The convo is a three part series showing students how to have difficult conversations about different issues in our culture. Below is the audio from our conversations. Please forgive the audio quality. We hope to improve the quality in the coming weeks.
This past Sunday we talked about creation according to the Genesis account. We understand that the time we had on Sunday plus small group time was not enough to be able to prepare you for the opposition you may face in school believing what the Bible says about creation. With the help of Renae, we have compiled a list of resources that you can go back to as needed to help you understand what Christians should believe and be sure of your faith.
These resources are not here to use as ammunition to argue with teachers or friends. Rather, they are hear to help you be more confident in your faith about God's marvelous design of everything.
Lots of questions answered! Many have videos and are answered by an expert in their field in just a few minutes.
- Why Does God Create?
- Is evolution a viable option?
- Who Made God?
- Scientific Evidence for Christianity
- Can evolution explain morality?
- Is There Evidence For A Literal Adam And Eve?
- Does It Matter If Adam And Eve Were Real?
- If The Evidence For Evolution Is So Compelling, Why Don’t We Know?
- Does modern research support evolution?
- Did The Universe Begin?
- Are Christian Scientists Biased In Their Research?
- What Are Angels And What Do They Do?
- Is Science At Odds With Religion?
- What’s Happened To The Dinosaurs?
- Did God Create The World To Boost His Own Glory?
- Is There Really a God?
- How Does Our Consciousness Point To God’s Existence?
- Has archeology dis-proven the Bible?
- Are There Credible Christian Scientists?
- Is Intelligent Design A Science?
- What Was Darwin’s Doubt?
- Does Distant Starlight Prove the Universe Is Old?
- Is Natural Selection the Same Thing as Evolution?
- How Do We Defend Gender Biblically?
- Doesn’t Carbon-14 Dating Disprove the Bible?
- Is Science The Only Way To Know Something?
- Why Shouldn’t Christians Accept Millions of Years?
- Did Dinosaurs Turn into Birds? (Menton)
- Genesis: Today’s Answer to Racism
- Was There Really a Noah’s Ark and Flood?
- What Really Happened to the Dinosaurs?
- How to Survive a Secular College
- Did Humans Really Evolve from Apelike Creatures?
- Does the Big Bang Fit with the Bible?
- What’s Wrong with Progressive Creation?
- Can Creationists Be “Real” Scientists?
- What’s the Best “Proof” of Creation?
- Doesn’t the Order of Fossils in the Rock Record Favor Long Ages?
- Why Is the Scopes Trial Significant?
- What Is The Waiting Time Problem In Evolutionary Biology?
- When Does Life Begin?
- Does Radiometric Dating Prove the Earth Is Old?
- How To Respond to Someone Who Asks, “Why Is This Important?”
- Where Was the Garden of Eden Located? (Ham)
- Did Bible Authors Believe in a Literal Genesis?
- Was There Death Before Adam Sinned?
- What about Cloning and Stem Cells?
- Did Life Come from Outer Space?
- Vestigial Organs—Evidence for Evolution?
- What is the Best Argument for the Existence of God?
- What Are Some Flood Evidences?
- Unicorns in the Bible?
- Doesn’t the Bible Support Slavery?
- Was the Flood of Noah Global or Local in Extent?
- How Old Does the Earth Look?
- When and How Did the Grand Canyon Form?
- What Are Some Good Questions to Ask an Evolutionist?
- How Do Scientists Derive The Dates For Adam And Eve?
- Six Days? (Chart)
- Real scientists who believe in the biblical account of creation.
- Are Humans Animals?
What is a Testimony?
- One way that this word is sometimes used is to describe the story that a witness of an event would tell other people to explain what happened.
- Many Christians use the word “testimony” to describe the story of how they witnessed the presence of God in their life and how Jesus changed their life forever.
- Testimonies are a great way to reach other people and tell them about Jesus because they are personal and true stories!
The 3 Components of a Story
- The first part of a story is called the “introduction”. This is where we meet the main characters, get an idea of the setting, and see a “bad situation” escalating.
- The second part of a story is called the “climax”. Essentially, the main character(s) realize the “bad situation” and are compelled to make changes to themselves to resolve the “bad situation”.
- The third and final part of a story is called the “resolution”. At this point, we see if the changes made by the main characters were enough to resolve the “bad situation” and ultimately help develop a lesson to be learned from the story.
Testimonies Look the Same Way
- In Ephesians 2:1-7, Paul gives an excellent example of how testimonies follow the same 3 component format as stories do.]
Some people are saved really young & haven’t had the big high or low moments in life.
- Having different types of testimonies some people have the big low moments (like Paul) & some people have accepted Christ when they were young & didn’t have those low moments (Timothy).
- Paul’s testimony (Act 9:1-9): Paul was originally SAUL….he was on his way to kill Christians when God stopped him on the road, & blinded him for a few days, THEN Saul gave his life to Christ && became ‘Paul’
- Timothy’s testimony (2 timothy 1:5-6): Grew up in a Christian home (his mom & grandmother believed) who shared their faith with him. At some point Timothy (while still young) he chose to accept Christ.
- Timothy is an example of how young believers, can be used to help motivate and encourage other believers by being an example even while they are young (1 Timothy 4:12).
All of these stories may seem different when we view them with each person (Brennan, Bethany, Paul, & Timothy) BUT they’re all the same if God/Christ is the main person
- You shouldn’t be the main character...it’s Jesus
- If you’ve given your life to Christ, nothing about your life – your testimony, or even life itself its yours – it’s all God’s. So your testimony is actually part of his great love story for you/the world.
- If the focus of your story is about Christ, we all of the same story
There is no good/bad testimony. If you are saved your testimony is great …you have the ‘happy ending’ (eternal life)
- Timothy testimony is something that many Christian parents want for their kids, it beautiful in its own way….you’ve been protected from a lot of possible poor choices and given the opportunity to be encouraging in your faith to others.
- You didn’t have to do drugs/party hard to have a “good” testimony, if you don’t have these really hard times, God has protected you.
Everyone may be at a different point in their testimony story. You may be at the intro (not yet accepting Christ), you may be at the climax (just accepted Christ), or you may have accepted him a long time ago & be in the ‘resolution’ part of your story.
- If you’re at the ‘intro’ portion and struggling with questions or certain sin or if you just want to talk things through come talk to FUSE leaders. We want to help you & see you grow & be saved.
3 main take aways from this message:
- Sharing your testimony shouldn’t be complicated. There are 3 basic components: the intro before you knew Christ, the climax when you accepted Christ, & the ‘ending’ or how your life has changed after
- You are not the main character in your testimony, Jesus is. Your testimony is a time pre-Jesus, when you accepted Jesus as your Lord & Savior, & how Jesus has changed your life after you accepted him. The whole point of your testimony is how God changed your life
- Testimonies are meant to be shared. We all love sharing and telling stories. Your story is relevant and can impact and encourage others to grow in their relationship with Christ (whether you accepted Christ when you were really young or if you had some high/low points in life and then chose to accept Christ).
Summer FUSE 2017 is full of great events so you don't get bored this summer and continue growing in your faith.
We don't slow down in the Summer. We do more! We are still meeting every Sunday but with a totally different schedule and way more fun! We will also meet off campus a couple times this Summer. We also have events during the week that you wont want to miss to help you grow in your faith as well as have some serious fun. Scroll down for all the details.
This Summer we will meet from 6:00 - 8:00 every evening on Sundays. These nights are filled with tons of fun, great games, and a special series that we are excited to go through with everyone this Summer. We are launching a series this summer called "Your Story Matters." We will teach you why your testimony is important, how to make one, and how to share it with others. We will give you all the tools you need this Summer to prepare you for an awesome Fall school year. Doors open at 5:45 for snacks and hangout time. Bring a friend.
We will meet on the following weeks:
6/4 | 6/25 | 7/2 | 7/9 | 7/23
FUSE Equip U
Equip U is an interactive small group for both FUSE guys and FUSE girls that focus on helping you growing in your relationship with Jesus through the months of June and July.
Equip U is every Tuesday from 7:00 - 8:30 PM at epikos West Allis.
Join FUSE students and leaders for some tasty frozen custard every Friday this Summer from 1 - 2 PM at varying locations around Milwaukee. The location of FCF will be a mystery each week. FUSE will announce the location of the event the day of, so keep an eye out for updates on Snapchat, Facebook, and Instagram!
Three Big Summer Events You Shouldn't Miss!
We have three awesome events that will take place this Summer. Two happen on Sunday nights in place of our normal FUSE nights. Those are both free events but you have to get dropped off and picked up there. FUSE CAMP is the best week of the year! Click on the image to get more information.
Click on the calendar to the left to download and save it. You may also pick up a printed Summer Calendar during morning worship or at FUSE. You can also see more details on each event on our events page.
Jesus wasn’t born into a wealthy family with powerful connections, the situation was messy; his earthly parents included a teenage girl and her middle to lower class fiancé. Your life, family, or situation might feel nightmarish, but don’t worry, God uses the less than ideal for his glory.