You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others. 2 Timothy 2:2
Leader Tip: 8 Habits of Effective Small Group Leaders
Tip 6 is Mentor an Apprentice Leader. If our goal as Christ-followers is Love God, Love Others and make disciples, our groups should be busting as the seams!! And some are! This is where the sound training, teaching, and experience you have should be passed on to others. Some of you have expressed that you want to continue leading the group of students you’ve been entrusted with through high school! Right on! Some have said that this is the last year you can lead. Time to replace yourself. You know the needs in your group. You (hopefully) have friends that are pursuing Jesus and growing in their faith. Maybe it’s time to set up a coffee date and share with them what God has done in your life through this season of leading students. We’d love to go into next year having already identified and in the process of mentoring people to lead. So, start praying for God to reveal those people to you and then get to work!
February 17 – Random Acts of Kindness Day (& Liam Bowser’s birthday!)
February 19 – wherehouse on the patio!
February 20 – President’s Day (no school)
February 26 – wherehouse on the patio & Summer Camp sign ups OPEN!!
March 2 – My birthday! (Angela) ;)
March 5 – wherehouse on the patio
Thanks for your patience as we work out the issues in attendance and adding new students. So that we don’t miss anyone and so that we get the necessary info, we are asking that you have all new students in your group fill out a connection card. We would still love for you to take attendance through the email you receive weekly, and before the end of the night. Thank you!
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.
Jesus And Loving Others
Lesson 2: Love Isn’t Always Easy
What we want students to learn: That it’s easy to love people who love us back, but it takes a heart after Christ’s to love those who don’t like us.
What we want students to do with what they’ve learned: To identify some examples of what it practically looks like to love their “enemies,” and to commit to living out their responses.
Scripture Focus: Matthew 5:43-48
Supporting Scripture: Romans 13:8-10
Overview: The technological world we live in offers many ways to brand someone an enemy. A vicious post over social media, posting of an unflattering picture, or even texting gossip can quickly make us aware of who our friends are and who our enemies are. Unlovable people have been around since God created the world. When Jesus came to Earth 2,000 years ago He ushered in a new way of relating to God by accepting the love gift of His Son. In teaching this new type of believer about God’s love, Jesus wanted to show people what real love really looked like. With that in mind, He started teaching about a new way of expressing God’s love and that was by loving enemies. Loving those who love back is easy. Jesus was preparing His disciples and all believers to realize that following Him may be difficult at times and one of those hard things to do would be to love the “unlovable.”
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.
“You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that. But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.
LOVING EVEN WHEN IT’S HARD:
IS HOW WE WERE CREATED
“In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven.”
IS HOW GOD TREATS US
“For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike.”
IS HOW WE ARE DIFFERENT
“If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that.”
Pay all your debts, except the debt of love for others. You can never finish paying that! If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill all the requirements of God’s law.
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?
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.
How is praying for people that persecute us acting as true children of God?
What are some ways that you can practically live out the idea of loving others when it is hard?
How can we, as a group, help each other commit to living that out?
Close in prayer