“The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.” – Exodus 34:6 esv
This Summer Emphasis
When we look at who our Father in heaven is and understand His character this verse needs to be part of the conversation. Maybe it is the conversation ender because this is how God defines himself. It comes down to five different attributes:
- Slow to Anger
- Abounding in Steadfast (Loyal) Love
- Abounding in Faithfulness
So this summer we have been looking at this verse and really only this verse. the emphasis is to know it well and understand what is in God’s character because we are His. If we come from the Father does that not mean that we own (in some ways) all of these attributes?
I have to be honest I am better at some of these (Faithfulness) and struggle at others (slow to anger and gracious). However it is not about our deficiencies but His goodness in all of these and taking on His character. So in the areas I am weak, He will make me strong (2 Cor 12:10) and where I experience joy it is because of His goodness (1 Cor 12:11).
This is what we have been talking about and studying and I pray that your students have received it well and more importantly they understand with greater depth who He is and what part they have in Him. When we know our place in the Kingdom of God it can take away much pressure in our present age.
Let’s Get This Going
Coming up is the Fall. I am presently getting ready for sending my students to school I have a new Kindergartner this year so it will be fun to have one kid in each school (seriously, 5 kids in 5 different school buildings). I know what it is like to wish for more summer and also ask for the school year to come with students being busy in almost the same breath.
However, we don’t look to survive, but we look to thrive this year and our hope is to have your students focused on an Eternal Kingdom and know that their placement, citizenship, and family is there. We are trying to find an understanding of being Blessed Exiles in all we do this side of heaven.
We are finishing our prep for the school year in WNL and SMC and we are looking forward to what this year will be. Your student will be getting a postcard about upcoming dates in the next couple weeks and so be looking for that, but here is the quick rundown:
- Wed, 8/24 – Amazing Race (meeting at A.H.S. at 6:30pm)
- Sun, 8/28 – First Sunday Morning Class (East during 2nd Service)
- Wed, 8/31 – Prayer and Praise Night (East at 7pm)
- Wed, 9/7 – First Wednesday Night Live (East at 7-9pm)
Information can be found on our website, bi-weekly emails, text group (@FaithWNL to 81010)
I am here to minister to the students and do that by helping parents, leaders and guardians to disciple their students as best they can so please email me if you have a question, email@example.com or check out our site at faithchurchaustin.org/gather/students
Our bi-monthly emails will be focused on encouraging you parents with resources and filling you all up to disciple your students. How can I pray for you or your students?
Student Ministry Pastor