Young Adults Vision Dinner Summary

Young Adults Vision Dinner Summary

If you weren’t able to attend the Young Families and Young Adults Vision Dinner on September 18th, here is short summary of what was presented…   The Vision for our Young Adult and Young Family Ministries: To be a people who are redeeming our homes, neighborhoods, and communities through the transforming power of the Gospel.   We aim to see this happen through 4 primary values: That we would keep Christ as supreme and His gospel at the center of all that we do That we would be faithful in creating a culture of vulnerability and honesty That we would be a resource rich ministry, helping our people easily engage with gospel-centered resources as they grow, develop, and lead others That we would be a safe place to land and launch (helicopter pad illustration)   Further Explanation: In everything we do we want to exalt Jesus and make Him known. Whether it is through events, small groups, connect groups, conversations, retreats, etc. our goal is to show Christ, His life, death, resurrection, and reign, as the greatest and most important message of hope to those in our homes, neighborhoods, and communities.   We desire to create a community where people feel comfortable to share their faults and struggles. Church is so often a place where broken people feel like they need to clean themselves up in order to fit in and belong. We want our ministries to be a safe place for the Gospel to meet people where they are rather than where they pretend to be. Real people with real struggles encountering a real Savior who gives real...
Handling Criticism

Handling Criticism

Criticism has been around a long time.  Adam seemed to think sin wouldn’t have occurred had God not made Eve.  What an oversight on God’s part, huh?!  (For those just waking up, that was sarcasm).  Jesus was criticized early and often by the professional religious people of the day.  There isn’t a leader in human history who hasn’t experienced scathing critique.  CEO’s, coaches, politicians, doctors, teachers, and all sorts of other talented people are criticized at every turn by someone.  There is no escaping criticism.  I am convinced the most criticized person on the earth is a mother.  If her husband doesn’t do it, then other moms will.  Doctors, teachers, day care workers, high school baby sitters, grandparents, and neighbors will readily give their opinion on what she is, and is not, doing well.  Then there is the media.  Every day brings a new expert on a screen to point out THE way a child is to be reared.  If her ears somehow miss the other reviews, she will certainly hear it from her own children.  “Mom, why isn’t lunch ready…Why didn’t you wash my favorite shirt…Why are you not entertaining me…You’re doing it wrong…I don’t like that…I don’t like you.” And although she knows the 10, 7, or 4 year old is not mature enough to filter emotions, the words still sting.  But perhaps a mom’s worst critic is herself.  Mothers want to do everything within their power to provide a nurturing environment where each child of hers has a chance to be well adjusted, secure, stable, and godly.  That future is hard to see when her flaws...
It’s December!

It’s December!

It’s December! The Advent Season is upon us once again! The busy nature of this time of year, the shopping, the cooking, the pressure can all be very distracting from our incredible reason to celebrate at Christmas time. Our awesome Ministry Associate, Christy, uses a really cool plan to help focus herself and her family during Advent (some of you may have seen her post on social media already). It’s a reading plan through the Jesus Storybook Bible that you can find (and print) here: http://www.faithgateway.com/jesus-storybook-bible-advent-calendar-printable/ If you happen not to have the Jesus Storybook Bible, you can read more about it, and find links to purchase it...

Book Review: Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson

Book Review by Ty Bryant, Perimeter Church KIDS Town Pastor Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson Introducing the Book Do you ever feel like all you do as a parent is correct behavior without getting to the heart? Do you long for more tangible ways and ideas that equip you as a mom or dad how to ask questions and engage you children so as to reach their heart? Then this Give Them Grace is the book for you. Fitzpatrick and Thompson (who are mother and daughter) share real life examples from their own story that show simple ways of doing just that. Without being judgmental or preachy, this book gives practical tips on how we as parents can stop, pause, and gather our thoughts and words before reacting. About the Book This book is written to equip parents. It does serve as a challenge to some forms of parenting, as well as an encouragement that nobody parents perfectly, but overall it is an easy read that shares how, through trial and error, the author (and her daughter) have found and are finding ways to engage their kids so that Jesus is glorified and the child must stop and consider the spiritual impact of his/her decisions, actions, attitudes, words, etc… There are a lot of parenting books out there, but this one is unique in that it doesn’t give you a set of guidelines to go by so that you have a new kid in so many days, it simply points us to the way Jesus engages us...

Book Review: Taking God at His Word: Why the Bible Is Knowable, Necessary, and Enough, and What That Means for You and Me by Kevin DeYoung

Book Review by David McNeely, Perimeter Church Young Families and Young Adults Pastor Taking God at His Word: Why the Bible Is Knowable, Necessary, and Enough, and What That Means for You and Me by Kevin DeYoung. Crossway Publishing. 146 pp. Introducing the Book No book has ever been so adored, honored, and respected like the Bible. No book has been so disregarded, mocked, and forgotten either. The church has a long, rich history of defending and upholding the Bible as the very words of God. The church also has a long history of disregarding and belittling the Bible. The Bible is a unique book. The conservative, evangelical church believes the Bible to be the inspired, inerrant, infallible word of God. Do we know what that means? Why do we say that? What difference does it make? About the Book This is a really helpful book about THE book. We could divide the book into three sections – intro, body, and application. The 1st chapter serves as an introduction. It is about the Psalmist’s love for God’s Word penned in Psalm 119. The body of the book comes in chapters 2-6. It is like sitting in a seminary class on the doctrine of the Word of God but without the technical jargon and emphasis on the minutia. It is the heart of the book. In this section, he writes about the Bible’s inspiration, sufficiency, clarity, authority, and necessity. Chapters 7 and 8 deal with the practical applications and implications of the Bible being God’s Word given to us. Favorite Part of the Book for Me The title of the...