JHM Material, 2/13

For you were called to be free, brothers; only don’t use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love. For the entire law is fulfilled in one statement: Love your neighbor as yourself. Galatians 5:13-14


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 use as we minister to our team.

 #3 Everyone Contributes (Ministry)

1 Peter 4:10 (NRSV) Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.

1 Corinthians 12:7 (ESV) To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.

This house rule:

o Helps students experience how valuable they are to God.
o Helps students to participate in ministry (keeps them from being passive audiences).
o Sets students up to be blessed by one another.
o Sets students up to think positively about their peers.
o Creates a culture of creativity – puts the responsibility on students to think of how they’d like to contribute.
o Sets staff free from finding a ministry role for every student.


Students serving on Sunday morning
 Everyone sharing in a small group discussion.
 People tithe in obedience to Christ.
 Seeing a need and meeting it (no matter where you are)


Upcoming Stuff:
2/11 – JHM Leadership Lab
2/14 – Valentine’s Day

2/17 – Liam Bowser’s Birthday! (AJ’s kiddo)
2/18 – JHM Leadership Lab & Hume SD & Houseboats Registration OPEN!!
2/19 – President’s Day (office closed)

2/25 – JHM Leadership Lab & Baptism Sunday

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.



Opening Game: Sirioke Love Songs

Siri speaks words of popular love songs… guess what song she is saying the lyrics to!


Jesus And The Tough Times

Lesson 1: The God Who Listens

What we want students to learn: That when they experience tough times, they should express their emotions to God in real, honest ways.

What we want students to do with what they’ve learned: To encourage students to reconsider the way they communicate with God, challenging them to embrace a more honest dialogue with Him.

Scripture Focus: Matthew 26:36-46

Supporting Scripture: Hebrews 5:7

Overview: We tell our students that prayer is simply having a conversation with God. However, even as adults we often behave as if we believe there are things we should hold back from telling the Lord. What happens when things get difficult and we are confused, angry or even blaming God for the tough times? We know we need peace, hope, and to know we are loved unconditionally but often we can shut down because we don’t think we can truly tell the Lord everything. When Jesus went into the Garden of Gethsemane He showed us differently. He pleaded with His father and poured out His heart about the way things were, and the way He wished they could be. We learn from Jesus Himself that prayer means many things; one of them is being honest with God about what we’re feeling when times are tough.


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.


Matthew 26:36-46
Then Jesus went with them to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and he said, “Sit here while I go over there to pray.” He took Peter and Zebedee’s two sons, James and John, and he became anguished and distressed. He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”
Then he returned to the disciples and found them asleep. He said to Peter, “Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour? Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!”
Then Jesus left them a second time and prayed, “My Father! If this cup cannot be taken away unless I drink it, your will be done.” When he returned to them again, he found them sleeping, for they couldn’t keep their eyes open.
So he went to pray a third time, saying the same things again. Then he came to the disciples and said, “Go ahead and sleep. Have your rest. But look—the time has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Up, let’s be going. Look, my betrayer is here!”


Hebrews 5:7
While Jesus was here on earth, he offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the one who could rescue him from death. And God heard his prayers because of his deep reverence for God.



“My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”


Scripture of Focus:

Hebrews 5:7
While Jesus was here on earth, he offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the one who could rescue him from death. And God heard his prayers because of his deep reverence for God.

• 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.

What gave Jesus the courage to ask God to change the plan? What gave Jesus the courage to stick with the plan?

Why do you think it’s important to talk to God about things even if they are impossible to change?

Is there anything in your life that you’ve been hesitant to let God in on? Why? How can you benefit from filling Him in?

Close in prayer at 8:25ish