STUDENT MINISTRIES

SUNDAYS 10:00 -11:30 AM

Students in Middle and High School initially join the adults in the sanctuary for worship and then afterwards meet in the student ministry room for their weekly lesson and fellowship.

What is Your Student Learning This Month?

In a pluralistic culture, students need to be prepared to dialogue about differing perspectives and how to articulate their faith.  In our current series titled, "Apologetics", we want to equip students to effectively explain why they believe what they believe.  To view the entire scope and sequence follow this link, but to see what your student is learning the next several months, consider the information below.  Let us know if you have any questions, as we are committed to partnering with parents in the discipleship of their students.  Enjoy!

  • June 3rd

    Islam


    Primary Scripture

    Ephesians 2:1-10

    Our students continue to work their way through our extended series about different religions and worldviews. These lessons are designed to give our teenagers a chance to thoughtfully examine their faith and prepare for conversations with people of different beliefs.


    It’s not enough for our students to believe Christianity—we want them to examine and discover the evidence for why Christianity is the only logical answer to knowing who God is, how he deals with sin, and how we can have a future with him in eternity.


    This week our conversation examined what Islam teaches about God. We learned that the god of Islam, Allah, is not a triune God, and because of this he would be incapable of understanding love and relationship. It is this characteristic of Allah that helps to turn Islam into a works-based religion.


    Here are some questions that might be worth asking this week:

    • Why do you think Muslims and Christians have had so much conflict throughout history?
    • We can find no written manuscripts that contain the original words Muhammad spoke to those recording his words—is that a reason for concern, or is it not a big deal? Explain your answer.
    • How can you pursue a lifestyle filled with good deeds, without falling into the trap of thinking you can earn salvation or make God love you more than he already does?

    Please contact us if you have any follow-up questions about this week’s conversation, or if you would like any additional resources.

  • June 9th

    Mormonism


    Primary Scripture

    Isaiah 43:8-12

    We are continuing our small group study on apologetics, and this week we focused on Mormonism. The topic of Mormonism elicits a lot of conversation and controversy among Christians because from the outside, Mormonism appears to simply be a branch of Christianity. But as you peel back the layers of belief and practice, you discover how Mormonism contradicts truths in the Bible.


    Our goal was to equip our students with basic knowledge of what Mormonism teaches, how key Mormon doctrines contradict the Bible, and how to discuss Mormon doctrine.

    Here are some questions you might want to ask at home this week:

    • Why is it important for Christian doctrine to be clear and adamant on the belief in one God rather than multiple gods?
    • How are the differences between Christianity and Mormonism unlike the differences between various denominations within Christianity? Give some specific examples, if you can.
    • What are some unique challenges when talking to someone who follows Mormonism, compared to someone who follows Buddhism or is an atheist?
  • June 16th

    Buddhism


    Primary Scripture

    Ecclesiastes 12:1-14

    We are continuing our series of apologetic Bible studies focused on other religions and worldviews. Our hope is to equip students and prepare them for intelligent dialogue when conversations about Christianity and other religions come up with their peers. This past week’s study focused on the differences between the Buddhist philosophies of life and the Christian truths found in the Bible.


    You may want to ask your teenager what they learned about the way a Buddhist handles desires and what the ultimate goal for Buddhism is versus what it means to honor God with our lives and the surrender of our lives. Here are some other questions that can help spark dialogue:

    • How would you summarize the major differences between Christianity and Buddhism?
    • How have you seen Buddhist teaching influence the culture around you?
    • What do people in our culture mean when they talk about “good karma” and “bad karma”? How is that view different from knowing that our actions have consequences?
  • June 23rd

    Moralistic Therapeutic Deism


    Primary Scripture

    Ephesians 1:15-23

    We’ve wrapped up our extended series looking at various religions and worldviews. This week we talked about Moralistic Therapeutic Deism—a philosophy that many teenagers have adopted, even if they’ve never even heard that phrase. This worldview looks and feels like Christianity, but it detracts from who God is, what Jesus has done, and how we should respond to him.


    The term comes from a book written by Christian Smith and Melina Lundquist Denton, titled Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers. They identified five beliefs for this worldview:

    • A god exists who created and ordered the world and watches over human life on earth
    • God wants people to be good, nice, and fair to each other, as taught in the Bible and by most world religions
    • The central goal of life is to be happy and to feel good about oneself
    • God does not need to be particularly involved in one’s life except when God is needed to resolve a problem
    • Good people go to heaven when they die

    You might want to ask these questions to fuel conversation at home this week:

    • Do you believe God is actively involved in your life? Why or why not?
    • Think about the difference between wanting God to be consistently involved and wanting God to be occasionally involved—how might that play out in your life? Be as specific as you can.
    • How can you know the difference between doing good deeds in an attempt to earn God’s love and doing good deeds because you love God?
  • June 30th

    Where to Go From Here


    Primary Scripture

    1 Peter 3:8-17

    Our students engaged in a great conversation this week about talking with people of other religions and worldviews. We built our conversation around 1 Peter 3:8-17, along with some other passages of Scripture, and we emphasized the importance of respect and a Jesus-centered attitude in these conversations.


    This doesn’t mean a Christ-following teenager has to cave in and change their faith. It doesn’t mean that they avoid tough topics or challenging conversations. But it means that as followers of Christ, they need to treat other people with the same measure of respect they want to receive. Being rude won’t open people’s hearts to the message of Jesus—but being polite, respectful, and kind just might.


    Here are some questions you might want to ask this week:

    • Do you find it difficult to be respectful toward people who hold different beliefs than you do? Why or why not?
    • Why is it important to live wisely among people who aren’t followers of Jesus?
    • What if you don’t know the right, best words to say when talking to someone of a different religion or worldview? How can you handle that situation?
  • The LIVE Daily App

    With the LIVE Daily app, students receive encouragement each day delivered straight to their mobile device.  These short, positive notifications help students apply the lessons they learn each week in Cornerstone's Student Ministry.  Download the LIVE Daily app today and use the following PIN code to gain access to the Middle and High School calendars.


    HIGH SCHOOL PIN: 00d475

    MIDDLE SCHOOL PIN: f75b93

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Student Ministries Team Members

At Cornerstone Church our Student Ministries Team is committed to helping students develop a relationship with Jesus during their teenage years that will shape the rest of their lives.  Each week they help students develop personal beliefs that stand up to pressure and to follow Jesus because they want to, not just because their parents make them go to church.  By allowing students an opportunity to share their doubts and questions, our team strengthens students' faith and to get to know Jesus personally.  If you have any questions about our Student Ministry, just reach out to one of the Staff Members below.

  • Student Ministries Director

  • Taylor Rosty

    Middle & High School Small Group Leader

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