JHM Material, 11/7

Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.
Mark 6:31

After my husband underwent emergency heart surgery, I spent an anxious night by his hospital bed. Mid-morning, I remembered a scheduled haircut. “I’ll have to cancel,” I said, raking my fingers distractedly through my straggly hair.
“Mom, just wash your face and go to your appointment,” my daughter said.
Sometimes self-care means allowing others to help carry our burdens.
“No, no,” I insisted. “It doesn’t matter. I need to be here.”
“I’ll stay,” Rosie said. “Self-care, Mom. . . . Self-care. You’re of more use to Dad if you take care of yourself.”
Moses was wearing himself out serving alone as judge over the Israelites. Jethro cautioned his son-in-law Moses: “You will only wear [yourself] out. The work is too heavy . . . you cannot handle it alone” (Ex. 18:18). He then explained ways that Moses could delegate his work and share his heavy load with others.
Though it may seem paradoxical for the Christian, self-care is essential for a healthy life (Matt. 22:37-39; Eph. 5:29-30). Yes, we must love God first and love others as well, but we also need to get adequate rest to renew our body and spirit. Sometimes self-care means stepping away and graciously allowing others to help us with our burdens.
Jesus often slipped away to rest and pray (Mark 6:30-32). When we follow His example, we will be more effective in our relationships and better able to give care to others.

Dear Lord, refresh my spirit today. Help me to bring balance to my life as I juggle my responsibilities. Thank You for Your love and care.

Don’t try to do everything—take time to refresh your body and spirit.

(taken from a devotional from Our Daily Bread)

 

Leader Tip: It’s Just A Phase (Stuart Hall from Orange Tour 2017)

If teachers, doctors, and manufacturers spend so much time and money to prepare for working with kids and in that field… what am I doing to get to know the next generation?

“Seek first to understand, then to be understood”

PHASE: A timeframe in a child’s life when you can leverage distinctive opportunities to influence their future.

#1 We don’t remember what we don’t remember
 Every Kid is made in the image of God!
“Whoever welcomes one such child in my name… welcomes me.”
Don’t expect kids to follow Jesus until you treat them like they’re made in his image

#2 We don’t see what we don’t see
Kids are asking important questions at each phase. Be an expert in their phase and knowledgeable about the phase before and after theirs.
• 6th Who do I like? Who likes me?
• 7th Who am I?
• 8th Who do I want to be?
 What to do: Affirm their Personal Journey
• 9th Where do I belong?
 What to do: Mobilize their Potential
We don’t want to miss something important about kids because we don’t want them to miss something important about God

 

Upcoming Stuff:

11/4 – Men’s Breakfast
11/5 – Daylight Savings Time (Fall Back 1 Hour)

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, 11/7

Opening Game: 4 Man Pineapple

Materials Needed: none

Directions: Hosts will announce random numbers of groups that the students will have to get in and announce something that those groups will have to create using just their bodies. For example, “four man pineapple” would mean that the students will have to get into groups of four and they will have to create a pineapple between them.
The group numbers and created object will change every time. Be creative and silly with your answers. (i.e. group of 13 be Jesus and disciples, group of 5 create thanksgiving dinner, etc.)

 

Jesus And Culture 
Lesson 3: Making An Impact

What we want students to learn: That as Christ-followers committed to the Gospel, they must be willing to bravely impact culture, especially those who the world has cast aside as having little or no value.

What we want students to do with what they’ve learned: To identify the “outcasts” in their world who are most in need of Christ, and to commit to engaging with them with the purpose of sharing the Gospel.

Scripture Focus: Matthew 9:9-13

Supporting Scripture: James 1:27

Overview: As we think about students’ influence in culture, there are a few traps they can fall into that prevent them from truly making an impact. One of these traps is to steer clear of people who because of their lifestyle, or socio-economic status, or any other number of variables, have been marginalized by the misplaced values of the world. Yet, Jesus expects His followers to engage the spiritually needy, the outcasts, and the lost in the hopes of bringing them to Him. This lesson will challenge your students to do just that. Through looking at Jesus’ example, students will see that they are called to impact their world, especially as it pertains to those in most need of the compassion and salvation Jesus offers.

 

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)

MAKING AN IMPACT

Matthew 9:9-13
As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed him.
Later, Matthew invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. But when the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with such scum?”
When Jesus heard this, he said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.” Then he added, “Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”

 

James 1:27
Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.

JESUS WAS ALWAYS LOOKING TO MAKE AN IMPACT

… As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him…

HE SEES US AND WANTS TO MAKE AN IMPACT IN US

… For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”…

SO

WE SHOULD SEE OTHERS THAT NEED THAT KIND OF LOVE

…‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’…

BOTTOM LINE: WE ARE THE SICK THAT NEED A DOCTOR. WE NEED WHAT JESUS OFFERS, AND WE NEED TO SHARE IT WITH OTHERS TOO.

 

(Back)

 

Matthew 9:12-13
When Jesus heard this, he said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.” Then he added, “Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”

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.

Have you ever thought about how much you need what Jesus offers? Do you think of yourself as the “sick” or the “healthy”?

When you realize how important it is that you get God’s love, you will want to share it. Who are some people/what are some ways that you can share God’s love to those that the world casts aside?

Do you think that caring for, and sharing Christ’s love with others can help us know Christ’s love even better? Why or why not?

Close in prayer at 8:25ish