Main Teaching point: Man looks on the outward, but God looks at the heart.
Length of service: 60 minutes. We combined our group in one for a unified worship experience. We have small groups immediately after the teaching and response.
Message Explanation: In today's culture, we treat people differently as if some are more important than others. James says we cannot make these distinctions in our mind. “My dear brothers and sisters, how can you claim to have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favor some people over others?" For example, suppose someone comes into your meeting dressed in fancy clothes and expensive jewelry, and another comes in who is poor and dressed in dirty clothes. If you give special attention and a good seat to the rich person, but you say to the poor one, “You can stand over there, or else sit on the floor”—well, doesn’t this discrimination show that your judgments are guided by evil motives? James 2:1-4.
As a student ministry, we are to accept each person the same because of Jesus’ love for them. The heartbeat of Source student ministry is to see people through the eyes of Jesus.
Element of fun: We played a large group game called, "Stand off." This involves two people standing toe-to-toe with palms together (do not interlock fingers). At a signal each tries to make his or her opponent lose balance. The first to move either foot or to touch the other at all loses.
Music Set: Search My Heart, Waiting, Our God, One Thing Remains (closing). One of our students (Ashton) led the student band and did an awesome job!
Favorite Moment: Celebrating with students who were baptized this past Sunday morning! It was great to sense the excitement for what God has in store for the future of the ministry at Church @ The Springs!
Next on July 8th: We continue the final week of our series through the book of James titled, “Taming the Beast!”