JHM Material, 12/5

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or his stature, because I have rejected him. Man does not see what the Lord sees, for man sees what is visible, but the Lord sees the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7

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…

2. Keeps their eyes out/open to the fringe. Makes them feel welcome, comfortable & connected.

Who is there? How do we make our ministry more welcoming & accepting?

Relationships are the backbone.

For practice:

Learn the names of 3 students NOT in your group

Engage 2 OTHER students in a conversation about Jesus

Pray for 1 OTHER student (either “knee to knee” or “across the room”)

Pray for 1 OTHER small group (including the leaders)

Upcoming Stuff:
12/1 – Christmas Joy
12/3 – JHM Leadership Lab
12/8 – wh Christmas Party
12/10 – JHM Leadership Lab

Holiday Worship Schedule –

NO JHM service + small groups – 12/26 & 1/2
Christmas – Saturday, 12/23 @ 5:30pm; Sunday, 12/24 @ 9:30am, 11:15am, & 5:30pm
New Year’s – Sunday, 12/31 @ 9:30am & 11:15am

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.



JHM Opening Game: Human Scrabble

Materials needed: letters and scoresheet (provided), pen

Directions: 7 students will receive 1 letter each in the word SWEATER. (if there aren’t enough students, leaders please step in). Students will have 3 minutes to rearrange themselves to make various words using the letters they have. Using 6 letters or more gives them extra points. Leaders will receive a scoring sheet with possible words and points.

Lesson 1: The Willingness of Mary

What we want students to learn: As believers of Christ, we must live willingly to serve God in unexpected ways and that our acceptance to Him include surrender.

What we want students to do with what they’ve learned: Recognize what area they have felt God wanting to use them but haven’t said “Yes” to him, how can they turn away from their hesitation?

Scripture focus: Luke 1:45

Supporting scripture: Luke 1:38

Overview: As students are pursuing their relationship with Christ they will be asked to move and live in uncomfortable ways, but faith isn’t always comfortable, faith is stepping out of comfort zones and being what we were called to be, different. As we dive deeper into the character of Mary we will learn what God asked of her, to bear the Son of God, as this was asked of
her she was challenged with having to come to terms with how she was going to be viewed by people. This lesson should call students to the challenge of being willing to serve God with a heart ready to embrace and receive the awkward but know that the promise he offers us is far more fulfilling.



The Willingness of Mary

Luke: 1:26-38: The Birth of Jesus Foretold
26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, 27 to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. 28 Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, [ a ] favored woman! The Lord is with you! [ b ] ”
29 Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean. 30 “Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God! 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32 He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. 33 And he will reign over
Israel [ c ] forever; his Kingdom will never end!”
34 Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.”
35 The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. 36
What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she has conceived a son and is now in her sixth month. 37 For the word of God will never fail. [ d ] ”
38 Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her.



Luke 1:34:
Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.”

Luke 1:38:
“I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her


Luke 1:45:
“You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said.”



BOTTOM LINE: Your expectation of God to use you isn’t false, but you have to be willing to put in the effort.



Scripture focus

Luke 1:45
“You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said.”

Discussion questions:

1. Where do you feel used by God?

2. Why is it difficult for you to say “yes” to God?

3. What is it that you need to surrender in order to be used by God?

Close in prayer around 8:25ish