Jr High Parents’ Update – May 12th

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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

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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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