JHM Update, 3/7

I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. John 15:5

Leader Tip: 8 Habits of Effective Small Group Leaders

The 8th and final habit is, be committed to personal growth. This is the backbone of what we do! It’s most important because as Christ has called us to be leaders, getting to know the character of God, the person of Jesus, and the leading of the Holy Spirit gives us the fruit to share with those we lead. If you’re not spending more time with God than you’re not, please let someone know. If you need help with how to read or study, please reach out. We want all of our leaders to be healthy fully developing followers of Jesus!

 

Upcoming Events:

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!

March 15 – Absolutely Incredible Kid 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, 3/7

Jesus And Loving Others

Lesson 4: Known By Their Love

What we want students to learn: That as Christ-followers, they are to be defined by their love for others.

 

What we want students to do with what they’ve learned: To define what it means to demonstrate Christ’s love for others and to identify a few practical ways they can act in a loving way toward others.

Scripture Focus: John 13:31-35

Supporting Scripture: John 15:12-13; 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

 

Overview: It has been said that when people realize they are coming to the end of life there is a sense of urgency in what they want to say to family members and friends. In the passages for today’s lesson Jesus is reaching the end of His time for ministry and teaching on earth. Jesus knew He would soon be arrested and then face death at Calvary. You can almost feel the sense of urgency in the words of Jesus in the last part of the Book of John. Jesus showed love when He washed the feet the feet of His disciples then He reminded them, not once but twice, of His new commandment to love others. Jesus would show the ultimate act of love by dying on the cross for all humankind. He wanted the message of God’s love and man’s hope of redemption to spread to the world and for that to happen it would be through the lives of His followers. The command to love others still holds true today and your students need to see the importance of continuing in the steps of Jesus and His original followers by not only loving others but being known for loving others.

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)

John 13:31-35

31 As soon as Judas left the room, Jesus said, “The time has come for the Son of Man[a] to enter into his glory, and God will be glorified because of him. 32 And since God receives glory because of the Son,[b] he will give his own glory to the Son, and he will do so at once. 33 Dear children, I will be with you only a little longer. And as I told the Jewish leaders, you will search for me, but you can’t come where I am going. 34 So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. 35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

WE SHOULD BECOME KNOWN FOR LOVING OTHERS

35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

 

LOVING OTHERS IS HOW WE MIRROR CHRIST

John 15:12-13

12 This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. 13 There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

 

LOVING OTHERS MAKES CHRIST FAMOUS

John 3:30

30 He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.

(Back)

John 15:12-13

12 This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. 13 There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

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 are you working to be known for?  Do you need to make some changes to your goals?

 

How does loving others reflect Christ?  Why is it important that we mirror who Jesus is to those around us?

 

Who are you trying to make famous?  What do you need to decrease in order to increase Jesus in your life and in the image you reflect?

Close in prayer