“Oh, my dear children! I feel as if I’m going through labor pains for you again, and they will continue until Christ is fully developed in your lives.” Galatians 4:19
7 Essentials for Family Ministry
The second environment to create is Spiritual Formation for Lifetime Faith. There are two main ways that students learn about God. Christian Education and Spiritual Formation. Christian Education is what you, me and those helping students learn impart to them. It’s information that is true. Spiritual Formation is what they do to learn on their own. It is their active participation in learning to be more like Christ. We can guide both processes, but students must practice responding to teaching to develop spiritual formation. The goal of Spiritual Formation is the last part of the verse above, “until Christ is fully developed in your lives”. Giving students space for the truth that is imparted to them to sink deep is a way to help them develop Christ in their lives. What this might look like is intentional silence after the message for student to think and pray or activities that get them to form a response to what they have heard. Students who are able to understand and apply truth are in better position to love God and others, on their own and that is the goal; that we would help students become disciples and in turn, make disciples.
March 19 – wherehouse on the patio
March 20 – First Day of Spring
March 24 – Girls Night Out Waffle Bar & Paint Night (7pm in the wherehouse)
Special Stars Respite Night
March 26 – wherehouse on the patio
April 2 – 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.
Ashlee will be teaching with me on Tuesday night. Our teaching time will look slightly different than it has. Ashlee is going to be sharing with all of us about her past hurts/brokenness and how God redeemed those areas of her life.
We will have handouts for the students but they will not have fill ins on them. They will have a space for students to make notes as they’d like and as usual the scripture of focus on the back. One thing we’ll need to be watching for is students using the papers to just draw on and not pay attention, please keep your eyes out for this.
Please be praying for Ashlee and I over the next few days. I am really excited to have Ashlee sharing with us so let’s cover her with prayer as we get ready to teach. I expect the night to be a bit heavy, but we know that ultimately we have Christ’s healing and redemption that we get to celebrate together.
Can’t wait to see you guys Tuesday night!
Jesus And Your Image
Lesson 2: Broken
What we want students to learn: That they don’t have to hide their brokenness from God or the world.
What we want students to do with what they’ve learned: To let down their guard and to express to God where they are most broken, and where they need His presence the most.
Scripture Focus: Luke 18:35-43
Supporting Scripture: 1 Timothy 1:15-16
Overview: Many of the teenagers in your youth group project an image of invincibility. They project a person who has it all going for them. And even if they are open about their mistakes, it’s often done in a humorous light. Few teenagers project an image that makes much room for the struggles, the pain, and the brokenness so many of them suffer with. Yet, God welcomes their brokenness. God stands ready to heal their pain, just like Jesus did for the blind man in Luke 18. But like the blind man, we have to be willing to unashamedly own our brokenness, not caring about how we look or sound. We can’t worry about our image and realize the fullness of our sin and suffering. This lesson will help you challenge students to give their hurt to God, not worrying about their image, and trusting Him to heal their pain.
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.
40 When Jesus heard him, he stopped and ordered that the man be brought to him. As the man came near, Jesus asked him, 41 “What do you want me to do for you?”
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.
Just like the blind beggar, we all have hurts or things we want Jesus to heal. What would you ask Him for if you knew he was saying “What do you want me to do for you?”
Do you believe that Jesus does want you to cry out to Him?
How might your hurts or brokenness help others? Who can you share Jesus with by being honest about your life?
Close in prayer