JANUARY EDITION: COMMITMENT
Do you play an instrument? A sport? Another hobby? If so, chances are you are familiar with the concept of “Practice makes perfect.” The same holds true for our Christian Faith. Just like practicing a sport or other hobby, you will never be “done” practicing… you can always get stronger and stronger in your faith. That’s why this month we are talking about:
COMMITMENT: Making a Plan and Putting it Into Practice.
Training the Body has Some Value. But Being Godly has Value in Every Way.” 1 Timothy 4:8a
As Orthodox Christians, we have special “tools” that help us put our faith into practice: SACRAMENTS. With a focus on the first 4 “Redemptive” Sacraments, we will explore:
Week 1: How Baptism and Chrismation helps us Practice Hearing what God says everyday. Jesus told Nicodemus that unless one is Born Again through Water and Spirit, we cannot enter the Kingdom of God. John 3:1-21. Many times we think of this “born again” as the one-time act of Baptism. However, we must live this out daily by practicing choosing truth over lies, and light over darkness.
Week 2: How Communion helps us Confess Who God is. Many people followed Jesus, but some were not certain who He really is. Jesus asked an important question to His followers: Who do You Say That I Am? (Matthew 16:13-20). Did you know the act of Communion is a confession of Christ’s death and resurrection? (1 Corinthians 11:26). It can be difficult or uncomfortable to talk about who God is in our daily life – but the Sacrament of Communion, partaking of the Holy Body and Blood, helps us practice confessing that Christ is the Resurrection.
Week 3: How Confession helps us practice living a life of Repentance. Living a life of repentance is very much about confessing our sins, but it also is about not judging others for their mistakes. As Jesus told us in Matthew 7:1-5, focus on the Plank in your own eye before you are concerned with the speck in your brother’s eye.
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JANUARY EDITION: SACRAMENT OLYMPICS
We will be spending the next 4 weeks learning about the Sacraments in an Olympics-style fashion and then Week 5... we will have a friendly Olympic Competition 6th Grade Versus 7th-8th Grade SACRAMENT TRIVIA OLYMPIC COMPETITION!
Last year, the 6th graders dominated over the older kids and won a Burger Party before the start of Lent... we promise another delectable prize for the winning class.
Each week, we will go through one or two Sacraments in-depth with a take-home sheet for those extra-competitive players to keep safe. We will play some trivia-style games for practice...
Even though it will be a TON of fun - we also hope the class learns and truly comes to appreciate the mystery of these Holy Sacraments and how blessed we are to be part of the Orthodox Church.