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Jr High Parents’ Update – May 12th

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Featured, Parents | 0 comments

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Every year, I find it very important to use at least one series to go back to the basics. There are some spiritual disciplines that can get lost through the year for some of our students, and with the countdown to summer on, I think it is smart to take a few weeks to go over some simple topics like the Bible, prayer and friendships.

This week we kick off our series with a week on the Bible, and helping our students remember that we can always rely on the Bible, no matter what the situation. It is truly a light unto our path.

We want to encourage our students to open up their Bibles often, and to have it become part of their daily routine.

Here are the follow-up questions that our students will be discussing in small groups:

Question 1: On a scale of 1 to 10, how important would you say that your Bible is to you right now (10 Being very important)? Be open and honest, and explain why.

Question 2:  What are some ways that you rely on the Bible? What challenges and situations in your life make you go to your Bible before anything or anyone else?

Question 3: Is there anyone in your life that you think has developed fantastic habits when it comes to reading the Bible?

Question 4: What would types of things would make reading your Bible more appealing? Would it be easier if you knew someone else was reading the same things that you were reading, and you could talk about things that don’t make sense to you?

Question 5: How do you plan on making the Bible become more important in your life?

Here is our key verse for the week:

Your word is a lamp to guide my feet

    and a light for my path.

Psalm 119:105

Thank you so much for investing in the lives of your Jr Highs each week!

Josh

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Jr High Parents’ Update – April 21st

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in Featured, Parents | 0 comments

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Can we be honest with ourselves for a second? Too often, when we talk about the idea of being “sent out”, we tell ourselves that if God is sending us, things are going to be great! But if we’re being real, we know that there are going to be challenges. A life in Christ, and a life that is being sent out, is going to be difficult. Not only did Jesus not promise us a perfect life, he actually promises us challenges and difficulties, but ultimately, the reward far outweighs the pain. When we read about Paul and Barnabas and their missionary journeys in Acts 14, we see that they face challenges, but God makes all things possible.

This week we want to show our Jr Highs that yes, there are going to be challenges, but yes, God will provide, no matter what. Make sure that you are open and honest this week about stories about times that you’ve faced challenges, and how God brought you out on the other end. Maybe you’re currently facing challenges, and honestly can’t think of how God is going to provide, and don’t be afraid to share that with our students. These are things that can have a truly great impact on their lives, and built trust.

Here are the follow-up questions that our students will be discussing in small groups:

Question 1: When you think of where you are being “sent out” to, can you think of things that may be challenging? What things are they?

Question 2:  Have you ever faced a challenge that felt impossible to deal with? What happened in the end? Did you make it out on the other end?

Question 3: What types of things help you the most to deal with challenges? People, things, scripture, etc.?

Question 4: If you were in Paul and Barnabas shoes in Acts 14, what would you have done after the challenges that they faced?

Question 5: How can you come together as a small group to encourage each other when someone is dealing with challenges in the place that they have been “sent out”?

Here is our key verse for the week:

19 Then some Jews arrived from Antioch and Iconium and won the crowds to their side. They stoned Paul and dragged him out of town, thinking he was dead. 20 But as the believers gathered around him, he got up and went back into the town. The next day he left with Barnabas for Derbe.

Acts 14:19-20

Thank you so much for investing in the lives of your Jr Highs each week!

Josh

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Jr High Parents’ Update – April 14th

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in Featured, Parents | 0 comments

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In Matthew 28, Jesus gives his disciples a daunting, yet beautiful mission; Go out into all the world and make disciples. This simple piece of scripture was not only the mission of Christ’s twelve disciples, but it was also the mission of the early Church, and our mission today. Do we know what it means to be sent out? Who does Jesus choose to send out? These are questions that we need to ask ourselves to set us on the right path, and we want to share these responses with our Jr Highs. Acts 13 lays out the first missionary journey that Paul takes with Barnabas, as they travel and “go out into the world to make disciples”. This is what Paul and Barnabas lived to do. They were truly sent out, and knew exactly what their mission was.

Our Jr Highs should learn to recognize the importance of this mission, and know that this mission isn’t limited to those travel overseas to share the Gospel. We are all sent out, though the places we are sent to are very different. This week, challenge yourselves to think of where you are “sent”, and how it looks in your own life. Follow that reflection up by sharing it with your students!

Here are the follow-up questions that our students will be discussing in small groups:

Question 1: Have you ever met someone that is a missionary to somewhere other than Canada? What were they like?

Question 2:  Do you know anyone that has chosen to be a “missionary” in Canada? What do they do, and how is it different than missionaries in other countries?

Question 3: Do you understand the mission that Christ gave to His disciples, the Early Church and us today? Can it be confusing?

Question 4: Are there areas in your life that you think you’ve been sent out into? Where are the places that you feel you can “make disciples” and share the Gospel?

Question 5: What skills and character traits do you think you need to be “sent” out? Do you think it’s something that only some people can do? Why?

Here is our key verse for the week:

One day as these men were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Dedicate Barnabas and Saul for the special work to which I have called them.” So after more fasting and prayer, the men laid their hands on them and sent them on their way.

Acts 13:2-3

Thank you so much for investing in the lives of your Jr Highs each week!

Josh

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Jr High Parents’ Update – March 31st

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Featured, Parents | 0 comments

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It’s officially the last week of our Whats His Name teaching series, and we want to end with something that our students can really chew on. In week 1, we talked about Paul’s conversion, and it set us up to talk about Paul’s Attitude in week 2, realizing that this moment of conversion completely changed Paul’s attitude, which in turn absolutely changed everything for Paul, and for the Church. This week, we’re going to talk about Paul’s impact, comparing the impact that he had before his conversion, to the impact that he had afterwards. What a change!

After Paul’s conversion on the road to Damascus, we see how Paul had such an incredible impact on Churches, and the Early Church, Individuals like Timothy, and Us today.

The question that we want to ask our students this week, is what their impact is like today? Do they have a positive impact on those around them, or do they think that they have more of a negative impact?

Like with Paul’s story, we recognize that no one is lost, and we can all begin to have a positive impact on those around us. The question is whether or not we’re willing to make the necessary adjustments.

This week, feel free to share your past experiences with your students. Share times that you’ve had positive impacts on the people around you, but at the same time, don’t be afraid to share the times that you may have had a negative impact.

Here are the follow-up questions that our students will be discussing in small groups:

Question 1: In general, would you say that you have a positive, or a negative impact on the people that you interact with everyday? Does it change depending on the place (school, home, sports, clubs, etc.)

Question 2:  Who in your life has the most positive impact on your life? Why do you think they have such a positive impact?

Question 3: How do you think that we change when people have positive impacts on us? What happens when people have negative impacts?

Question 4: What area of your life do you think you need to change the most so that you can be more of a positive impact?

Question 5: What are ways that you as a small group can have more of a positive impact in FUEL?

Here is our key verse for the week:

21 After preaching the Good News in Derbe and making many disciples, Paul and Barnabas returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch of Pisidia,

Acts 14:21

Thank you so much for investing in the lives of your Jr Highs each week!

Josh

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Jr High Parents’ Update – March 24th

Posted by on Mar 24, 2015 in Featured, Parents | 0 comments

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This week we’ll continue on with our series, Whats His Name. A couple of weeks ago, David Looby shared his thoughts on Paul’s Conversion, pointing out the importance of that moment in Saul/Paul’s life. It changed everything!

As we continue on, this week we’ll discuss Paul’s attitude and how it changed so significantly. Can you imagine if someone in your life, who you believe to be incredibly far from God and from a relationship with Him, had an incredible moment and made a decision to follow Christ? How incredible would that be! That’s what happened to Saul that day on the road to damascus, and it was so incredible that even the disciples were sure whether or not to believe it. This attitude change was so incredible that Saul would need a change in name, and he would become Paul. He immediately began to share Christ’s gospel with everyone he came in contact with, planting churches, lifting up other believers, and giving everything that he had to Christ and His Church.

We can learn so much from Paul! Our attitudes are often pretty bad when it comes to our relationship with Christ. Some things that we’re called to are hard, and our attitudes sometimes reflect that. But if we can have an attitude change like Paul had, even on a much more basic level, there is no stopping what we can do for Christ, and His Church!

Tonight, let’s remind our students of that, and help them to recognize the power that their attitude has over them.

Here are the follow-up questions that our students will be discussing in small groups:

Question 1: Can you think of a time that your attitude needed to be changed, and once it was, it completely changed something that you were trying to do?

Question 2:  Have you experienced someone who’s attitude is constantly terrible? What was that person like to be around?

Question 3: If you’re comfortable sharing with the group, what is your attitude like right now when it comes to your relationship with God? Is it good or bad?

Question 4: A What do you think your life would look like if you had a great attitude towards your relationship with Christ? Talk about the idea of “fruit” in your lives, and what “fruit” would suddenly appear.

Question 5: As a small group, how can you encourage each other to have good attitudes when it comes to your relationship with Christ? How do you keep each other accountable?

Here is our key verse for the week:

26 When he came to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple. 27 But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus. 28 So Saul stayed with them and moved about freely in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord.

Acts 9:26-28

Thank you so much for investing in the lives of your Jr Highs each week!

Josh

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Sr High Parent’s Update – Feb 4th

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in Featured, Parents, Youth Workers | 0 comments

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Week 1 – Love is …

 February 4th

 

 

 

 

 

Main Thing…

It is so important to gain a healthy biblical view on these important topics in order to combat the lies that the media feeds you. Love is not hormones, feelings, or lust. Love is designed by God and we must understand what scripture says about it in order to understand it fully.

  

Scratch the Surface…

  • High’s and lows
  • What is your favourite cartoon love story?

  

Dig a Little Deeper…

  • Was there anything that stuck out to you from tonight’s message?
  • What are some things that love is not …
  • What does the bible teach that love is …
  • What does it mean in the bible when it says “do not awaken love before it so desires?”
  • Sexual sin starts with a thought … what does that mean?

Personal…

  • You could talk about your own journey honouring God in this area
  • You could share your thoughts on what to do to strive for purity and holiness

Applications…

  • Pray with your group
  • Is there anyone who wants prayer in this area?

Key Scriptures and thoughts…

1 Corinthians 6:18-20

“Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.  Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”

Ephesians 5:31

“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”

 

Exodus 20:14

“Do not commit adultery”

 

Song of Songs 3:5

“Do not awaken love until it so desires.”

 

Song of Songs 8:7

“Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away.”

 

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”

 

Song of Songs 8:6

 Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame.

 

 

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Jr High Parents’ Update – Feb 3rd

Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 in Featured, Parents | 0 comments

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This is the month that we’ve all been waiting for! The week that we do our best to help our Jr High students through the world of dating, relationships, love and sex that they are starting to face on a constant basis.

This week we want to tackle this idea of why we have to talk about it. Though these topics can be very uncomfortable for a lot of our students, the reality is that they are facing these questions on a constant basis at school, and with their friends. Our goal is to allow for vertical learning (hearing about these topics from adults who are more mature in their faith), rather than horizontal learning (hearing about these topics from their peers only, and people who are far from mature in their faith).

Culture around us often tells us things that are absolute lies. From music, to movies and TV, we see so many skewed views of what relationships are, and the cheapness of them. We want to do our best to point our students towards Christ, and the example of true love that he set before us.

This month, don’t be afraid to share your experiences, so that our students see first hand that they aren’t alone in their questions and concerns.

Here are the follow-up questions that our students will be discussing in small groups:

Question 1: What do you know about dating? Do you have many friends that are currently in relationships?

Question 2:  What do your friends, whether they’re in relationships or not, say about dating?

Question 3: Do you think relationships are something that we need to talk about? Why or why not?

Question 4: How would you describe a healthy relationship? Do you have any examples of people around you (friends, leaders, parents, etc.) that you would say have healthy relationships?

Question 5: Though Christ was not in a dating relationship with anyone, what do you think He taught us about relationships and dating?

Thank you so much for investing in the lives of your Jr Highs each week!

Josh

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Sr High Parent’s Update – Jan 28th

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Featured, Parents, Youth Workers | 0 comments

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I’m So Confused

Week 3 – Clay

January 28th

 

  

 

 

 

Main Thing …

One of the most powerful analogies in the Bible that relates to our growth and transformation is the analogy of the potter and the clay. The bible says that God is the potter and that we are the clay. Immersing ourselves in regular and daily scripture reading is one of the fundamental ways that we can allow God to begin to mold and shape us into who he wants us to be. Without the regular bible reading we become hard and stubborn, pushing back against God’s hand.

 

Scratch the Surface…

  • High’s and lows
  • Did you ever try eating modeling clay when you were a kid?

 

Dig a Little Deeper…

  • In what way can we, as humans, be compared to clay?
  • Why is soft clay easier to work with than hard clay?
  • How does the water help make the hard clay soft?
  • How can you apply all this to your life?
  • How important is daily scripture in your life?
  • Do you find it difficult to set aside time for the Bible?
    • What is the hardest part about setting aside time?

 

Personal…

  • You could talk about your own journey with reading your Bible
  • You could share your struggles with having a hard heart

 

Applications…

  • Pray with your group
  • Is there anyone who wants God to mold and shape their lives more?

 

Key Scriptures and thoughts…

 

Isaiah 64:8

But now, O Lord, You are our Father, We are the Clay and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your Hand.

 

Jeremiah 18

So I went to the potter’s house, and sure enough, the potter was there, working away at his wheel. Whenever the pot the potter was working on turned out badly, as sometimes happens when you are working with clay, the potter would simply start over and use the same clay to make another pot.

 

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Jr High Parent’s Update – Jan

Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in Featured, Parents | 0 comments

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So what next? Jesus promised the Holy Spirit, and the disciples/early Church experienced the coming of the Holy Spirit, but what’s next? How does it affect us today? These questions are exactly what we’ll be challenging our students with tonight. We want them to understand that they have the exact same opportunity that the early Church had when the Holy Spirit first came.

Access to the Holy Spirit is equal to all of us, once we have a relationship with Christ, but every day we have to call upon the Holy Spirit to fill us anew. Our relationship with the Holy Spirit is something that we must continue to maintain, almost like a fire in the middle of the forest. We must continue to ask the Holy Spirit to help us feed the fire so that it does not fade out in our lives.

This week we want to present this to our students as something that should be important to them. This power that the Holy Spirit offers us is something that we want each of our students to be aware of, and conscious of. This may be a week filled with tough questions, but embrace it this week!

Here are the follow-up questions that our students will be discussing in small groups:

Question 1: Can you think of anything in your life that you constantly have to maintain? Is it worth the time to maintain it in the end?

Question 2: Do you think it’s worth they effort to maintain a relationship with the Holy Spirit in your life? Why or why not?

Question 3: What types of things in your life do you think can happen when you constantly maintain the Holy Spirit in your life?

Question 4: How do you plan on allowing the Holy Spirit to take over the way that you tell people about Christ?

Question 5: How can you encourage each other in your small group to maintain the Holy Spirit in your lives weekly?

Out Key Verse:

2 All at once there was a sound from heaven like a powerful wind. It filled the house where they were sitting. 3 Then they saw tongues which were divided that looked like fire. These came down on each one of them. 4 They were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they began to speak in other languages which the Holy Spirit made them able to speak.

Acts 2:2-4

Thank you so much for investing in the lives of your Jr Highs each week!

Josh

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Sr High Parent’s Update – Jan 21st

Posted by on Jan 21, 2015 in Featured, Parents, Youth Workers | 0 comments

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I’m So Confused

Week 2 – Cannonball

January 21st

 

 

 

 

 

 

Main Thing …

Perhaps during all this cold weather and snow, you have dreamed a little bit about those hot and sunny days of summer. A summer would not be complete without the opportunity to jump off a diving board and do a massive cannonball into a pool. Reading the Bible is very much like jumping into a pool. There is a huge difference between dipping your toes in and doing a cannonball. We will be exploring some ways that we can dive into scripture and discover how it can have a huge impact on our lives. 

Scratch the Surface…

  • High’s and lows
  • What do you miss about summer?

 Dig a Little Deeper…

  • What are some reasons why reading your Bible is like doing a cannonball?
  • Why do you think that reading your Bible is important?
  • What are some challenges to reading your Bible?
  • How is reading your Bible similar to eating food?
  • How does the Holy Spirit help us when we read the Bible?
  • How does reading the Bible change your perspective?

 Personal…

  • You could talk about your own journey with reading your Bible
  • You could share your struggles with reading your Bible

 Applications…

  • Pray with your group
  • Is there anyone who wants to read more and wants to pray about it?

 Key Scriptures and thoughts…

2 Timothy 3:16

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,”

Psalm 119:105

“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”

Psalm 119:11

“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”

John 17:17

“Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.”

Matthew 4:4

“Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Matthew 5:6

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”

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