JHM Material, 12/11

Leadership Scripture Focus:

‘Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.’

2 Timothy 4:2

Leader Tip:

Some of this info will be a reminder but there are definitely some good ways to transition conversations to deeper places.

Video Training: Mastering 3 Types of Conversations with Teenagers by Doug Fields

Upcoming Events:
Saturday, 12/15 – Open Call Worship Auditions
Tuesday, 12/18 – Christmas Party!

Tuesday, 12/25 – Merry Christmas! No service + small groups

Tuesday, 1/1 – Happy New Year! No service + small groups

Tuesday, 1/8 – 1st service of the new year!

Friday, 1/11-1/13 – Hume Lake Winter Camp

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, 12/11

 

Opening Game: King/Queen of Christmas

You can use this game up front during the Christmas Season to have lots of fun seeing if students can remember the basics about Christmas stories.

Here’s how you do it.

Bring one student from each group up front and put them each in a chair FACING THE AUDIENCE. Tell them that they will each get to answer a question each round, with the questions getting harder as the rounds continue. They are in the game until they miss a question.

To spice it up, and more importantly, to keep the crowd interested, you can offer your three contestants these Christmas Presents (lifelines). They can use both, but only once each.

1. Sleigh Ride: Everyone in the room has a sheet of paper and writes what they believe the answer to be. They then make a paper plane out of their answer and fly it towards the contestant. The contestant chooses three of the “sleighs” to see what their answers are.

2. Christmas Wish: this is where they can ask any adult in the room what answer they would choose, BUT they have a time limit of 30 seconds to answer.
To eliminate confusion, always ask questions in the same order. That way you don’t get confused. Here are the questions:

1. Finish the lyrics of these Christmas tunes:
a. You better watch out, you better not cry…(you better not pout, I’m tellin’ you why)
b. Frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul…(with a corncob pipe and a button nose and two eyes made out of coal)
c. Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells Jingle all the way…(oh what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh)

2. Name this Christmas object.
a. They have four legs, antlers, and can fly. (reindeer)
b. It shines in the sky and is also on top of Christmas trees (star)
c. It’s red, it glows, and it’s a guiding force. (Rudolf’s nose)

3. List ONLY ONE THING EACH that Santa knows about us.
a. If we have been bad or good.
b. If we are sleeping or awake.
c. If we have been naughty or nice.

4. What…
a. do children leave for Santa to eat and drink? (milk and cookies)
b. is the hanging bush or plant that people stand under to kiss? (mistletoe)
c. color are Santa’s boots? (black)

5. What was…
a. the animal that didn’t stir on the night before Christmas? (a mouse)
b. the boy’s most desired gift for Christmas in the movie, “A Christmas Story?” (BB Gun)
c. the object that brought Frosty the Snowman to life? (a magic hat)

6. In the “Peanut’s Charlie Brown Christmas special,” Charlie Brown…
a. is in charge of what? (The Christmas Play)
b. goes out to find what for his play? (Christmas tree)
c. kills what? (Christmas tree)

7. In the Nativity Story…
a. we are told that Joseph is related to which famous king of Israel? (David)
b. Joseph sought to do this secretly, but didn’t. What? (divorce Mary)
c. Joseph traveled to this city where Jesus was born. (Bethlehem)

8. The Wise men…
a. brought these gifts to Jesus. (gold, frankincense, & myrrh)
b. went to this king first to find Jesus. (Herod)
c. came from which direction? (East)

9. Name the…
a. reindeer that is in FIFTH place on Santa’s sleigh. (Comet)
b. brand of BB Gun the boy wanted in “A Christmas Carol.” (Red Rider)
c. gift that My True Love gave to me on the NINTH day of Christmas (9 Ladies Dancing)

 

INVADE

What we want students to learn: That God’s plan to save the world through the birth of Jesus is not just a fun holiday; rather a massive invasion into the broken world.

What we want students to do with what they’ve learned: Recognize and remember what the Christmas season is really all about. And to thank God for his perfect plan to save us.

Main Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:27

Outline

(Front)

INVADE- GOD’S PLAN TO SAVE THE WORLD

Luke 2:12
This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

1 Corinthians 1:27
But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.

GOD’S PLAN TO SAVE THE WORLD IS PERFECT TIMING – EVEN WHEN IT DOESN’T MAKE SENSE

Luke 1:26
In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent by God

FOR THE WORLD: GRACE AND FORGIVENESS

Matthew 1:21
He will save His people from their sins.

FOR ISRAELITES: PROMISE FULFILLED

FOR JOSEPH AND MARY: A NEW, BETTER PLAN

GOD’S PLAN TO SAVE THE WORLD: INVOLVES PEOPLE

 

TALK IT OVER

1. Have you ever thought of Christmas, the birth of Jesus, as an invasion? Why is that a good way to think about it?

2. Why is it important for us to know that God’s plan was perfectly timed- even though it might be confusing to us?

3. How do you feel knowing that God’s plan involved people? Does that change the way you think about yourself.

 

(back)

 

Scripture of focus:

1 Corinthians 1:27
But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.

 

• 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