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!


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