James 4:7-8, Philippians 2:3-4, 1 Peter 5:8
Book of Proverbs
JUNE - JULY 2020
1 Corinthians 12 & 13
AUGUST - NOVEMBER
JANUARY - JULY
JUNE - AUGUST
JANUARY - FEBRUARY
JUNE - JULY
MARCH - APRIL
DECEMBER & JANUARY
Chasing After Our Own Way - Samuel & King Saul - 1 Samuel
Chasing After the Heart of God - King David - 1 & 2 Samuel
Chasing After that Special Someone - King Solomon - 1 Kings
Realizing Our Potential & Purpose - Judges 13-14
Controlling Our Anger - Judges 14-15
Redeeming Our Sexuality - Judges 16
Authentic Faith is Life Saving Faith - Acts 5:1-11
Wise Decisions are Life Saving Decisions - 1 Kings 3; Proverbs 2:6
Honorable Relationships are Life Saving Relationships - 2 Samuel 11-12
You can't deeply appreciate the talents of Lebron James if you've never tried to play basketball; and the most avid listener can't deeply appreciate the melodies, harmonies and lyrics of their favorite musician if they've never tried to play or write music. Don't get me wrong, on some level, anyone can appreciate talent when they see it, but to deeply appreciate something you've got to attempt it. How many times have you thought, "Oh I can do that!", only to be embarrassed moments later.
If you really want to know God you've got to share His interests. To deeply love and appreciate God you've got to be into the things He's into. God loves humanity. Christ came to serve. We can't really feel the weight and beauty of God's love for us until we work at loving our enemies. We'll never understand and appreciate the cross until we forgive, suffer, and sacrifice for others. The more we try to live life the way Christ did, the more deeply we appreciate all He is and all He's done.
Jennifer Sheridan gave us a few great thoughts from scripture to think about as we work with God by serving others. First, service happens everyday, Christ served those right beside him. We don't have to take a week off and go thousands of miles to serve and love others (though those trips are really cool too). Second, true service is selfless. Matt 5:16 and Matt 6 calls our acts to bring glory to God not ourselves. Third, serving others is going to be humiliating and awkward at times, but God will equip us.
So look for ways to serve others, and then do it. Notice when others serve you, and say thanks. Practice living like Christ this week, so you can learn to love and appreciate Him more.
This week Stroo spoke on the importance of community. In Genesis, God creates the world and then He says "let us make man in our image." Through this we can see that God is a community in Himself - Father, Son, and Spirit. After He had created the world, He created Adam, and saw that it wasn't good for him to be alone - so He created Eve. Since we are created in God's image, it is impossible for us to live a healthy spiritual life alone.
Think about someone whose helped you grow in your relationship with Christ. Many of the biggest times of spiritual growth for us are the result of others investing in us. When a parent or mentor teaches us scriptures, shares in our struggles, learns and laughs with us, and prays with us those moments stick with us. Becoming the person Christ created us to be is most enjoyable in community. The truth is that we need the church to lift us up, and support us when we are struggling. Trying to live a healthy spiritual life without the church is like trying to live life without our arms or legs.
This week, take the time to read scripture together and pray together. Go deeper and be more honest than usual. Share struggles with each other and pray over those struggles. Try to remember the importance of community.
Tonight we talked about the importance of prayer and fasting. Luke 5:12-16 shows us that Christ would often "withdraw to desolate places to pray" even when people were coming to Him to be healed. There's no way you can tell me the things we're busy with in our lives are more important than healing and ministry. If Christ saw a need for prayer and fasting, so should we. When we pray we are inviting God to take over and fill every part of our lives. We fast to make more room in our lives for God to fill and take care. Prayer and fasting are both ultimately about filling our lives with God's presence and influence!
* prayer & fasting: an indispensable priority - Luke 5:12-16
* prayer: uniting our lives with God
* prayer: a model - Matt 6:9-13
* fasting: filling our lives with God - Matt 6:16-18
Read through Luke 5:12-16 and share why you think Christ would take time when He could be healing and reaching out to people to get away and pray. Ask your student if he or she chose a particular time to pray, or if he or she is fasting from something this week. As a family you might find something to fast from this week in order to create some time for prayer and Bible study. This could be food or a favorite drink, television, Facebook, texting, music, eating out, or anything. The point is to make more time in our lives with God. Try memorizing Luke 5:16 together.
OCTOBER- NOVEMBER STUDY
SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER STUDY
Average Americans are consuming around 9 hours of media a day according to Ball State University's research a few years ago. 1 Corinthians 10:31 challenges us "whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God." So how we spend these 9 hours on phones, listening to music, and watching tv or movies matters to our God. Our DOWNLOAD series seeks to help your students consider the messages in the media they encounter. We challenge them to do three things.
Discover the message of the media.
Discern what God says about that subject and consider if media agrees or disagrees.
Decide whether they should spend some, limited, or no time in this media.
Parents, consider thinking through the messages in the next show you watch or song you listen to with your son or daughter. Maybe have them choose a show, movie, or song to think through together. We're memorizing 1 Corinthians 10:31. Why not memorize this short verse with your student?
Christ calls us to treasure him above all else (Matt 10:34-39). We want to love and know God and love and know others better. Lets leverage the media we watch to help us do this.
DOWNLOAD is a curriculum put together by Walt Mueller.