JUST A NOTE | Thoughts from Pastor Scott Owens

Posted by Chris Grev on OA10er @ 10:23 AM

We loved you dearly. Not content to just pass on the Message, we wanted to give you our hearts. And we did. - 1 These 2:8 (msg)

I know a missionary in India who works to build up the local church and has been doing it for the last 10-12 years. He is originally from India, left and came to America for his education, but when God called him into ministry he knew he had to minister his own people in India knowing how lost they were for a savior. 

He went back to India as a missionary with his wife and they prayed for God to give them a complete and absolute calling for their ministry. He meets with 10-25 pastors monthly and disciples them in their church ministry. He also has a pastors conference every 4-6 months in which they give local pastors without much biblical training much needed conversations, teaching and instruction. His wife and him also run a school in the town they live in for children who can’t afford public school and teach them of the love of God.

He invites all pastors he meets in America to come and speak in India to the local pastors he meets with so they can be challenged and they can equip the saints there in India. Last time I talked to him I asked him about the curriculum he uses with these pastors and what he uses to encourage them in their faith and in their shepherding of their flock. He said,

‘I don’t use anything special, I just make sure they are more passionate for the mission and the gospel after we meet then before.’

‘Wow! Do you have a method for doing that?’ I asked.

‘I share with them my heart for them,’ he said.

This is the final and last part of the ‘Equip The Saints’ series of newsletters. My focus has been to challenge parents, leaders and ministers to look at your own children not as little ‘you’s’ but as the anointed work of God He has given to you for an amazing calling that only they have. Additionally, to seek out their mission and purpose in life with them.

I am praying that ultimately you share your heart with them in all you do and how you parent. Make sure they know they are loved by God with a ferocious love that cannot be contained or bottled.  Because we need students in this next generation that will give all they have to Christ and love others relentlessly. 

This is the final part of a newsletter series ‘Equip The Saints’. Look below at the last three weeks for the whole series.

Thank you for letting me minister to your students and alongside them in reaching their friends, our community and the world for His glory.  

Scott Owens

 

Upcoming Events

DISTRICT YOUTH CONFERENCE

-      This Weekend (April 27-29) in Duluth

SENIOR SNAPSHOTS

-      Apr 25th through May 16th

BONFIRE NIGHT

-      May 11th at Owens house (1705 10th Place SW)

LAST WNL

- May 16th from 6:33pm-8:45pm

WNL (the next weeks)

-      The 12 series - Plentiful plus Senior Snapshots

-      The 12 series - Be With plus Senior Snapshots

-      The 12 series - Sending plus Senior Snapshots

-      The 12 series - Witnesses plus Senior Snapshots

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Posted by Chris Grev on OA9er @ 9:01 AM

The seventy-two returned with joy, saying
“Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!”  - Luke 10:17

Every other weekend or so we don’t have many things going on as a family during the weekend and so we end up playing about four board games back-to-back-to-back-to-back. Inevitably Carrie or I will be the biggest loser. There is never one kid that wins all the games, and many times Carrie or I will win a game or two, but one of us will end up being the person who is not even close for the majority of the games.

By the second or third game all the spirit and fight that was in you is gone and you are just wanting to see how bad this will get. Have you ever had this happen? The fun part is watching what kid wins and how excited they get, because there is nothing better than beating mom and dad in a game.

Not too long-ago Carrie and I were playing a game with most of the kids and it was an ages 8+ game, but we let our 6 year old (Mathias) and our 3 year old (Clara) play by themselves. So guess who won??

CLARA!! My three year old…REALLY!!

The joy that she had over beating us was amazing. I could have burned her dolls and ripped up her favorite outfit and it wouldn’t have mattered because she was so excited from beating mom and dad in a big kid game.

When Jesus sent out the disciples at the beginning of Luke 10, He sent them out with all authority to heal the sick and preach boldly (v.9) to bless and curse towns if they receive you well or not (v.10-11). They left Jesus with a mission, but what were their thoughts? They went on their journey commissioned, but were they confident? Many times, as a parent, I want my kids to have easy wins, good situations they can feel like they won and I can see the joy of winning on their face.

I believe all the disciples did and saw amazing things and they were more joyous than a 3-yr old beating her parents at a board game. We can see that in their response, ‘even the demons are subject’. How amazing that must have been to feel and see with your own eyes. The point is not that they felt comfortable with the next step, but that they were amazed by the commissioning and the results from His authority and what was accomplished. 

So, I have two questions for you today…

  •     Do you equip your (saints) kids with all authority for them to walk away with pure joy?
  •     What does that look like for them?

Sometimes we want our kids to walk around confident, but I think I would rather have them walking around feeling equipped.

This is part three of a newsletter series ‘Equip The Saints’

Thank you for letting me minister to your students and alongside them in reaching their friends, our community and the world for His glory.  

Scott Owens

 

Links

  • We have started our fundraising and preparations for our mission trip to Haiti to work alongside Dan and Holly Ravenhorst (missionaries of our church). We will be selling Kwik Trip gift cards and Kwik Trip car wash cards to make money for the trip, please support our trip by picking one up.
  •  Every WNL we take an offering for Moumita our sponsor child in Kolkata, India. Check out what Global Fingerprints to know more.

 

Upcoming Events

SENIOR SNAPSHOTS

-      Apr 18 through May 9th

BONFIRE NIGHT

-      May 11th at Owens house (1705 10th Place SW)

WNL (the next weeks)

-      The 12 series - 7X70 plus Senior Snapshots
-      The 12 series - Plentiful plus Senior Snapshots
-      The 12 series - Be With plus Senior Snapshots

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Posted by Chris Grev on OA10er @ 10:48 AM

“do you want to go away as well?” Simon peter answered him, “lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed and have come to know, that you are the holy one of god.”  - john 6:67-69

It is important to know in the verse right before this one, Jesus is teaching on eternal life and when he states only those who ‘come to me’ will see the Father many ‘turned back and no longer walked with him’ (v.65-66). I find the omniscience of Christ something amazing because he knows he is going to say something that will cause them to flee. Does He give it a second thought, ‘should I say this or not?’ or instead does Hhe go the other way and lean into it and say, ‘let’s see who this goes over!’

If I was about to say something that is highly controversial I know I would double guess myself or not even say it at all. I believe most of us are the same, am I right? So, knowing this Christ goes ahead and speaks his bold mind and causes many to flee. It causes me to ask this question, Do we allow our students, the chance to disagree and be put in a position to flee?

I want to be very careful here because, I 100% believe, He had to challenge them to flee before His ascension to heaven for His disciples to truly follow when He left. Part of Jesus’ legacy for the disciples to carry on was free choice to follow Christ.  They needed to know they had the ability to walk away so they communicated that to others.  What this means is Jesus knew they would not scatter when He was called up to heaven because He already gave them that chance.

  • Do you allow your student to flee from a challenge?
  • Do you give your student the ability to walk away for them to know their commitment level?
  • Do you know if your student won’t turn away from jesus when they are older, because you give them a chance to do that when they are in your house?
  • Does that chance scare you?
  • Is this part of equipping them to follow him?

I send this out to challenge you because I want your student to know Christ, but part of training them up in the Lord is giving them the ability to make their faith their own. I am a parent that will need to do this with my children too and I am not looking forward to the day, but I know I need to, so please if you find success… tell me how!

This is part two of a newsletter series ‘equip the saints’

Thank you for letting me minister to your students and alongside them in reaching their friends, our community and the world for his glory.  

Scott owens

 

Links

  • We have started our fundraising and preparations for our mission trip to Haiti to work alongside Dan and Holly Ravenhorst (missionaries of our church). We will be selling Kwik Trip gift cards and Kwik Trip car wash cards to make money for the trip, please support our trip by picking one up.
  • Every WNL we take an offering for Moumita our sponsor child in Kolkata, India. Check out what Global Fingerprints to know more.

 

Upcoming Events

DISTRICTS SIGNUPThis Wednesday is the last night to signup.  Cost is $95.

Video link: http://www.districtblitz.org/

NEXT DINNER NIGHT (April 11)

Dinner starts at 6pm, WNL starts at 6:33pm

DEATH BY SALSA NIGHT (April 11)

It is a fun competition that is completely voluntary and hilarious to watch

 

WNL (the next weeks)

-    The 12 series - Prayer

-    The 12 series - 7X70 plus Senior Snapshots

-    The 12 series - Plentiful plus Senior Snapshots

Posted by Chris Grev on OA9er @ 9:14 AM

‘Equip the Saints for the work of ministry,’  - Ephesians 4:12

This is one of those verses that church people love. We love the idea of equipping people.  doesn’t it sound like super important work only the best are called to? We love it so much because it seems allusive and also like something we have to strive for. Then there is the idea of the work of ministry. For those that work and volunteer in the church we look at that phrase and we want to put it on every sheet of paper we print and every email we send because we want others to know the work they are doing for the ministry and feel the purpose. 

However, if you have been in the church and in a ministry for more than 7 years you will inevitably ask the question, “Is my church equipping me (the saints) for ministry?” If you have to ask that question then you most likely know the answer already. We are called to equip people to do the work in ministry, but how much?

How do we know when they are ready?
To what extent does this make work for me?
What if I don’t have a clue how?

I am going to be honest ‘Equip the Saints’ sounds good, however it is easier to assume it is more work to train someone then to just do it myself. The problem is that in Ephesians 4 it is not a wish, but a calling for us in the church. SO, let’s assume that I agree to ‘Equip the Saints’, how do I do that?

I was called into ministry not into leadership. That is where Christ’s anointing needs to take over. We should always minister out of His anointing rather than out of our ability. I am fascinated with people that feel totally inadequate to do the job they are doing. I don’t fear for that person that feels inadequate in their position…I fear for the person that feels inadequate but with all their might tries to hide it.

We weren’t meant to know it all and in fact over and over again God puts people beyond their depth (see Disciples, Moses, Noah, and everyone in the Bible). So, the first step is to stop looking for excuses as to why you can’t serve (in the church and out of the church), but instead look for what God is calling you to do out of His Anointing. What is that?

This is part one of a newsletter series ‘Equip The Saints’

Thank you for letting me minister to your students and alongside them in reaching their friends, our community and the world for His glory.  

Scott Owens

 

Upcoming Events

DISTRICTS SIGNUP: Price will go up to $95 so signup soon.  Video link: http://www.districtblitz.org/  Register online at www.faithchurchaustin.org/calendar

NEXT DINNER NIGHT (April 4)
Dinner starts at 6pm, WNL starts at 6:33pm

DEATH BY SALSA NIGHT (April 11)
It is a fun competition that is completely voluntary and fun to watch

 

WNL (the next weeks)

-      NO WNL - Spring Break
-      The 12, part 1 - Senior Snapshots
-      The 12, part 2 - Senior Snapshots
-      The 12, part 3 - Senior Snapshots

 

 

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Posted by Chris Grev on OA9er @ 9:46 AM

‘and as he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, And his clothing became dazzling white,’  -Luke 9:29

We talked about this verse at EquipU on Sunday and honestly the study was difficult. Have you ever been in a bible study and it just seemed like it was more about getting them to pay attention and stay with you in the conversation then learning? The students seemed very disengaged and not really staying with the point, conversations were happening that pull us out of the direction we were heading and I wondered if it was more their fault or m

In the end it was really my fault that it didn’t go well and I walked away with a desire to try to be better next time, but honestly that happens when we enter into conversations with our students. We want them to grasp something that we know is important and either:

1)       the timing may not be right
2)     our approach is not correct
3)     it is their attitude that can make the conversation go horribly underwhelming.

It is not as much about finding the problem, but the main take away is that we continue to have the valuable conversations because we will still have chances.

I was sharing on the transfiguration of Christ and sharing about how Matthew, Mark and Luke all describe it differently. Matthew describes it as the sun and Jesus’ clothes as pure light (Mt 17:2), Luke calls it dazzling white 
(Lk 9:29) and Mark calls it ‘bleach’ (Mk 9:3).

Really Mark? Bleach? That’s the best you got?

The point of transfiguration is that Christ was with Elijah and Moses before His hardest moment and the transfiguration of Christ is just one element of this great story.  but Matthew, Mark and Luke all described it differently and none of them were there for it. They heard the story second-hand. I love the way Matthew and Luke describe the event, but I find Mark’s description as leaving a lot to be desired. Yet they described an event I would love to see and we need to be in awe of this story. I find the way I feel about Mark describing this event the same as when a conversation doesn’t go the way I hope it will. So here I lead us into a conversation with the students and it just misses, much like Mark describing it as BLEACH!!

So what do I do? Do I blame the students and their inability to listen? I could…they have a part to play in it, but no. Instead, I go back to my studies and try to find the next moment, because I know I will have another moment and when it comes I want to be found ready.

Today you may want to tell your students something important and it could go well or fall flat on it’s face. However, Keep on!! God will give you those moments that you desire and I pray that when those moments comes you don’t bring bleach, but instead you bring pure light and dazzling white.

Thank you for letting me minister to your students and alongside them in reaching their friends, our community and the world for His glory.  

Scott Owens

 

  • We have started our fundraising and preparations for our mission trip to Haiti to work alongside Dan and Holly Ravenhorst (missionaries of our church). We will be selling Kwik Trip gift cards and Kwik Trip car wash cards to make money for the trip, please support our trip by picking one up.
  • Our Minneapolis Mission Trip is July 22-29. Middle School and High School students are invited. Check out ywam Minneapolis for more information about what we will be doing and pray about if this is for you.
  • Every WNL we take an offering for Moumita our sponsor child in Kolkata, India. Check out what Global Fingerprints does as a whole and what the offering is for.

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Posted by Chris Grev on OA10er @ 10:19 AM

‘So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith-that you, being rooted and grounded in love,’  -Ephesians 3:17

Dwelling is a word that I believe God has been fixing my eyes on recently. I preached a sermon a few months ago in which that was the main theme I believe God wanted me to focus on and it has continued in the following weeks. Have you ever felt that way in your own life too, when God just keeps putting things in your path for some reason? Of course you have, that is how He draws us in and to His calling for us.

Think about it…if God wanted to get your attention into focus what is the best way, the most loving way, the most successful way? It is by bringing it to you consistently and over time drawing you more and more into His purpose for you. It is not by slamming our head against the reality we need to see or hoping that we get it if we are just given time to process. God’s chosen way to lead us is when we are reminded in a loving way, calling us up to his identity for us.

Now that is not to say that God does not use tough reality if we are not seeing his plan. Psalm 23:1-2 talks about a shepherd leading sheep beside still waters and making it lie down. Shepherds prefer to lead a sheep and guide a sheep to lie down, but if the sheep won’t and it is prone to wonder then shepherds will make a sheep lie down if it keeps them from being taken by the wolf.

  • How do you learn?
  • How do you prefer God to lead you?
  • Are you showing your students that way too?

We have a father in heaven that loves and cares us so much that he draws us to dwell in Him over and over again. Do you show your students that? I encourage you to spend some time with your student and dwell with them in Christ. Talk with them in a non-agenda conversation and pray that God will lead the conversation to find what His heart is saying to them.

Thank you for letting me minister to your students and alongside them in reaching their friends, our community and the world for his glory.  

Scott Owens

 

Links

  • Faith Church is excited to host Michael Anderson, who co-authored Gist: The Essence of Raising Life-Ready Kids. He'll be speaking about an effective, efficient and enjoyable new way to think about parenting that is most appropriate for kids ages 4 through 19. This Saturday from 9am-1pm. This is a great opportunity and we would love for you to come. Register online today.
  • We have started our fundraising and preparations for our mission trip to Haiti to work alongside Dan and Holly Ravenhorst (missionaries of our church). We will be selling Kwik Trip gift cards and Kwik Trip car wash cards to make money for the trip, please support our trip by picking one up.
  • Our Minneapolis Mission Trip is July 22-29. Middle School and High School students are invited. Check out YWAM Minneapolis for more information about what we will be doing and pray about if this is for you.  DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS THIS WEEK.
  • Every WNL we take an offering for Moumita our sponsor child in Kolkata, India. Check out what Global Fingerprints does as a whole and what the offering is for.

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Posted by Chris Grev on OA10er @ 10:34 AM

CIRCLES - We have enjoyed a different feel for the last couple of WNL’s and the YMB (Youth Ministry Band) is the reason and highlight of this. We have been set up in a circle during the night and our singing time has been more of a collaborative effort and our group has felt more like a group of worshipers rather then just people singing. It has been really fun to be part of and experience.

If your student hasn’t been there the last couple weeks and they are wanting them to experience it we will be doing it one more week for sure.

SUMMIT - We have a very generous person in our church who has offered, for any students in our ministry to benefit from some great teaching. If you have a student that is interested in learning how to defend their faith, being prepared to make an impact for Christ in the world and a love for the outdoors they can attend  Summit Conference in Colorado this summer for a discounted price.

Check out the ministry at https://www.summit.org/programs/student-conferences  and if you are interested in finding out more info please let me know. Thanks.

PARENTING - Faith Church is excited to host Michael Anderson, who co-authored Gist: The Essence of Raising Life-Ready Kids. He'll be speaking about an effective, efficient and enjoyable new way to think about parenting that is most appropriate for kids ages 4 through 19. Saturday, March 17, 2018 from 9am to 1pm. This is a great opportunity and we would love for you to come.  Register online today.

Thank you for letting me minister to your students and alongside them in reaching their friends, our community and the world for His glory.  

Scott Owens

 

  • We have started our fundraising and preparations for our mission trip to Haiti to work alongside Dan and Holly Ravenhorst (missionaries of our church). We will be selling Kwik Trip gift cards and Kwik Trip car wash cards to make money for the trip, please support our trip by picking one up.
  • Our Minneapolis Mission Trip is July 22-27. Middle School and High School students are invited. Check out YWAM Minneapolis for more information about what we will be doing and pray about if this is for you.
  • Every WNL we take an offering for Moumita our sponsor child in Kolkata, India. Check out what Global Fingerprints does as a whole and what the offering is for.

Posted by Chris Grev on OA10er @ 10:30 AM

“My dwelling place shall be with them, and I will be their God and they shall be my people.” - Ezekiel 37:27

Last night we talked about the Samaritan woman and her meeting with Jesus at the well (John 4). In the midst of their conversation she asked about where to worship, this mountain (where my people worship) or over there (where you people worship). Jesus simply tells her that true worshipers do it out of spirit and truth.

  • How do you worship the Lord in your spirit?
  • How do you worship the Lord in your truth?
  • How would you know if you are doing it well?
  • With your whole spirit and your whole truth?

After the message we broke into small groups. In my small group of high school guys (mostly juniors and seniors) they talked about one struggle - the inability to walk with others.  They shared about the struggles when we don’t have others to help us along the way. There is a great African proverb that I am sure most of you have heard,

“If you want to go fast, go alone… if you want to go far, go together.”

So at this point I am fully aware that none of this is new, but I find something fascinating. Jesus had a conversation with this woman by himself. All the disciples left (Jn 4:8) and so Jesus had this interaction alone. The funny thing is that he doesn’t do anything alone. You notice that all the good stuff in the Bible He is doing right alongside his disciples.

*Walking on Water
*Healing a guy from blindness
*Calming the storm
*Feeding tons of people

He doesn’t do anything alone but this… Why?

Our own students recognize the necessity to do ministry or just our walk with Him alongside others. So do you do it alone? Do you do it alone in front of your students? Do they see you walk alongside others? If you walk with Christ alongside others and they see that then I am sure they will get a healthy understanding of faith in the choir of others. However, we have the tendency to be the Lone Ranger in our own faith, but even the Lone Ranger had Tonto.

Thank you for letting me minister to your students and alongside them in reaching their friends, our community and the world for His glory.  

Scott Owens

 

Additional Info

  • Are you looking for something for your student to learn how to defend their faith, both in college and beyond? Are they wanting to be prepared to make an impact for Christ in every part of their world? Summit is a 12 day conference experience that can help. If your student is interested in going we have $200 scholarships for any student willing to go.
  • We have started our fundraising and preparations for our mission trip to Haiti to work alongside Dan and Holly Ravenhorst (missionaries of our church). We will be selling Kwik Trip gift cards and Kwik Trip car wash cards to make money for the trip, please support our trip by picking one up.
  • Our Minneapolis Mission Trip is July 22-27. Middle School and High School students are invited. Check out YWAM Minneapolis for more information about what we will be doing and pray about if this is for you.
  • Every WNL we take an offering for Moumita our sponsor child in Kolkata, India. Check out what Global Fingerprints does as a whole and what the offering is for.

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Posted by Chris Grev on OA10er @ 10:09 AM

“Making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ” - Ephesians 1:9

Do you ever struggle when the Bible talks about the mystery of his will… his Word… the parables, whatever? I mean God come on, can we just be taught what the secret is and do that? For answers to those questions look no further than our own student(s). When the truth is told to your student(s) ’quite clearly’ is it clear what choice they will make? If there is a right decision to be made do they make it clearly 100% of the time? Yeah, mine neither!

I have had a couple of my children tell me they want to follow Christ, but are they really seeking Him now or just telling me what they think I want to hear. Below is a link to an article that I have pulled from The Gospel Coalition. It is a good article, but I would ask that you discern these points heavily. How do you discover if your student follows Christ? Just like a conversation about anything I encourage you to read this and discuss. 

https://goo.gl/7j66v7

Thank you for letting me minister to your students and alongside them in reaching their friends, our community and the world for His glory

Scott Owens

 

We have started our preparations for our mission trip to Haiti to work alongside Dan and Holly Ravenhorst (missionaries of our church). We will be there in June and in July of this summer, please look up their ministry and find out more about what they are doing. heartlineministries.org 

We also have a signup for our Minneapolis Mission Trip July 22-27. Middle School students are invited, but High Schoolers can go as Student Leaders too. Check out YWAM Minneapolis for more information about what we will be doing. www.ywam-mn.org

Every WNL we take an offering for Moumita our FAITHstudents sponsor child in Kolkata, India. Check out what the Global Fingerprints does as a whole and what the offering is for.

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Posted by Chris Grev on OA9er @ 9:42 AM

“For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge.” - Romans 10:2

I have two daughters.
One is almost 10 and the other is 3 years old and they are different.
Isabelle can be shy at times whereas Clara is a little firecracker.
Clara loves to help mom cook and Isabelle would rather make something herself.
Do you know what I mean?

You have two kids and they are remarkably different. It comes out so clearly when you look for it. Whenever Carrie is cooking anything Clara is right there wanting to help and Isabelle has to be asked. If she comes she would rather do it all her own way, no help. Isabelle takes some time to warm up to people and is slightly introverted and Clara would rather sit with other people in church. They are different, but they both did something that I love.

When Isabelle was around 3 yrs old she didn’t call me ‘daddy’… she called me ‘my daddy’. As a father that one difference is huge. She is mine and she was proud to say it. She would call me that when we were running around town with strangers or if we were home and it was just the two of us. Clara now being 3 years old too does the same thing. When she says that it makes a huge difference.  It is awe-inspiring to me and brings me to smile.

I also have two boys who are older than three and neither of them say “my daddy” (just to be clear, I’m not holding that against them). When Isabelle began to say it I was on a mission trip to Austria and I would call at night just to hear her call me ‘my daddy’.  Don’t get me wrong I loved having a half hour conversation with my wife about what is going on and how it is going at home, but that ‘my daddy’ carried me.  Clara will say it and smile and it reminds me that both of my daughters are mine.

When is the last time you called The Father, my daddy?  Do you struggle to see your heavenly Father as someone who is proud of you, are you proud of Him? How do you show your students to love The Father with child-like joy and zeal?

I encourage you to call Him ‘my daddy’ today. Show that to your students. They will see an example of how you show God love, what is the example you show?

Thank you for letting me minister to your students and alongside them in reaching their friends, our community and the world for His glory.  

Scott Owens

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