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Jr High Parents’ Update – Jan 20th

Posted by on Jan 20, 2015 in Featured, Parents | 0 comments

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The moment is finally here! The moment that Jesus had promised to His disciples. The moment where the early Church is born. The moment where the disciples are filled with the Holy Spirit. And what an epic moment it must have been! Luke does a great job of describing the imagery from this amazing scene, with the idea of wind and fire coming from heaven, and everyone speaking different languages. Wow!

This week we want to do our best to help our students understand what exactly the Holy Spirit does within us, and how It helps us to fully accomplish God’s plan. We’ll be focusing in on what the Holy Spirit is, and what exactly it does.

Sometimes with this talk of the Holy Spirit there comes some confusion. I urge you to seek guidance from the Holy Spirit this week as you answer difficult

questions, and help our students to comprehend this deep, yet incredibly powerful subject.

Here are the follow-up questions that our students will be discussing in small groups:

Question 1: Have you ever seen the power of something first hand and couldn’t believe what you were watching? Maybe it’s a power tool, or someone who was really strong? What was it like?

Question 2: Do you think you’ve witnessed the power of the Holy Spirit within someone else’s life before? Was anything different about them?

Question 3: What types of things do you think change when someone is using the power of the Holy Spirit?

Question 4: Do you think we need the power of the Holy Spirit to accomplish God’s plan? Why do you think that?

Question 5: Why do you think the Church came to life when the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples?

Out Key Verse:

2 All at once there was a sound from heaven like a powerful wind. It filled the house where they were sitting. 3 Then they saw tongues which were divided that looked like fire. These came down on each one of them. 4 They were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they began to speak in other languages which the Holy Spirit made them able to speak.

Acts 2:2-4

Thank you so much for investing in the lives of your Jr Highs each week!

Josh

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Sr High Parent’s Update Jan 14th

Posted by on Jan 14, 2015 in Featured, Parents, Youth Workers | 0 comments

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I’m So Confused

Week 1 – Go Against the Flow

January 14th

 

 

 

 

Main Thing …

If you are ready for an earful from a teenager, just ask them the question: “What is on your mind?” The truth is that you will likely get a long list of things because there are so many things going on in the mind of a teenager, and the end result of that conversation might be … “I’m so confused.” God teaches us that if we fix our mind on the truth found in scripture that we would be able to navigate through the confusion. We will be studying the scripture and why it is important, and why it is so critical to our daily pursuit of God.

Scratch the Surface…

  • High’s and lows
  • How was the holiday?
  • New Year’s resolution/goals?

Dig a Little Deeper…

  • Have you ever seen salmon swimming upstream?
  • What are some of the biblical standards that “go against the flow” of society?
  • Just like the intro video tonight … What is on your mind?
  • Romans 12:2 What is the difference between “transform and conform?”
  • Why do you think personal time with God each day is important?
  • Talk this through …
    • “Personal time with God is super simple but super difficult”

Personal…

  • You could talk about your own journey of your personal time with God
  • You could share how you spend time with God

Applications…

  • Pray with your group
  • Are there any of you who want to make this a part of your daily routine?

Key Scriptures and thoughts…

Romans 12:2

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

These people set and example by going against the flow

  • Moses – Led Israel out of Egypt
  • SMA – Everyone bowed down, they didn’t
  • Jesus – Everyone fighting to be in charge and Jesus washed their feet
  • David – Everyone was scared to fight Goliath, but not David
  • Noah – Everyone made fun of him, but He obeyed God and built a boat

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Matt 22:37-38

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your heart and with all your mind.”

 

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Jr High Parents’ Update – Jan 13th

Posted by on Jan 13, 2015 in Featured, Parents | 0 comments

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Have you ever known that you were going to receive a great gift, but you had to wait to actually get it? You had no idea where, or how you were going to get this gift, but you knew it was coming.

In the book of Luke, written by Luke, we see Jesus’ birth, ministry, miracles, death and resurrection, and Luke knew that wasn’t enough and so he wrote Acts, the continuation of his first book. Acts is all about Jesus’ ascension to heaven, and his promise to the disciples. “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.” The disciples know that they are going to receive this amazing gift! The power to do what Jesus has called them all to do: Tell people about the gospel.

In this series we’re going to talk about what the holy spirit is, the anticipation the disciples must have been feeling, the excitement when it finally came upon them, and what they were then instructed to do with it.

This week we’re going to start things off with this idea of anticipation, and to help our students understand the importance of what was to come!

Here are the follow-up questions that our students will be discussing in small groups:

Question 1: What is something that you knew was coming, but didn’t know when, or where or how? What was that feeling of anticipation like?

Question 2: Do you like the anticipation of waiting to get something? Or do you hate it?

Question 3: Do you think it was important for the disciples to have to anticipate the coming of the holy spirit?

Question 4: What kinds of things does the Bible prepare us for in our walks with Christ? Give some examples.

Question 5: Why do you think the Holy Spirit was such an important gift for the
disciples?

Out Key Verse:

8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes into your life. You will tell about Me in the city of Jerusalem and over all the countries of Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth.”

Acts 1:8

Thank you so much for investing in the lives of your Jr Highs each week!

Josh

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Jr High Parents’ Update – Dec 2nd

Posted by on Dec 2, 2014 in Featured, Parents | 0 comments

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Isn’t Christmas time just the most spectacular time of year? The lights, the decorations, the food, the gifts, the time with family? I think most of us would agree that it is one of the best times of year. Unlike any other holiday, Christmas really consumes us for entire month of December, and more, making sure that everything is ready to go, and looking nice. It’s amazing! 

Last week, we talked about how Jesus’ birth was a humble birth. The son of God being born in a manger, humbly, and absolutely relatable to most people. Tonight we want to talk about how Spectacular Jesus’ birth was, specifically the moment when the shepherds witness the great host of angels in the sky above, saying “Glory to God in the highest”. What a spectacular scene, following such a spectacular birth. During this Christmas season, we want to remember truly why we allow Christmas to consume us, and why this spectacular moment means so much to us as a Church body. 

Here are the follow-up questions that our students will be discussing in small groups:

Question 1 What do you think the shepherds were thinking when they first saw the angel who spoke to them, and then the vast host of angels in the sky above? What would be going through your minds?

Question 2: Do you remember the shepherds’ reactions? They knew that they had to see what had happened. What was it about this moment that made them so excited to see what had happened?

Question 3: What does the word spectacular mean to you? How does it affect your relationship with God? What goes through your mind when you think about Jesus’ spectacular birth?

Question 4: What are some ways that we can thank God for Christ’s spectacular birth? Do you think it’s important to be thankful for such an amazing event?

Out Key Verse:

13 Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in highest heaven,

    and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”

Luke 2:8-15 (NLT)

Thank you so much for investing in the lives of your Jr Highs each week!

Josh

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Sr High Parent’s Update – November 19th

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Featured, Parents, Youth Workers | 0 comments

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GOD IN US

Week 1 – God is Powerful

Samson

 November 19th

 

 

 

 

 

Main Thing …

It is clear in Scripture and as you look at the world around you, that God is Powerful.  As you look at the life of Samson, you see God’s power at work in his life.  It is cool to see how Samson reflected God’s power in his own life.  If God is powerful, then how should we live differently?  If God is powerful, then what can we do to see more of God’s power at work in our own lives?

 

Scratch the Surface…

  • High’s and lows
  • Ummm … arm wrestling match … obviously

 

Dig a Little Deeper…

  • Talk about some powerful things that God has done
  • What are some powerful things that Samson did?
  • Talk through these points that we learned from Samson’s life and apply them to your own life

o   When you go through a battle you will be drained, but God will restore you

o   God is powerful so find your strength in Him

o   God is powerful, does not mean that you are invincible

  • Think deep … If God is Powerful, then why doesn’t He just “fix” all the chaos in this world?

o   Why doesn’t He answer all our prayers?

o   Why doesn’t He help people who are starving, or in really rough situations

o   (you probably will not “fully” answer these questions, but it is good to wrestle with it)

Personal…

  • You could share about a time when you saw God’s power at work in your life
  • You could talk about a time when you prayed for something and it didn’t happen and how you dealt with that

Applications…

  • Pray with your group
  • Are there any ways that you can live different this week because God is Powerful?

Key Scriptures and thoughts…

John answered them all, “I baptize you with water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.Luke 3:16

 The hand of the Lord is powerful and so that you might always fear the Lord your God.” Joshua 4:24

 “About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. Luke 24:19

 With a strong hand and an outstretched arm, for his steadfast love endures forever. Psalm 136:12

 He is wise in heart and mighty in strength. Job 9:4

It is he who made the earth by his power. Jeremiah 10:12

 

 

 

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Jr High Parents’ Update – Nov 18th

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Featured, Parents | 0 comments

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Knowing Christ changes us. Paul talks about this in Ephesians, when he tells the church in Ephesus to “throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life” and to “let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes”. It’s out with the old, and in with the new. That is our desire as Jr High students and leaders, that our hearts and minds would change as God transforms us. This week, it’s all about New Life! 

Have you ever had a moment in your life that completely changed the outlook of your life? A friendship, a goal you scored, a movie gets released? Well Paul has one of the best examples of this in the New Testament, where he changes from a man with intense hatred for Christians, to someone who spent his life trying to spread Christ’s gospel, all because of a moment on an old dusty road. 

This week we want our students to reflect on where they are when it comes to this statement; “Out with the old, in with the new”. Have they thrown off their old sinful nature, and have they let the Spirit renew their thoughts and attitudes?

Here are the follow-up questions that our students will be discussing in small groups:

Question 1 Back to the question Josh asked tonight; Have you ever had a moment in your life that completely changed everything? 

Question 2: Why do think that Paul thought it was so necessary to tell the church in Ephesus that they needed to make sure that it was out with the old and in with the new? How did it relate to his moment on the road when he met Jesus? 

Question 3: What is something in your life that you’ve had to let go of since you excepted Christ into your life? Why did you feel you had to let go of it? 

Question 4: What is something that changed for the better, and made you more like God, since you excepted Christ into your life? 

Out Key Verse:

20 But that isn’t what you learned about Christ. 21 Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, 22 throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.

Ephesians 4:20-24 (NLT)

Thank you so much for investing in the lives of your Jr Highs each week!

Josh

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Sr High Parent’s Update – Nov 12th

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Featured, Parents, Youth Workers | 0 comments

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GOD IN US

Week 1 – God is Sovereign

Joseph

 Nov 12th

 

 

 

 

 

Main Thing …

It is clear in Scripture that God is Sovereign and He is in control of everything that happens.  This is something that the Old Testament character Joseph new very well.  He lived his life knowing that God is Sovereign.  What are some lessons that he learned?  How can we live our lives differently knowing that God is Sovereign?

 

 

Scratch the Surface…

  • High’s and lows
  • Do you get along with your siblings?
  • Can you recall any epic sibling battles or rivalries that are worth sharing?

 

Dig a Little Deeper…

  • Explain this in your own words

o   God is Sovereign

  • Talk through these points and apply them to your life

o   God is sovereign and you can submit your dreams to God

o   The fact that God is sovereign does not mean that your life is going to be perfect

o   The fact that God is sovereign means that grace trumps everything

o   Because God is Sovereign, you only have an audience of 1

  • Think deep … If God is Sovereign, what are some things that just don’t make sense in this world … ?

o   Example “If God is Sovereign, then why _______________?”

 

Personal…

  • You could share about a time when you were really tested in your faith and had to trust God
  • You could talk about how you have submitted your dreams to God so far in your life

 

Applications…

  • Pray with your group
  • Are there any ways that you can live different this week because God is Sovereign?

 

Key Scriptures and thoughts…

 

God is above all things and before all things. He is the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end. He is immortal, and He is present everywhere so that everyone can know Him

(Revelation 21:6)

God created all things and holds all things together, both in heaven and on earth, both visible and invisible

(Colossians 1:16)

God knows all things past, present, and future. There is no limit to His knowledge, for God knows everything completely before it even happens

(Romans 11:33).

Genesis 37-50

 

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Jr High Parents’ Update – Nov 11

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in Featured, Parents | 0 comments

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Tonight we conclude our series on building our foundations. We’ve talked about three incredibly important pieces of the foundation already, outreach, scripture and worship. Tonight we finish it off with our final piece, prayer. 

We want to remind our students tonight about the importance of communicating with God. We are going to highlight three things about prayer: 1. The importance of communication, and spending time with God. 2. Making time, and space to listen for God’s voice. 3. Recognizing reminders in our lives to spend time with God.

We’ve got our 2nd small group night of the fall, and so the questions don’t necessarily need to be asked the way that I have them laid out, but I want to encourage all of our small groups to focus in on very practical ideas of how we can spend time with God, make space and time to listen for God’s voice, and to recognize when we need to talk to God, and spend time with Him.

Here are the follow-up questions that our students will be discussing in small groups:

Question 1 How do you communicate with your friends? Why do you think it is important to communicate with those friends? What happens to your relationship when you don’t communicate? 

Question 2: Why do you think it’s important to create time and space to communicate with God? Do you think God can speak to us through the earthquakes and fires?

Question 3: What kind of reminders can you think of that you have during your week that help you remember to spend time with God? 

Question 4: Like most of these pieces of our foundation, we can’t do it alone. How can you keep each other accountable to spending this time with God? 

Out Key Verse:

And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.

1 Kings 19:12b-13 (NLT)

Thank you so much for investing in the lives of your Jr Highs each week!

Josh

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Jr High Parents’ Update – Nov 4th

Posted by on Nov 4, 2014 in Featured, Parents | 0 comments

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This week we add another piece to the strong foundation that we’ve been building over the past few weeks. We’ve talked about Outreach and Scripture, and this week we move on to the third part of our foundation – Worship. I was originally going to talk about both Worship and Prayer as part of tonight’s teaching, but after putting together my notes, I realized that I am definitely going to have to split it up into two weeks. There is just so much to talk about when it comes to worship. 

One of the main goals of tonight will be to demonstrate to our students that worship is not only music. This is one of the hardest ideas to overcome, because of the specific music and signing time that we have devoted to church, and FUEL each week. We are going to help our students to continue to understand that worship is adoration and reverence for God, and more often than not, requires our sacrifice. It’s about giving EVERYTHING. So even when we sing in worship to God, we want our students to understand the importance of giving everything.

When discussing tonights topic, don’t be afraid to be vulnerable with your students, talking about some of your own answers to the questions. 

Here are the follow-up questions that our students will be discussing in small groups:

Question 1 What are some things that you know are harder to give up to God on a regular basis? Is it your money, your time, your energy? 

Question 2: Do you think God requires our worship? What do you think that our worship does for God? 

Question 3: How do you think that we can get away from the idea that worship is only about singing? Do you think that this makes singing a bad thing, or should we keep doing it? 

Question 4: What do you think that you can do to make worship part of your everyday life? How can you keep each other accountable as a small group? 

Out Key Verse:

23 But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. 24 For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”

John 4:23-24 (NLT)

Thank you so much for investing in the lives of your Jr Highs each week!

Josh

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Sr High Parent’s Update – Oct 29th

Posted by on Oct 29, 2014 in Featured, Parents, Youth Workers | 0 comments

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INFLUENCE

Week 4 – Why we love the church

October 29th

 

 

 

 

 

Main Thing …

As you drive around the city of London, you will see many different churches with various names and backgrounds and beliefs.  It is important to understand why the church is established, and what NorthPark is all about and what your role is in the church.  Church will have a huge impact throughout your life and it is important to know why we do what we do.

 

Scratch the Surface…

  • High’s and lows
  • Can you guess how many church services that you have been to since you were born?

 

Dig a Little Deeper…

  • What are some reasons why people go to church? Both good and bad
  • How do you think that coming to church has an impact on your life?
  • Read 1 Cor 12:12-31 and talk about ways that you think you can contribute to the church as the “body of Christ.”

 

Personal…

  • You could share about reasons why you serve the church the way you do
  • You could talk about concerns that you have with “church,” but how you work through that

 

Applications…

  • Pray with your group that God would help us in this area
  • Talk about ways that you can “love the church” this week

 

Key Scriptures …

 

 

John 13:34-35

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

1 Cor 12:12

” Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.”

Hebrews 10:24-25

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

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