JHM Material, 1/15

Leader Scripture Focus:

“Then the one seated on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new.” He also said, “Write, because these words are faithful and true.” Revelation 21:5

Leader Tip:

Following the Leader by Johnathan Baldwin

We’ve all been there. It’s a Wednesday night. If you’re a volunteer, you may have already put in an 8-10 hour day at your job. If you’re church staff, you’ve probably been at the church all day. Either way, you’re exhausted. The youth pastor tells you about the crazy games that will be happening at youth group tonight. They sound great, but you’re not really needed for that game so you find your spot along the wall with the other SGLs. After all, the youth pastor has it under control.

Let’s pause it right there.

You know what I’m talking about. Either you’ve seen other volunteers do that, or you’ve done it yourself. But I just want to encourage you! Don’t be that guy (or girl). One of the most important roles that we, as leaders, play within the context of our large group gathering is to interact with the students.
Sure, you have had a couple conversations with students during the “hang out” time, but are you really interacting? Are you really leading by example?
Below are three areas that you, as a SGL, need to be interacting with and leading by example.

Games
Play the games. Are they silly? Yeah. Are they fun? Most of the time. Will they point someone to Jesus? Unlikely. Could it change alter the trajectory of the night for a student? Very possibly! Games are not (at least they shouldn’t be) the point of our youth group meetings, but they play a valuable role. They create a welcoming, fun environment that begins to knock down walls in order to students to be open to the words of Jesus.

Worship
Engage in worship. Maybe musical worship isn’t the way that you most connect with God, but for many, it is. I’m not saying you need to raise your hands, close your eyes, and run up and down the aisles. All that I’m saying is to lead by example. If you are sitting in the back of the room, not interested in worship, then you can bet that students, who look to you for guidance, will likely follow suit.

Teaching
So maybe your youth pastor isn’t the most engaging communicator. We can’t all be Andy Stanley! But they still deserve your attention. You may learn something! And if you are ambitious, you may even feel led to take notes. This is another area where your students will do as you do. If you are playing on your phone during the teaching, more than likely, they will disengage as well.

SGLs are the backbone of many youth ministries. I know that we couldn’t do the ministry that we do without our small group pleaders. My encouragement to you today is to engage with your students. Play the games. Engage in worship. Listen to the teaching. Lead by example. You may just find that you connect with your few on a whole new level!

 

Upcoming Events:

Jan 11-13 – Winter Camp
Jan 20 – Maddie’s birthday!

Jan 21 – No School/Office Closed (MLK Jr)

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, 1/15

Opening Game: Head, Shoulders, Knees, CUP

Second Game: Paper Plate Powerball

Paint stir sticks (or over-sized popsicle sticks) – enough for each student
Heavy-duty paper plates for each student
Staplers, Tape or Glue (to attach plates to sticks)
4 Trash Cans
10 Red and 10 Blue Balloons

HOW TO PLAY THE GAME
Give every student a paint stir-stick or an oversized popsicle stick, and a heavy-duty paper plate.
Instruct students to staple, tape, or glue the paper plate to the stick leaving enough of the stick out for a handle. This will be their “paddle.”
For the game setup, place 4 trash cans around the room—one in the middle of each wall.
Inflate 5-10 red balloons and 5-10 blue balloons for the game. Be sure to have some extra in case a balloon pops.
Divide students into two teams—Red Team and Blue Team.
When the game begins, each team will use their “paddles” to try and hit their team’s balloon into one of the 4 trash cans.
Place an adult at each trash can to award 1 team point for each balloon that is hit into the can.
After the point is counted, the balloon can be tossed back into the game. It cannot be immediately hit into the same can.
Allow students to play in 5-minute rounds.
You may change the game up by making students lock arms with a teammate.
Another variation may be to have one team on offense and half of the other team be on defense during a round.
This will provide more opportunities for scoring, as the defense will be outnumbered.
Just be sure to give each team an equal number of rounds.

KNOWN week 2

HE KNOWS YOUR FALSE IDENTITY

What we want students to learn: That we all, at times, create false identities for ourselves that are wrapped up in appearance and things. God is not fooled by our false identity. And, when our identity is tied up in false, temporary things we risk losing them and being left with nothing.

What we want students to do with what they’ve learned: Recognize areas of their lives that are tied to false, temporary identities and to be challenged to remove them in order to see themselves (and have others see them) as their true identity: a child of God.

Main Scripture: Psalm 139:5-12

Outline

(Front)

KNOWN- HE KNOWS YOUR FALSE IDENTITY

WE CAN FOOL A LOT OF PEOPLE, BUT WE CAN NEVER FOOL GOD

Psalm 139:5-12
You both precede and follow me and place your hand of blessing on my head.
This is too glorious, too wonderful to believe! I can never be lost to your Spirit! I can never get away from my God! If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the place of the dead, you are there. If I ride the morning winds to the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me, your strength will support me. If I try to hide in the darkness, the night becomes light around me. For even darkness cannot hide from God; to you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are both alike to you.

WE ALL HAVE A FALSE IDENTITY THAT IS WRAPPED UP IN TEMPORARY THINGS

FALSE IDENTITY:
POSITION
APPEARANCE
WEALTH
SKILLS

IF YOUR VALUE AND IDENTITY ARE DEPENDENT ON TEMPORARY THINGS, THEY CAN BE TAKEN AWAY

TEMPORARY IDENTITY EQUALS TEMPORARY VALUE

YOUR REAL VALUE CAN NEVER BE TAKEN AWAY BECAUSE IT IS ETERNAL

YOU ARE A CHILD OF THE KING!

1 John 3:1
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!

 

TALK IT OVER

Think about the P.A.W.S. of false identity… How do you see these things being an issue in your life? Which of them do you use to create a false identity that you need to get rid of?

Why is creating a temporary identity for ourselves so dangerous?

How does it feel to know that your eternal identity comes from being a child of God? How might that change the way you live?

 

(back)

Scripture of focus:

1 John 3:1
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!

 

• 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?

 

Close in prayer