JHM Update, 2/7

 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. Hebrews 10:24-25

 

Leader Tip: 8 Habits of Effective Small Group Leaders:

Contact group members regularly. I think we all know building relationships with the students in our groups is what it’s all about, but doing that on Tuesday nights only is like getting a C in small group leadership. It’s passing but it’s not the best. Students are building trust with you week by week, but to put more coins in the trust bucket, you need to be contacting them regularly. What does regularly mean? Well, that’s kinda up to you and your budget of time, but I encourage leaders to text/call/send a message through social media/email weekly, write a note and mail or bring it to small group monthly, and show up on their turf (game, recital, school, coffee meeting) at least once a semester. For those with huge groups…divide and conquer and/or ask for help. There are creative ways to make this happen too. For example, invite your whole small group to a student’s game, recital, etc. but then intentionally have conversations with individual students before or after..or during if you’re at a game. You can also ask to drive a student home after small group or take one of them to run errands with you. Any effort you put into building relationships will be noticed and appreciated…even if the student doesn’t vocalize it. ;)

 

Upcoming Events:

 

February 6 – eat ice cream for breakfast day (do it!)

February 7 – Ashton’s birthday!

February 5 – wherehouse on the patio, in services, and serving

February 10 – An Evening to Treasure

February 14 (Tuesday) – Valentine’s Day <3

February 17 – Random Acts of Kindness Day (& Liam Bowser’s birthday!)

February 20 – President’s Day (no school)

 

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 students in your group fill out a connection card. We would still love for you to take attendance through the email you receive, but we currently have a lot of missing information so we need to clean that up before we can move forward. 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, 2/7

Jesus And Stuff

Lesson 4: God’s Stuff, Not Ours

 

What we want students to learn: That they have to learn to see their stuff as God’s, not theirs, to be used as He sees fit.

 

What we want students to do with what they’ve learned: To commit to viewing all their possessions with a spirit of sacrifice, understanding that we only have what we have because God chose to give it to us.

 

Scripture Focus: Mark 12:41-44

 

Overview: This lesson is pretty simple and yet it can be a very powerful one. In this lesson you’ll be looking at Jesus’ observations of the widow giving her last two coins to the Temple treasury. And you’ll have the chance to ask the question: how could the woman have done this? The answer is two-fold: she trusted God to care for her, and more importantly for our purposes, she saw her money as God’s and not hers. This teaches us a great lesson about how we should view our stuff. We should see all of our stuff as God’s to do with as He sees fit. When we adopt this attitude, we can be sure that our stuff will never be a hindrance to our faith.

 

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)

 

Mark 12:41-44

 

41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.

 

43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”

 

 

GOD PAYS ATTENTION TO HOW WE USE OUR STUFF

 

Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury.”

 

GOD IS MORE CONCERNED WITH QUALITY THAN QUANTITY

 

“Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others.”

 

GIVING EVERYTHING MEANS TRUSTING GOD FULLY

           

            Giving is about being willing

“They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”

 

 

 

(Back)

 

Mark 12:43-44

43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”

 

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.

 

 

Would it change how you think about your stuff knowing that God is watching what you do with it?

 

Jesus was able to sit in the temple and physically watch people.  Is it hard to know that God is paying attention to you even though you can’t see him?  Would it change your actions if He was right there with you, physically?

 

What does it mean to you to give quality not quantity?  How might this idea change how you give?

 

Is there an area where you are struggling with being willing?  How would your life change if you trusted God with everything that you have, even when it’s scary?

 

Close in prayer