One of the many things I like about having gone “Orange” this fall for our children and student’s ministries is the way they architects of the curriculum constantly remind teachers, small group leaders and facilitators what it is that we believe. They place this in all their material, week after week:
God is the one and only true God, yet He exists in three persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. God is the Creator, so everything belongs to Him and is under His control. God is holy, so He is righteous, majestic and loving. God is all knowing and purposeful, so He’s at work to bring about His will. No person, thing or idea compares to God.
ABOUT THE SCRIPTURES
God reveals Himself to us through the Bible, and it is 100% accurate, reliable and authoritative.
People are made in God’s image and for His pleasure. But everybody falls short of God’s intention, or ideal, for people. In other words, everyone has sinned. As a result, we are all separated from Him, even though He wants an intimate relationship with each of us.
That’s why Jesus, God’s Son, came and lived on this earth, died and rose again. God offers His free gift of salvation to all who believe in Jesus and accept Him as Savior, the only way to be forgiven and reconciled to God. Anyone who accepts this gift is adopted as a son or daughter into God’s family and will live with Him forever in heaven.
We are using the same wording in the packet we are preparing for all of our Sermon-based Small groups that begin meeting during the week of October 5. We are doing this to remind us who we are and what we believe. To be reminded of the very foundation of our faith family is to be empowered to live more fully into who God has called us to be and what God has called us to do.
If you want more information about being in a sermon based small group, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.