Jr High Parents Update – Apr 2nd

Posted by on Apr 3, 2013 in Featured, Parents | 0 comments

Parents,

This was the third week of our It’s a Miracle series. So far we had touched on when Jesus healed the Centurion’s son and when Jesus healed the man at the pool of Bethesda. This week we moved into one of the more notable and famous miracles in the New Testament, when Jesus and His disciples feed the five thousand. Most times when we read this story, we only see the way that Jesus feeds everyone, but normally we don’t notice the way that Jesus leads his disciples to perform the miracle. Jesus points out to His disciples that the people are hungry, and then Andrew notices that there is a boy in the crowd with bread and fish. From there, Jesus enables His disciples to hand out the food until everyone is fed. I love the idea in this story that Jesus is enabling His disciples to help perform the miracle. We see in this story that Jesus was a humble and selfless leader, who was continuously showing his disciples what it meant to be a leader.

 

Here are the follow-up questions that I had their small groups leaders ask:

Question 1: Who in your life would you say is a selfless leader? What characteristics do they show? Why would you consider them selfless?

Question 2: What do you think was so significant about Jesus allowing His disciples to lead? What do you think it meant to the disciples for the future?

Question 3: What are some areas that you can see yourself leading in? Would you consider yourself a leader, or would you consider yourself a follower?

Question 4: How can you see yourself using these character traits that Jesus has showed us to become a better leader, and even a better person? What are some steps that you can take to start?

Out Key Verse:

10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). 11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.

John 6:10-11

Here are three things you can be praying for this week:

1. That our students would understand the importance of knowing about the Character of Jesus, and how they can mirror His character.

2. That our students would be encouraged to dig into God’s word on a daily basis and learn more about Christ.

3. That you would have the courage and strength to walk step by step with your Jr Highs as they engage in this journey.

Thank you so much for the example that you set week after week.

Josh

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