Happy Mother’s Day! Here are our lessons and discussion sheets for this Sunday, May 8.
Youth Ministry News
Reminder, we will meet this Sunday, May 1 at 9:45am in the Barn to cover pre-trip information. If you cannot attend this meeting, please let me know, so I can work out alternate arrangements with you.
Youth concert and fellowship, Sunday, May 1. Help by bringing a food item to the reception! We need desserts, fruit salads, veggie trays, and other finger foods for this evening. Bring your food item to the warming kitchen Sunday morning, or bring it before the concert.
Parents, Dawn Kilgore is recruiting some volunteers to help set up tables at this event. Please contact her if you can help.
The churchwide yard sale is this Saturday, April 30, from 9:00am – 1:00pm! We are looking for youth who can help in several ways, like helping sellers set up items, buyers load items, kids craft table, and sports clinic. Come show up (even early, like 8:00am) and find a place to help! SSL hours available.
Yard sale loading help, 6:00-9:00pm. Especially for non-WoG youth and parents of WoG youth who will be waiting, contact Sue Adams to help move furniture and other items to prep for the Saturday yard sale. This is the same time frame as the Waves of Grace rehearsal.
Here’s what’s coming up in Sunday School and Fuel for April 17:
- 6th: Power over death
- 7th-8th: Going to Macedonia
- 9th: Everyone blows it
- 10th-12th: Annointed skills
We’ll wrap up our series called “Church Words.” All of our conversations so far have provided deeper insights into Bible doctrine that can help our teenagers experience greater freedom as they follow Jesus.
This final lesson focuses on the doctrine of glorification. We’ll be studying passages from 1 John 3 and 1 Corinthians 15 to see how glorification is the moment when Christ returns. Those Christians who are already dead will rise from the “dust,” and Christians still alive will meet Jesus face-to-face. We all will see Jesus and will join him in his glory. In the moment that Christ appears, all sin and any remnant of sin will cease to exist. It will be gone—we’ll never think of it again. In that moment, we will see God’s glory.
Look for ways to keep the conversation going at home this week. Here are some questions that might help:
- If you spend time thinking about the day you’ll see Jesus face-to-face, how might that affect the way you live your daily life here on earth?
- How would your life change, if at all, if you never again encountered anything sinful?
- Does knowing that you can someday be free from the very presence of sin make it easier to face struggles or dark moments in your life right now? Why or why not?
- When you honor Jesus while still living in this sin-filled world, you bring him glory—what are some ways you honor him in your everyday life?
Thanks for your continued prayers for our students and our ministry. Have an awesome week!
Here’s what’s coming up for Sunday School and Fuel…
- 6th: Lost and Found
- 7th: Seeking God’s Heart
- 8th-9th: Something for Everyone
- 10th-11th: Every Minute Counts
- 12th: Current events
Fuel – only 3 more Fuel nights left!
We’re continuing our four-lesson series called “Church Words.” It’s a deep look at Bible doctrine designed to help our teenagers experience greater freedom as they follow Jesus. This is also being done in longer small groups in preparation for our Fuel nights next year.
Our third lesson focuses on the topic of sanctification—God’s process of freeing us from sin and making us more like Jesus. Youth will investigate Romans 6:11-14 and discuss how sanctification is a process, a partnership, and a privilege. Our goal is to help our young people discover how being transformed by Jesus brings freedom.
I encourage you to keep the conversation going at home this week. Here are some questions that can fuel that dialogue:
- What are some specific ways your life reflects Jesus more brightly today than it did a year or two ago?
- Why does sanctification matter for Christ-followers?
- Do you agree or disagree that it’s sometimes easy for Christians to get messed up by striving to be perfectionists? Why?
At the time of this post (April 6), we are almost out of space for our summer trips!
reCHARGE Camp – only 6 spaces remain
Because of camp capacities at Skycroft, I do not expect to be able to add spaces to our roster this year. It is likely that once these spaces fill up, our group is set. Visit the reCHARGE Camp page to register.
World Changers – zero spaces remain…but
Unlike reCHARGE, I expect we will be able to add more spaces throughout May – but no guarantees. Visit the summer mission trip page to register.
- 6th: “You’re invited, but dress appropriately“
- 7th: “A deep friendship“
- 8th: “The Bible“
- 9th: “Guide to Life“
- 10th-11th: “Wisdom personified“
- 12th: Current events
Our Fuel series continues with the “Church Words” series, as we discuss Regeneration. Throughout April we are trying out an extended small groups format, which will help us as we plan for Fuel next school year.
Each week’s conversation in this current series provides a deep look at Bible doctrine designed to help our teenagers experience greater freedom as they follow Jesus.
This week we talk about regeneration—simply a big word that means being “born again” or experiencing “spiritual rebirth.” We’ll examine the conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus in John 3:1-8 and see how regeneration is the work of God to perform a miracle by forgiving sins and providing radical grace and a fresh start. It’s an awesome mystery of God.
As you go throughout the week, help reinforce our conversation in your teenager’s life by asking these kinds questions:
- Explain your understanding of what it means to be “born again” and experiencing a “spiritual rebirth.”
- Are you comfortable or uncomfortable with the idea that God is mysterious and that there are mysterious aspects to our faith? Why?
- Do you think it’s possible for a person to be spiritually reborn but then get spiritually stagnant so that there is little or no growth? Why or why not?
- How can spiritual rebirth open the door to freedom from life’s hurts and unhealthy habits?
I’m praying for you and your family! Have a spectacular week!