JHM Material, 10/17

The 11 disciples traveled to Galilee to the mountain where Jesus had directed them. When they saw Him, they worshipped, but some doubted. Matthew 28:16-17

These verses come right before the Great Commission and they remind me that even Jesus’ disciples (those that were super close to him), doubted. And it also reminded me that just because students attend mid-week service and small groups, they doubt too. So let’s be full of prayer for the students God has put in our care and their families as we reach out and do life together.

 

Upcoming Stuff:
10/21-Health Faire Outreach (9am-3pm)
10/31-Trunk or Treat

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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 AJ at 906-7157 if you’ll be late or won’t be there.

 

TUESDAY, 10/17

OPENING GAME: DROP THE KEYS

Everybody sits in a chair but one person. The chairs are scattered all over the room. The person standing has a set of keys in his hand. With his other hand he grabs someone’s hand. This person gets up and follows the leader who weaves in and out of the chairs in the room. The person who has gotten out of their chair then grabs someone else’s hand that grabs another person’s hand. This keeps going until the leader drops the keys on the floor then everyone standing runs and sits in a chair. The person left standing is the new leader.

Jesus And Culture 
Lesson 1: Alike But Not Alike

What we want students to learn: That they are called by Jesus to be in the world, but to live as if they were separate.

What we want students to do with what they’ve learned: To honestly evaluate their relationship with culture, and who their choices say they more strongly identify with: Christ or the world.

Scripture Focus: John 15:18-21

Supporting Scripture: 1 John 2:15-17

Overview: Do your students know what Jesus meant when He spoke of “the world”? If they don’t, after this lesson they will. When Jesus referenced “the world” in John 15, He was talking about the world we live in that is defined by its opposition to God and His Kingdom. God and His Kingdom are sacred. The world is secular. The world is where your students live, breathe, and do life. It’s kind of like another way of talking about their culture. And in their particular context, the world is most commonly interacted with through media. Movies, TV, music, the Internet, social networks. . . each of these are consumed daily by students, and each is a major part of what defines the “world.” So, what is their relationship with culture? How comfortable are they with its messages and values? Do they fit in? Or stand out? In this lesson, you’ll help students see that the nature of their relationship with culture is directly related to the nature of their relationship with Jesus. The closer they identify with Christ, the less they’ll identify with the world.

 

Outline

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.

(Front)

IN THE WORLD, NOT OF IT

John 15:18-21
“If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first. The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you. Do you remember what I told you? ‘A slave is not greater than the master.’ Since they persecuted me, naturally they will persecute you. And if they had listened to me, they would listen to you. They will do all this to you because of me, for they have rejected the one who sent me.

1 John 2:15-17
Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE IN THE WORLD, BUT NOT OF THE WORLD?

WE ARE CALLED TO…

STAND UP

STAND OUT

STAND STRONG

BOTTOM LINE:
IF WE STAND FOR WHAT JESUS STOOD FOR, WE’LL STAND IN HIS LOVE FOREVER.

 

(Back)

1 John 2:15-17
Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.

 

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?

 

 

Discussion Questions

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 that you and your co-leader think fits your group.

 

What does it mean to you to be in the world but not of it? Why is that a struggle for us at times?

Honestly, do we care more about what people think of us, or what God thinks?

How can we get better at standing for what Jesus stood for, especially when the world stands against us?

 

Close in prayer at 8:25ish