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Jr High Parents Update – November 19th

Posted by on Nov 19, 2013 in Featured, Parents | 0 comments

Parents,

This week we start our Christmas series! I can’t believe how fast time has flown, but we’re only five Tuesday nights away from our two week Christmas break! Our Christmas series this year is titled Born in a Barn, and will cover three different figures from the Christmas story, Mary, Joseph and of course, Jesus. The goal is not only to familiarize some of our students to the Christmas story, but to also connect them to it. There are so many ways that we can relate to this story, and find truth in it, and so through teaching, small groups and a service project that we’ll be doing this week. This week as we talk about Mary, we’ll be able to see someone who was totally selfless and humble in her decision making, and see that God used her because He knew her heart, and he was able to prepare her for the difficult things to come. This series will allow us to explore the Christmas story together and help it to be relevant and impacting on the lives of our Jr High students through the months of November and December.

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

Question 1: What do you know about the Christmas story? What do you think about it?

Question 2: How much, before tonight, did you know about Mary? What did you know about her?

Question 3: What do you think you can learn from Mary’s story? What were the things that allowed her to be used by God?

Question 4: What are some ways that you think you can be used by God? Do you feel like it’s likely, or unlikely that God will use you? Why?

Out Key Verse:

38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.”

Luke 1:38a

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

1. That our students would know their worth, and that they would feel enabled to serve and be used by God every day of their lives.

2. That as parents, you would also feel enabled to serve regularly as an example to your children.

3. That our leaders would be help to explain the importance of the Christmas story to our Jr Highs during this series.

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

Josh

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Sr High Parents Update – November 13th

Posted by on Nov 12, 2013 in Featured, Parents, Youth Workers | 0 comments

HEALING: Does God Heal Today?

Nov 13th, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parents,

We have all been sick and we know people who have been sick before.  It is clear in scripture that Jesus healed people.  He healed blind people, paralyzed people and many others. In a world where so many people are sick it is so important to talk through the question: “Does God heal today?”

 

Goals…

  • To get to know your group and build relationships
  • To encourage discussion about what we learned tonight
  • To challenge the students to pursue relationship with God

Conversation Starters…

  • High’s and lows
  • Did anything stick out to you from tonight’s message?

Dig a Little Deeper…

QUESTION #1 “What is your most embarrassing moment?”

  • Review Krystal’s story of cancer and God healing her
  • Healing is in God’s character
  • Jesus healed people when He walked on the earth
  • God heals people today

QUESTION #2 “Do you believe that God heals people today?  Why or why not?

  • God’s Kingdom is the concept of God’s rule and authority
  • We have a great system of physicians and medicine – God is in that and uses that too
  •  “Now and Not yet”
    • God’s Kingdom is here and is still coming … talk this through
    • List some people who were healed in the Bible
    • God invites us to pray for healing for people today
    • Talk about the Barber “Deuy” who’s back was healed
    • Sometimes when we pray God heals people, sometimes He doesn’t
    • The bottom line is that God invites us to pray
    • If God does not heal, it is no reason to think it is because of a lack of faith or that God doesn’t love us or that God is mad at us

QUESTION #3 “Take a few minutes to talk about any experiences you’ve had with praying for healing.  Share any stories you have heard about God healing someone”

  • Some things to remember when praying for someone’s healing
    • God does the healing not us
    • Pray in the name of Jesus
    • Laying on hands
    • Follow God’s leading when praying
    • Ask if they feel anything different
    • When we pray for no one … no one gets healed, but when we pray for everyone … some people get healed

Personal…

  • You could share about God healing you or someone you know
  • You could share about when someone prayed for you and nothing happened
  • You could share how you prayed for someone’s healing

Applications…

  • Pray with your students for healing
  • Pray for others that need to be healed
  • Encourage them to pray for others to be healed

Key Scriptures and Quotes…

Rev 21:1

Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth

Matt 9:35

Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.

Matt 10:1  

Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.

Luke 10:9  

Heal the sick who are there and tell them, The kingdom of God has come near to you.

1 cor 12

Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit,

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Jr High Parents Update – November 12th

Posted by on Nov 12, 2013 in Featured, Parents | 0 comments

Parents,

Time and time again, I find myself in awe of the way that God’s Word is constantly affecting my life, changing my perception on certain things, helping me to reflect on my own circumstances and so much more. It seems that the more that I read, though some things are solidified in my mind, I’m constantly learning and seeing different things in scripture. In the book of Hebrews, we see the author say that God’s Word is alive and active, and I believe that to be true in my own life, as well as in the lives of our students. For the Word of God to be active in my own life, that means that I need to give God the opportunity to speak to me through his Word. The times where I can sit down and take time to reflect on the scripture that I’m reading, rather than just power through, the more God is able to speak to me and show me truth that relates to my own life, and my own circumstances. I want that to be true in the lives of our Jr Highs. I want to make sure we, as leaders, can do the best we can to show our students the importance of allowing God to speak through his living and active Word. Tonight we’ll tackle this difficult issue head on, and do our best to give as many examples and stories of how God’s Word is living and active.

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

Question 1: Were you able to think about some more verses, books of the Bible, or stories that are important to you? What did you write on the paper?

Question 2: Have you ever had a time in your life where the Bible has been able to help you in any sort of situation or circumstance that you’ve had? What was it?

Question 3: Do you think that the Bible can be “active and living” in today’s World? Do you think that we have a part to play?

Question 4: Are you willing to make some sort of commitment to making sure you are reading your Bible more often and listening to what God has to say through His scripture? What will it be?

Out Key Verse:

For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.

Hebrews 4:12

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

1. That our students would begin to thirst for God’s word daily.

2. That as parents, you would be able to model that same thirst in your every day lives.

3. That our leaders would be able to teach our students the concept of God’s living and active word.

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

Josh

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Sr High Parents Update – November 6th

Posted by on Nov 6, 2013 in Featured, Parents, Youth Workers | 0 comments

EVIL: How can I resist Evil?

Nov 6th, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parents,

It is very clear and obvious that there is darkness and evil in this world all around us.  God calls us to be a light in this dark world.  In Romans 12:21 God says: “Do not be overcome by evil, overcome evil with good.”  It is so important to talk through the question: “How can I resist evil?”

 

Goals…

  • To get to know your group and build relationships
  • To encourage discussion about what we learned tonight
  • To challenge the students to pursue relationship with God

Conversation Starters…

  • High’s and lows
  • Did anything stick out to you from tonight’s message?

Dig a Little Deeper…

QUESTION #1 “What is your favorite Super Villain?”

  • There are many different thoughts of what the Devil is like and the only reliable source to answer that question is the Bible
  • The Bible teaches us that there is a spiritual evil in the world and we need to stand against it
  • What are some evidences of the evil in the world today?
  • The devil has a clear plan: He lies, tempts and he accuses
  • How is sin and temptation like “the bug and the bug zapper” or a “choc cake?”
  • What is the difference between God’s voice of conviction and the Devil’s voice of condemnation?

QUESTION #2 “What are some common lies that people believe about themselves? Or about God?

  • The fight between God and Satan is a fixed fight … God has already won
  • We can stand up to the lies of Satan by filling our lives with truth
  • The enemy is a liar, but God’s Word is truth
  • You are forgiven, you are loved, and the love God has for you is new every day
  • When the word of God comes alive in us it is like a sword in this battle … what are some ways that we could use the Bible as a sword?
  • The enemy is defeated and he is going down swinging at as many people as possible … God’s Kingdom will prevail!

QUESTION #3 “What can people do to fight against evil in their lives and in the world?”

  • It wouldn’t be wise for us to ignore the Devil and pretend that he doesn’t exist, it also wouldn’t be wise for us to take too much interest in him
  • There are clear restrictions in the Bible of evil things that we should not get involved in because it will hurt us
  • If you have been involved in things like this in the past, it is important to seek forgiveness from God
  • We shine the light of Christ in the darkness of this world through our lives

Personal…

  • You could share how God has used you to be light in this dark world
  • You could share about some lies that you buy into sometimes and how you fight the lies of the enemy with God’s truth
  • You could share how God’s Word has helped you

Applications…

  • Pray with your students
  • Challenge them to resist sin and follow Christ

Key Scriptures and Quotes…

Ephesians 6:11-12

“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

John 10:10

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

Alpha guy

“Sin takes you further than you want to go, keeps you longer than you want to stay and costs you more than you want to pay.”

John 8:44

“he is a liar and the father of lies.”

Romans 12:21

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

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Sr High Parents Update – October 30th

Posted by on Oct 30, 2013 in Featured, Parents, Youth Workers | 0 comments

FOLLOW: How does God guide us into Full Life?

Oct 30, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parents,

Many people look at Christians and think that they can never have any fun and that they have a lame life and that they have to follow a bunch of boring lame rules.  The truth is that God wants to lead us into a full life, and the rules are there to help us and guide us rather than hold us back.  It is so important to talk through the question: “How does God lead us into Full life?”

 

Goals…

  • To get to know your group and build relationships
  • To encourage discussion about what we learned tonight
  • To challenge the students to pursue relationship with God

Conversation Starters…

  • High’s and lows
  • Did anything stick out to you from tonight’s message?

Dig a Little Deeper…

QUESTION #1 “Have you ever been lost before? What happened?”

  • Read Romans 12:2
  • “Don’t let this world around you squeeze you into it’s mold”
  • God doesn’t want to steal your fun, but lead you into a Full Life
  • Review the story of the kids playing grounders … ever have a situation like that where you just knew the right thing to do?
  • Review the story of the friend who heard from God and they guy who was going to kill himself … has anything like that happened to you?

QUESTION #2 “Are God’s instructions old fashioned and irrelevant or do they still matter today?”

  • Following Jesus leads us into a whole new way of living
  • Sex is very powerful and we need to be careful to be obedient in this area
    • In what ways are you being tempted to compromise sexually?
    • God leads us and guides us through many different ways such as: leading of the Holy Spirit, others, bible, and our conscience

QUESTION #3 “How do you feel about the idea that God has a plan for your life?”

  • Think of a soccer game with no rules …  imagine the chaos
  • God gives us boundaries so that we can live life to the fullest
  • God’s instructions don’t restrict us; they make us free
  • God knows what is best for you
  • Talk through psalm 23

Personal…

  • You could share how God has led you in your life
  • You could share about some regrets you have and how God has forgiven you
  • You could share some of your struggles with following God’s leading

Applications…

  • Pray with your students
  • Challenge them to live life to the fullest by following God

Key Scriptures and Quotes…

Romans 12:2

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

James 3:9-12

With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.

Acts 20:35

35 In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”

 

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3he refreshes my soul.  He guides me along the right path for his name’s sake Even though I walk through the darkest valley I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.  You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.  Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

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Jr High Update – October 29th

Posted by on Oct 29, 2013 in Featured, Parents | 0 comments

Parents,

This week we have a bit of a one off night. Like last week’s Turkey Olympics, we like to mix things up every once in a while to make sure that we are addressing the needs of our Jr High students. Last week we were happy to see many new faces after our students were encouraged to invite their friends out! This week we’ll be attempting to do our best to get a good gauge on where our students are at in life. We want to know how things are at home, how school is going, what is happening in their friendships, at sports etc. We’ll be placing a heavy emphasis on our small groups and making sure that our small group leaders are doing their best to engage with their students and build relationships.

Two things you can be praying for:

1. That our students would feel encouraged by this time, and feel free to open up to their small group leaders.

2. That both myself and our small group leaders will be able to get a good gauge of what our students are longing to learn every Tuesday night.

Thanks for praying for us this week!

As a quick reminder: Our parents night is coming up on Nov 12th, so please make sure you’re able to book this night off to be with us as we continue our conversation on the Before They Say Goodbye topic we started earlier this spring. All info is on the calendar on the Lovingthechaos.ca home page.

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Sr High Parents Update – October 23rd

Posted by on Oct 23, 2013 in Featured, Parents, Youth Workers | 0 comments

WORD: Why and How do I Read the Bible?

Oct 23, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parents,

The Bible is the best selling book of the year … every year.  There is no book more loved, more powerful, and more popular.  Some treat it like a magazine, or textbook, storybook, or even a comic.  The truth is that it is so much more than that.  The Bible is the Word of God written to us for encouragement, instruction and guidance.  With all this in mind, it is important for us to ask this question: Why and How do I read the Bible?  Here is an idea of what we will be discussing this week in small groups.

 

 

Goals…

  • To get to know your group and build relationships
  • To encourage discussion about what we learned tonight
  • To challenge the students to pursue relationship with God

Conversation Starters…

  • High’s and lows
  • Did anything stick out to you from tonight’s message?

Dig a Little Deeper…

QUESTION #1 “What is one of your favorite books or movies?”

  • The bible is a collections of books, written over a span of about 1500 years, by about 40 authors.
  • It is divided into 2 parts.  The Old Testament is before Jesus lived, and the New Testament was written after
  • The Bible is more than a book … it is miraculous
  • The Bible was written 100% by God and 100% by people … explain this?!?

 

QUESTION #2 “Do you think the Bible has purpose in the world today?  What might it be?”

  • The Bible is not just a book of rules … it is a message from God
  • If the Bible is like a big flashlight guiding us through life – how do you think it does that?
  • If you got a new car and all you did was read the manual and never drive the car, you would be missing out right?  How does this relate to the Bible?  What is the Bible’s purpose?
  • The main thing is discovering Jesus in it’s pages and discovering God through His Word

QUESTION #3 “Have you ever tried reading the Bible?  How did it go?

  • Here are 6 pointers … talk them through
  • Don’t flip and point – read through an entire book (John)
  • Genre matters – you need to know what type of book you are reading
  • Ask lots of questions – who was it written to? How does it apply today?
  • Pray – ask God for His help in understanding
  • Talk to people – ask people about what you are reading
  • Put it into practice – obey what it says

Personal…

  • You could share why you think that Bible reading is so important
  • You could share about some things that help you focus on reading your Bible
  • You could share some of your struggles with Bible reading

Applications…

  • Pray with your students
  • Talk about some goals in relation to developing consistent Bible reading

 

Key Scriptures and Quotes…

 

2 Tim 3:16

16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,

Einstein

“A legitimate conflict between religion and science cannot exist. Religion without science is blind, and science without religion is lame.”

Psalm 119:105

Your word is a lamp for my feet,
a light on my path.

Jeremiah 1:4-8

The word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” “Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.” But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.

One of the Alpha guys

“The bible is like a love letter to each one of us.”

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Sr High Parent’s Update – October 16th

Posted by on Oct 16, 2013 in Featured, Parents, Youth Workers | 0 comments

PRAYER: Why and How do I Pray?

Oct 16, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

Parents,

Prayer is a conversation with God.  That is a simple and easy concept, but yet it can be a challenge to so.  When first learning to pray it sometimes can feel funny, awkward, or weird or more like leaving a voicemail rather than a conversation.  The truth is that that we get the opportunity through what Jesus did for us on the cross to have conversation with God and that is a very exciting thing.  Let’s dive in tonight and wrestle with 3 questions: “Why do I pray? How do we pray? Do we always get what we ask for?”  Here is an idea of the small group material that will be covered this week.  I encourage you to have a conversation with your son or daughter about prayer.

 

 

Goals…

  • To get to know your group and build relationships
  • To encourage discussion about what we learned tonight
  • To challenge the students to pursue relationship with God

Conversation Starters…

  • High’s and lows
  • Did anything stick out to you from tonight’s message?

Dig a Little Deeper…

QUESTION #1 “If you could be any super hero, who would you be?”

  • We love super heroes … the thought of someone rescuing us from an impossible situation
  • Review the story of the boy in the sandbox (Matthew 7:7)
    • Father: “Why didn’t you use all your strength to life the rock?”
    • Son: “I did”
    • Father: “No you didn’t …  you never asked for my help”
    • Son: “Will you help me please”
    • “This story is less about a boy moving a rock and more about a father who wanted to be close to his son”
    • Reflect on the story of Tara’s ripped jeans and the guy who gave her money
    • Sometimes we can treat God more like a vending machine than a person – what do you think this means?

QUESTION #2 “Why do you think people don’t always get what they pray for?”

  • Review the story: Jesus in the boat sleeping during the storm (Matt 8:23-27)
  • Talk through Phil 4:6
  • “Like a good parent, God gives us the right thing at the right time.”

QUESTION #3 “Have you ever tried praying? What did you pray for? What happened?”

  • The disciples asked Jesus how to pray and He taught them
  • When we pray we need to find a regular time and place Matt (6:5-9)
    • What would be a good time or place or scenario for prayer for you?
    • Look at the Lord’s prayer … what did you learn from it? (Matt 6:9-13)
    • “The best way to learn how to pray is to pray”

Personal…

  • You could share about your journey through discovering prayer
  • You could share about some things that help you pray
  • You could share some of your struggles with prayer

Applications…

  • Pray with your students
  • Talk about some goals in relation to developing a consistent prayer life

 

Key Scriptures and Quotes…

Matthew 7:7

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!

Phil 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Isaiah 55:8-9

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Matt 6:9-13

“This, then, is how you should pray:

“‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.

12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

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Jr High Parents Update – October 15th

Posted by on Oct 15, 2013 in Featured, Parents | 0 comments

Parents,

We’ve now already gone through two of the three steps we can learn from from the story of Jonah: 1. Figure out your calling and 2. Don’t run! Our students have asked some amazing questions, and really engaged with us as we figure out this dense topic that can lead to so many more questions. This week we take a look at the third step: Finish the Mission. In the story of Jonah, we see Jonah hear God’s call, we see him run, and after three days in the stomach of a giant fish, he repents and understands the necessity of this mission he’s been called to. He gets up and makes his way to Tarshish where he works hard to accomplish God’s mission. Our students need to understand the importance of undergoing God’s mission for their lives. We all have to face these facts, and it’s important to make sure we know the weight of it. The story of Jonah helps us look this call God gives us right in the eyes.

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

Question 1: How did you make time this week to hear God’s call on your life? Did you set aside any quite time?

Question 2: What do you think it means to finish the mission God has called you to specifically? Does it sound like a hard task or an easy one?

Question 3: Do you think that we can finish God’s mission without these “Big Fish” moments where God tells us to stop running?

Question 4: How did God prepare Jonah to finish his mission? How do you think God prepares us to finish the mission he’s called us to accomplish?

Out Key Verse:

Next, God spoke to Jonah a second time: “Up on your feet and on your way to the big city of Nineveh! Preach to them. They’re in a bad way and I can’t ignore it any longer.”

Jonah 3:1-2

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

1. That our students would feel empowered to figure out what God has called them to and that they would be able to finish that mission.

2. That as parents, you would be able to share the experience of your calling, and the things you’ve learned through the process.

3. That our leaders would be able to clearly communicate ways that they’ve been able to hear God’s call and accomplish what they’ve been called to accomplish.

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

Josh

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Sr. High Parents Update – October 9th

Posted by on Oct 9, 2013 in Featured, Parents, Youth Workers | 0 comments

FAITH: How Can I Have Faith?

Oct 9, 2013

 

 

 

 

Parents,

Last week we looked at the cross and there was a lot of discussion about our sin and why Jesus died for us.  This week we are going to focus a lot on faith and the grace that Christ poured out on us.  Faith is one of those things that is so simple to get, but yet so profound and challenging to grasp.  The big question this week is “How can I have faith?”  Here  is a look at some of the small group material that will be covered this week.  There are some very thought provoking questions that you cans get into with your son/daughter and I would encourage you to do so.

 

Goals…

  • To get to know your group and build relationships
  • To encourage discussion about what we learned tonight
  • To challenge the students to pursue relationship with God

Conversation Starters…

  • High’s and lows

Dig a Little Deeper…

QUESTION #1 “What is one of the scariest things you have ever done?”

  • Thoughts leading up to the next question …
  • Christianity is not a club that you join – it is a relationship with God
  • “Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian, just like going to McDonalds doesn’t make you a Big Mac”
  •  So … What does it mean to be a Christian? – How would you describe it?
  • Becoming a Christian is entering into relationship with God and it is a different experience for everyone
  • Faith is not based on feelings, but on the truth found in the Bible (Rev 3:20)
  • “Death isn’t the end of the sentence, it is only a comma, transitioning us into eternity” … talk this through (eternity and where you will spend it)

QUESTION #2 “How can God love people no matter what they have done?”

  • Thoughts leading up to the next question …
  • Remember the guy named John who sold drugs and owed people $20 000 and told his parents and they helped him out? Talk it through – how does that relate to grace? (Eph 2:8)
  • “To think that something we did brought about God’s love – that is the opposite of grace” – talk this through
  • What does it mean to have faith? (Gal 5:6)
    • Review the story of BLONDIN – the tight rope walker
    • Asked the Duke to get in, then asked the crowd, then his mom got in
    • What would you do in this situation?
    • How does this relate to faith in God?
    • Faith is putting our life in Jesus hands the same way his mother did

QUESTION #3 “Which person in the picture best represents where you are at?

USE THE PICTURE – PASS IT AROUND

 

 

 

 

 

Story of John Patton who travelled and was making a translation of gospel of John.  There was no word to describe “faith or trust.”  He leaned back in his chair and said what do you call this? The local used a word that means “to lean your whole weight upon.  He used this word in his translation.

  • How would you describe “Trust or Faith” in your own words?
  • Remember the “tower of terror?”
  • It takes faith to make that jump from the platform to the metal bar
  • We respond to God with a leap of faith.  Not a blind leap, but a leap based on facts about who Jesus is and what He has done and it is faith in what the Father promised us in His word and it is confirmed by the Holy Spirit

Personal…

  • You could share about when you took that step of faith
  • You could share about the difference in your life after taking that leap of faith

Applications…

  • Pray with your students
  • Ask if any would like to pray and take that step of faith and trust Jesus with their life

Key Scriptures and Quotes…

Ephesians 2:8

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.”

Galatians 5:6

“The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.”

Rev 3:20

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”

Heb 13:5

“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

“We can have confidence in our relationship with God because it stands firmly on the promises of God the Father on the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and on the assurance that comes from the Holy Spirit.”

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