JHM Update, 5/2

“In the beginning the Word already existed.
The Word was with God,
and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him,
and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created,
and his life brought light to everyone.”
John 1:1-4

7 Family Ministry Essentials

The 5th environment to create is God is central. We do our students a disservice when we make the characters of the stories of the Bible the main characters. We shouldn’t say things like, let’s be more like Moses or David because if you know their stories…they fail. God never fails. We should remember and create an environment where students know that who God was, is who He is, and who He will forever be! Students need to know that God keeps His promises in a world where people don’t keep their promises.

Upcoming Events:

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

May 10 – Clean Up Your Room Day

May 11 – Eat What You Want Day

May 13 – Hailey’s birthday!

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

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, 5/2

Jesus And Your Future

Lesson 2: Fully Living

 

What we want students to learn: That Jesus came so that we may have a future that is abundantly awesome.

 

What we want students to do with what they’ve learned: To identify ways they are living a full life, and to consider how they might embrace an even fuller future.

 

Scripture Focus: John 10:7-10

 

Overview: Jesus’ discourse in John 10 is probably familiar to you and your students. It’s a rich passage that is full of application and meaning. One of the most meaningful verses is John 10:10. Here, Jesus articulates why He came to earth. The primary thrust behind His words here is the life Jesus purchases for His children, a life free from the burden of sin. But there is an element that speaks to the quality of life Jesus makes possible for us. It’s not just about what Jesus saved us from, it’s about what Jesus saved us to. Jesus made it possible for us to experience a meaningful future, in heaven but also on this earth. It’s important to help your students see that Jesus wants them to live a future full of possibility. So much of that starts with how they see their future today. This lesson will help you open your students’ eyes to this reality.

 

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 10:7-10

so he explained it to them: “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me were thieves and robbers. But the true sheep did not listen to them.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. 10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

 

A FUTURE WITH JESUS:

ISN’T ABOUT MISSING OUT

John 10:9b

…They will come and go freely and will find good pastures…

 

MEANS WE’RE SAFE

John 10:9a

…Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved…

 

MAKES US RICH

            NOW AND FOREVER

John 10:10

My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

 

(back)

 

John 10:10

The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying 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.

 

Have you ever felt that being a Christ follower means missing out on life?  Why or why not?

 

What does it mean to you that Jesus is our “great shepherd”?  What image does that make you see in your mind?  How does it make you feel?

 

What does it mean that Jesus will give us a rich and abundant life? 

 

How have you experienced this rich life while being a follower of Christ?

 

Close in prayer.