JHM Update, 4/25

For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. Romans 1:20

7 Family Ministry Essentials

The 5th environment to create is share the whole story (God’s grand redemptive narrative).

God’s whole story matters! How well can we articulate the gospel? The grand redemptive narrative of the Bible is one where God consistently (through the whole Bible) pursues imperfect people (that’s you, me and everyone else). Students need to know this…not just as head knowledge, but heart knowledge that leads to life change (action). So when we are sharing God’s story, let’s be intentional about sharing the whole story.

Upcoming Events:

April 23 – wherehouse on the patio & baptism Sunday

April 30 – wherehouse on the patio & national honesty day

May the 4th – be with you & Bill Glass serve night

May 7 – wherehouse on the patio

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, 4/25

Jesus And Your Future

Lesson 1: Life Eternal

What we want students to learn: That a forever-future with God is found through faith in Christ.

What we want students to do with what they’ve learned: To articulate their standing with Christ: whether they have come to saving faith with Him, and if so, how, and how this has impacted their life, both in the present and future.

Scripture Focus: John 3:1-18

 

Overview: Jesus’ encounter with Nicodemus results in a wonderfully concise definition of what it means to gain eternal life in Christ. In context, the ultra-familiar John 3:16 serves as a crystal clear explanation of what eternal life is and how it is gained. In this lesson, you’ll help lay the foundation for a discussion of your students’ future by looking at how an eternal future is gained . . . and how it is rejected. You’ll help your students think about where they stand with Christ, if they have come to a saving relationship with Him or not, and if so, how this has impacted them.

 

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 3:1-18

There was a man named Nicodemus, a Jewish religious leader who was a Pharisee. After dark one evening, he came to speak with Jesus. “Rabbi,” he said, “we all know that God has sent you to teach us. Your miraculous signs are evidence that God is with you.”

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.”

“What do you mean?” exclaimed Nicodemus. “How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?”

Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. So don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.”

“How are these things possible?” Nicodemus asked.

10 Jesus replied, “You are a respected Jewish teacher, and yet you don’t understand these things? 11 I assure you, we tell you what we know and have seen, and yet you won’t believe our testimony. 12 But if you don’t believe me when I tell you about earthly things, how can you possibly believe if I tell you about heavenly things? 13 No one has ever gone to heaven and returned. But the Son of Man has come down from heaven. 14 And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life.

16 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.

18 “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.

 

OUR FUTURE COSTS A LOT

 

John 3:16 For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

 

GOD HAS GIVEN US AN OFFER

 

Romans 6:23  For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

WHO’S PAYING YOUR BILL?

 

(Back)

 

John 3:16 For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

 

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.

 

If God desires for us to spend eternity with Him, why did Jesus have to die?  Couldn’t God just snap his fingers and fix everything? (Romans 6:23- the wages of sin is death.  Someone has to pay for the sins by dying.  Jesus paid it for us.)

Jesus is very clear that the only way to spend eternity in heaven is to be “born again”.  What does that mean?  (I’d like students to be able to vocalize that there is only one way to salvation.  The idea being that you can’t fake it or stumble your way into it.)

Our last fill in asked the question “Who’s paying your bill?”  Are you allowing Jesus sacrifice to make the payment?

Close in prayer.