Jr High Parents’ Update – April 14th

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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!


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