JHM Update, 2/28

As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. Proverbs 27:17

 

Leader Tip: 8 Habits of Effective Small Group Leaders

Habit number 7 is, Plan Group Fellowship Activities. I love the Proverbs verse above because it talks about how our relationships are what sharpen us. A lot of students live life in isolation and share only what they feel is necessary, required, or safe. So many of them live guarded lives (and so do we), that they don’t experience the full value of small group connection. One way to help break down walls in this area is to plan group fellowship activities. Connecting to students and students connecting to each other in an environment that is designed solely for hanging out and having fun helps students to know each other better and it develops trust. We understand that many of you have very tight schedules and not a lot of time to connect outside of group, but even doing something 2 times a year is great investment!

 

Upcoming Events:

 

February 26 – wherehouse on the patio & Summer Camp sign ups open at 2pm!!

—                     Creative Night (7-8:30pm)

March 2 – My birthday! (Angela) ;)

March 5 – wherehouse on the patio

March 12 – spring forward time change & wherehouse on the patio

March 13 – Jake Bowser’s birthday!

3.14 – National Pie Day!

 

Attendance:

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!

 

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, 2/28

Jesus And Loving Others

Lesson 3: Loving The Least

 

What we want students to learn: That Jesus desires for His people to actively show love to the poor and needy, those who Jesus called “the least of these.”

 

What we want students to do with what they’ve learned: To indentify practical ways they can demonstrate the love of Christ to the poor and needy in their community.

 

Scripture Focus: Matthew 25:34-46

 

Supporting Scripture: Deuteronomy 15:7-8

 

Overview: Jesus’ teaching on loving the “least of these” is certainly a topic that should be covered in a Bible study on loving others. Jesus’ command to show love to those who are most in need of love echoes similar commands throughout the Old Testament. It’s obvious that God’s heart is especially tuned to the needs of the poor. The question for your students is who are the “least of these” in their 21st century context, and how can they live out Jesus’ commandment to show love to them. This lesson will help you unpack this verse and its implications, as well as identifying ways your students can show love to the needy in your community and around the world.

 

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)

 

Matthew 25:34-46

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’

37 “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’

40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters,[c] you were doing it to me!’

41 “Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons.[d] 42 For I was hungry, and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give me a drink. 43 I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite me into your home. I was naked, and you didn’t give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’

44 “Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’

45 “And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’

46 “And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.”

 

LOVING THE LEAST SHOWS LOVE FOR GOD

Matthew 25:40

40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters,[c] you were doing it to me!’

 

LOVING THE LEAST REQUIRES SELF SACRIFICE

John 13:12-17

12 After washing their feet, he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, “Do you understand what I was doing? 13 You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am. 14 And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. 15 I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. 16 I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message. 17 Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them.

 

LOVING THE LEAST HAS ETERNAL IMPACT

Matthew 25:46

“And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.”

 

 

(Back)

 

Deuteronomy 15:7-8

“But if there are any poor Israelites in your towns when you arrive in the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hard-hearted or tightfisted toward them.Instead, be generous and lend them whatever they need.

 

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.

 

How have you let fear or not wanting to sacrifice from yourself get in the way of you loving “the least”?  As you think about Jesus washing his disciples’ feet, do you sense that you haven’t been as willing to show love to people?

 

When you consider the eternal impact that loving others can have do you feel like you should make some changes in your life?  What type of eternal impact do you think you are having on people around you now?

 

Thinking back to last week (loving others when it’s hard), and tonight (loving the least) what is your plan to love people who need love better?  Can we help each other come up with a plan?

 

Close in prayer