Calvary Students School Year Recap 2018
The year has come, and now it is gone. Our team wanted to take a moment and pull back the curtain of Calvary Students for you. While it may seem as though there is little thought put into what we do, we actually think this through as a team represented from all of our campuses. We meet weekly to pray for the families in our ministry and plan what we are doing. We would like to take a few minutes and show you the “Big Picture” of our teaching this past year. This school year, we specifically looked at the teachings and examples of Jesus and His ministry.
We started with “Conquer” (a look at Jesus and difficulties) in September and October. We spent these months looking at how to be victorious during difficult times. In the midst of the series, our state was hit by a massive hurricane. We were able to be hands and feet of Jesus in our communities during the weeks after. Students got to put what we taught into practice.
In November, we went through “Life On Target” – a look at what Jesus said about our influence. God has shaped each of us to be individuals, and He has called us to live our lives on mission. One of the lessons dealt with the idea that we try to compare ourselves and our influence with those around us. When we do this, we cheapen God’s design. He has made us all unique and for His purposes.
December was a Christmas-themed series called “Stuff” as we took time to see how our stuff compares with Jesus. In a season that can easily become about us and our stuff, we took time to compare Jesus to our stuff. Where is our priority? Sometimes, Jesus calls His followers to be willing to let go of our stuff to follow Him. What are you holding on to?
The New Year kicked off in January and February with a study called “#Relationship Goals” which dealt with a look at what Jesus said about the relationships we have in our lives. Relationships with mom and dad, with friends and peers, with boyfriends and girlfriends.
March was a series we called “Identity Crisis” dealing with Jesus’ teaching on who we are “in Christ”. It was a time where we challenged students to find their value, worth and life based on how God sees them. There are so many voices in our culture that is forcing a social identity on our students. In fact, it is no wonder that there is so much confusion as to people’s identity. As believers in Jesus, our identity is clear. We are in Christ, and it is a great thing to remind ourselves daily of that status.
Just after Easter, we started the study “Seventy Times Seven” which was look at Jesus’ specific teaching on forgiveness. This was a tough series as it called us to forgive and in some cases be forgiven. Jesus’ life and death was all about forgiveness. That was the purpose for which He came. The difficult thing is that He calls us to forgive just as He forgives. We typically like to forgive like a 2 year old. Say I’m sorry and move on. Jesus calls us to go out of our way to make things right with those we have wronged – and to do it over and over and over again.
The year came to a close in May with a timely theme called “Pressure Points”. We took the month to look at how we handle stress and frustration in life. May is a great time to talk about it, since it is one of the most stressful times of the year. While we all deal with stress, we don’t all handle it well. Jesus’ teaching on stress gives some great insight into the source of stress and how to let go of stress.
We appreciate being a part of the spiritual development of your students, and we are grateful that they have found a place called home at Calvary Students. Our focus isn’t to be the biggest or best social club for students in Pinellas County. Our goal is to see students come to know Jesus and help guide them on their journey in Christ by partnering with you, parents, and engaging students with scripture and friendship. We have a rhythm at Calvary Students that we want to make sure we engage with in our teaching. These four focuses are “Doctrines of the Bible”, “Practical Christian Living”, “The Redemptive Work of Christ”, and “The Big Picture of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation”.
— Calvary Students Ministry Team