WHAT OUR STUDENTS LEARNED AT NAVS THIS WEEK

DISCIPLES MAKING DISCIPLES

“THE RATIO IS KEY”

MADDIE HENRY, A HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR AT PENN MANOR  (bottom right) LEADS A SMALL GROUP OF GIRLS THROUGH A BIBLE STUDY

MADDIE HENRY, A HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR AT PENN MANOR (bottom right) LEADS A SMALL GROUP OF GIRLS THROUGH A BIBLE STUDY

                Like anything else, you have to practice discipleship in order to get better at it.  Wed evenings at NAVS we allow high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to practice discipleship.  If you were to come to our Grace Campus on a Wed evening you would find the gym filled with students laughing and playing, an art room where students can relieve stress and express their creativity, and our fellowship youth area full of students making and building new relationships.  If you were to stay longer you would see something even better.  You would see our high school students taking small groups of younger students as they disciple them through gospel conversations and studying God’s Word.  The impact this has on both the younger and older students is incredible.  Students are filled with joy as they live out the greatest calling and purpose given to us by Jesus:  TO MAKE DISCIPLES.

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WHAT ARE STUDENTS LEARNING ABOUT?

                We do not just study the Bible to memorize information or to simply know the stories of biblical characters like Noah or Abraham.  We study God’s Word because it is HIS NARRATIVE of the World.  In this narrative we know as the Bible, we will find story after story that teach principles for which we can apply to our lives as Disciples of Jesus.  It can seem a daunting task to learn and know everything contained in scripture.  With so much to read and into two sections we know as the Old Testament and New Testament how do we know what to focus on?

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                At NAVS last night we helped students learn how not only to study scripture, but also see the connections between both the Old and New Testament and learn how it applies to their lives now.  Last night we gave students that task of finding between both a story in the Old Testament and a story in the New Testament.  It was so great to see our leaders and students work together as they realized and discovered the connections.  Though both stories were over 1000 years apart, both declared God as our Father and encouraged us not to fear the world, but have Faith.  

                In the Old Testament story (found in Deuteronomy 1) the Israelites are afraid to enter the land God promised them because of the enemies they will face there.  God challenges the Israelites on their fear and reminds them that HE is their Heavenly Father and has provided for them this far.  In the New Testament story (found in Matthew 10) Jesus is preparing to send out his 12 disciples on Mission.  He also challenges them to not be afraid of the enemies they face because they have a Heavenly Father watching over them.

BUT HOW DOES THIS APPLY TO THE LIFE OF A MIDDLE SCHOOL OR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT?

Though a student is probably not crossing a river to conquer lands or traveling to a hostile country, they do face very real fears and challenges every day.  Just the task of walking into school every day can be a very scary thing for many students.  Many students today are facing great challenges of depression, anxiety, loneliness, and fear of failure or embarrassment.  We are children of the same God who cared for the Isrealites as they wandered the wilderness and looked over the Disciples of Jesus.  So what do we have to fear?  We may have no control over the bad things that may happen at home or at school, but we don’t need to fear them!  We serve a King named Jesus and have a Heavenly Father who has promised us his protection.  Our students were encouraged and challenges that they can find the peace they seek through Faith.

Jacob Marino