Thursday, December 17, 2015

Chapel Discussion Questions - 12/16/15

Yesterday in chapel we heard a story from Pastor Tony about being lost in a store when he was a young boy.  The management had to announce his name over the P.A. system in order to reunite him with his parents.  He told about the joy that he felt when his parents came to get him and compared his story to our story of being separated from God and reunited through Jesus' death on the cross for us.

Here are this week's questions:

1.       Have you ever been lost or separated from your parents?  If so, how did you feel?

2.       Once you got back together with your parents, what emotions did you feel?
3.       How did Jesus get us back into a right relationship with our Heavenly Father?

2 Corinthians 9:15

 "Thanks be to God for his gift that is too wonderful to describe."

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Jan Rogers, Director

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Chapel Discussion Questions - 12/9/15

We are very grateful to each family and teacher that is taking time to reinforce what we're learning in chapel each week!

Today, Marco, a student intern from Mosaic Church, talked about the problem that all people have:  sin!  He also talked about the wonderful way that God solved our sin problem and the free gift that God has given us:  salvation!  Marco played a game where he got three student volunteers to try to jump a long distance between two pieces of tape that were on the stage.  No one could jump that far, not even Marco!  He then explained that his game was a visual of the way sin separates people from God and that Jesus serves as the bridge to reconnect us back to God.

Then we talked about the story of Jonah and the fact that he had such a close relationship with God that God spoke to him.  Jonah tried to run from God and ended up inside a big fish, but God forgave Jonah when he asked God to save him.

Romans 3:23

23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.

Romans 6:23

23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

Jonah 1:1-3, 17

1 The Lord gave this message to Jonah son of Amittai: “Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh. Announce my judgment against it because I have seen how wicked its people are.”But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the Lord. He went down to the port of Joppa, where he found a ship leaving for Tarshish. He bought a ticket and went on board, hoping to escape from the Lord by sailing to Tarshish.

17 Now the Lord had arranged for a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was inside the fish for three days and three nights.

1.  What does the Bible say about people and sin?
2.  What free gift does God have for his children?
3.  What happened to Jonah when he tried to run away from God?

This season may we all focus on the most precious gift that has ever been gifted to us--Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

Jan Rogers, Director

Monday, December 7, 2015

Chapel Discussion Questions - 12/2/15

In chapel today we talked about choices, and we read three stories about a fisherman, Peter.  Here are the short versions of the stories:

Matthew 4:18-20 (ERV)
Peter chooses to leave his job and follow Jesus
18 As Jesus was walking by Lake Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (called Peter) and Simon’s brother Andrew. These brothers were fishermen, and they were fishing in the lake with a net. 19 Jesus said to them, “Come, follow me, and I will make you a different kind of fishermen. You will bring in people, not fish.” 20 Simon and Andrew immediately left their nets and followed him.

Matthew 26:69-75 (ERV)

Peter chooses to say that he does not know Jesus

69 While Peter was sitting outside in the yard, a servant girl came up to him. She said, “You were with Jesus, that man from Galilee.” 70 But Peter told everyone there that this was not true. “I don’t know what you are talking about,” he said. 71 Then he left the yard. At the gate another girl saw him and said to the people there, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.” 72 Again, Peter said he was never with Jesus. He said, “I swear to God I don’t know the man!” 73 A short time later those standing there went to Peter and said, “We know you are one of them. It’s clear from the way you talk.” 74 Then Peter began to curse. He said, “I swear to God, I don’t know the man!” As soon as he said this, a rooster crowed. 75 Then he remembered what Jesus had told him: “Before the rooster crows, you will say three times that you don’t know me.” Then Peter went outside and cried bitterly.

Acts 4:18-20 (ERV)

Peter chooses to tell people about Jesus

18 So the Jewish leaders called Peter and John in again. They told the apostles not to say anything or to teach anything in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John answered them, “What do you think is right? What would God want? Should we obey you or God? 20 We cannot be quiet. We must tell people about what we have seen and heard.”

Here are some discussion questions for your family or your class:

1.    Name some choices that you made today.  Did they turn out to be good ones?
2.     What are some big, life-changing choices that you might make in the future?
3.     God loves us and created us with the ability to choose whether or not to love him back.  What do you think about this choice?

Next week we will study Jonah and the trouble he experienced when he ran from God.  We would love to have you join us in chapel.  It’s every Wednesday, from 8:25-8:55!

Jan Rogers, Director

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Chapel Discussion Questions - 11/18/15

In chapel this month we've shifted our focus from the subjects of God and creation to learning what the Bible says about people.  We talked about our ability to communicate with God through prayer.  We thought about the different things that we sometimes carry in our "backpacks of life":  joy, sadness, problems, anger, etc.; and how we don't have to carry those things around.  We should talk to God about what matters to us since He made a way, through prayer, for us to talk.This week Pastor Tony spoke about our bodies having both a physical and spiritual part.  Our students actually practiced taking care of their physical bodies at lunch yesterday, when they tasted a "rainbow of colors" of different healthy foods.  Thank you, by the way, to Dawn Lemons, our P.E. teacher, and to all the parents who provided all the wonderful foods for us to taste.  I enjoyed the pomegranates the most, and I didn't even realize that I liked them!
Pastor Tony reminded us of ways we can take care of both our physical bodies and our spirits.  Here are some questions for discussion:

Genesis 2:7 (ERV)

"Then the Lord God took dust from the ground and made a man.  He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nose, and the man became a living thing."

1.       What are some ways we can take better care of the bodies God gave us?
2.       What are some ways we can care for the spirit that God placed inside of us?
3.       Discuss how God spoke everything He created into existence, but He actually breathed into the nostrils of man to form him.

I am so thankful to have Tony Canady and Melvin Canales, who volunteer to come and nurture our spirits in chapel each week! I pray that every PRCA family unit will enjoy the many gifts that God has given us over the Thanksgiving break.


Jan Rogers, Director

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Chapel Discussion Questions - 11/4/15

Pastor Tony Canady asked us if anyone has ever said, "You look just like your mother," or "You act just like your father?"  He went on to talk about three characteristics of God:  love, faithfulness, and grace, that we need to have in our own lives in order to look like God.

We can't be full of love, faithfulnes, or grace on our own, so God even helps us by giving us the Holy Spirit to help us be more like Him! 

God Created us to Be Like Him:  Genesis 1:26-28 NIV
26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

Discussion Questions:
1.       When God looks at us, are we good representatives of His likeness?
2.       What can we do on a daily basis to be more like God?
3.       Name some areas of our lives where we can do a better job representing God.