Next Gen Sunday: Focus on the Now

August 6, 2023
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Serve The City Continues This Week!
Our church is going out into the community to lead tons of different service projects in an annual initiative we call Serve The City. We’ll be serving in our local schools, senior and community homes, homeless ministries, and much more. To find a project to get involved with, Click Here.

Kid City “Pop Up” Sunday - August 13

Sunday, August 13 Kid City is having “Pop Up” Sunday for kindergarten through 5th grade. This means that today will be the last Sunday in their current grade level, and next Sunday they’ll “pop up” to their new grade for the new school year. Plus, it’ll be a popcorn themed day which will be a lot of fun for our kiddos. So we can’t wait to see you then!

Micro Church Launch, August 20

On Sunday night, August 20 at 6pm at our North & East campuses, all of our existing Micro Churches as well as several new ones will be kicking off the new semester together! If you’re not a part of a Micro Church, this is the perfect opportunity for you to join one. Everyone will meet, have a potluck dinner together, and experience what a typical Micro Church gathering will look & feel like. Childcare will be provided. Mark the “Micro Church” box on your Connection Card and we’ll follow up with more info!

MyOneLife - A 4-Week Sunday Morning Small Group Experience

The first step for every OneLifer to get involved and get to know our church culture and mission is a 4-week small group experience called MyOneLife. It takes place on Sunday mornings during the 10:45am service in the Meeting Room at each of our campuses. You’ll learn about the vision & values of our church, discover your personal mission & spiritual gifts, and find out tons of ways to get involved. The next MyOneLife experience will be starting in September, so for more information or to sign up, check the “MyOneLife” box on your Connection Card.
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BOTTOM LINE: The next generation is the now generation.

John 6:5-6 NLT

5 Jesus soon saw a huge crowd of people coming to look for him. Turning to Philip, he asked, “Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?” 6 He was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do.

John 6:7 NLT
7 Philip replied, “Even if we worked for months, we wouldn’t have enough money to feed them!”

1. Jesus already has a plan for the next generation.

John 6:8-9 NLT

8 Then Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up. 9 “There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?”

2. The next generation has something right now.

John 6:10-13 NLT

10 “Tell everyone to sit down,” Jesus said. So they all sat down on the grassy slopes. (The men alone numbered about 5,000.) 11 Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people. Afterward he did the same with the fish. And they all ate as much as they wanted. 12 After everyone was full, Jesus told his disciples, “Now gather the leftovers, so that nothing is wasted.” 13 So they picked up the pieces and filled twelve baskets with scraps left by the people who had eaten from the five barley loaves.

3. Jesus can take what we have now and multiply it.

John 6:14 NLT

14 When the people saw him do this miraculous sign, they exclaimed, “Surely, he is the Prophet we have been expecting!”

4. People believed in Jesus because of how he used the next generation.






Be sure to fill out the online Connection Card to let us know next steps, prayer requests, or other information you'd like to share, click here.
Share spiritual/missional conversations you've had where you live, work, and play:
  - Who did you have a conversation with that took a spiritual/missional turn this week?
  - What questions did you ask to discover where God is at work in their life, even if they are not aware?
  - How were you able to share your story of life change or how you have experienced Jesus?
  - How can you be intentional this week with people where you live, work, and play to have spiritual/missional conversations if the opportunity arises?
  - Who in your life do you think could be disciple-able or open to spiritual/missional conversations?
  - Discuss the next step for your micro church. When will we gather again, and which purpose will it fulfill (missions, fellowship/care, growth, worship, multiplication)?/giveback/giveback
  - Discuss the next step for your micro church. When will we gather again, and which purpose will it fulfill (missions, fellowship/care, growth, worship, multiplication)?


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