Sr High Parents Update – Sept 21st

Date:Sep 22, 2011 Ages: Price: Type: Location:

Parents,

We had a great time last night at FUEL Sr High.  This has been the strongest year so far since coming to NorthPark.  There is definitely a momentum that is happening and we just want to continue to build on it as the year goes forward.  If you are interested, please take a look at some of the small group material that your students may have covered last night.

 

Kevin

 

 

How close do I live to the line?

Sept 21 2011

 

Leaders,

Once we define the line, cross the line, and follow Christ there are constant temptation to go back over that line and dabble in sins of the past or experiment with things that we know are wrong.  The huge battles that many teenagers face lies within the question: “How close do I live to the line?”  They need to be reminded that a Christian life is one that is marked by a journey towards becoming like Christ and also a journey away from sin.  God desires that His children would not “sit on the fence” about their faith, but that we would pursue Him wholeheartedly and move as far away from the line as possible.

 

Goals

One goal is to remind the students to not “sit on the fence” about their faith, but to challenge them to run after God with everything that they have.

It is also our goal to look at 3 different ways of viewing our walk with God (Journey, Race, Pursuit), and inspire them to run after God.

 

Conversation Starters …

Ask your group to share a high/low of the past week

Ask if they have an embarrassing moment like Kevin described (climbing the fence)

 

Dig a little deeper …

Describe in your own words what it means to “sit on the fence”?

What are some reasons why Christian teenagers chose to live “on the fence” about their faith?

Do you have any other ways of describing your walk with God other than a Journey, Race, or Pursuit?

What analogy do you best relate to and why?

Why do you think that God describes it as a “narrow road” in Matthew 7:13-14?

Do you think that in order to pursue God, you need to be turning away from sin, or are the 2 things unrelated?

 

Personal …

You could share part of your own journey that supports tonight’s topic

 

Applications …

You could pray specifically for those in your group who want to pursue God wholeheartedly, but know that it is going to be tough

You could pray for friends who do not have relationship with Christ

You could remind your group that they do not have to walk through this alone and be supportive to each other

 

Scriptures …

Journey

13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”  Matthew 7:13-14

Race

1 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”  Hebrews 11:1-3

Pursuit

13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Jer 29:13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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