Game Night Cancelled

Sadly, the Soul Garage Game Night planned for Wednesday, December 21st at the Nord’s is CANCELLED.  We have two sick kids and as much as we like to share gifts with those we love, this sort of gift is not the type of gift we want to share with your families.

We hope to reschedule the game night for another day in January or February.  Watch the website for a new date after the holidays.

Photo Source: http://www.nevadahomesforyouth.org/2016-game-night/

Game Night @ Nords Dec 21

 

There will be NO youth group at the Soul Garage on Wednesday, December 21st or 28th for Christmas Break!

HOWEVER, on Wednesday, December 21st, all youth 6th-12th grade are invited to come hang out and play games (indoor and/or outdoor) at the Nord Residence (610 Haglin Ave., Cameron) from 6:00pm-9:00pm.

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  • If you want, bring warm winter clothes to play in the snow (bring shovels to help shovel our ENTIRE yard into a big pile of snow for building a snow fort!)
  • If you prefer staying warm, come enjoy hot drinks and yummy food and play board games or card games inside the house
  • Bring a friend
  • If you plan to come, please text Pastor Tony by the end of the day Tuesday, Dec 20th so we can make sure to have enough food and drinks!

If you can’t join us next week, have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Growth Through Suffering Summary & Video

This week at the Soul Garage we wrapped up our 6 week series on Growth Through Suffering: A Biblical Theology of Suffering.  During this series we examined various Scriptures from Genesis through Revelation that address the topic of suffering.

The goal was to build a solid platform upon which we could live out our faith in light of the suffering that exists in this world and the suffering that we will personally experience as followers of Jesus Christ.

Below is a summary of the 6 pillars we examined.  Below the summary is a video of Dr. D.A. Carson lecturing on this topic.  I developed this serious pulling largely from his lecture as well as from a paper I wrote for his Biblical Theology class when I was in seminary.

  1. Part 1: Insights from the Beginning of the Bible Storyline (Gen 1-3)
    • God created the world good, even very good.  In the beginning there was no suffering.
    • In Gen. 3 sin came into the world and from that point forward, suffering has characterized the human experience.
  2. Part 2: Insights from Innocent Suffering (Job)
    • Suffering is not necessarily a sign of God’s judgment.
    • God cares more about our trust than he does about our understanding.
  3. Part 3: Insights from the Mystery of Providence (Joseph)
    • Two seemingly contradictory truths are taught in Scripture:
      • God is absolutely sovereign.
      • Humans are morally responsible.
  4. Part 4: Insights from the Incarnation & the Cross (Isaiah 53)
    • God uses suffering to save us through God the Son taking on flesh, becoming fully human and suffering and dying in our place to pay the penalty for our sin.
    • When we are suffering, we must remember that serve a God who truly understands our suffering.
  5. Part 5: Insights from Taking Up Our Cross (1 Peter)
    • Don’t be surprised by suffering.  Rather, we should expect suffering as a Christians.
    • Know that suffering will not last forever for those who trust in Christ.
    • Remember that God uses suffering to shape us into who He wants us to be.
  6. Part 6: Insights from the End of the Bible Storyline (Rev. 21-22)
    • For those who trust in Christ as Lord and Savior, we can have GREAT HOPE that one day there will be no more suffering, no more crying, no more pain, no more sickness, no more goodbyes
    • For those who have not trusted in Christ, eternal suffering awaits and this reality should compel us to repent and lovingly encourage others to repent as well.

Check out this video of Dr. Carson teaching more fully on this important subject: