed those who don't see Him and believe. John 20:29 Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed in me."

Friday, November 16, 2012

John 19

We are almost done with John. John 19 is the chapter where Jesus gets crucified. I had to read John 20 also because I didn't want to start my day with that chapter only. Jesus is so amazing with what He did for us. There has never been anyone perfectly innocent like He was. He is the only one who didn't deserve crucifixion, yet He willing died for those that did. Jesus is truly amazing.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

John 18

John 18 is a tough chapter to read. It marks the transition from Jesus going around teaching, to Him being lead to the cross. I learned most from the way Jesus' held Himself when He was being persecuted. I would of shouted and argued, but Jesus trusted in God, His Father. He knew that exactly what God wants would be done, so all He did was pray right before it happened.

Impact highschool is starting a Bible Study on Wednesdays. It will most likely start at 7:00 at the Hinkle's house. We are going to wait until after Thanksgiving to start it. Since we will be done with John by then we are deciding what books to do next. Either Job or Acts, or if people are willing to do 2 chapters a day then both. Keep up the great work on John!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

John 17

John 17 Is a really interesting chapter. In it Jesus does two things. He prays for His disciples, Then He prays for US. It is so amazing to know that Jesus left a prayer He said for people now-a-days in His Word. His prayer really only had one thing in it.

John 17:20-21 I am praying not only for these disciples, but also for all who will ever believe in me because of their testimony. My prayer for all of them is that they will be one, just as you and I are one, Father-that just as you are in me and I am in you, so they will be in us, and the world will believe you sent me.

The one thing that Jesus prayed for us is that we may be united as one. I think that as a high school group we are doing good in this because we are almost all united in this Bible study. As you can see John 17 is a really great chapter  and you guys will enjoy reading it.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

John 16

We are on John 16 today! John 16 is a really interesting chapter  because Jesus stops speaking in parables. He plainly tells the disciples who He is, and teaches about prayer and the Holy Spirit. Finally, in this chapter this chapter the disciples start to understand who Jesus is and what He is doing. I was reading in a serendipity Bible today and I found these questions helpful for my Bible reading. I am going to list them so that you guys can use them too.

What are the disciples feeling now?

What is their grief keeping them from understanding? (v.17)

What three things will the Holy Spirit do? (v. 8-11)

What peace does Jesus offer? (V.33)

Those are some of the questions from a serendipity Bible. You don't need to answer them, but you will know the answers of you read the chapter slowly and think about it. Have a great day Impact church! Keep up the great job on the Bible reading plan!

Monday, November 12, 2012

John 15

Happy Veterans Day! Since I'm the only one of us that actually has school today I've got to post early still.
John 15, just like all the chapters, is amazing! I felt like it taught me as much as a chapter of Proverbs except in a more spiritual way. If you want to know how to do big things for God, this chapter tells you how. John 15 also talk about how the world hates those that do not belong to it. Its a very short chapter so make sure you spend lots of time dwelling on it. I can't wait to see all that God reveals today! Have a God blessed Veteran's Day!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

John 14

John 14 we are two thirds done with this amazing book of the Bible! John 14 is a great chapter because Jesus is talking the whole time! Church was awesome today, make sure you guys show up at high school and youth 2nite. It is at 6006 Casswell Circle for highschool, and at the Maciver's house for middle school. See you guys there!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

John 13 has answered a question that I have had for a very long time. There are SO many churches in North Carolina. I have always wondered two things: What makes a church on track for God different? and what makes Impact church different? Joe, Brian, my dad, and I are together reading John 13. John 13:34-35 So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples. At most churches since we do not listen to Jesus' guideline, new comers do not see the love Jesus showed us, being shown by us to each other. We don't make it our job to know everyone's name, or at least as many as we can, we always leave an empty seat in between us and the next person. We show up when the service starts and leave when it ends, never having time to love on our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. That's not the vision Jesus has for any church. That's not the vision Jesus has for Impact church! What needs to make Impact church different from other churches, and showing to the world that we are different, that Christ has truly changed us, is our love for one another. John 13 is amazing! God is amazing! comment about all that God shows you today! John 13:35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.

Friday, November 9, 2012

John 12

John 12
John 12 is Friday's Bible reading! I loved this chapter soooooooooooooooooooooo (23, Does that count?) much, when I read it this morning! Yesterday, I went on a run with one of my school friends that is a senior. We started talking about God, and He told me about why he thought Jesus said a Christian is a seed. He showed me how a seed is dead, then once it receives water it starts to live and grow. We were dead in sin, but then we received living water from Jesus. Now everyday we grow stronger in our faith, and closer to Jesus. Yesterday as a group we learned so many things from God.
Abbey talked about John 11:35 Jesus wept. She showed us how the verse revealed, even though Jesus is God he was also human.

Maria liked in John 11:4 when Jesus said, "this sickness does not end in death. No it is for God's glory so that God's Son must be glorified through it." Maria liked it because whenever bad things happen her faith grows so it helps keep in mind that God has a plan for us.

Jackie pointed out that in John 11:9 when Jesus referred to the 12 hours of daylight he could have been referring to the disciples letting them know they have the light of God in them.   

Brian showed how the reason Jesus waited 4 days to heal Lazarus could have been so more people could witness his miracle. And when you read John 12 today you can see he is right.

Mrs. Hinkle showed us that Ciaphas, who prophesied Jesus' death was a Saducee and didn't believe in ressurection or afterlife.

We learned all this in just John 11 so I can't wait to see what we learned at the end of this. Also I will probably put together a booklet of what you guys learned while reading through John if your interested. Keep reading the Bible, and grow closer to God.
Glory to God! God bless all of you!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

John 11

John 11. We are more than halfway through John. I have grown so  much in my Christian faith in God. through this time we spend with God. Doing this as a church group helps a lot because when we all share what we learned, we learn from everyone. Way to go for those of you that are sticking with this. John 11 is one of my favorite chapters of the Bible now! You guys are such an amazing high school group. I have never gotten another group to read through the Bible like this, and even if I did they wouldn't enjoy it as much as you guys do. Keep up the great work! He who honors God, God will honor him.(1 Samuel 2:30) I can't wait to see what you God reveals to us today!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

John 10

John 10 is our reading today. It's about Jesus being our shepherd. It's hard for me to focus on this stuff right now because of the election. Obama is our president again and Romans 13:1 (ESV) LEt every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. I don't know what God's doing with our country right now, but Romans 8:28 (NIV) But we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose.
Keep up the great work on the Bible Reading Plan, and in case you haven't noticed people can respond to posts so you should check back either a few hours or a day later to see what someone said about what you said.
God bless you all! Have great days!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

We are on day 9 today which means we're reading John 9. You guys are doing awesome reading through John. Put God first and read it even if you have lots of work. 

Mathew 6:33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.

If you put God first and spend just a few minutes with Him even when you could of studied for a science test or something, then He will give you everything you need. Also it is good to take breaks in between studying. God won't give you more than you can handle. The amount He gives you just might not be handleable (10) without Him.

Secondly, If you are like me and sometimes you read the Bible and 5 minutes later you can't remember what you read, or you want to learn more from your reading and get closer to God, then you should check out this website. I'm doing the S. O. A. P. thing today.



Monday, November 5, 2012

John 8

Hey Impact Students! This is where we will probably start discussing John or any other books we read in the future, since some of us don't have facebooks.

Week 2 of reading through John. John 8 is the chapter today. Before you read the Bible try to pray a little bit for God to reveal stuff to you, and to open up your heart and mind. This always helps me be able to focus more on my Bible reading.
This website has really good insight on how to read the Bible.
Once  you read just comment what you learned 

It won't let me comment since I made the blog sooo This is what I learned:
In John 7:8 Jesus said, "he who is without sun throw the first stone." This verse really convicted me to stop condemning people that sin because I am not sinless and Jesus who is will take care of it.

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light
of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." (John 8:12 ESV) I liked this verse too. It's very hard not to trip when you're walking in a dark room, but when it's light you really have to try to trip. When You are close to Jesus, He shows you where you should and shouldn't go, by lighting your path. However even when your path is lit up you still have to remove obstacles in your way.