JHM Material, 9/12

Proverbs 27:17

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.

Just as there is benefit from rubbing two iron blades together – resulting in sharpening and making them more productive and efficient in their task of cutting, we too are “sharpened” through our relationships with others. The Quest Bible Commentary describes this verse this way: “This expression has to do with personality. People sharpen each other through exchanging information, discussing issues and critiquing each other’s ideas. Different people can bring different perspectives and strengths to a discussion.” While the sharpening process may be stretching and even uncomfortable at times, true friends sharpen each other in a way that is loving, productive and restorative…yet another benefit of living intentionally in community with people the way God intended. -Love God Greatly – Made for Community

Upcoming Stuff:

9/27 – See You at the Pole

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Tuesday, 9/12

Opening Game: Head, Shoulders, Knees, Toes, CUP!

An elimination style game, where two people are paired up and one person is always defeated. You need 1 cup for every 2 people you have playing.

A cup is placed on the floor between 2 competitors who are face-to-face.

You then have someone lead out in a series of commands, such as “Head” where each player must put their hands on their head, and so forth. So using any series of commands, such as Head, Shoulders, Knees, Hair, Toes… you increase the anticipation and once you yell “Cup” both contestants try to be the first to grab the cup off the floor.

 

Teaching Material: Jesus And Stress

Lesson 1: God > Stress

What we want students to learn: That God is greater than any stress or worry they may experience in their lives.

What we want students to do with what they’ve learned: To identify the major stressors in their lives and to consider what it looks like to give those over to God.

Scripture Focus: Luke 12:22-31

Overview: Students today live in a world of stress. Just the extreme fast pace of life in the 21st century is enough to create feelings of anxiety and uneasiness. So what is stress for today’s teenager? We can think of stress as their mental, emotional, and even spiritual state as a result of the tension caused by the demanding circumstances of their lives. When you think about all the changes facing students today like a parents’ divorce, moving to a new city, preparing for college, pressure to perform in school and athletics, relationships, and so on, and then add their own physical and emotional changes, it’s easy to see that a series of lessons on stress is needed. But, you might ask, did Jesus address stress in the lives of His children? Yes, He did. And in this first lesson we will discover why God is definitely bigger than stress.

 

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)

 

GOD>STRESS

WE ALL STRESS- BUT SHOULD WE?

Luke 12:22-31

Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing. Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds! Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?

“Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

“And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don’t worry about such things. These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.

STRESSING WON’T GET US ANYWHERE

Luke 12:25-26

Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?

GOD LOVE US ENOUGH TO CARE FOR OUR NEEDS

Luke 12:31

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.

JUST ASK

Philippians 4:6-7

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

 

BOTTOM LINE:

GOD’S LOVE FOR US IS MUCH BIGGER THAN ANY STRESS WE HAVE.

 

(Back)

 

Philippians 4:6-7

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

 

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.

 

What is stressing you out right now? (Take time to listen to responses here.  Just listening and praying here may be the best thing for your students.)

 

What would it take to give that stress up to God?

 

How does it make you feel knowing that God cares about what stresses you out, and wants to comfort you?  Do you let Him?

 

Close in prayer