This month’s theme is Harvest. We will be talking about the changing season and about God’s Harvest.
We will also be looking at what JOY Blog is all about. This month’s articles will go back to what JOY Blog’s purpose is and what each part of JOY blog is for. Next month is the one year anniversary and I wanted to go back and evaluate JOY Blog and give you a better idea of what it is and also what it stands for.
You will also get to read JOY Blog’s Statement of Faith.
There are also a few changes for this month. Rachel R. is writing a new column. Her column is called “Helping in the Harvest”. Also Heather Grace is no longer writing for JOY Blog and there will be a few changes in YOU, including new columns. Please give us your feedback on YOU. Check it out to see what I am talking about!
If you have any questions, please ask. There are many changes and new things, but this is for you, so let us know what you want!
One great way you can do this, this month is by taking a quick 10 question survey. Here is the link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6LYT3KF
You can also just click on the right of this post.
Mandy and Rachel
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Statement of Faith
JOY Blog believes…
… That the Bible calls older women to “train the young women” (Titus 2:3-5). No matter how old you are, you are called to mentor girls/women who are younger than you. You should also be mentored by older and godlier women.
... That “the Lord is one” (Deuteronomy 6:4), existing in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19, John 10:30, 2 Corinthians 13:14, Hebrews 1:1-3).
… That God is our Father and we are His children. (John 1:12, Matthew 6:9, Romans 8:15, Acts 17:24-28)
… That the Father is Lord of all and the Maker of Heaven and earth. (Acts 17:24, Genesis 1:1)
… That Jesus Christ is God's only begotten Son. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life. He was crucified, dead, and buried. On the third day He rose bodily from the dead and ascended to heaven. He is the only mediator between God and man. (Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 9:6, Matthew 1:18-25, Mark 14:61-62; Luke 3:22; John 1:1-3, John 1:14, John 5:18, John 10:30, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 John 5:20)
…that “there is one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus”. (1 Timothy 2:5-6)
… That Jesus sent us the Holy Spirit to be our “Helper” and to be with us until Jesus comes back again. The Holy Spirit gives us all different gifts to use to minister to people. We also should be able to see the fruit of the spirit. (John 14:15-31, John 15:26-27, John 16:7-15, Acts 1:8; Romans 8:9, 1 Corinthians 2:10-11, 1 Corinthians 6:19, 1 Corinthians 12:4-13, Galatians 5:16-18, Galatians 22-23; Ephesians 4:30)
…that “God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).
…that the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is the inspired Word of God. There are no errors in any of its teachings, including creation, history, its own origins and salvation. It is the highest and final authority on all matters of faith, belief, and conduct. (Matthew 5:17-20, John 17:17, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Revelation 22:18-19)
… That “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man [or woman] of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (1 Timothy 3:16-17)
… That “salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to man by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
… That Jesus Christ is “the way, the truth, and the life.” (John 14:6)
… “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8)
… “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”(1 John 1:9)
… That “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” and can fully redeem and powerfully use even those who consider they have been “the worst.” (1 Timothy 1:15)
… God “is patient, not wanting any to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)
… That “it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Resurrection, Life Everlasting, and God’s Calling on our Life -
… that “our citizenship is in heaven and from it, we eagerly await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables Him to bring everything under His control, will transform our lowly bodies so they will be like His glorious body.” (Philippians 3:21) “And so shall we forever be with the Lord.” (1 Thessalonians 4:17)
… That until then, we believe we are to strive to “live holy and Godly lives as we look forward to the day of God.”(2 Peter 3:11, 12)
… That Jesus Christ will one day return in glory to raise the dead and bring salvation and judgment to completion.
...God will fully manifest His Kingdom when He establishes a new heaven and new earth, in which He will be glorified forever and exclude all evil, suffering, and death. (John 14:2-3, Romans 14:10-12, 1 Corinthians 15:51-54, 2 Corinthians 5:10, 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17, Revelation 20:11-15, Revelation 22:12-17)
… That we are called to glorify God in whatever we do (1 Corinthians 10:3).
The Church and the Communion of Saints-
…That Jesus Christ is the Head of the church. The church is not the building, but is made up of all believers everywhere in the world. The believers are called to be baptized. The church is called to love and witness to others, preach the gospel, and worship God. (Matthew 22:39, Acts 2:41-47; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:22-23; Colossians 1:18; Hebrews 10:25)
The Deceiver and Culture-
…That Satan is God's enemy and his nature and objective is to lie and deceive.
… That Satan uses the various aspects of the culture to promote personal independence by taking us away from the unity that God calls us to have with believers. He also distorts the differences between men and women and tries to confuse their roles.
… That Satan wants to persuade people to not follow God's plan.
(John 8:44; Genesis 3; Isaiah 14:12-14; Ezekiel 28:12-18; 1 Peter 5:8; Ephesians 6:12; 1 John 2:15)
JOY Blog Purpose StatementJOY Blog is designed to be a Christian alternative to what the culture offers girls! It is to encourage girls, about 12 and older. JOY stands for Jesus, Others, and You. The acronym is to help girls to remember to put Jesus first in their lives, then to serve others before ourselves, and lastly to care for ourselves in a godly manner.
JESUS Purpose Statement
The JESUS part is dedicated to Him. It is to help girls of all ages to come to better knowledge of our Savior. There will be devotions and other ways to come to know Him better. The overall purpose of this section is putting Jesus first in our lives.
37-Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'
38-This is the first and greatest commandment.
Devotional Purpose Statement
The devotional is meant to encourage girls in their faith walk. It is to build them up and to give helpful ideas to grow in their relationship with Christ through prayer, Bible study and reading, and other things.
Add Your Comment Here… Purpose Statement
Add Your Comment Here is a place for girls to interact. It is a place for girls to ask themselves questions and think deeply about what they believe and then to share their answers with other girls.
OTHERS Purpose Statement
The OTHERS part is about putting other people after Jesus and before yourself. It is to help girls to learn ways that they can love and serve others in their lives and reach out to people.
3-Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.
4-Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.
By Faith Purpose Statement
By Faith is based on Hebrews 11. Hebrews 11:1-2 says, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.” It is to show how people from history, the Bible, and today are living “by faith” and it is to provide examples of how you, also, are called to and can live “by faith”.
Helping in the Harvest Purpose Statement
Helping in the Harvest will feature people sharing the gospel with people all over the world including wherever you live. Each month’s article will highlight someone different. It may be a missionary, a mission organization, or a charity, but they will all have the same goal- to teach others about the hope of Jesus. Helping in the Harvest is based on Matthew 9:37 where Jesus says, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.” Each article in Helping in the Harvest will show you how others are helping in the harvest and how you can, too!
Helping in the Harvest
Do you know what J.O.Y. stands for? This question is pretty easy if you have been reading JOY for a while. If you don’t know, I’ll give you the answer. The J stands for Jesus, and comes first, just like He should come first in our priorities. Y is for you, who should come last. In the middle is O which is for others, who should come after Jesus but before yourself. (Matthew 22:37-40)
All of us have ourselves as a priority someplace- most of the time at the top of our list. Jesus comes into our lives when we become Christians. The struggle then becomes putting Him first instead of ourselves. And others? You may know from the By Faith articles that we can learn from others, but one of the biggest reasons we need to be focusing on others is so that we can share the love of Jesus with them. (Matthew 28:19-20)
That is where this column comes in. Helping in the Harvest will feature people sharing the gospel with people all over the world and wherever you live. Each month’s article will highlight someone different. It may be a missionary, a mission organization, or a charity, but they will all have the same goal- to teach others about the hope of Jesus.
What’s in the Name?
Helping in the Harvest is based on Matthew 9:37 where Jesus says, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.” Jesus wasn’t talking about a literal harvest of crops, but of souls. There are many people who need to know about what Jesus did for them, but not many people telling them. Each article in Helping in the Harvest will show you how others are helping in the harvest and how you can help, too!
One of the ways Helping in the Harvest will help you to do that is by helping you to pray. There will be prayer requests included in each article to help you pray for the featured ministry. If you look at Matthew 9:38, Jesus says to ask God to send out workers to help with the Harvest. Make a point to do what Jesus said and pray for the people that are featured here each month.
Another way to help in the Harvest is by giving. You may have heard the verse “God loves the
cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7). What could be better than pleasing God? Each article in Helping with the Harvest will have a way to give. Sometimes that may be by giving money to the people featured that month or perhaps giving your time to a ministry near you.
There is one other way in particular to help in the Harvest: be a worker in your mission field. This doesn’t mean you have to move to a far away country. Believe it or not, you have a mission field all around you! Think of people you come in contact with who don’t know God. These people are whom you can be ministering to. Mark 16:15 says to, "'Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.'" That means even where you live.
Let Helping in the Harvest be an encouragement to you. Remember to pray, find ways to give, and make sure to minister in the mission field God gave you. Remember the O in JOY and I’ll see you back here next month!
By Rachel R.
YOU is all about you. In YOU, there will be fun activities and useful ideas.
(There are a few changes that are coming to YOU and we would like your input. You can take the survey to let us know what you would like to see or comment below.)
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Here are some ideas for you, but feel free to add others:
- useful tips
- movie reviews
- book reviews
- fun facts
- history facts
- stories about girls
- ask Grandma column
- useful crafts
- modest dressing
- guy talk