“Therefore I, the prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk worthy of the calling you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, accepting one another in love, diligently keeping the unity of the Spirit with the peace that binds us.” Ephesians 4:1-3
My favorite definition of patience is the length of endurance in an unappealing circumstance without a negative internal or external response. Many times, the Lord intentionally places difficult people and situations in our path to progressively stretch and lengthen the amount of time it takes for negativity to present itself. Development of patience by the Holy Spirit allows for us to bear with one another. In this development, comes the recognition and acceptance that everyone is not the same. We are not perfect. We are not at the same level of maturity. We are not at the same level of growth. The Lord is working patiently with each of us individually. When we recognize the patience the Lord has with us, we become more patient with others.
9/27 – See You at the Pole
10/4 – Taco Day!!!
10/21-Health Faire Outreach (9am-3pm)
10/31-Trunk or Treat
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Opening Game: Movie Posers
Divide students into groups of 5-6. We will have movie posters on the big screen up front and groups have to pose like the posters. Leaders will make the rounds and give “points” to the groups that do it best. Hosts will lead from the front and pump up the crowd.
Jesus And Stress
Lesson 3 Choosing To Choose Right
What we want students to learn: That choosing to trust God with their stress is the right decision even if they don’t understand exactly what God is doing.
What we want students to do with what they’ve learned: To define what “surrender” looks like and to commit to surrendering one of their main sources of stress to God.
Scripture Focus: Luke 1:26-38
Supporting Scripture: Luke 1:48
Overview: This lesson is unique among the entire Jesus Studies curriculum in that it doesn’t feature the actual words of Jesus, but of Jesus’ mother, Mary. As we discuss dealing with the stress that life can bring, Mary’s example is simply too valuable to pass up. Mary finds herself in about as stressful a situation as you could imagine. She has just found out that she will have to tell her fiancé that she is pregnant, and that the baby was not conceived through any sort of unfaithfulness but was instead conceived by God. Faced with potentially bearing the scorn of her husband-to-be and her community, plus the weight of carrying the promised Messiah, Mary could have reacted by giving in to the stress. Yet we see Mary model the exact response you studied in Lesson 1: Trusting God to both see her through the stress, and to take care of her as He executes His perfect plan.
The following is what will be on the outline that students will be given for service. The part labeled “Front” is what will be taught during the message/teaching time. The part labeled “Back” is for your group to work through in order to dig deeper into the highlighted scripture.
WAVING THE WHITE FLAG
26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, 27 to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. 28 Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings,[a] favored woman! The Lord is with you![b]”
29 Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean. 30 “Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God! 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32 He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. 33 And he will reign over Israel[c] forever; his Kingdom will never end!”
34 Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.”
35 The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. 36 What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she has conceived a son and is now in her sixth month. 37 For the word of God will never fail.”
38 Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her.
TURNING STRESS INTO SURRENDER
WE DON’T HAVE TO UNDERSTAND
Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen?
WE DON’T EVEN HAVE TO LIKE IT
Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean.
WE REALIZE WE CAN’T CONTROL IT
Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.”
SURRENDERING MEANS LOVING GOD MORE THAN OUR DESIRE TO “GET IT”
The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she has conceived a son and is now in her sixth month. 37 For the word of God will never fail.”
Scripture of Focus:
- 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?
Use the following questions to further your discussion as a group. You can either do these after your Scripture of Focus time or you can use them within your scripture focus time to add to the conversation as a whole. As always you are welcome to guide the discussion the best way that you and your co-leader think fits your group.
Why does our desire to understand every situation create so much stress for us?
How do you feel about the idea that God doesn’t need you to “like” everything that happens? What is more powerful, liking a situation or trusting that God has a bigger/better plan even in things we don’t like?
How can surrendering control to God grow your relationship with Him?
Is there anything you need to surrender to Him? How can we as a group help?
Close in prayer at 8:25ish