HSM Material, 10/24

Leadership Scripture Focus:
Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. Acts 20:28

Leader Tip: from Axis: The Culture Translator

As fall TV season gets into full swing, two notable releases are on teens’ radars.

First, the third season of teen fav Riverdale begins airing on the CW next week. Though based on the beloved Archie comics, the series isn’t something grandma would approve of. It uses sex, sensationalism, drama, and beautiful people to capture its younger audience’s attention, and nothing is as it seems in this campy adaptation. Unlike the original comics version, Riverdale reveals the dark, deeper issues bubbling below the surface in small town Americana. For more on the show and how to talk about it with your teens, check out our brand new Parent’s Guide to Riverdale.

Second, the entire second season of Netflix’s Big Mouth releases today. In case you weren’t aware the first time around, this highly sexualized animated series is filled with adult themes, but geared toward teens. Think Southpark, just ten times cruder. It highlights the awkward nature of adolescent life, puberty, hormones, and shame. Rolling Stone calls it “astonishingly filthy,” yet still endorses the series for its ability to force a cultural conversation about the acceptance of all forms of sexual expression.

We appreciate the desire to talk with teens about sex, but that’s not Netflix’s job; it’s ours. Our kids need to hear from their parents about what physical changes they’ll go through and how they’re normal, that their sexual urges aren’t sinful, and that God designed all of this as a good and healthy process in human development. Help them see that Christianity isn’t anti-sex. God created sex, designing it to function and flourish within the parameters of marriage, but it’s also dangerous and can be harmful when misused. Check out our related Parent Guides: Big Mouth (season 1), the Sex Talk, Dating, and Tough Conversations.

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, 10/25 – Scott Swobe’s birthday!
Sunday, 11/28 – Baptisms at NP
Wednesday, 10/31 – Halloween/Trunk or Treat (no service)
Sunday, 11/4 – Fall Back Time Change
Saturday, 11/10 – Suicide Intervention

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WEDNESDAY, 10/24

AWKtober Week 2

The Streaker

2 Timothy 3:16
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.

Mark 14:51-52
Now a certain young man, having a linen cloth wrapped around his naked body, was following Him. They caught hold of him, but he left the linen cloth behind and ran away naked.

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?

THE STREAKER IS ANONYMOUS

Mark 14:51a
… a certain young man…

WE CAN ALL IDENTIFY WITH HIM

WE SOMETIMES ABANDON JESUS WITH OUR:

WORDS

Mark 14:66-68, 72
While Peter was in the courtyard below, one of the high priest’s servants came. When she saw Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said, “You also were with that Nazarene, Jesus.”
But he denied it: “I don’t know or understand what you’re talking about!” Then he went out to the entryway, and a rooster crowed…
…Immediately a rooster crowed a second time, and Peter remembered when Jesus had spoken the word to him, “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times.” When he thought about it, he began to weep.

ACTIONS

Mark 14:44-45
His betrayer had given them a signal. “The One I kiss,” he said, “He’s the One; arrest Him and take Him away under guard.” So when he came, he went right up to Him and said, “Rabbi!”—and kissed Him.

BUT, IF WE TRUST HIM, WE CAN STAND STRONG

2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

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Scripture of focus:

2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

• 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?

Discussion Questions:

 

Why is it important that this “streaker” is anonymous? How does that make this story more important for you and me?

What are some situations that you might be tempted to abandon Jesus with your words or your actions? How do you usually respond in those situations?

What can we do to remember that God has given us a spirit of power, love and self-discipline? How can we rely or call on God’s Holy Spirit to give us that power in those scary situations?

Close in prayer