JHM Material, 9/19

“This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.” John 15:12 (NAS)

In a world where people feel isolated and alone, God created a unique and loving community called the Church. In fact, one of the first acts in Jesus’ ministry was to establish a community of believers, the disciples. These 13 men, including Jesus, transformed the world with the Good News of the kingdom of God. Throughout His ministry, Jesus modeled and taught about life in this new kind of community.

We were not created to do life or ministry alone. Community was God’s plan to change the world. Jesus was completely capable of preaching, teaching and healing by Himself. It’s not as if Jesus needed anyone to help Him! But God designed us to need each other, and Jesus lived this out by taking along 12 friends.

Being in a loving community helps us in many ways. We have friends to encourage us when we feel down, someone to help when we struggle with a problem, we learn to love as Jesus loved, it helps us stay committed to our Christian faith, and we can also be ourselves. Community also helps us stay obedient to God. Jesus commanded us to “… love one another, just as I have loved you” (John 15:12 NAS). The only way to love others is to live in community. (taken from a Proverbs 31 ministry devotion)

 

Upcoming Stuff:

9/27 – See You at the Pole

10/21-Health Faire Outreach (9am-3pm)

10/31-Trunk or Treat

 

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, 9/19

Opening Game: Crowd Charades

CROWD CHARADES flips the classic game of charades on its head and gets your entire crowd involved. Choose 5 contestants to come to the stage and have them compete to see who can guess the answer as the ENTIRE audience acts it out. Encourage the crowd to work together and watch as hilarity ensues!

 

Teaching Material: Jesus And Stress

Lesson 2: The Choice Is Yours

 

What we want students to learn: That they have a choice when it comes to dealing with their stress: They can choose to give in to the worries of this world, or they can choose to focus on Jesus.

 

What we want students to do with what they’ve learned: To identify, practically speaking, what it means to choose to focus on Christ instead of their stress.

 

Scripture Focus: Luke 10:38-42

 

Overview:  You may have heard the phrase “being Mary in a Martha world.” That phrase is based on the scripture in this lesson. Mary and Martha were sisters, and what little we know about them, we see an interesting picture. One, Martha, worried over the details and the other, Mary, focused on embracing the moment. We see this based on an encounter with Christ. One day when Jesus came to visit, Martha hurried about preparing the meal while Mary was content to sit and spend time with Jesus. The way both the sisters handled the daily pressures of life is an excellent model for helping teenagers understand the causes and solutions for anxiety and worry. Choosing to focus on Christ will help your students learn the Biblical model for dealing with 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)

 

THE CHOICE IS YOURS

Luke 10:38-42

As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home.  Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught.  But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.”

But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”

 

HANDLING STRESS…

DON’T LOOK AT OTHERS

Luke 10:40

But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.”

 

IS IMPORTANT

Luke 10:42

There is only one thing worth being concerned about.

 

IS UP TO YOU

Luke 10:42

Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”

 

(Back)

 

Luke 10:41-42

But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”

 

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.

These are the same questions that you had last week.  I’m assuming because I stole your time that you didn’t get to them.  Feel free to just keep going with this theme.

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