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Loving God 1st in 2016 (resources to read the Bible)

All year long the Renew Family will be following the covenant promises of God found in the whole Bible. From Genesis to Revelation we will see the God of Promise, how He has made exceedingly great promises and the phenomenal lengths He has gone to keep those promises. Will you follow along by daily seeking God first? Follow a plan for helpful guidance.

Now for the plans …

Renew Kids: Sunday, July 31st, 2016 (Learning Together)

Sunday, July 24th: This week we will be focusing on chapter 8 in the STORY Catechism: THE DESPERATION

The tenth chapter of the Story Catechism is focused on the desperation Adam and Eve felt to be close to their Father again:

Adam and Eve were now sinners.
As hard as they tried, Adam and Eve could not fix what was broken.
They never stopped needing God.
And God could never stop loving them.
But the story doesn’t end there.

Renew Kids: Sunday, July 24th, 2016 (Learning Together)

Sunday, July 24th: This week we will be focusing on chapter 8 in the STORY Catechism: THE DESPERATION

The tenth chapter of the Story Catechism is focused on the desperation Adam and Eve felt to be close to their Father again:

Adam and Eve were now sinners.
As hard as they tried, Adam and Eve could not fix what was broken.
They never stopped needing God.
And God could never stop loving them.
But the story doesn’t end there.

“We Were Once As You Are” (Duty, Pleasure & Beauty)

On Sunday July 3rd we considered the themes of Duty and Dependence, whereby the beauty of God overwhelms our hearts and what used to be a mere duty receives a whole new energy to be joyfully performed, even with pleasure!

The following Sunday we sang “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” (original lyrics by Sir Robert Robinson) with added closing verses borrowed from one John Newton’s hymns. The fully hymn “We Were Once As You Are” is listed below, with the chosen verses emphasized. . .

Renew Kids: Sunday, July 17th, 2016 (Learning Together)

Sunday, July 17th: This week we will be focusing on chapter 8 in the STORY Catechism: THE SHAME

The eighth chapter of the Story Catechism is focused on the shame Adam and Eve felt that was produced by their sin and disobedience to God:

Now remember, there is always freedom in love and obedience.
But Adam and Eve disobeyed.
All sin produces shame and separation.
When we sin, we hurt the heart of God because God loves us.
So Adam and Eve tried to cover their own shame.

ReCreate: Beauty of Duty & Dependence

7/3/16. Week 10 of ReCreate coincides with third week of our Summer journey with the Story Catechism (chapter four: TOGETHER). It is the BEAUTY IN CHRIST that fuels true obedience IN US.

// 1st Chronicles 29:10-12; Isaiah 42:5-7; Luke 11:1-13 #RenewSummer #RenewReCreate #weareintheStory

Renew Kids: Sunday, July 10th, 2016 (Learning Together)

The sixth chapter of the Story Catechism is focused on the adversary who wants to thwart our close relationship with God:

Everything was good but everything was about to change.
The most deceitful, crafty, and tricky animal in the garden was the serpent.
The serpent was the enemy (Satan means ‘adversary’).
The serpent deceived Adam and Eve into thinking that they didn’t need God anymore.
But that wasn’t true was it?-that’s called a lie.

Renew Kids: Sunday, July 3rd, 2016 (Learning Together)

This week we will be focusing on chapter 4 in the STORY Catechism: TOGETHER

The fourth chapter of the Story Catechism is about how we are meant to be together with God:

It was God’s desire that Man and Woman would always be with Him and take care of His creation.
God would always love Adam and Eve and take care of them.
Because God was faithful, God would always provide everything they needed.
Eden was home because God was with them.
God was in control and had complete authority.

ReCreate: Echoes of Eden (Life As It Should Be)

6/26/16. Week 9 of ReCreate coincides with second week of our Summer journey with the Story Catechism. Today we hear the Echoes of Eden, when we long for beauty, pleasure, significance, joy, security, glory, and so much more. We were created to know and enjoy God, and we did to the fullest before the Fall. What was life before it all went wrong? How was life as it should be?

// Genesis 1-2; Psalm 29 & 46; Revelation 2:7 #RenewSummer #RenewReCreate #weareintheStory