HSM Material, 10/11

Carry one another’s burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2

 

Training Tip:

At the Orange Tour (youth ministry conference in Irvine, CA), I went to a breakout session called, “Never Let Parents, Parent Alone” and it was great. I wanted to share my notes below.

It’s lonely & difficult to parent.

5 Truths
1. Parents are worried.
Amount of info available rises our stress level.
Tools parents use: google or other parents.

What you can do: be available.

How you can be available:
–Start a digital parenting group on GroupMe

2. Parents are willing.
If students are showing up to mid-week service, parents are willing to do something!
What you can do: be a resource

How you can be a resource:
–Give them conversation cues based on what their kids are learning in small group

3. Parents are weary.
Life is a war/battle.

What you can do: be prayerful

How you can be prayerful:
–don’t wait for them to you weary, surprise them in their weariness.

4. Parents are wondering
Should my kids get Snapchat? Are my kids fitting in? What are my kids into that I have no idea about?
We have the answer.

5. Parents are wired.
Parents need help disconnecting from their phones and connecting with their kids. They also need help getting their kids disconnected from the phones.

What you can do: be a resource

Suggestion to pass on: “the phone bag”. everyone (including mom & dad) deposits their phone in a bag near the front door. family members can use their phone, but cannot remove the phone from said location.

One thing we can do now:

Create a GroupMe for parents only (and you and your co-leader). Please take time to make this happen this week and ask us if you need help.

 

Upcoming Stuff:

10/7 – World Smile Day! Cheese!!

10/8 – Monica Johnston & Samuel Yracheta’s birthday!

10/9 – Columbus Day

10/10 – Chyna Collis’ birthday!

10/11 – Kate Salvador’s birthday!

10/13-15 – High School Girls Retreat
10/17 – CLRC Fundraising Dinner (serve opportunity)
10/21 – NPCC Health Faire (serve opportunity) & Alecks Lara’s birthday!
10/31 – Trunk or Treat (serve opportunity)

Attendance:
Remember to take attendance through the email you receive weekly and before the end of the night. Thank you!

Leader Meeting:
Please make it a priority to be at the wherehouse by 6:30pm to go over the details of the evening and to pray together. Send a message through GroupMe or text Kevin at 217-4784 if you’ll be late or won’t be there.

 

WEDNESDAY, 10/11

The Book

Week 2

So why was the Bible written? It was written as an instruction guide for us. It gives us help putting together our decisions and ultimately our lives. The Bible is not cheap and doesn’t fall apart. In fact, it is a book that our lives can be built on that we can trust with everything.

 

>For our instruction.

A common phrase using the letters B-I-B-L-E is that the Bible is:

BIBLE = BASIC INSTRUCTION BEFORE LEAVING EARTH

The Bible is our instruction manual. It says in the Book of Joshua:

Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.  Joshua 1:8

You follow instructions all of the time. Your teacher, your driving instructor, your coach, street signs, your parents. Our lives are filled with instructions. And they aren’t there to harm us or hold us back; they are to guide and protect us.

The Bible provides instructions that act like guiderails to keep us from falling off of God’s way. Here are a few example instructions from the Bible:

Gossip – here’s a guardrail for your mouth:

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Ephesians 4:29

 

Guys, the Bible gives a guardrail, instructions on avoiding the wrong type of girl. Check this out:

My son, pay attention to my wisdom; listen carefully to my wise counsel. Then you will show discernment, and your lips will express what you’ve learned. For the lips of an immoral woman are as sweet as honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil. But in the end she is as bitter as poison, as dangerous as a double-edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave. For she cares nothing about the path to life. She staggers down a crooked trail and doesn’t realize it.

So now, my sons, listen to me. Never stray from what I am about to say: stay away from her! Don’t go near the door of her house! If you do, you will lose your honor and will lose to merciless people all you have achieved. Proverbs 5:1-9

If you’ve ever been on Autopia at Disneyland, you know that when you drive too far to the right or to the left, you have a rail in the middle to keep you on the right path so you do not stray too far.

Keyword: Guide

Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105

 

>For our correction. 

Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil. Proverbs 4:27

Keyword: Mentor

 

>For our transformation.

 

Another reason the Bible was written was …

>As a love letter to us.

Here’s what I want you to know = YOU are the object of someone’s affection. You are valued, loved, paid attention to, you are the center of someone elses’ thoughts! The God who created the universe, made you and LOVES YOU.

So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son. John 1:14

 

Passages that show God’s love:

But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. Romans 5:8

Our response to his love is that we serve.

 

>For our salvation.

KEYWORD: Hope.

God is gracious in that He makes His plan clear to us in the Bible. He tells us exactly how to live and be in relationship with Him. Sometimes we over-complicate things and get stuck in our efforts to follow God. God‘s plan was never to confuse you, but to offer Himself to you clearly through His Word. It is because of what He says in the Bible (promises, truth, etc.) that we have hope.

Let me be very truthful here, I have a better understanding of the bible now than I did before I got saved.  After I gave my life to Christ I needed the bible to increase my knowledge on what I had just done.  I needed to understand this hope that I found in Jesus Christ.  The bible has given me understanding and has even increased my hope in Jesus Christ.   The bible increases our understanding and hope in Jesus Christ.

The disciples saw Jesus do many other miraculous signs in addition to the ones recorded in this book. But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name.  John 20:30-31

We don’t read and study the bible just so that we can know more things, we do it because it teaches us how to be better Christ followers in every area of our lives. It also comforts and encourages us as we continue to follow Christ.

Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled. Romans 15:4

BIBLE STUDY TIPS

  • Read
  • Reflect (ask questions)
  • Pray
  • Put It Into Action

KEY: The Bible is only USEFUL if it gets USED!

The bible changes lives. When used it can help you live a transformed life.  A life where people look at you and notice that there is something different about you and how you go about certain things in your life. They will notice and they will ask you what do you do that is so different that gives you a different outlook on life and that is a way you can then introduce them to this book and Jesus.

To help you understand the Bible – God’s love letter, instruction manual to us – we’re going to give EVERYONE a copy of a part of the Bible called THE LIFE BOOK.

One last thought: The Bible is signed Love, God … and can be summed up the same way: Love God!

 

Scripture of Focus

So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son. John 1:14

• What is one thing that stood out to you in this passage?

• Why do you think it stood out to you?

• What can you apply to your life from this passage?

 

Discussions Questions

  1. In what ways do you let the bible instruct you?
  2. What guardrails do you need in your life that the bible can help you with?
  3. What is one way that the bible has corrected your behavior or attitude?
  4. Have you allowed God’s word to transform your life? Why or why not?
  5. What are your favorite passages from the bible?
  6. What is your salvation story? Did the bible play a part in it? How?