Hey, did you hear? Reality Youth launched this past Sunday! Our group enjoyed a few spritzers (and great food provided by our moms). Along with that, the group brainstormed new ideas for the year. We plan to take at least two major trips- Six Flags Magic Mountain and Skirball Cultural Center.
We are also establishing our own committee. But wait. Don't get the wrong idea. It's not a real committee. The Cuisine Committee is an excuse for us to try as many buffets in the Southern California area. Come on, the local buffets need food critics! We'll stuff our faces so you don't have to.
Reality Youth will also undertake a twofold study. First, a look at a New Testament book. We begin with the Bible because as Dallas Willard makes clear, "[It] is a reliable and realistic treatise on a life lived well, that is, in accordance with the principles outlined in Scripture and lived out by Jesus." We took seek a life lived well- a life like that of Jesus. We chose the Gospel of John. This part of the study will commence next.
However, this past week we began with the second part of our study- the "big ideas" portion. We are using Dallas Willard's Allure of Gentleness: Defending the Faith in the Manner of Jesus. This book incorporates important questions about knowledge and faith, the concept of truth, and other issues such as whether God created evil, etc. Antoinette and Joey presented this material in an understandable and relatable manner. For instance, this past week we began with the question "Why do people hide from God?"
The youth group decided on two important reasons people hide from God: (1) willful sinning and (2) growing lukewarm in connecting with God. We made important distinctions between the two and added a third reason: idea systems. We talked about how well-meaning people in the church tend to make faith and knowledge two separate things. This creates a perception problem. Why is it , we asked, that the study of physics and chemistry is seen as so wildly different than the study of God? The problem rests in an idea system. By separating faith from knowledge, logic, and reason we corner off God and make him merely a superstition. We need to begin to see knowledge, logic, and reason as necessary parts of our faith-life.
We ended our time with a few questions to think about during the week: (1) What is knowledge (2) How did you use knowledge and faith this week?
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