Hope Youth Affirmation Project Revolution
HYAPR (pronounced "hyper") may be better known to you as confirmation, affirmation of baptism or catechism. This three-year exploration is open to anyone in 7th grade and above. Here the youth affirm their faith in Jesus Christ and further their education in the purposes God has for their lives.
The overall mission of HYAPR is to enable students to have the courage and knowledge to publicly proclaim Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and that is where the "revolution" comes from. It becomes necessary to revolt against our pride, our fears and the world’s ways in order for us to give ourselves completely to Christ. To be a Christ follower is to not be a world follower which is the revolutionary idea that got Jesus killed.
For the 2012-13 year we will being exploring baptism, holy communion, Martin Luther and the ten commandments.
MINI RETREATS: These Sunday afternoon gatherings will begin after church is over and will start with lunch together before launching into an exploration of the roots of our faith.
There are all kinds of habits in this world; good habits, bad habits and downright weird habits. None of these habits happen overnight but the more you desire the habit the easier it is to form. Our challenge is to develop the habit of spending some time every day in reading the Bible and prayer. Check this page out every week for readings to help you do that.
Why do we want to read the Bible daily? When you join a team you want to study the playbook and listen to the coach so you know the plays and can truly be a part of the team. In the same way, as members of God’s team we want to study his playbook, the Bible!
Do you have a hard time talking to God? Sometimes there is nothing better than hanging out and talking with your friends. Think of talking to God in the same way. God looks forward to conversations with you and He is there to listen to you day and night.
Eugene H. Peterson’s “The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language" is available free to everyone in Hope Student Ministries.
“There’s nothing like the written Word of God for showing you the way to salvation
through faith in Christ Jesus. Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one
way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes,
training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up
for the tasks God has for us.” 2 Timothy 3:15-17 The Message
This Week's Devotions
May 14 to 20, 2012
MONDAY: John 17:6-19. Jesus sure could pray a long prayer! When Jesus says, "I pray for them" he is not just talking about the disciples but you and I are included too. Jesus was praying for all his followers throughout the ages and that should give us a lot of confidence. But listen to what Christ is praying for: that we are protected from the world and become like Christ. All too often we blend in to the world and no one can tell what we believe by what we do. Pray that Christ's life is shown though your life.