Welcome to What’s Happening in 180, a page where parents and students can stay up to date on the happenings of 180. We hope this page is a place where you can stay informed on what we have been discussing in 180, so you are able to continue the conversations within your families.
This Week in 180: The Fall – How Men Fail to Meet God’s Standard
This week in 180, we talked about the fall, and specifically the effects that the fall has on how men interact with women. Over the course of our study, we have studied and learned how God has given men a distinct role of responsibility and headship within the family. Sadly, as a result of the fall, men throughout history failed to live up to God’s standard of treating women with respect, honor, and dignity.
One of the ways that men fail to live up to God’s standard is that they “rule over” (Genesis 3:16) women. It’s without debate (see the #metoo movement) that men have a history of dominating women. The world is riddled with cases of men abusing, insulting, disrespecting, treating women as second-class citizens… The list goes on and on. God, on the other hand, has a different idea in mind. In Luke 22:25-26, Jesus teaches that those with positions of authority should use their position to humbly serve others, not to further their own selfish desires.
A second way that men tend to fail to live up to God’s stand is that they can be fall into the trap of passivity – see Genesis 3, and Adam’s failure to step in when Eve was interacting with the serpent. In Acts 12, we see the account of Herod passively accepting the praise given to Him from the people, instead of directing the praise to God and correcting the sinful worship of the people. Passivity is when men fail to step into their God given role, and instead do nothing.
Both of these errors are harmful, hurtful, and fail to live up to God’s standard. This week, take some time to discuss these two kinds of failures that men fall into.
This Week in 180: The Fall of Man. 2.04.18.
This past week in 180, we spent time discussing the fall of Man. We all realize that there is so much hurt, pain, brokenness, shame, and fear in the world. In short,the world is messed up. As a middle school student, it can be very easy to see all that is messed up and question God why life is the way it is.
So this past Sunday, we spent time in Genesis 3 looking at the origin of all the brokenness in the world. We spent a lot of time discussing how Adam, who was given the command to not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil directly from God, failed to step in when the Serpent began talking to Eve. It is evident that he was there to witness Eve eat from the tree, and yet he did nothing to prevent it from happening. Additionally, when God came into the garden and questioned what they had done, neither Adam nor Eve would take responsibility for what they had done.
In this one historic event, sin entered into the world. This week, we encourage you to take time and talk about the fall of man and the problem of sin with your kids. Talk to them about the bad in the world, and discuss how Jesus has entered into the mess to offer us hope and freedom from sin.
Have a great week!
This Week in 180: Acknowledging our Created-Ness. 11.19.17.
In our last 180 meeting, we spent time discussing that before we can begin to understand anything about who we are, we have to understand what the bible teaches about our creator and about our createdness. We can’t know anything about ourselves or life without knowing about the One that made us.
We read the account in Acts 14 the people of Lystra called Paul and Barnabas ‘gods’ and wanted to worship them as such. But Paul and Barnabas were quick to point out that they were mere humans, and there is only one creator. Paul and Barnabas wanted the people to know that they were men and that they had been created and weren’t gods. Just like them, we need to be clear that we are creatures and not gods. Because we are created, we are different from God – in many different ways.
We ended our time by discussing differences between God and man:
No limitations outside Himself vs. Severe limitations. No needs vs. Immense needs. Independent vs. Dependent. Self originating vs. Originated. Absolute Authority vs. Under Authority. Objective knower of all truth vs. Subjective knower of some truth. Autonomous vs. Not autonomous.
Have a blessed week!
This Week in 180: First Lesson in “Rejoicing in God’s Good Design”. 11.05.17.
Rejoicing in God’s Good Design is a study for junior high students on biblical manhood and womanhood. While the Bible teaches that men and women are each fully equal and made in God’s image, the Bible also teaches that there are major differences between men and women. We believe that male-female differences are rooted in God’s good design, and that the only way we can understand who we are as men and women is to come to terms with the Creator and what He tells us about ourselves in Scripture.
Follow this link to hear from authors Sally Michael and Gary Steward as they share the vision behind this 28-week study for youth on biblical manhood and womanhood.
This Week in 180: Trusting Jesus in Judgement. 10.15.17.
This week in 180, we completed our last lesson in our “Abiding in Jesus” Curriculum. Throughout this series, we’ve learned and discussed so many great truths found in the Bible. With it being our last lesson, we took a look back and discussed some of the things that we have learned over the past year in 180. We revisited the topics of God’s grace, salvation, growing in righteousness, and the return of Jesus.
Finally, we discussed the parable of the seed scattered on different soils. How can we be confident that that our eternity is secure with Christ? How can we be sure that we are the fertile soil that the seed lands on? We finished by looking at 1 John 2:24-25, which gives us confidence that if the Word of God abides in us, and we abide in Jesus, He will abide in us and we are promised eternity with Him!
We are excited to be starting a new curriculum in the coming weeks! We will see you tomorrow at the Fall Kickoff at the Ishams!
This Week in 180: Trusting Jesus in Success. 09.17.17.
This week we focused on trusting Jesus in success, be being humble and acknowledging that all glory goes to Him. We reviewed Psalm 44:6-8, discussing how every victory comes from God and how the Psalmist trusts in God (not just his bow or sword) to give him success.
In Romans 15:18-19, we see Paul’s attitude as an instrument of God’s ministry. In 1 Corinthians 3:7 and 2 Corinthians 10:17, 18, we see that Paul knows that real success is to be recognized by the Lord and to Him be all the glory. We then looked at Solomon’s thoughts in Ecclesiastes 9:11 – how a person’s abilities don’t determine the outcome of God’s orchestration of the situation.
This really hit home with some of the kids, when we backed up and realized that Solomon was gifted with great knowledge and he also recognizes God’s hand over a person’s abilities. We wrapped up by discussing the importance of being humble, how it plays out in our everyday life and what that looks like to others.
Thanks for all you do!
This Week in 180: Trusting Jesus for Guidance. 08.06.17.
This week in 180, we discussed and learned that God can be trusted to guide and lead His children through His Word as they acknowledge Him in all of life. We talked about how the Bible doesn’t give us a black and white answer for every decision we have to make, however it gives us general principles to guide us in ALL decisions. And God will be faithful to guide us!
Have a great week!
This Week in 180: Trusting Jesus in Failure. 06.04.17.
This week in 180, we discussed and learned what it means to trust Jesus when we come up short. As humans, we will without doubt experience failure, whether that be failure in school, work, in relationships, or failure to live up to God’s standard. The beauty of what we find in scripture is that even in failure, Jesus is still there for us. Failure is a time when we can easily see our brokenness and our need for Jesus!
In failure, the amazing promise we have is that Jesus gives us grace in forgiveness to us as his children. We looked at Matthew 6:14-15, and discussed about how understanding that we are forgiven in our failures will lead to a response of being eager and willing to extend grace to other people. What a great promise it is that Jesus is with us, even in the midst of failure!
Thanks for supporting our kids, have a great week!
This Week in 180: Committing All Things to Jesus. 05.21.17.
This week in 180, we talked about what it means to cast all of our worries, anxieties, and problems onto Jesus. We learned together of the peace that can be found when we admit that our burdens are too much to carry on our own and we surrender them over to Jesus. This isn’t just a one time thing; it’s an ongoing process. The temptation to take our worries back from Jesus is real, and we must continually be learning to let go of them.
We looked at Philippians 4:6-7 which commands us to not be anxious and to make our requests known to God. In return, God promises to give us peace that will guard our minds and our hearts. However, we learned through our study that God doesn’t promise answer our requests in the exact way that we want Him to. Even so, we can find peace and joy in that he does promise that He will always be there, walking with us in whatever we are experiencing! What a wonderful and joyous promise!
Have a great week!
This Week in 180: How does Jesus Spell Relationship? LOVE. 05.07.17.
This week in 180, through studying various Scripture passages, we have been learned about life-giving relationships with other people and with God.
In this lesson, we read John 13:34-35 and discovered the new commandment Jesus gave his disciples right before he died on the cross. This was a simple commandment: to love each other the way Jesus had loved them. This week, I encourage you to spend a few minutes talking about our lesson. Consider building your conversation around these questions:
What are some traits of Jesus’ love? What does his love offer us that nothing else in this world can offer?
What obstacles might hinder us from carrying out Jesus’ new commandment?
Think of a time you struggled to love someone close to you. How did you overcome that struggle? What did Jesus’ love look like in that moment?
Thanks for all of your prayers for our students and our ministry. Have an amazing week!
This Week in 180: Trusting God’s Heart for You. 03.05.17.
Every day, we base our thoughts, attitudes, and actions based upon our interpretation of the world around us. We see in Genesis 3:1-5 that Satan presented Eve with a false interpretation of facts. We see Eve believing those lies; that God is not good and that independence from God is a good thing.
To combat a misinterpretation of the world around us and who God is, we must fight to believe the truth of the goodness God and His heart for his children. The truth is that we never have to worry whether or not God will be good to His children. God’s heart is always for us, never against us.
“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31.
Have a great week!
This Week in 180: Satisfied in Jesus. 02.19.17.
In our last 180 meeting, we had a conversation about what it means to be fully satisfied in Jesus. Looking at James 4:3-4, we see James writing to other Christians who have fallen into a trap of asking God for things to satisfy the pleasures of their flesh. We see in John 6:35 that Jesus clearly states that He alone will satisfy our desires, not our selfish and sinful passions.
Jesus wants to be our greatest desire and our greatest love. He will not tolerate us loving something greater than Him – we must be ALL IN! If Jesus is sufficient for our desires, then why do we often feel unsatisfied? It is because we allow our desires for other things and other people to rule our hearts, when a life with Christ is the only thing that will truly satisfy!
Have a great week!
This Week in 180: Abiding and Prayer. 02.05.17.
This past Sunday in 180, we talked about what our prayer life should look like as we are striving towards a life of abiding in Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 implores us to “pray without ceasing”, which means our prayer life should be more than just praying before meals, in church, and before bed.
Abiding in Jesus or “hanging out” with Him means that our prayers should look like less of sophisticated string of words but more like an ongoing conversation with a friend! Jesus is with us in every step of every day, and He wants us to talk with Him! Importantly, we mustn’t forget that a conversation isn’t one sided, meaning that we must be willing to listen to what God is saying to us!
To continue this conversation on prayer in your families, consider discussing the followings ways to communicate with Jesus:
Praising Him – Expressing our admiration.
Thanking Him – Being grateful for his blessings.
Confessing our sin – Acknowledging what we have done wrong and repenting of that.
Asking Him – Admitting we can’t rely on our own strength or ability.
Have a blessed week!
This Week in 180: Abiding and Obedience. 01.15.17.
This week in 180, we discussed how love is more than just a verbal expression! If we claim to love someone or something, but our actions don’t reveal the same, our verbal expression of love is not truly authentic. Love is a commitment expressed by loving actions toward the recipient of our love!
When it comes to God, and our love for Him, our actions must show that our expression of love is more than just rhetoric. Does this mean that we are going to be perfect? Absolutely not. But by abiding in Him, He promises to give us the power and grace to live into obedience.
1 John 5:3 reminds us that His commandments are not burdensome! The more we abide in Him, our love for Him will grow, and we begin to realize that his commands are for our own good. Over time as our relationship with God deepens, we can begin to joyfully surrender our own sinful desires for His perfect ways!
Reminder: Saturday at 6pm, 180 will be meeting at the Konolds for pizza and games!
This Week In 180: Dependence On The Cross. 01.01.17.
This week in 180, we discussed that as humans we all have a sinful nature. We identified that there are two ways we can try to fight sin: 1) self effort, and 2) depending on God’s grace through Jesus. The truth is that the battle against sin is a battle of the heart, and we all need grace every day!
As followers of Christ, we fight this battle, and we must:
Admit our sin specifically.
Confess our sin to God.
Repent of our sin.
Have faith in God’s Word about forgiveness.
Ask for forgiveness and grace.
And obey through God’s grace.
Together, we were able to work through different scenarios of sins that we all struggle with, and how we fight against them! Thanks be to God that this is not a battle that we fight alone!
The 180 Christmas Party was a BLAST! Congratulations to team Candy Cane for winning the Christmas Competition!
This Week In 180: Living in Daily Dependence on Jesus. 12.4.16
This week, we discussed how as human beings, we are all created dependent on God for not just some things, but for everything. However, our rebellious human nature rejects dependency and seeks independence. Abiding in Jesus means living in daily dependence on Him.
Looking at Exodus 16:13-21, the people of Israel were given bread in the morning to gather and eat, but they were only to collect enough for that day. God was teaching them to be fully dependent on Him. In Acts 17:24-25, we see that man relies on God for everything. However, God doesn’t need man, yet He loves us so much that he provides what we need.
As we read 2 Cor 1:8-10, we see that God wants us to rely on Him and be humble enough to acknowledge him as the source of all we have. We discussed what Jesus means when he tells us to abide with Him as a branch on a vine. We talked about ways we try to do things apart from Jesus – how we try to fight sin on our own, going through our day without relying on His strength, and depend instead on ourselves; we attempt to rely on willpower rather than lean on Him for sustenance.
As follower of Christ, Jesus is calling us to remain in and depend on him for everything. For without Him, we can do nothing.
This Week In 180: Partaker of the Divine Nature. 11.20.16
This week we discussed our identities in Christ and the promises you have by believing in Christ and being a part of His covenant community.
We looked at 3 John 1:9-11, where John talks about the dangers of putting oneself first and not acknowledging God’s authority. We used a yellow and blue crayon as an example of this relationship – yellow being people without Jesus and the blue crayon being Jesus. Once we accept Jesus as our savior we start looking different (blue mixed with yellow). There is evidence of Christ in us, and we yearn to look more “blue” (like Jesus).
As we read 2 Peter 1:3-5, we see how escaping our sinful desires and putting on our new nature comes from Jesus. God’s promises enable us to deny our fleshly desires. We touched on 1 Cor 10:13 and were reminded how we will not be tempted beyond our ability, and that God will also provide the way of escape. We also looked at Rom 8:28, to remember that all things that work together for good, for those who love God.
We wrapped up by looking at 1 John 3:5-10, we discussed how we are all practicing working to be more like Christ, and how we are never going to be a perfect “blue” (Jesus). God is honored when His people show His love and glory to others.
REMINDER: 180 Christmas Party – Dec. 15, 2016 at McLaughlin’s House – 7805 S. 3rd St. Mattawan, MI 49071. We will be playing some crazy Christmas games so hope to see you! BRING A SWEET (cookies, etc.) to share if you would like – brownies and hot cocoa bar provided!
This Week In 180: Member of the Covenant Community. 11/06/16
Last week we looked at Deut 29:10-15. We discussed how being in a covenant community and looked at Gal 3:7 and Eph 2-19:22 to see how we are all brothers and sisters in Christ. We also looked at 1 Cor 1:10 to see how divisions take away our focus on Christ. To God the only division that matters is if you are with Christ or without. Divisions do not honor God, and are commonly paired with pride and arrogance. Looking at Col 3:11-17, we talked about what is means to “put on” compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, patience, and love to serve our community of believers.
We then looked at 1 Thess 5:11, and gave examples of what it would mean to “build one another up”, and what it would look like in ReCast 180. We shared things that could tear down and discourage instead of build up and encourage, and we also talked in small groups about what we should do when we witness someone who does something that does not build up another person. We wrapped up with practical ways that we can contribute to our families and to our communities around us, how we can stand out for Christ and be a testament of His love.
This Week In 180: A New Identity In Christ: Heir. 10.16.16.
This week in 180, we looked at Ephesians 1:3-7 and Ephesians 1:11-14, and discussed how as Christians, our new identity includes being God’s treasured possession and an heir to the promises of God. However, our inheritance as Christians is different from a normal inheritance. Part of our inheritance is received now, while we are on alive on earth, and part will be received later after we die. A few examples of the present inheritance are the presence of the Holy Spirit, true joy, and the power to fight sin. Our future inheritance is freedom from sin, eternal life, and a new home in the new heaven and new earth. This inheritance that God promises is not achieved through works, it is purchased by the blood of Christ, secured by the Holy Spirit, and guarded through faith. What joy we can find in knowing that this inheritance is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading!
A huge thank you to all who were involved in making the homecoming parade a huge success! It was a great night of community, topped off with a Wildcat victory!
This Week In 180: Those Chosen By God To Receive Jesus As Savior Become The Children Of God. 10.02.16
This week in 180, we looked at Deuteronomy 7:6-8 and discussed how God has chosen us to be his treasured possession. We realized that there is absolutely nothing we can do to deserve the love of God, but it is a free gift that he graciously gives to us. We then took a look at John 1:9-12 and read that Jesus is the true light, the one way to God, and how all of those who receive him become the children of God. Our identity is as children of God, and as we realize that, we see that Jesus is transforming us into new creations.
Mattawan Homecoming Parade Time Changed – 5:30PM!
Due to the construction and the need for the high school band to get on the field for their performance before our Homecoming game (October 7), there have been some slight changes to the parade route and the start time of the parade. The parade will begin at 5:30 in the High School parking lot and end at the Early Elementary where the Hot Dog sale will be.
180 Fall Kickoff!
This past Sunday the Filcek’s hosted the 180 Fall Kickoff! Both parents and students attended the kickoff, which made for a night full of fun, laughter, and great community! Below is a picture from one of the games we played, “Cheeto Beard”, in which students teamed up to stick as many cheetos to the shaving cream beards!
Thanks to everyone who came and especially to the parents for participating in all of the crazy games! We’re looking forward to a great year of growing in our faith and in community with the 180 students!
This Week In 180: Daily Fellowship with Jesus. Sunday, 9/4/16
Passages: Psalm 100:1-2, Psalm 139:1-6,23-24, Luke 10:38-42
This week in 180, Nick led a discussion on Daily Fellowship with Jesus. We first looked at Psalm 100:1-2, where it is evident that the psalmist enjoys being in God’s presence. The psalmist encourages us to make a joyful noise to God and to serve Him with gladness. We noted the stark contrast between how the psalmist is rejoicing compared to how Adam and Eve felt shame and embarrassment, which we discussed in a previous week.
In Psalm 139, we read and discussed how awesome it is that God has intentionally searched us and that He knows everything about us! It is clear that David is in fellowship with God and running towards God, inviting God to help him in his life. In Luke 10, we learned how distractions can get in our way of living with Jesus and how the best thing we can do is to simply spend time with Him.
To finish, we each spent 10 minutes alone walking and talking with God, telling him what is going on in our lives and asking him for help. Our encouragement for the next two weeks is to be aware of Jesus in our lives and we left the students with a challenge to continue to talk with God daily.
Reminder: Next Sunday, the Filceks are hosting a 180 event, 6:30pm-8pm, for middle school students and their parents. This is an opportunity for the students to have a fun time and for parents to meet Nick McLaughlin and Nathan Douglas, as well as learn about what to expect from 180 for this coming school year!
– Nathan Douglas