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Rewire

To collaboratively proclaim, be changed by, and be grounded in the gospel of Jesus Christ


The coming of Jesus Christ two millennial ago isn’t something received by mankind as ordinary. As a public figure who’s name has lived on, he’s still extremely controversial and talked about over the ages; by haters, lovers, the curious, and those who are indifferent.

In Rewire, we hope to create a community filled with relationships that embrace differences, enjoy commonalities, savor each other’s company, teach one another the universal truths presented in the bible, and encouraging/challenging one another to live them out with conviction.

“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”

Colossians 2:6-7


When:

Friday 8-10pm during regular school terms (contact us first as we frequently have other arrangements)

Where:

Beverly Hills Chinese Baptist Church (192 Stoney Creek Rd, Beverly Hills)

For:

All high-school students

Contact:

Jasson Gunawan (Coordinator)

  • E-mail: jasson.a.gunawan@gmail.com
  • Mobile: 0422 541 077

Iru Wongso (English Ministry Pastor)

  • E-mail: iru@bhcbc.org.au
  • Mobile: 0433 875 117

Follow us:

  • www.facebook.com/groups/rewirebhcbc
  • #rewireatbhcbc
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2015 Rewire Leaders. Andy Fu, Crystal Ng, Lydia Leung, Michael Yiu, Sarah leung, Stephanie Wong, Jasson Gunawan. (From left to right)

[REWIRE] REWIRE REIGNITED: “LIVING GOD’S WAY” (W3) AND “LISTENING TO GOD” (W4); JUNIORS

Author: Andy Fu (Leader)

After what was an amazing night at RICE Rally, we continued on with our ‘Rewire Reignited’ series looking into the two principles that are core of our Christian faith.

Week 3- “Living God’s Way”

In our week 3 study on “Living God’s way”, we looked into how we as followers of Christ should be living, delving into Titus 2: 1-15 but focusing on verses 11-13.

“11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope- the glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ…”

In this week’s study we were able to see that we are called by God to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, but rather live lives that are “self-controlled, upright and godly”. We see that as we look forward to the hope of being with Jesus Christ when He returns, we are to live our lives for Him. As we continue to live for God, we are being good witnesses to those who have yet to know Jesus as their Lord and Saviour, seeking to further his Kingdom.

What has appeared to all men? And what has this brought?

What (or who) is yet to appear?

In the passage, it tells us two different ways to live. In a table, or any other visual method, list or show the differences between the two.

How does living a life that is “self-controlled, upright and godly” look like?

What are some worldly desires do you struggle with? And what are some ways you can say ‘No’ to them?

Do you think being “self-controlled, upright and godly” is valued in our society today?

Week 4- “Listening to God”

In this study, we looked into the topic of Holy Scriptures and how it is we “Listen to God”. This week’s passage was 2 Timothy 3:14-17

“14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All scriptures is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

In this study, we saw one way of how God speaks to us, which is through His Holy Scriptures. We see that ALL scriptures is “God-breathed” and that God Himself ultimately is the author of the Bible as He speaks to us through the prophets and the apostles. We see that the WHOLE Bible is God inspired and trustworthy. In studying this passage, we see the importance of reading God’s word, or listening to God, as it is used for “teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness”. We use it not only for this but as a guide as to how we should be living for God.

How much of scripture is God-breathed, and what does it mean that the Bible is God-breathed?

Who is the ultimate author of the Bible?

What role does scripture play in our salvation?

List four ways that Christians use the Bible, and describe these four ways in your own words.

How has your personal Bible reading been going? How often do you read the Bible?

What are some difficulties you have found with reading the Bible?

What are some ways or steps we can be taking to help with our Bible reading?

[REWIRE] Rewire Reignited: “Saved by God” (W1) and “Trusting in God (W2)”; Juniors

Author: Jasson Gunawan (leader)

Series: Rewire Reignited

We’ve begun a 10-week missions/series called “Rewire Reignited” with a huge focus on revisiting our mission statement as Rewire:

“To collaboratively proclaim, be changed by, and be grounded in the gospel of Jesus Christ”

– Rewire’s mission statement

We will and have been spending time looking into the very foundations of the Christian faith, responding to the calling given by God to repent and be baptised under Christ, what it means to live holy lives as people that belong to God, and pushing one another to share the good news of Jesus to our communities.

Junior bible studies

The juniors in particular have been going through multiple passages that cover principles that enable us to learn what governs our faith;

Week 1 – “Saved by God”

“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.”

– Romans 5:6-11

What is justification? Reconciliation? Wrath? Salvation?

Why is humanity under God’s wrath?

Through whom are we justified, reconciled, and are saved from God’s wrath?

How does he justify us, reconcile us to God, and save us from God’s wrath?

On what basis can you be right with God? If you die today and stand before God, would he accept you?

These are the very few questions we’ve tackled together in groups. As juniors, we’ve grown to understand the relationship between humanity, God’s wrath, and Jesus.

Encouragingly, many of us professed our desire for Jesus, knowing that while we have rejected God, Christ died for us.

Week 2 – “Trusting in God”

“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

– Ephesians 2:1-10

What is grace? What is faith? What are transgressions?

What happened to us by grace? From what have we been saved and how?

What’s the relationship between faith and salvation?

Is salvation our own work? What can we do to contribute to our salvation? Can we take credit for our salvation?

How can I entrust myself to God?

The relationship between humanity, God’s wrath, and Jesus was expanded as we added God’s grace, and the faith of human beings into the equation.

Great assurance sprung among our groups; we’ve grown from being uncertain about heaven to great certainty, knowing that it is by grace we have been saved, it is by us trusting in what Jesus did that we can be saved; everything’s already been done, and our doings/works won’t contribute or take it away. It is a gift from God, that we place our faith in, which is why we can say we will be saved without fear.

My general thoughts on Rewire Reignited so far…

It’s been a great joy to teach those younger than me the gospel of Christ Jesus, it is my prayer and hope that they are convicted of their sin, the need for Jesus, grow in their desire for Jesus, grow in their understanding and doctrine, live holy lives, and be commissioned to share the gospel to those around them, always doing things that honour and glorify God, finding joy in all these things and knowing that eternity is imminent for those that are faithful in such a way.

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”

– Colossians 2:6-7

[REWIRE] Rewire Reignited: Luke W1 and W2; Seniors

Currently the senior boys and girls at REWIRE are going through a six part bible study series on the Gospel of Luke. We have been really encouraged with the eagerness and attitude that everyone has been showing during these studies. It’s been great to see people ask more questions, helping to answer questions and taking the bible more seriously. Keep up the good work guys! 🙂

Please find below short summaries for our first two studies. *much apologies for the delayed posting*

Study 1: Introduction to the Gospel of Luke:

Passages used: Luke 1:1-4, 26-38, Luke 2

Leaders opened up the series by providing the context and purpose of Luke as seen in verses 1-4 of chapter 1.

In this study we explored the circumstances and events surrounding Jesus’s birth. Following that idea, we also spent some time in reading and discussion of Jesus’ adventures in the temple to help understand His relationship with God the Father.

Main Idea: Jesus’ birth as God’s true Son.

Application Questions: In light of Jesus obedient relationship with His father, how is your relationship with God and does your daily living reflect your obedience to His Word?

 

Study 2: Temptation and Rejection of Truth

Passages used: Luke 4:1-13, 16-30

In this study, the youth were able to understand that the truth (God’s word) helps us to resist temptation. Furthermore, Jesus’ teaching is radical and ultimately if you chose to reject the truth then God will reject you.

The group also had some lively discussion on the questions of whether there is a difference between temptation and sin? If there is anything wrong with us being tempted?

Main idea: Jesus was tempted but did not sin.

Application Questions: What does this passage mean to you/how can you relate to this passage? How can you use what you learnt to preach about who Jesus is?
What is one thing you have learnt about who Jesus is?

 

As always, we look forward to seeing you all again at REWIRE guys.

On behalf of the senior leaders,

Crystal.

p.s We’re on break this friday, so see you again next friday (17th july)

 

[REWIRE] Rewire Reignited: Rewire & Lego Youth Combined Event – Social Media

On the 3rd of July, Rewire and LEGO Youth had our very FIRST combined event! Which is very exciting because this is the start of our new partnership with LEGO Youth. Simon Wong (leader from LEGO) and I met up multiple times and exchanged endless messages to bring forth a night filled with God’s word and fun! And from this our first combined event was on a very relevant topic of SOCIAL MEDIA.

This was the first time both youth groups came together properly, so we kicked off the night with a small icebreaker game called ‘Human Bingo!’, where youth were each given a sheet of paper with the following categories:
1. Same year group as you
2. Same shoe size
3. Same school
4. Has more than 10 mutual friends with you on Facebook
5. Same number of letters in their first name
6. Born in the same month

Youth then needed to find someone of the OTHER youth group that fit that particular category. It was great to see the youth so keen on talking and meeting the other youth. After the youth got to mingle and talk for a bit, we got into our second activity for the night, and that was the SOCIAL MEDIA TRIVIA.

Teams were split into junior guys, junior girls, senior guys and senior girls, where they were required to answer questions relating to Social Media. Here are just a couple of the type of questions we had:

Instagram: one of the most used photo sharing application.

Instagram: one of the most used photo sharing application.

A question to test how well the youth know their respective leaders.

A question to test how well the youth know their respective leaders.

And from these relatively hard questions, we saw that the senior girls came out on top!

After this, we then moved onto probably the funniest part of the night, which was interviewing our speaker (how is this funny?). Our speaker was Pastor Kenny Liew, who is a pastor of St Matthews Asian Congregation, a church that is in Cherrybrook (up north), and we also learnt that he came to know Christ when he was a teen coming to youth group. Once we got to know him personally, we then wanted to see how in-touch he was with this generation’s Social Media by asking him a few questions, where he had to fill in the blanks.

Pastor Kenny trying to figure out what these pictures mean.

Pastor Kenny trying to figure out what these pictures mean.

Q: “When you put on an outfit and you take a selfie which you post on Instagram, a typical comment that would be said is that your outfit is on _______?”
Kenny: “on fire…?”

Q: “When you have exams coming up, but you decide to go play basketball instead, it is said that ball is ________?”
Kenny: “VITAL!”

After interviewing Pastor Kenny, we watched an interesting video called the “Innovation of Loneliness” where we were presented with the implications that Social Media has on our everyday relationships.
Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6Bkr_udado

It then came to the most important part of the night, where Pastor Kenny gave us a talk on ‘The Parable of the Shrewd Manager’ (Luke 16:1-16). We learnt that as followers of Christ we should not waste our possessions (wealth, popularity, etc) for meaningless worldly gains, but rather we should be “shrewd” or smart with what God has blessed us with in order to glorify and make Him known. We are called to be good examples and to be salt and light to those around us, not only loving God, but those who have yet to come to know Jesus. Personally, this talk was a great reminder for me to continue to love and not give up on those who reject Jesus, but rather continue to go after the lost, showing them the love that Jesus showed to us on the cross.

Overall, the night was a great success and it was so awesome to see how many youth come and bringing their friends along. It was so good to see many of the youth taking advantage of this opportunity to meet other Christian youth outside from youth group and church. It was so great to be united as one youth group, under one Body and one God. We hope to make our next combined event an even better and BIGGER one! For those that were there on the night, we will have photos posted up onto our Facebook page soon!

In Christ,
Andy
Rewire Leader

Group photo of Rewire & LEGO Youth.

Group photo of Rewire & LEGO Youth.

[REWIRE] HOTPOT SOCIAL

Date: 29/05/2015

On Friday the 29th of May, we had our annual hotpot social (yay!), and with winter coming up it was perfect weather for the occasion. This was a great opportunity for youth to invite their friends along who do not know what youth group is or do not know what Rewire is. We had a slow and early start to the night, but as the night went on, we had more and more people come. And ended up with an attendance of 37 youth both regulars and newcomers (this was nearly double the expected attendance!- I think it’s one of the biggest turnout ever).

We kicked off the night with a talk from Crystal on Titus 2:11-14.

Crystal giving us the message.

Crystal giving us the message on Titus 2:11-14.

11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.

This talk was a good reminder of the great gift of salvation that God has offered to us all through the redemption from sin through Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection. It teaches us not only to deny ungodly living, but also tells us to not conform to the worldly desires that we have. With this message in mind, the youth were split into discussion groups where they reflected upon what they had heard.

We then began the HOTPOT part of the night and this was a great chance for youth to not only to get to know and share with each other, but also to get to know the leaders more. And what better way to start this, by interviewing Rewire Co-ordinator, Jasson! So we got to know Jass a bit more (his age and what he does on a day-to-day basis) and what his role is at Rewire. Jass then shared with us how he came to know Jesus Christ his Lord and Saviour, and how God has been working in his life over these years.

Only HALF of the food that we had!

Only HALF of the food that we had!

Youth looking keen to get right into it!

Youth looking keen to get stuck right into it!

Also, on each of the tables, I had organised some random things that the youth could talk about amongst themselves. And since I came up with them, I thought it’ll be good for you guys to see my responses xP

1. Favourite Avenger: Captain America
2. Red Bull or V: V
3. Favourite Sport: Basketball or Rugby league
4. If you won $1 million, what would you spend it on: Buy myself a gym and turn it into a business lol
5. Star Wars or Lord of the Rings: I haven’t watched either
6. Dream job: Paediatric Oncologist or Bodybuilder (hehehe)
7. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be: Maccas chicken nuggets with sweet and sour sauce
8. If you could meet one celebrity who would it be: Probably someone from the Avengers cast
9. Favourite subject: Chemistry (even though I suck at it)
10. Choice of superpower: Flight
11. If you could have dinner with any person in the world, who would it be: I’m not too sure…
12. Favourite soft drink: Mountain Dew
13. KFC or Maccas: Maccas

When everyone was all full from eating the delicious food, all the youth just hung out and talked until the end of the night. This was a great chance for everyone just to relax and get to know each other a bit more over our food comas, whilst listening to my Spotify playlist hahahaha xP

Overall, it was a fun and awesome night for both the youth and leaders. Just being able to have the chance to sit down and just chill over food is such an awesome thing to do, and the leaders hope to make it even better next year! 😀 On a more serious note, all the leaders are so encouraged to see all the youth inviting their friends along to Rewire, and we hope to see them on Friday nights more (:

From your coolest leader ever,
Andy

[REWIRE] Wrapping up Ecclesiastes (Seniors)

Ecclesiastes 9 (15/05/2015)

Main Idea: Christians living a life of wisdom from God

In this particular chapter, the teacher once again emphasises this idea of “wisdom”. What does wisdom mean to you?

Chapter 9 starts off with this idea of death being certain for everyone. The author writes of 3 responses in light of this: people who waste their life, people who endure through life (have dead hope), and those who have the living hope. With the last response, the author teaches us to put our contentment in God and enjoy what God has blessed us with.

With this, we see worldly wisdom vs. godly wisdom. The author writes of a great king whom the world perceives as wise and authoritative, but instead he describes the poor man as wise. Unconventional in the world’s standard, hey? The author states, “the quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouts of the fools” elevating how we’re to be seeking after this godly wisdom he talks of.

Ecclesiastes 12 (22/05/2015)

Main Idea: Fear God and keep His commandments

The teacher concludes Ecclesiastes with this chapter. He reinstates this idea of this cyclical life we live on Earth where we grow old and our bodies start deteriorating until ultimately we die. He exclaims, “Meaningless! Meaningless! Everything is meaningless!”. Without God, everything is meaningless (as found in pretty much the whole of book!).

However, the teacher puts in one last warning:

Fear God and keep His commandments,

for this is the duty of mankind.

For God will bring every deed into judgment,

including every hidden thing,

whether it is good or evil.

-Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

The author teaches us this: Fear God and keep His commandments.

Wrapping up Ecclesiastes!

We must admit, Ecclesiastes is quite a tough book to read! In saying that though, Ecclesiastes shed lots of light. It taught us of this cyclical life we live in and the many vanities of life such as chasing after wealth and toil, advancements and riches. Despite this though, the teacher stresses this idea of being content in God, fearing Him, seeking godly wisdom and keep His commandments. This concludes our Old Testament study of Ecclesiastes. We pray that not only did you learn lots but you can also apply it also to your life.

We would love for you to join us again for our next series starting up soon, but as for now we’re going to fill our bellies with lots of food from hotpot! We would love to extend this invitation to you and invite you to come along to our hotpot social at Beverly Hills Chinese Baptist Church from 6:45pm on 29th of May 2015 (this coming Friday). Come hang out with the other youth and leaders, fill your stomachs with steaming hot food, hear a talk based on the bible and have a time of discussion groups where you can delve into what was said and hopefully have your questions answered.

[REWIRE] RUTH 3-4 (JUNIOR GROUP)

Date: 27/05/2015

Author: Sarah Leung (leader)

Over the last 2 weeks, the junior boys and girls read deeply into chapters 3 and 4 of Ruth.

Ruth 3 (15/5/15)

Through this narrative, we continued to learn more about Ruth and Boaz’s admirable characters.

We saw that the kindness of Boaz and the loyalty of Ruth was consistent to what we previously learnt of their characters in chapters 1 and 2:

  • Ruth was loyal and obedient to her mother in law Naomi (3: 5-6)
  • Boaz demonstrated his kindness through his willingness to redeem Ruth (3:11-13) and generosity with providing Ruth and Naomi grain to eat (3:15-17)

We also challenged ourselves to think ” why are Ruth and Boaz any different to typically kind and loyal people?” In the passage we see that Boaz’s kind words and actions are motivated and dependent on the Lord (3:10, 13). Whereas, we flicked back to see Ruth’s radical loyalty where she left her home in Moab to follow her mother in law Naomi to live in Judah and live with God as her God (1:16) and take refuge under God’s wing (2:12).

To finish off the study, we reflected on some questions which helped us to apply what we learnt from the story of Ruth to our lives.

  • What are some things that you do on a day-to-day basis? E.g. Extracurricular activities
  • What are the motivations behind doing these activities?
  • What are some of the sacrifices that can be made to follow Jesus?

Ruth 4 (22/5/15)

We finished off the series of Ruth with the final chapter 4!

In this chapter, the story concludes with Boaz finally redeeming Ruth the widow (YAY!) and continuing to provide and care for her, in contrast to the closest redeemer who is not willing to pay the price to redeem Ruth. They marry and bore a baby son called Obed.

We continued to explore more into the character of God where we learn of his continual provision for Naomi and Ruth.

” Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the Lord, who has no left you this day without a redeemer, and may his name be renowned in Israel! He shall be to you a restorer of life and nourisher of your old age, for you daughter in law who loves you, who is more to you than seven sons, has given birth to him.” Ruth 4:14-15

The book ends with the genealogy of David and shows where Ruth and Boaz’s son Obed fits into the picture.

” And the women of the neighbourhood gave him a name, saying, “A son has been born to Naomi.”. They named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.” Ruth 4:17

This genealogy foreshadows the coming of someone greater, who we know eventually leads to the birth of Jesus!

Some key points to keep in mind as we finish the book of Ruth:

  • This story occurred during the time of the judges (Israelites were so sinful and rejected God several times by worshipping idols; God had to deliver them time and time again)
  • Ruth was a Gentile (not Jew).  Its amazing how this small story about an insignificant woman who is not originally part of Gods people, somehow gets brought into Gods plan of salvation for humanity (not only for Jews)

 

Series Main idea:

Through Ruth and Boaz’s humble story, admirable characters and relationship, God was able to demonstrate his provision and foreshadow His redeeming work (Jesus)

[REWIRE] SENIOR GIRLS SOCIAL

Social: Dinner and Mother’s Day Craft Night

Date 08/05/2015

Author: Crystal Ng (Leader)

Last friday night  we split into our respective bible study groups for external socials at Jasson’s place (the junior year 7-9 boys and girls), Enoch’s place (the senior year 10-12 boys) and my place (the senior girls).

Lydia and I thought that this would be a great opportunity for us to bond with the girls in a relaxed environment and to get their creative juices flowing by making their mums a mother’s day card and magnet. We had asked for the girls to bring a picture of their mum and them and we’ll provide the rest of the materials.

The night kicked off with a low key dinner made by me (praise God that no one got food poisoning and it everything was edible…although the garlic bread was a little burnt *nervous laugh*) After saying grace, we dug into our food and for the next hour or so our group was content just eating, drinking, chatting and enjoying our time together. I must say, it was a beautiful sight and for that i’m very thankful to God for all the things we shared about to each other.

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Moving on, we cleared up that table and then our craft session kicked off. The blank cards and magnets were taken out and the girls were told that they would be attaching their photos to the front of the card when it was completed to their hearts content. Originally, we had planned for the girls to make both a card and a magnet but some of the girls had an awesome idea to combine the two together. So in other words, they can give a card to their mums which can stick onto the fridge at home.

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I loved seeing the surprised look on their faces as more and more craft materials were put onto the table. Initially everyone was saying how they aren’t creative and didn’t design their card but with some words of encouragement everyone really got into the groove of it, our hands were busy getting dirty, paper was being cut, shapes being punched out, glitter being sprinkled etc. The house was filled with laughter, voices and music playing in the background. Time passed and as the clock ticked past 10pm, the girls were adamant on staying behind to finish off their cards first *ngawww* (of course their parents were cool with a later pick up than planned otherwise we would’ve been in trouble)

It was a little sad to see everyone go after such a fantastic social, but here is to more awesome bonding and crafting in the future girls. I would be happy to have you over again too 😀

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Definitely, Lydia and I felt like the goals we set our for the social were achieved, not only did we make some thoughtful cards for our mums, we were able to try something new and creative, I trusted that our non christian friends were able to feel at ease even more and that not only did we get to learn more about the girls, Lyds and I are confident that they’re able to see what their leaders are like outside of youth group too 🙂

 

 

On behalf of the senior girl leaders,

Crystal

[Rewire] Chilling at Jasson’s (Junior Group)

Date: 08/05/2015

Author: Jasson Gunawan (leader)

Event: Junior (Yr 7-9) Bible Study Group Social

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Sarah (Rewire leader) prepares and teaches us how to roll our own homemade sushi (From left to right: Sarah, Andy, Darren, Heyli, Haley, Toby, Jessie, Jonathan, Jadon, Stephanie)

On the 8th of May as we did in Term 1, junior leaders of Rewire hosted another bible study group social; this time, at my humble abode.

We hung out and made sushi together, played multiple games with stakes/rewards involved, and set some time aside to put out our thoughts on our youth group, Rewire.

Dinner

Homemade, budget sushi!

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Our various essentials for sushi and ingredients of choice (from left to right-ish): soy sauce, drained canned tuna, oven baked chicken schnitzel, pan fried beaten egg, peeled barbecue chicken, toasted seaweed, carrot, cucumber, pan fried spam, Japanese mayonnaise, avocado, and sushi rice with vinegar.

Whilst trying to stay creative as leaders, we moved on from making homemade pizza in our previous bible study group social to homemade sushi.

With our limited budget we didn’t use any raw seafood. However, our lack of faithfulness to real sushi making didn’t stop us from making ones that tasted great and looked amazing! We recommend using these cheaper ingredients if you’ve had thoughts on rolling your own. It’s only a Google away for you to figure out how to put these ingredients together, and for some of us, experimenting without written instructions goes places.

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Jonathan rolls his own one delicately using a sushi roll mat.

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My father got hungry and became keen after watching.

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HUGE rolls for the big eater, Andy.

Activities

Things got a bit heated and competitive… Love it!

Due to the heat of the moment, unfortunately no pictures were taken for these activities. We played multiple rounds of:

  • “Heads Up” by Ellen DeGeneres (we may not have pictures, but we’ve got heaps of videos recorded!)
    • We split ourselves into two teams and competed for the most guesses for multiple categories, which counted for as points.
    • The team that won were given rights to choose what to do next for our junior bible study group social.
    • The following high-schoolers won:  Toby, Haley, Jessie, Darren.
  • A variation of “PIG” called “Spoons”, using chopsticks instead of the spoon (a game we played for the sushi roulette!)
    • Played individually against one another.
    • Whichever individual loses that round had to select and eat a sushi provided on a tray, which may or may not contain surprises (not for the feint hearted!)
    • There was so much anticipation, and we had good laughs.
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“PIG”/”Spoons” sushi roulette! Which one would you choose first?

Thoughts

Why Rewire? What does it mean when we say that Rewire’s my youth group?

As junior Rewire, we thought about the following:

What do we think is the purpose of youth group?

What are our intentions in attending youth group?

What are some things we enjoyed or disliked about youth group?

What are my expectations from a Rewire leader?

What are my expectations from every other member of Rewire?

In what ways can our youth group be improved?

How will I be on board (help) with Rewire and what we’ve said for the questions above?

With most of us the juniors having been to Rewire since the beginning of this year, and for some a few years, it was an appropriate time for us to tackle through these questions together. We’ve kept all responses recorded in order to move forward with the juniors, and reflect on these responses in the future when things change.

More importantly, these discussions helped us put Rewire back into perspective:

1) Rewire has a purpose that is very Christian and biblical, making it unique to a normal gathering of high-schoolers.

2) Rewire can only serve its purpose through the involvement of the majority.

Junior Rewire leaders have planned to continue talking through these for those that have missed out in our next series of bible studies.

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I had such an awesome time hanging out with this lot last week 🙂 Looking forward to more outings and time spent with my Rewirables in the future.

“23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” – Hebrews 10:23-25

[Rewire] Ruth 1-2 (Junior Group)

Date 06/05/2015

Author: Jasson Gunawan (Leader)

Old Testament studies 5 and 6.

As we moved on from Jonah to Ruth, we’re able to experience the challenges of reading the bible in context, as well as how rewarding reading God’s word can be when we strive to read it as intended.

As we continue our Old Testament studies, the goals for this series are still the same:

  • Knowing how to read the bible in context; historical context, literary context, and biblical context.
  • Knowing the distinction and necessity of biblical exegesis and hermeneutics; studying the historical, cultural backgrounds of the author, the text, and original audience before applying it to ourselves.
  • Hearing the gospel, and as Rewire’s mission states:
  • To collaboratively proclaim, change, and be grounded in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

As most would put it, it’s a “love story” between Ruth and Boaz  most of us are familiar with. In reality, calling this a “love story” between a man and a woman only dilutes the richness of this book, which we will see more and more as it’s read well.

Ruth 1 (24/05/15)

Ruth, a (Moabite) widow who chose to follow her (Judahite) widowed-mother-in-law Naomi and her God.

After firstly thinking about why it may be tough for anyone to lose their partners through death, we were able to explore the necessary context of Ruth chapter 1 and really think through the decisions made by every character presented here.

Contextually, it was interesting to note within Ruth that…

  • It is a very humble story in the midst of the events found in the book of Judges
  • The people of Judah and Moabites had a long and bitter relationship (Numbers 21-25, Deuteronomy 23:1-6, Judges 3:12-30)
  • It was difficult living as a widow then.

We see a family tree established in v1-5 and it’s quite surprising that the people of Judah (Elimelech and Naomi’s sons) had intermarried the Moabites (Ruth and Orpah) despite their current relationship. To add to this surprise was the fact that Ruth wanted to follow Naomi, her mother in-law, when she decided to return to Bethlehem after all these women have lost their husbands, even after Naomi pushed Ruth to return to her home where her direct family was;

“15 And she said, “See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.” 16 But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. 17 Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the Lord do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.” 18 And when Naomi saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more.” – Ruth 1:15-18

Ruth’s commitment and decision naturally led the following question for the Juniors: Was Ruth’s faith genuine?

…and from there: In the last days as we wait for Christ to return, how do we know if someone’s faith is genuine?

Ruth 2 (01/05/15)

Ruth, a loyal and servant-heated woman. Boaz, a kind and gracious man.

A new character, Boaz, is introduced in this chapter. Boaz is a well-off farmer who belonged to the clan of Elimelech, Naomi’s husband.

For the first time we also saw the Mosaic Law’s welfare system called gleaning in action (Leviticus 19:9-10, Leviticus 23:22, Deuteronomy 24:19) as Ruth gleaned for herself, and her mother-in-law Naomi throughout the whole of chapter 2.

“3So she set out and went and gleaned in the field after the reapers, and she happened to come to the part of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the clan of Elimelech.” – Ruth 2:3

It is through this theme of gleaning that the admirable characters of both Ruth and Boaz were displayed and highlighted;

  • Ruth: serving and very loyal as she gleaned and lived with Naomi (Ruth 2:2, Ruth 2:11-12, Ruth 2:17-18)
  • Boaz: kind and gracious as he provided for Ruth with more than what was required from him as one under the Mosaic Law (Ruth 2:8-9, Ruth 2:21-22, Ruth 2:13, Ruth 2:14, Ruth 2:15-16)

To bring it home for this study, we thought about the following: Under what circumstances is it important for Christians to demonstrate loyalty like Ruth, and kindness like Boaz?

… and to follow up last week’s reflection we asked ourselves: Is OUR faith genuine?

Ruth 1 and 2

The Lord who provides all things (… maybe?)

In a more subtle yet noteworthy part of Ruth, we’re beginning to see the implications of God being a provider as we spend time exploring under what circumstances would the characters found in this book mention “the Lord”, “Almighty”, or “God”. Here’s one example in chapter 2, when Boaz wishes Ruth well for her loyalty to Naomi:

“10 Then she fell on her face, bowing to the ground, and said to him, “Why have I found favor in your eyes, that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?” 11 But Boaz answered her, “All that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband has been fully told to me, and how you left your father and mother and your native land and came to a people that you did not know before. 12 The Lord repay you for what you have done, and a full reward be given you by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge!” 13 Then she said, “I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, for you have comforted me and spoken kindly to your servant, though I am not one of your servants.”” – Ruth 2:10-13

In these verses, is Boaz merely giving an empty wish? Similarly to when we might say things like “… all the best!” to our friends?

… or does Boaz have some knowledge about God that would give him the inclination to say these things? More importantly, does God actually provide/bless those around him? If so how has He?

We will continue to explore these implications about God as we open up the book of Ruth.

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