Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. - Romans 12:2
Our first goal is to connect students to God. Learning how to worship our God is crucial to a student retaining their faith once they graduate. We work to incorporate students into our worship services in meaningful ways that help them connect with God. It might be through greeting, reading scripture, praying, singing, or something else. Our goal is to help students learn to worship our Creator with their lives.
We also want to connect students to each other. Small groups and classes that are divided by age help students connect to their peers and at the same time grow deeper in their relationships with God.
2 Timothy 3:16 says that "all scripture is God breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness." We firmly believe this truth and we aim to teach our students how to dive into the Bible in a way that not only refreshes them and encourages them, but teaches them and instructs them on what it means to be a Christ follower. In this we aim to help them grow in their faith in following Jesus.
What does it mean to love the Lord your God and love your neighbor as yourself? How does this play out in a student's everyday life? Through fun and engaging community building events and teaching we explore what it means to love your neighbor. How does Christ's love compel us to treat others? Our goal is to help students learn to love the people in their communities in a way that transforms the student and the community!
Of course one can't study Jesus and not notice that his whole life seemed to revolve around serving others. In fact Jesus regularly had compassion on the people around him and served them. Our aim is to do the same. We believe in inter-generational missions at HRBC which means that for every mission or service opportunity, students are paired up with other people of different age groups to work together and learn from each other. There's something amazing about seeing a student work with a child, an adult, and an older adult to serve the community!