The Heart of Christianity

If you Google Christianity you will get a variety of entries, some good, some bad.

There are Christian music sections, Christian bookstores, Christian clothing lines. Christians are seen as such a significant block of consumers that we are directly marketed to. I saw just the other day, mints called “Testamints”…seriously!

Not only are there all types of items for any type of Christian – if you drive down almost any street in our area, you will come across at least two or three churches. You have big churches and little churches, mega-churches and home churches.  There are churches for any shape, size, or personal preference.

So with all those options, what is at the heart of Christianity?

It’s not personal preference of music, carpet color, or church size. It Jesus Christ!

Recently, a study showed that in our culture a student ministry has on average 18 months with any student! This means that if we are trying to help students truly have a foundation as Christians, we need to make sure that we are presenting them with the essentials of Christianity!

We have just finished up our first four weeks of CONNECT for this year and we have covered the need for us to live out the love of Jesus Christ in all areas of world. For the rest of the school year we will be looking at the person, life, and ministry of Jesus Christ.

When everything is stripped away, Christianity is about truly knowing and loving Jesus Christ. We believe this year will be foundational for a lot of our students. We want to make sure that when they go into next summer, they will have a grasp on who Jesus Christ is, what He did, and how our lives should be shaped based on those two things!

The curriculum that we use during CONNECT includes a Family Devotional Page that will allow families to dig deeper into what we are looking at on Wednesday nights! You can click on the link each week to find a different page that corresponds with our study:

http://students.navpress.com/parent-page/d2d38ac7e750ec04720eef50661e8afb

We want to see our students have transformed lives, transformed relationships, and to be equipped and empowered to transform culture. Giving students a strong grasp on Jesus Christ will take them a long way in that direction!

Please pray for our ministry and for our students and leaders specifically that this year will see us be more who we were created to be and the mission that Christ Himself gave us!

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I'm originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, but call Cooper, Texas, where I graduated high school, home. I am the oldest of fifteen siblings. (Yes, I said fifteen) I am my mom's only biological kid and the only white kid in my family! In 2002, I married the most amazing woman in the world and in 2012 God blessed us with, in my opinion, the cutest little boy ever created! I've been in vocational ministry since 2001 and after thirteen years in student ministry, God has brought me to Norman, Oklahoma as the Lead Minister of University Christian Church before that I held ministries in Oklahoma and Texas. I received my B.S. from Dallas Christian College and my M.A.R. from Liberty University. I love Jesus, people, Texas Tech, reading, watching movies, basketball, and learning about culture. I have a passion for reaching people with the love of Christ and seeing them in turn change their worlds with that same love! So that is me in a nutshell, my life has been anything but normal, but I wouldn't change it for the world! Along the way, I've lost parents & siblings, been on top of the world, had it all come crashing down, & hit rock bottom, but through it all God has had a plan and has helped me see that I am His son who He loves and because of that there is no reason to fear or worry or stress. He's got my back! Bottomline, I am just someone who loves this adventure of life with its ups and downs & is trying to point people to a Savior who love us more than we can imagine!

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