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Youth Seminary Lesson Two

My second lesson, “Some things we learn about God in Genesis 1,” was a delight to teach to our Youth Seminary students. Their ideas, questions, and insights clearly show that they are deep thinkers and committed Jesus followers. Following are my notes for the talk.

Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Genesis
MCA Church Youth Seminary
Lesson 2

Welcome to MCA Church Youth Seminary! All of our study is anchored in the Bible.

“The entrance of thy words giveth light, giving understanding unto the simple.” Psalm 119:130

Class Guidelines

1. Bring a great attitude each week.
2. Bring a Bible each week.
3. Memorize the Bible verses.
4. Never talk while someone else is speaking.
5. Have fun learning God’s word.

Verses to Memorize

1. Psalm 119:130
2. Genesis 1:1
3. John 1:1-3
4. Colossians 1:16
5. Proverbs 9:10
6. Genesis 2:7

Week One’s teaching was that all of life, everything we know, wisdom, and time, space, and matter all find God as their starting point. Last week we emphasized the creativity and importance of your Genesis 1 projects. Today’s talk is about what we can learn about this ‘starting point’ God?

God’s Name
o The word “God” is used 34 times in Genesis 1:1-2:3
o In Genesis 1 and 2 we learn about God through what He did and said.
o Elohim is the name of God in Genesis 1:1-2:3. In Genesis 2:4 YHWY or LORD is used.
o Elohim is used in the singular but it is a plural word. This may be because of a
concept called the “plurality of majesty.”
o God is SO AMAZING that He is referred to in plural form.

God’s Word
o God is separate from creation. The Creator and the creation are not the same.
o God’s nature, character, purpose, and design can be seen in creation.
o God existed before creation.
o God’s word created creation. 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 24, 26
o “Then God said, Let…” Eight times.
o “God said…” Ten times
o God’s commands created creation

God’s Thoughts
o Five times we see “God called.” Genesis 1:5, 8, 10
o Naming is a very crucial part of Genesis 1. It is in naming that things make sense.
God is helping us through naming to make sense of His creation.
o In Genesis 2:19 God gives the authority of naming to people. Now we make sense of God’s
creation by naming.

God’s Power
o God is fully able to do as He says. He has the power to do anything and everything He
determines to do.
o Two words are used in Genesis 1 for this creative power, 1. Create, and 2. Made. 1:1,
21, 27 and 1:7, 16, 25, 31

God’s Goodness
o Seven times the phrase, “God saw that it was good.” 1: 4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 25, 31
o Since creation is a reflection of the Creator, God is clearly good.
o Creation is NOT mother-nature! Creation is the visible reality of the goodness of God.

God’s Wisdom
o God’s wisdom knew that His creative actions were completed.
o God’s wisdom is reflected in God’s rest. Genesis 2:1-3
o You and I must rest in God’s wisdom.

Identity: Genuine Followers of Jesus

One of the great pursuits of my life is to live intentionally transparent before God and my family, and honestly with myself. An unintentional, dishonest, and veiled life can not be pleasing to God. Following are my notes for Sunday’s talk. May God be glorified as you read.

Identity: Genuine Followers of Christ

During our study of MCA Church’s Identity, one concept emerged consistently; MCA Church highly values genuineness.

If we are not genuine, all of our identity concepts falter.

Genuine: Actually having the reputed or apparent qualities or character.
Actually produced by or proceeding from the alleged source or author
Sincerely and honestly felt or experienced

I am sincerely and honestly being transformed into the image of Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit.

2 Corinthians 3:18 connects transformation to “unveiled faces.” Transformation ceases when we veil our hearts from God, our closest friends, and ourselves.

You might be wearing a veil if:
• You intentionally report qualities or character that you don’t have
• You intentionally resist the invitation to look honestly behind the veil of your heart,
mind, and behavior
• You can not be sincere and honest about what you are actually feeling or experiencing
• You have a “reason” (excuse) for every unpleasant thing hidden by the veil

Good News! God has the perfect response to everything hidden behind your veil.
• When you approach God with humility, honesty, and respect, you should not be afraid.
• When you approach God with humility, honesty, and respect, remember that He is love,
full of grace, and slow to anger.

I am sincerely and honestly being transformed into the image of Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit.

You are not seeking perfection – you are seeking consistent progress.

Genuine Joy
1. Since I am made by God, in His image, and for his purposes, there is the joy of being
pleasing to God. 2 Corinthians 5:9,10
2. There is amazing joy in having a good conscience before God. Acts 23:1
3. The joy of being honest with yourself and God is transformative. Psalm 51:6
4. The joy of having nothing to hide is energizing. 1 Corinthians 13:12

Our sentence, “I am sincerely and honestly being transformed into the image of Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit,” requires that we see the gap between who we are and who God is and repent. Acts 3:19

Today, we invite you to the crosses for your personal time of meeting with God. Do you have the need of repentance.? Do you see a gap between what you believe about your self and what is actually true about you? Are you aware of veiled things in your life that long to be exposed to God’s love and grace? Do you deeply long for the joy of ever increasing genuineness?

LIFE Groups

Connecting with each other
1. Name a person with whom you are most likely to be genuine. What do you admire about
that person?
2. What was the best hiding place in the history of your personal “hide and seek” career?

Digging Deeper into the Weekend Talk
1. Why did Moses put a veil over his face? Exodus 34:35
2. Why did Moses keep the veil over his face? 2 Corinthians 3:13
3. Why is Moses’ tendency to hide his experience with God the story of us all? Genesis 3:8
4. MCA Church strongly believes that the most helpful setting in which people transform
into the image of Jesus is a small group. What kind of small group member should you be
so that your co-member can be genuine in the group?
5. Consider Job 31:33, 34.
a. What was his view of the crowd?
b. What was his view of the clans?
c. What did he do with his voice?
d. What did he do with his body?
e. What did he do with sin?
f. What did he do with guilt?
6. How do you design your life group to help people whose experience is something like Job
31:33, 34?

Praying With Each Other
1. Please pray, one on one, for a genuine request from your prayer partner.
2. Please pray for next week’s LIFE Group Covenant.
3. Please pray for MCA Church’s Global Outreach month (October). Please pray for increased
vision, commitment, and understanding of world evangelism.
4. Pray about your role in the Great Commission.

A Sacred Assembly

Following are message notes from my Monday evening talk at Cedar Park Church in Bothell, Washington. Pastor Fuiten is leading the congregation in a season of intense pursuit of God, His will, and His power.

A Veil and A Mirror
Cedar Park Sacred Assembly

In Joel 2:16 we learn that one of the priests Sacred Assembly functions was to “Consecrate the assembly.”

To consecrate is to declare a place holy.

Today, we declare all the members, participants, and people under the influence of Cedar Park Assembly, all ministries, and all of Cedar Park Assembly’s assets, resources, and facilities as holy unto the Lord.

We make this declaration based upon the Person and nature of God. 1 Peter 1:15, 16

For me, the greatest challenge is the consecration of my heart and my longings.

In 2 Corinthians 3:18 we discover that we are, in part, mirrors of God’s glory.

Once in proper alignment with the light of God’s glory, my task is to unveil my face.

The consecration of my heart and my longings, so that I may reflect the Lord’s glory, requires, what David identified in Psalm 51:6, “truth in the inner parts.”

Personally, the narrative of the Loving Father in Luke 15 helps me lift the veil I build over my own heart and longings and gives me a glimpse into me.

1. Is the essence of my heart and longings God or me?
a. The son’s key concept in verse 12 is “my.”
b. He moves to “I have sinned against heaven and against you.
2. Are my heart and longings at home in Father’s House or in a “distant country?”
a. In verse 13 he “Set off” for a distant country
b. He “set off” from his own father’s house.
3. Do my heart and longings make sense or are they senseless?
a. The son was senseless, especially in 14-16
b. He comes to his senses in 17.

In consecrating my heart and longings, I must lift the veil and truthfully declare, “My soul finds rest in God alone.” Psalm 62:1, 5

It is not my soul finds rest in God and ____________ My soul finds rest in God alone!

Truthfully, I must lift the veil of my heart and confess that, like the prodigal son, I am not satisfied with Father and Father’s House and that I look elsewhere for fulfillment and well-being.

When I come to my senses and realize that, with Psalm 62, “my soul will only find rest in God alone,” I quickly join the passionate pursuit of David’s next Psalm, Psalm 63, and out of the deepest part of my being I yearn, “O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. “

Identity: A Multi-ethnic Ministry

Following are my notes for the talk, “Identity: A Multi-ethnic Ministry.” I pray that they may be helpful to you and have a part in your growth in Jesus. Enjoy.

Identity: A Multi-ethnic Ministry

MCA Church is interacting with the world around us. 1 Chronicles 12:32

The world around us has shifted. How we navigate these changes is vital for the Gospel’s sake.
• A transition from a Christian to post-Christian society
• A transition from a modern to post-modern society
• A transition from a monoethnic to a multiethnic society

2009-2010 Anchorage School District Languages
• 87.6 percent of students speak English at home
• The remaining 12 percent speak 91 languages
o 2.96% of all ASD students speak Spanish
o 2.40 % of all ASD students speak Hmong

2009-2010 Anchorage School District Race/ethnicity
• 48.08% White
• 12.62% Multi-ethnic
• 10.21% Asian
• 9.85% Hispanic
• 9.03% Alaska Native/American Indian
• 6.25% Black
• 3.95% Native Hawaiian/other Pacific Islander

1. We are leading into our Jerusalem. Acts 1:8
2. We are leading into our mission. 2 Corinthians 5:16-21
3. We are leading into our bright future. Revelation 5:9-12

MCA LIFE Groups

Getting to Know You
1. What was something you did this past summer that was fun and enjoyable?
2. Have you traveled to a foreign country? If so, what did you enjoy about the culture there?
Digging Deeper into the Weekend Talk
1. Without a doubt the world is changing and Christian ministry is in transition.
a. How comfortable are you with transition?
b. Do you enjoy learning about the world’s changes around you?
c. What does it mean, in our world of today, to be like the “sons of Issachar?” 2 Chronicles 12:32
2. What strategies can you implement in order to be effective in your multiethnic Jerusalem? Acts 1:8
3. How could you become more effective in reconciling people to God? 2 Corinthians 5:16-21
4. What are common barriers to your reconciliation ministry?
a. Prejudice?
b. Lack of understanding?
c. Fear?

THE PURPOSE OF LIFE GROUPS

LIFE Groups exist to promote spiritual maturity and personal growth through meaningful Christian relationships and the study of God’s Word. (Romans 8:29 & Hebrews 10:24-25). Here’s how it will happen:

SHARE
Each week we’ll take time to share what is happening in our lives. At first this sharing will include planned “sharing questions.” But after the first few weeks, it will become more informal and personal as we feel more comfortable.

STUDY
Each week we’ll study a section from God’s Word that relates to the previous weekend’s sermon or an appropriate personal growth topic. Our goal is to learn how to live out our Christianity in everyday life.

SUPPORT
Each week we’ll learn how to take care of one another as Christ commanded (John 15:9-13). This care can take many forms, such as prayer, encouragement, listening, challenging one another and meeting real needs.

SERVE
Spiritual growth is fostered not only by what we gain through the support and input of others, but also through service to others. The role each of us fills is important to the health of the church and for us to be the hands and feet of Jesus to the community in which we live (Ephesians 4:11-16). Throughout the quarter, it is our hope that you can find and/or be affirmed in the ways God has designed you to serve and make a difference in God’s Kingdom.

Unleashing Kingdom Capacities

Following are the message notes for my talk, “Identity: MCA Church Assists in Unleashing Kingdom Capacities.” The goal of the message is to teach the power of God in and through our lives by His word and His Spirit.

Identity: MCA Church Assists in Unleashing Kingdom Capacities

The character of MCA Church’s identity includes:

• PURPOSE | Exploration
The faith to pursue your full potential
• MISSION | Communication
Invite people to what’s next
• OFFER | Experience
The real presence of God
• CAUSE | Supply
A way forward

As a local congregation we assist in unleashing the capacities of God’s kingdom in you and through you.

Upon placing your personal trust in Jesus for salvation, the power of the Bible and the power of the Holy Spirit are activated in your life.
• The Bible – Matthew 13:1-9
• The Holy Spirit – Titus 3:5, Romans 8:11

Check out the kingdom capacity to be unleashed in you according to Ephesians 4:9-13.

Now let us consider unleashing the capacities of the kingdom through you.

• We are sent to further establish God’s kingdom. John 20:21
• Similarly to the 72 of Luke 10:1-8, we are sent to further establish God’s kingdom.
• Notice they were sent to the places Jesus was “about to go.”

In AD 100 there were approximately 1 Christian for every 360 people on earth. Today the ratio is approximately 1 Christian for every 3 people on earth.

The kingdom capacities unleashed through Peter to the Jews, Paul to the Gentiles, Thomas to India, and Philip to the Ethiopian are legendary.

The unleashing of the capacities of the Kingdom are both in and through you. Through you, John 14:12 teaches, God will do greater things.

May God unleash the kingdom’s full capacities in and through you this week!

MCA Church LIFE Groups

Connecting with Each Other

1. Is this your first MCA Church LIFE Group quarter?
2. What do you hope LIFE Group accomplishes for you?
3. Please share your name and the length of time you have been part of the MCA Church worship community.

Digging Deeper into the Weekend Message

1. Where did Jesus send the 72? Luke 10:1
2. Are you sent there too?
3. Consider the Engle Scale of the Spiritual Decision Process
-8 Awareness of Supreme Being but no effective knowledge of Gospel
-7 Initial awareness of Gospel
-6 Awareness of the basics of the Gospel
-5 Grasp of the implications of the Gospel
-4 Positive attitude toward the Gospel
-3 Personal problem recognition
-2 DECISION TO ACT
-1 Repentance and faith in Christ
NEW CREATION IN CHRIST
+1 Post-decision evaluation
+2 Incorporation into a local Christian body
+3 Conceptual and behavioral growth: a. communion with God, b.
stewardship, c. reproduction
4. Select one or two of the people or places to whom God is sending you and determine, the best you can, where they are on the scale.
5. What of the capacities of the Kingdom IN you (The Bible and the Holy Spirit) may God use to develop his Kingdom through you?

Prayer
1. Please pray for your friends that you considered through the Engle Scale.
2. Please pray for “Welcome Home,” the MCA Church Children’s outreach on September 30.

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