JHM Update, 5/16

“Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures.” John 10:9

Upcoming Events:

May 13 – Hailey’s birthday!

May 14 – wherehouse on the patio, Mother’s Day, & Dance Like a Chicken Day

May 21 – wherehouse on the patio

May 23 – End of small groups party!

May 28 – wherehouse on the patio & baptism Sunday

May 31 – JH & HS Worship Night

Summer Schedule:

May 16 will be our last teaching night. May 23 will be a service and then a small group end of the year party. WEDNESDAY, May 31 will be our first combined service (JH & HS) and it will be a worship night. Wednesday, June 7 will be our first Summer Nights event after mid-week service and we will also be welcoming our new 7th graders! Our Wednesday nights will look like this through the summer. The only exceptions will be June 21, when we won’t have service due to Summer Extreme Days and July 19 when we have our wherehouse@nite prom.

Here’s the deal. We want you guys involved. So much. But we understand if you need a break or if you want to come and go this summer. Please communicate your plans with us so that we’re not left wondering what’s up. Thanks!

Attendance:

Please have all new students in your group fill out a connection card and continue to take attendance through the email you receive weekly (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, 5/16

Jesus And Your Future

Lesson 4: Worth The Cost

 

What we want students to learn: That committing our future to God enables us to experience God’s uncommon blessing, both now and in eternity.

 

What we want students to do with what they’ve learned: To rest assured that the future God has in store for them is worth any uncommon sacrifice or uncomfortable persecution they may experience.

 

Scripture Focus: Mark 10:28-31

 

Supporting Scripture: 1 Peter 4:1-2, 14, 16b

 

Overview: In Lesson 3, you introduced the idea of sacrifice to your students, and how God expects them to give Him their futures to be used as He sees fit. In this lesson, you’ll help them see the flip side of that coin, namely, that no sacrifice we’re called to make goes unnoticed by God. In this lesson, students will see that Jesus not only notes the sacrifice made by His disciples, but promised that these sacrifices are being rewarded in their lives and in their future lives. This lesson will serve to give confidence to your students that God sees their lives and has a wonderful future in store for them, a future where they will reside with Him in eternity.

 

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)

 

GOD WANTS US TO HAVE AN UNCOMMON FUTURE

 

Mark 10:28-31

 Then Peter began to speak up. “We’ve given up everything to follow you,” he said.

“Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News, will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property—along with persecution. And in the world to come that person will have eternal life.  But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.”

 

UNCOMMON REQUIRES BEING UNCOMFORTABLE

 

1 Peter 4:1-2

So then, since Christ suffered physical pain, you must arm yourselves with the same attitude he had, and be ready to suffer, too. For if you have suffered physically for Christ, you have finished with sin. You won’t spend the rest of your lives chasing your own desires, but you will be anxious to do the will of God.

 

 

GROWTH AND COMFORT NEVER CO-EXIST

 

1 Peter 4:14

If you are insulted because you bear the name of Christ, you will be blessed, for the glorious Spirit of God rests upon you.

 

 

BEING UNCOMMON LEADS TO BEING UNCOMMONLY BLESSED

 

1 Peter 4:16

But it is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being called by his name!

 

(back)

 

1 Peter 4:16

But it is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being called by his name!

 

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.

 

Is it hard to be uncommon for Christ when it gets uncomfortable?

 

What does it mean to you that growth and comfort don’t co-exist?  Why do you think that is?  Is having a growing relationship with Jesus ever easy? (I’d love for students to get that even though it isn’t easy, knowing that the sacrifice is worth it makes it easier/worthwhile)

 

What does being uncommonly blessed look like/mean to you?

 

Close in prayer.