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What’s Happening in Gravity

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Welcome to What’s Happening in Gravity, a page where parents and students can stay up to date on the happenings of Gravity. We hope this page is a place where you can stay informed on what we have been discussing in Gravity, so you are able to continue the conversations within your families. _________________________________________________________________________________

Gravity: Why Jesus Withdrew. 06.11.17.

This week we wrapped up our series on the habits of Jesus. It has been an incredible time diving into the life of Jesus and discovering how his regular habits connect to our own lives. But instead of just looking at the habits themselves, we’ve explored why Jesus practiced each habit.

In this final lesson, we looked at Luke 5:16, where “Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer.” It was a powerful lesson seeing how Jesus needed to get away from people and the demands of life—just like we need to do. Jesus withdrew because he was tired, he needed a break, and he needed to refocus.

This week, I encourage you to withdraw. This could be withdrawing to the mountains, the ocean, a park—or withdrawing to the coffee shop. Consider building your conversations in your families around these questions:

When do you like to get away?
What do you do when you take a break from people?
Even if it isn’t me, do you have someone with whom you can share about these times away?

Thanks for supporting this ministry. Have a blessed week!
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Gravity: Why Jesus Gave. 06.04.17.

This week, we’re continuing our series on the habits of Jesus. Each week, students are looking to Jesus, at one of his habits, and exploring how this habit relates to their own lives.

In this week’s lesson, we looked at Luke 20:20-26, and we discussed how Jesus said to “give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.” We saw that Jesus had a habit of giving, but maybe not for the expected reasons. Jesus gave because he knew he was valued, because he trusted God, and because he was secure.

This week, find some time to talk in the car or at the dinner table. Consider these questions:

What is your favorite possession, and why is it so meaningful?
What could you give someone else—whether it’s time, money, a possession, or an act of service?
How do you plan where you’ll spend your money?

Thanks for supporting our students and this ministry. Have a great week!
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Gravity: Why Jesus Served. 05.14.17.

We’re continuing our series on the habits of Jesus. His life provides the perfect example of habits that become a way of life, and this week, we discussed Jesus’ habit of serving.

As we read and examined Luke 4:14-22, we discussed how Jesus didn’t see service as an added task or two on his calendar. Service was a way of life, flowing naturally. For Jesus, service was a God-planned way for him to impact others. Jesus surprised others by how he approached service. This can be true for all of us as we allow Jesus’ work in our lives to produce naturally flowing service.

Find time this week to talk about the lesson, including what was most surprising or challenging. Feel free to use these questions as conversation starters:

How do you compare acts of service to your chores at home? How are they different?
In what ways do you enjoy serving others?
What random act of kindness can you do this week? Can I help?

Thanks for all your prayers for our students and our ministry. Have an amazing week!
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Gravity: Why Jesus Prayed. 05.07.17.

This past Sunday, we started a new series in Gravity called “Habits of Jesus,” and we began discussing how Jesus is the perfect example of how to live. Even Jesus had habits—things he did regularly. In this first lesson, we talked about Jesus’ habit of praying. Later in this series, students will also explore Jesus’ habits of giving, serving, and withdrawing.

Jesus prayed—talked to God—about lots of things. Jesus prayed by himself. He prayed publicly. And through Jesus’ example, we see that prayer is just talking to God about life. Jesus prayed so he wouldn’t fall into temptation. Jesus prayed because he was facing difficulties. Jesus prayed to receive help.

This week, talk about the lesson and share what prayer has meant in your own life. Consider starting with these questions:

When do you pray? Are there better times than others?
What do you pray about?
How have you seen Jesus answering your prayers?

Thank you for supporting your teenager and continuing the discussion on prayer. Have a great week!
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Gravity: How Did Jesus Spell Relationship? LOVE. 04.23.17.

It was great to be back in Gravity this past Sunday! We’ve now wrapped up our series focusing on the theme “Friends and Family.” Through studying various Scripture passages, we have been learning about their life-giving relationships with other people and with God.

In this third 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 with 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!
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Gravity: Jesus’ Family Tree. 03.05.17.

In Gravity, we are continuing our series focusing on the theme “Friends and Family.” By studying different Scripture passages, students are discovering the eternal value of relationships with God and with one another.

In this second lesson, we explored Matthew 12:46-50, where Jesus’ teaching is interrupted by the arrival of his mother and brothers, who want to speak to him. Jesus uses this opportunity to invite the crowd to become part of his heavenly family by saying, “Anyone who does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother!”

This week, we hope you’ll consider spending a few minutes talking with about our lesson. You can build your conversation around one or all of these questions:

If Jesus had pointed to you in a crowd and called you his family member, what thoughts would have raced through your mind, and why?

Jesus invites us to care for and love each other just as he loves us. What does it look like to love someone the way Jesus loves them?

Thanks for all your prayers for our students and our ministry. Have a great week!
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Gravity: In the Beginning, God Created Relationships. 02.19.17

We’ve begun a new series focusing on the theme “Friends and Family.” For the next three weeks, we will study different passages of Scripture to discover the powerful, life-giving exchange that happens in relationship with God and with people he’s given to us to share life with.

In this first lesson, we looked at Genesis 2:4-25, where God is in relationship with Adam and Eve. Through his perfect love, God gave the first couple everything they needed. Even when they disobeyed his command not to eat the fruit of one tree, God pursued them and brought them out of hiding. God desires to engage in authentic relationship with us, as well, and he wants to be at the center of our relationships with others. God’s perfect love provides all we need, and together we can trust him.

This week, I encourage you to spend a few minutes talking with your teenager about our lesson. Consider building your conversation around these questions:

What might it have been like to live in a garden that God created for you, with everything you needed to enjoy life with God?

How can trust and honesty build relationships?

When have you relied on a person so much that you began placing your trust in him or her instead of in God?

Thanks for all your prayers for our students and our ministry. Have a great week!
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Gravity: Family Feud. 02.12.17.

This past Sunday, we’ve wrapped up our “Identity” series. Each week, students have examined a different passage of Scripture to find truths and insights about discovering their identity in Jesus.

In our final lesson, we brought it all home by exploring John 8:38-47, where the conversation between Jesus and the Jews escalated to the point where it became pretty heated. It reached a place where Jesus drew a line in the sand and challenged people to consider if they were legitimate children of God.
It is so important for teenagers to learn how to choose well. The spiritual choices they make will determine whether or not they spend eternity with Jesus. As we conclude this series, I challenge and encourage to consider the value and benefits of being part of God’s family—and how the most important thing in life is passionately pursuing a deep love for Jesus.

Here are some questions that can help fuel your conversation this week:

What people have shaped or influenced your spiritual journey? How have they been like spiritual fathers or mothers to you?

What are some characteristics or traits of Jesus that you’ve seen displayed in other people’s lives?

What are some spiritual truths God has been teaching you recently?

Thanks for all your prayers for our students and our ministry. Have an amazing week!

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Gravity: Be Real With Yourself. 01.29.17.

We’re continuing our series focusing on the topic “Identity.” Each week, students are examining a different passage of Scripture to discover truths and insights about discovering their identity in Jesus.

This past Sunday, we explored John 8:33-37, where Jesus declared that people in his Jewish audience—despite being descendants of Abraham—were still enslaved in their sins. In this passage, Jesus spoke about what being part of his family really looks like. Slaves have no permanent rights in the home; those rights are reserved for the children of that household. Jesus’ objective was to get people to understand the importance of being a son or daughter who is adopted into God’s family.

This week, I encourage you to spend a few minutes talking about our lesson. Consider building your conversation around these questions:

What does it mean to be real with yourself about your shortcomings?
How can you be adopted into God’s family?
Once adopted into God’s family, what do you think are the benefits to being part of his family?

Thanks for praying for our students and our ministry. Have a blessed week!

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Gravity: The Freedom Factor. 01.22.17.

This week, we launched a new series called “Identity,” and each week, we are examining a different passage of Scripture to discover truths and insights about what it means to find our identity in Jesus.

Jesus offers a promise and reassurance for those who believe in him. He said that if we are truly his disciples, we will know the truth, and the truth will set us free. Jesus’ point is simple, focused, and all-encompassing. It leaves no room for questioning or compromising. Remaining connected to or “dwelling” in Jesus and his teachings is the true measure of discipleship. It is what separates people who are really free from those who merely appear to be free. It also speaks to how our identity is found in Jesus and not in the ways of the world. Jesus is the pathway to truth and the only way to experience freedom.

This week, I encourage you to spend a few minutes talking about our lesson.

Consider building your conversation around these questions:

Do you find it difficult to believe Jesus’ love for you is unconditional? Why or why not?
What does it mean to you to remain faithful to Jesus’ teachings?
Have you ever felt like your relationship with Jesus was based on your behavior or how good or bad you were?

Thanks for all your prayers for our students and our ministry. Have an amazing week!
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Gravity: I Am Dangerously Good. 12.04.16.

This week, We’ve finished the last of four lessons that dig deep into how Jesus described himself in Scripture, in a series called “In His Own Words.” We’ve been discovering the ways Jesus “framed” who he is—his purpose, motivation, and intentions.

In this last lesson, we paid “peculiar attention” to the five “bullet points” in Jesus’ job description—this proclamation of his mission kicked off his public ministry.

Quoting a prophecy in Isaiah, he said: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.”

We explored together the incredible truth that Jesus is determined to set us free from whatever imprisons us. He can’t help himself – he does so because he loves us.

This week, spend a few minutes talking with about our lesson. Consider asking these questions:

Which “bullet point” in Jesus’ job description means the most to you, and why?
It’s hard to think of ourselves as “captives,” but what’s something in your life that makes you feel like a prisoner sometimes?
Based on his mission statement, what do you know for sure about Jesus?

Thanks for letting us partner with you in this amazing faith adventure. Have a blessed week!

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Gravity: I Am Buried Treasure. 11.27.16.

We’ve now finished the third of four lessons that dig deep into how Jesus described himself in Scripture, in our series called “In His Own Words.” We’re discovering the ways Jesus “framed” who he is—his purpose, motivation, and intentions.

In this third lesson, we slowed down to chew on two very short parables Jesus told — the pearl of great price and the treasure buried in the field — that Jesus uses to describe himself. The idea behind each of these parables is simple: Once you understand what an incredibly valuable treasure Jesus is, it’s a no-brainer to give everything you have to gain him.

This week, I encourage you to spend a few minutes talking about our lesson. Here are a few questions to consider asking:

What’s the most valuable thing you own, and what makes it valuable to you?
In some countries it’s illegal to follow and worship Jesus publicly—if you lived in such a country, but the government said you could buy a “license” to follow Jesus publicly, what would you be willing to pay for it, if anything? Explain.
What aspects of who Jesus is make him a “treasure”?

Thanks for praying for our students and our ministry. Have an awesome week!

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Gravity: I Am The Perfect Reflection Of God. 11.13.16.

We’re two lessons into our series focusing on how Jesus described himself in Scripture—a series we’re calling “In His Own Words.” Each week, we’re exploring the ways Jesus “framed” who he is—his purpose, motivation, and intentions.

In this second lesson, we explored John 5:19, where Jesus explains the overshadowing purpose for the Incarnation—God becoming man. Yes, he came to save us from the penalty of our sin and he came to restore us to intimate relationship with God. But overshadowing all of that is this truth: He came to show us exactly what the God we can’t see, hear, taste, or touch is really like.

This week, I encourage you to spend a few minutes talking with your teen about our lesson. Consider building your conversation around these questions:

Brennan Manning says: “We cannot deduce anything about Jesus from what we think we know about God; however, we must deduce everything about God from what we know about Jesus.”

How does this impact your view of God?
What’s something true about Jesus that challenges how you’ve seen God in the past?
What’s the most encouraging thing you’ve learned about God by seeing his “reflection” in Jesus?

Have an amazing week!

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Fall Retreat: 11/04 – 11/06

This past weekend, six of us from Gravity travelled to Camp Michindoh in Hillsdale, MI, for a fall retreat! We were joined by 6 other churches and over 60 other high schoolers from the Kalamazoo area.

The theme of the weekend was “AFTER”, looking at the reality that God wants us to be people after his own heart. We had a great time of growing together in faith and community, not to mention all the fun we had playing basketball, volleyball, card games, and capture the flag!

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Gravity Pumpkin Carving!

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Gravity: I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life 10.23.16

This past Sunday, we launched a new series focusing on how Jesus described himself in Scripture — it’s called “In His Own Words.” Each week, we will explore the ways Jesus “framed” who he is—his purpose, motivation, and intentions.

In this first lesson, we explored John 14:1-6, where Jesus promised his disciples that the terrible things that were about to happen to him on the cross would be overshadowed by the hope and certain strength of his presence. He is “the way, the truth, and the life,” and none of us can find our way to God on a path other than him.

This week, I encourage you to spend a few minutes talking about our lesson. Consider building your conversation around these questions:

How does Jesus’ bold statement that he is the only way to God compare to our culture’s stance on “finding God”?
If we treated Jesus as the only source of truth and life, how would that change or challenge the way we live today?

Thanks for all your prayers for our students and our ministry. Have a great week!

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Gravity: Your Answer Changes Everything! 10.16.16

This Sunday, we wrapped up our exploration of Jesus’ critical question “Who do you say I am?” from Matthew 16 by exploring what Jesus said next to his disciples. After they “got it” when it came to his identity, he clarified that believing the truth about him inevitably demands changes in us: following him, denying ourselves, being willing to give up our lives for him.

This is not easy stuff for us to grapple with. The cost of discipleship is the highest price we could ever pay: It costs everything. Like a powerful if/then corollary, Scripture ultimately says to all of us, “If you really believe in Jesus, then….”

As you discuss this week’s lesson:

When is it hard for you to follow Jesus?
How does Jesus’ call to self-denial challenge you?
What does it mean to you to be willing to give up everything for Christ?

If he is who he claims to be, then that changes everything— for each and every one of us.

Have a great week!
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Gravity: Who do YOU Say Jesus Is? 10.09.16

This Week In Gravity!

While teenagers undoubtedly hear some negative or critical opinions about Jesus from the secular culture, they likely also hear opinions like this: “Jesus was a kind man who worked for peace” or “Jesus was a wise and good teacher.” These generally positive ideas about Jesus cloak a dangerous idea: Jesus was tame and innocuous.

This type of stance toward Jesus fails to deal with the historical, biblical accounts detailing Jesus’ own claims about himself—and they were anything but tame! This week, as we continued exploring Jesus’ question “Who do you say I am?” (Matthew 16:15), our teenagers looked at the confrontational nature of Jesus’ identity claims and the response they demand from each of us. We must either accept Jesus at his word or reject him. There is no safe, tame, nice-guy option.

This week, talk about our study, using questions like:

What stands out to you as Jesus’ more radical claims?
How would you describe the options for how people could respond to Jesus during his time and culture? How about today?
What’s been most challenging or inspiring to you about this series so far? Why?

Thanks for all you do, and have a great week!
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Gravity: Who Is Jesus? 10.02.16

This Week In Gravity!

We’ve launched a new series focusing on the critical question Jesus asked his disciples: “Who do you say I am?” (Matthew 16:15). It’s a question we each must personally consider in our own interaction with Jesus. What do we really believe about him, about his purpose, and about his role in our lives?
This week we focused on the key theological ideas in Peter’s answer, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16). Teenagers dug deeper into the Old Testament idea of the justice, mercy, and hope the Messiah would bring. We also explored more deeply Jesus’ claim to be not only God’s Son, but to be one with the Father (John 10:30).

Teenagers are in a critical place in their spiritual development as they develop and deepen their own sense of conviction about Jesus’ true identity. This week, I encourage you to spend a few minutes talking about our lesson. Consider building your conversation around these questions:

What kinds of opinions about Jesus do you hear from your friends or at school?
How do you normally react?
What did it mean to Peter to say Jesus is the Messiah and the Son of God? Why?
What do these ideas—Messiah and Son of God—mean to you personally?
Thanks for all your prayers for our students and our ministry.

Have an amazing week!
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Gravity Kickoff! 9.25.16

This past Sunday, our high school group Gravity kicked off the year with pizza, games, and laughter! We had a fun night of playing outrageous games, eating too much pizza, and learning more about what Gravity is going to look like for the year. At the end of the night, Nathan shared part of his testimony and reminded students that a relationship with Jesus is more than just following a “boring set of rules.” This coming Sunday, we will begin diving into the Word, and exploring what it means to be a follower of Christ.

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We meet at 10:30 AM every Sunday in the Mattawan Consolidated Schools Center Building (between the two elementary schools).

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