Fifth & Sixth Grade:
Monday morning from 8:15 – 9:15 a.m. in the Prestonwood Baptist Church Choir practice room, our Fifth and Sixth Graders have their own chapel. Issues that are facing these Middle School students are addressed and wisdom that comes straight from God’s Word is taught each week by a variety of speakers throughout the year. Students are also given a time later in their day to pause for reflection on a particular verse each week as part of the Bible study method training that equips students to observe, interpret and apply God’s Word to their lives.
Seventh & Eighth Grade:
Thursday morning at 8:15 a.m. in the PCA Student Life Center, you’ll find an early morning chapel time with our Seventh and Eighth Grade students followed by their “advisory time.” The chapel is opened with praise and worship time followed by a guest speaker each week. Following chapel, the students break down into “advisory groups” – this is a time each week when small groups of students sit and talk with a teacher/mentor assigned to their group who helps facilitate discussion and guides them with wisdom from God’s Word.
This is a school-wide inductive approach to training students to examine scripture in light of what God wants to reveal about himself and his purpose for our lives. As students are usually the spectators in chapel, this program is designed to place students into small group discussion where they learn to actively participate in the study of God’s Word. The three step method includes: reading the scripture to OBSERVE what the text says, asking INTERPRETIVE questions that were raised as we observed the text and finally looking at what the text means and how we can actually APPLY it to the way we live our lives today.
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The Ministry Team would like to encourage students and families in their spiritual journey by suggesting the following resources and ideas for those who are just beginning their walk with the Lord. From young to old, these resources will be an encouragement and inspiration to you as you grow closer in your walk with Christ. We are excited for you and want to be a resource for you on your journey, so please do not hesitate to contact us at the Ministry Team with any questions you have.
I’m a New Christian…Now What?
1. Get a good Bible and start studying. There are dozens of translations of the Bible and you’ll want to find one that fits your reading comfort level. In 1973 the New International Version (NIV) was released and it has quickly become one of the most popular translations. It is a very easy-to-read translation, but has come under criticism by some as not being the most accurate translation. Another version was released in the early 70s – the New American Standard Bible (NASB) and it is a much more accurate word-for-word translation, which also makes it more difficult to read. In 2001 Crossway Bibles introduced the English Standard Version (ESV) and it has quickly risen in prominence among evangelical Christians for its accuracy and readability. The full version of the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) was released in 2004 and is another popular translation. Once you have selected which translation best suits your reading style, you’ll want to select the size, shape and style of Bible that fits your need. One primary consideration is whether you’ll want a study Bible or not. A study Bible is one that has notes included to help you understand the Biblical text – this makes the size of the Bible (number of pages) usually double or triple in size. There are some outstanding study Bibles available – depending on which translation you’ll want – The Reformation Study Bible (uses ESV translation), the Life Application Study Bible (uses several different translations), the MacArthur Study Bible (uses different translations), The NIV Study Bible (obviously for the NIV translation), and the ESV Study Bible (obviously for the ESV translation).
2. Find a good church and get plugged in. The first thing you need to ask is “what’s a good church?” A good church is a place that lays Christ as the foundation and teaches the Gospel according to the full counsel of Scripture. A good church is not centered on any individual or personality other than Christ. A good church is a place that teaches and trains its members to be workmen as defined by 2 Timothy 2:15 – “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” And don’t just attend a good church, get plugged in and involved. Find a small group Bible study and provides fellowship and accountability for your spiritual journey. If you are part of the family of God, then you need to be involved with the family of God in a good church body.
3. Find a spiritual mentor (or “father”) and grow in your faith. 1 John 2:12-14 talks about three different levels of spiritual maturity – a “spiritual father” who is guiding the younger men in the faith, spiritual “young men” who are growing and maturing in their walk, and then spiritual “children” who are beginning their journey. The expectation of Scripture is that you’ll not only grow and mature in your own walk, but that you’ll also journey with other believers learning from those more mature than you and helping to model and teach those less mature.
4. Find good Christian books to encourage and train you on your journey. One of the great concepts in Scripture is that we are “surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses” – men and women of faith who have gone before us to model the way to live out the authentic Christian life. While some of these men and women may still be alive during our day, many more have gone on before us to their great reward in heaven – but they have left documentation of their journey in many of their writings and in books written about them. From early church fathers like Augustine and Ambrose to great saints of the faith like Bonhoeffer and Wilberforce, history is filled with the stories how men and women of faith changed the world through the power of Christ. To find some outstanding books, check out our PCA Resources page on our website – the list of resources is broken down into five areas for spiritual growth: Biblical Literacy, Cultural Apologetics, Spiritual Disciplines, Marriage and Family, and Passion and Devotion. Selecting one or more from each category will help you grow in a well-rounded fashion – similar to the benefits of a good liberal arts education. Also, check out the resources below that are specifically designed for New Christians to help launch them on their journey!