Confirmation at North Park Covenant Church is a high commitment, two-year journey for 7th and 8th grade students where we dig deeply into Scripture, into our questions, into spiritual practices, and into relationships with the goal of deepening our understanding of Christian faith and, most importantly, our commitment to following Jesus.
As with all things, COVID has changed our practice, but we are committed to meeting every Sunday at 12:30pm after church. We will be together personally with masks and distance as much as possible and meeting online when it is not. If you want more information or want to get involved, reach out to Pastor Jeff.
With this pandemic year, we’ve made a commitment to make five minutes of content available each week so that students who can’t make it for whatever reason can keep up with the big ideas and keep reading Scripture. And y’all asked for video. So you’re going to be seeing a lot of Pastor Jeff’s face…
5 Minute Confirmation Week 5: Gospel Animals
This week we dipped into church history to pull out the images that have been used to help us image each Gospel as a unique and interesting way to tell the story of Jesus.
Jump in with us and learn about why the church has invited us to imagine these Gospels with Matthew as the Human, Mark as the Lion, Luke as the Ox, and John as the Eagle.
Also, get ready! Next week is going to be the first ever (or at least in a very, very long time) NPCC Confirmation Quiz. I’ll ask a couple questions from each of the first four weeks of content as a way to encourage us to dig a little deeper and an excuse for eating candy which will be your reward for putting forward a decent showing on the quiz.
5 Minute Confirmation Week 4: Reading the All the Chapter Ones
Watch the Video: Oct 11, 2020 5 Minute Confirmation
This week we ran into the “how does Jeff make a video when the whole class consisted of reading the Bible and talking about it?” question for the first time.
Well, there is a video so you can see how you think I did.
And you should read your Bible too! Head over to Bible Gateway and read the chapter ones from each gospel. To be honest we only made it through about 20 verses of each chapter one in Confirmation. In the video we only make it through about 3. But this is a really fruitful exercise and worth reading as many verses of each chapter as you can.
Questions for the Day:
- What similarities do you see between the first chapters of each Gospel?
- What differences do you see?
- On the whole, do you think the similarites are stronger? Or are the differences stronger? Why?
5 Minute Confirmation Week 3: Gospel Setting
Watch the Video: Oct 4, 2020 5 Minute Confirmation
This week we continued doing our background work as we prepared to read the Gospels well. Today we dug into the setting for the gospels and had a crash course in the contours of Jewish life in Israel in the 1st century. We looked some of the similarities and differences in daily life, religious life, and political life.
Over at Bible Gateway you can see our readings for the day where Matthew talks about the way the contours of daily life, political realities, and religious commitments all smash up in one exciting and heart breaking escape story following Jesus’ birth.
Questions for the day:
- What is one specific way that your life is similar to people who lived during the time of Jesus
- What is one specific way that your life is different?
- How should those similarities and differences impact the way that we read the Gospels?
5 Minute Confirmation Week 2: Gospel Genre
This week we spent preparing to read the Gospels well (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) by asking what things do we need to know before we start reading. Today we ponder the genre of the Gospels, how knowing what kind of a book we are reading helps us be better reads, and whether we can call the Gospels trustworthy books.
Over at Bible Gateway you can see our readings for the day where Luke and John describe to us why they wrote their Gospels and how they want us to understand them.
Question for the Day:
- Based on what you know already, how would you define Jesus’ mission?