Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Better to draw near in obedience than to offer the sacrifice as fools do, for they ignorantly do wrong. Do not be hasty to speak, and do not be impulsive to make a speech before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few. Ecclesiastes 5:1-2
Leader Tip: House Rules
We are implementing a shift in the wherehouse Student Ministry culture as we put some intention into how we ask our team (leaders, parents & students) to become more like Jesus. We have 5 House Rules that we will be talking about and practicing. The HR will become hashtags on social media and a “language” that we will try to use as we minister to our team.
#1 Jesus is Our Focus (Worship)
Hebrews 12:2 (GNB) Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning to end.
Colossians 1:16 (HCSB) For everything was created by Him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him.
This house rule:
o Keeps us from missing the point. (Jesus gets the glory)
o Keeps us from thinking we earn God’s favor. (Keeps us from serving out of guilt or obligation)
o Keeps us from seeking the praise of people. (I never got anything out of this ministry)
o Helps us to be encouraged and challenged by the Spirit of Christ.
o Helps us make ministry decisions that can make a difference.
Listening to sermons in free time at home.
Praying before lunch
Choosing worship music during our down time
Doing the right thing even when it is hard. (1 John 5:3)
Setting a prayer alarm.
Giving advice that reminds people of Jesus – “you are called to forgive…not because they deserve it. Forgive just like Jesus has forgiven you.”
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Opening Game: Birdies on a Perch
Players should pair off into partners (girls with girls and guys with guys). One player will be the birdie and the other will be the perch. You might want to suggest that the person who is the birdie needs to either be somewhat smaller or the same size as the perch.
All of the perches make a circle and walk counter-clockwise. While all of the birdies make a larger circle around the perches and walk clockwise. After a few seconds call out “Birdie on a Perch!” and the partners must find each other and the birdie must jump onto the back of the perch. The last pair to find each other is out. Continue until there is only one pair left.
For a bit of your own entertainment, call out different walks for the players to do. Such as: walk like a bird, a ballerina, run way model, ninja, etc.
Jesus And Mean People
Lesson 4: Forgiving Those Who Are The Meanest
What we want students to learn: That Jesus modeled how we’re to treat the meanest the mean of people in our lives.
What we want students to do with what they’ve learned: To extend forgiveness to the mean people in their lives who’ve hurt them the most.
Scripture Focus: Luke 23:26-34
Overview: Jesus gave us what is perhaps the most extreme example of how to deal with mean people: He forgave the very people who crucified Him. Has there ever been a more extreme example of an innocent person finding himself more unjustly punished? And there was so much hatred for Jesus from His tormenters. And yet, He modeled the kind of grace and mercy that He expects His children to model. If Jesus can forgive His murderers, we can forgive those people who are mean to us. This lesson will challenge your students to do just that.
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.
IN AWE OF HIS FORGIVENESS
32 Two others, both criminals, were led out to be executed with him. 33 When they came to a place called The Skull,[d] they nailed him to the cross. And the criminals were also crucified—one on his right and one on his left.
34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.”[e]And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice.[f]
JESUS FORGIVES THE WORST PEOPLE
JESUS FORGIVES YOU AND ME
YOU’LL NEVER KNOW HOW BIG GOD’S GIFT IS FOR YOU, UNTIL YOU KNOW HOW BIG YOUR SIN IS
Scripture of Focus:
Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.”[e]And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice.[
• 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?
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.
I want you to think about all the things that God has forgiven you for. Do you feel forgiven? Why or why not?
Knowing all the things that God forgives you for, is it easier now to forgive even the meanest people in your life?
How can having a clear picture of what Jesus did for us help you to live in awe and worship of Him?
Close in prayer at 8:25ish