JHM Material, 11/14

His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. 2 Peter 1:3

 

Leader Tip: 5 SIGNS OF A HEALTHY & EFFECTIVE YOUTH WORKER – Doug Fields

Assumption: Every small group leader will have a daily connection with Jesus.

Make yourself an example of good works with integrity and dignity in your teaching. Your message is to be sound beyond reproach, so that the opponent will be ashamed, having nothing bad to say about us. Titus 2:7-8

 

A Healthy & Effective Youth Worker…

  1. Cares for all but connects with a few.

Select: 5 students you’ll shepherd, 3 that need special attention, 1 that you really pour into.

 

For reflection:

Recall a meaningful convo you’ve had with a student in your group. What made it meaningful? What did you do to follow up afterwards?

Identify your 5/3/1.

Pray for all of your students.

 

Upcoming Stuff:

11/10 – Veteran’s Day Observed (NP Office Closed)

11/21 – No JHM Service or Small Groups (Thanksgiving Week)

11/22 – Thanksgiving Eve Service

11/23 – Thanksgiving

11/26 – Baptisms/Connection Sunday

 

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

 

TUESDAY, 11/14

Opening Game: Hunger Games

Materials: Pool noodle, 9 cardboard squares

Select one person to be the candidate (I’d like a leader for this role) and give him/her the pool noodle. Put a cardboard square on the ground and ask the candidate to stand on it. Volunteer (for tribute) 1 student from each small group to form a circle around the candidate, standing about 10-15 feet away from them. Give each of them a cardboard square and ask them to stand on it.

The candidate tries to touch (not hit) the students heads or feet with the pool noodle. The catch is no players (including the candidate) can move from their base at any time during the game. Players can avoid the pool noodle by jumping or ducking, but when they are touched by the pool noodle, they are out. Keep playing until 1 student is still standing and they win!

 

Jesus And Culture

Lesson 4: Hunger Games- Standing Up for What Is Right

 

What we want students to learn: There are many things about common culture that we as believers need to stand up for or against.  We’ll look at why and how we stand firm even when it’s unpopular.

 

Scripture Focus: Daniel 3:1-30

 

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)

 

HUNGER GAMES- STANDING UP FOR WHAT IS RIGHT

 

Daniel 3:16-18

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you.  If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty.  But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.”

 

  1. THE SIMILAR CRISIS

            CULTURE WANTS US TO LOVE IT MORE THAN GOD

 

  1. THE SIMILAR COST

            STANDING UP REQUIRES SACRIFICE.  BUT SO DOES BOWING DOWN.

 

  1. THE SIMILAR CHOICE.

            ONE SACRIFICE RESULTS IN AMAZING BLESSING, THE OTHER IN TREMENDOUS LOSS.

 

  1. THE NOT-SO-SIMILAR COMPANION.

            STANDING UP MEANS STANDING WITH GOD.

 

 

BOTTOM LINE: STAND UP AND FIGHT FOR WHAT’S RIGHT.

 

(Back)

 

Daniel 3:16-18

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you.  If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty.  But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.”

 

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 are some things that we as Christians have to stand up against?

How do we do that while still showing the love of God? 

What do you need to stand up against?

 

 

Close in prayer at 8:25ish