JHM Update, 3/28

Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. 1 Corinthians 11:1

 

7 Essentials for Family Ministry

The third environment to create is one where scripture is our authority. If the word of God is living and active, then we should definitely be living and acting by it. Scripture as our authority makes it easier to do our job as a leader (follower of Jesus) to students. If we remove our answers/advice from equations and show students in scripture where we get our answers/advice, then they will see and depend on Jesus, not on us. Paul said, follow me, as I follow the example of Christ and that is what we want to show students as well. One super practical way we can do this is to simply ask the question, “what does scripture say about that?”, when students come to us for advice or to share a challenge happening in their lives. While it makes our job as leaders easier, it takes work as a follower of Jesus because it means we have to know the Word (be in the Word) daily.

Upcoming Events:

March 24 – Girls Night Out Waffle Bar & Paint Night (7-9pm in the wherehouse)

                  Special Stars Respite Night (6-9pm in The Outlet)

March 26 – wherehouse on the patio & Make Up Your Own Holiday day

April 2 – wherehouse on the patio

April 7 – NP Women & wh girls Bible Journaling 101 (7pm in The Venue)

April 9 – wherehouse on the patio

April 10-15 – wherehouse Spring Serve (Mon-Wed 8am-12pm)

Attendance:

I think we’ve worked 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. Please continue 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, 3/28

Jesus And Your Image

Lesson 3: You Are What You Do

 

What we want students to learn: That they are ultimately known by their actions; they can try to control their image, but their actions say a great deal to the world, and to God, about who they really are.

 

What we want students to do with what they’ve learned: To evaluate any areas of their lives where their actions don’t line up with their professed identity as a Christ-follower.

 

Scripture Focus: Luke 6:43-45

 

Supporting Scripture: Philippians 1:27

 

Overview: As you’ve been talking about image to your students, you’ve probably mentioned the idea of image control. We all try and project a certain image. Sometimes our actions line up with that image. But sometimes they don’t. And when they don’t, our actions will always trump any image we try to project. As your students are challenged to project an image that is more about Christ than about them, it’s vital that their daily actions reflect this. In this lesson, you’ll get the chance to help students grasp this truth.

 

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)

 

Luke 6:43-45

43 “A good tree doesn’t bear bad fruit. And a bad tree doesn’t bear good fruit. 44 You can tell each tree by the kind of fruit it bears. People do not pick figs from thorns. And they don’t pick grapes from bushes. 45 A good man says good things. These come from the good that is stored up in his heart. An evil man says evil things. These come from the evil that is stored up in his heart. A person’s mouth says everything that is in their heart.

 

YOU ARE WHAT YOU DO

 

Luke 6:45b

…A person’s mouth says everything that is in their heart.

 

OTHER PEOPLE CAN TELL

 

Luke 6:44

You can tell each tree by the kind of fruit it bears. People do not pick figs from thorns. And they don’t pick grapes from bushes.

 

Philippians 1:27a

No matter what happens, live in a way that brings honor to the good news about Christ. Then I will know that you remain strong together in the one Spirit. I will know this if I come and see you or only hear about you.

 

BEARING GOOD FRUIT UNITES BELIEVERS

 

Philippians 1:27b

I will know that you work together as one person. I will know that you work to spread the teachings about the good news.

 

 (Back)

 

Philippians 1:27a

No matter what happens, live in a way that brings honor to the good news about Christ. Then I will know that you remain strong together in the one Spirit. I will know this if I come and see you or only hear about 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?

 

 

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.

 

What image are your actions displaying?  Are you bearing good fruit or bad fruit? 

 

How do you act around other people?  Do you change your behavior based on who you are around?  Why?

 

How can you use your actions to partner with other Christians?  Are you currently living united with other believers or separated?

 

Close in prayer