“This is not good!” Moses’ father-in-law exclaimed. “You’re going to wear yourself out—and the people, too. This job is too heavy a burden for you to handle all by yourself.” Exodus 18:17-18
7 Family Ministry Essentials
So, I goofed last week and said God is Central is the 5th environment to create, when it’s actually the 6th, so today we will cover the 7th and final essential. The 7th environment to create is a Community of Ministry Support. Are you a part of the “I can do it all by myself” club? You shouldn’t be. We weren’t created to do life alone! Please take some time to read Exodus 18:13-23. This is such a good example of a healthy way to do ministry! Weekly we ask you to come alongside the vision that we have for JHM, but we also really want to come alongside YOU as you minister to the students in your group. This is an important reason why we strive to use GroupMe as a connection to you and the ministry you’re doing. If you have a co-leader, are you talking to them, praying for them, and praying with them weekly? As ministers we are called to do ministry to students, with students, and through students, but we are not to do this alone! Our goal is to equip the saints (our students/families) for ministry. Let’s be like Jesus and do ministry together!
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
May 21 – wherehouse on the patio
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 then we will have a fun event planned afterward. Every Wednesday will look like this. Service first and fun event after. The only exceptions will be June 21, when we won’t have service due to Summer Extreme Days, July 19 when we have our wherehouse@nite prom…and I thought there was one more. (I’ll update you on Tuesday) 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!
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!
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, MAY 9
Jesus And Your Future
Lesson 3: Giving In Order To Gain
What we want students to learn: That we have to see our future as belonging to God to use as He sees fit.
What we want students to do with what they’ve learned: To understand that Jesus may very well call them to make sacrifices for His sake, but that these sacrifices are part of the full life Christ promises.
Scripture Focus: John 12:20-26
Overview: Our teenagers (and us) are coming of age in a culture where sacrifice isn’t exactly a value. They are expected to achieve all that they can to better themselves. As long as they aren’t hurting someone else in the process, anything goes. So much of their world caters to what they want. But Jesus says that this kind of value system goes against what God values. Jesus articulates the value of sacrifice. And using His life as an example, we can see that God will use our sacrifice to grow His Kingdom. The more we hold on to this present life, the more we inhibit ourselves of experiencing the richness of God’s will worked through us. This lesson will challenge students to be open handed with their lives, seeing them as tools to be used by God for His pleasure.
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.
Some Greeks who had come to Jerusalem for the Passover celebration paid a visit to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee. They said, “Sir, we want to meet Jesus.” Philip told Andrew about it, and they went together to ask Jesus.
Jesus replied, “Now the time has come for the Son of Man to enter into his glory. I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives. Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity. Anyone who wants to serve me must follow me, because my servants must be where I am. And the Father will honor anyone who serves me.
3 STEPS TO A CHRIST FILLED FUTURE:
- PUTTTING OTHERS TIME ABOVE OUR WANTS
For God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believers, as you still do.
- PUTTING OTHERS NEEDS BEFORE OUR OWN
Honor the Lord with your wealth
and with the best part of everything you produce.
- PUTTING GOD’S PLANS AHEAD OF OUR OWN
So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
IN ORDER TO GAIN LIFE WE HAVE TO LET IT GO
Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity.
I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives.
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?
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.
The last two weeks we’ve talked about the fact that we all have a future. We’ve been asked to consider how we are going to spend that future. Based on what we’ve talked about, do you want to live a Christ filled future?
How hard is it to give up your life, your wants and desires, in order to put God’s plans and desires for you first?
What changes do you need to make now to do that better? How can we all help each other with making those sacrifices?
Close in prayer