Deal With It Session One

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Scripture Passage: Romans 5:1-5

Main Point: Jesus Wants Us To Suffer Well

Summary: Life is tough. There are things in our life that don’t make us feel happy. and often times life feels like a struggle…maybe so far as to say a suffering. Our response to suffering is often to avoid it or escape it. We don’t like dealing with the hard stuff so we don’t bother trying. However, Paul gives us an image of rejoicing in our suffering. Quite simply, Paul tells believers to looks suffering in the face and deal with it.

Conversation Questions:

  1. What are some things in your life that are struggles or cause you to suffer?
  2. What are some ways you avoid problems in your life?
  3. Paul says to rejoice in suffering. What do you think that looks like?
  4. Why can Christians rejoice in hard stuff?
  5. What do you need to stop avoiding this week and instead start to deal with?

Family Application:

1. Set aside a time to talk about any struggles in your family relationships. Learning to deal with those struggles head on instead of avoiding one another. In the moment it’ll feel like suffering, but it will create perseverance and character in your family.

2. Ask your student if they face criticism for what they believe, then talk about how they can navigate that in a way that will make them more like Jesus.

Road Trip Session Three

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Scripture Passage: Acts 20:1-6

Main Point: Jesus Calls Us To All People

Summary: Throughout this series we have seen that Jesus changes our direction, the Holy Spirit leads us in that new direction, and this week we see where we’re going. However, what we find is that Jesus is far less concerned with the where and more concerned about the who. Jesus has always been about people, the question is, which people?

Conversation Questions:

1.What do the people around you look like?
2.Who is the most different person from you that you regularly associate with?
3.How do you get outside your world to meet new people?
4.Which people do we have a hard time loving?
5.Would we be willing to invite those people into our world?
6.What do we communicate as a family, if we aren’t for all people?

Family Application:

1. What is family that’s really different from yours? Invite them over for a dinner with your family and get to know them.
2. Watch Remember The Titans and talk about how you can be joining with different people in your church for a common goal to reach more people (What obstacles are in the way? Which ones can you remove while still honoring Christ?)

Road Trip Session One

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Scripture Passage: Acts 9:1-9

Main Point: Jesus Changes Our Direction

Summary: In the book of Acts we see many moments where Paul is traveling. Paul was God’s pick for who would carry the good news of the Gospel to the gentiles (not Jewish people) so he spent a lot of time traveling. However, before he was Paul, his name was Saul and he was a persecutor of Christians. On one of Saul’s travels he meets Jesus and his life, plans, and direction are changed forever. What we see in the life of Paul, and should see in our own lives, is that Jesus changes our direction.

Conversation Questions:

  1. What are some of your plans or goals?
  2. How are you afraid for those to change?
  3. How does Jesus fit in there?
  4. How will he change those plans or goals?
  5. What does your life look like?
  6. How does that need to change to look more like Jesus?

Family Application:

  1. Give a list of words that describe your life, your goals and your plans.
  2. Add words that are characteristics of Jesus and see how your original words need to change.

I’m In Session Four

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Scripture Passage: Matthew 9:9-13

Main Point: Jesus Is Better

Summary: Often times when we hear about Jesus we hear about all that we’ll have to give up to follow him. We get caught up in the sacrifice and what he might take, that we’re afraid to put our faith in him. This week we talked about the calling of Matthew, and how he wasn’t concerned with the fear of future sacrifice but decided that Jesus is better because he desires mercy before that sacrifice.

Conversation Questions:

  1. What do you think Jesus wants from you?
  2. What do you think Jesus offers you?
  3. Does what Jesus might want, scare you? Or seem not worth it?
  4. What do you think it means when Jesus says he desires mercy over sacrifice?
  5. Do you think the Christian life consists of sacrifice?
  6. Is there anything not worth giving up while walking with Jesus?

Family Application:

  1. List some things that would be hard to give up if Jesus was leading you to. What steps can you take to be okay with giving those things up?
  2. Sacrifice isn’t necessary for acceptance, but rather a thankful offering because of Jesus mercy for us. Mercy comes first. How can you show mercy this week to someone first?

I’m In Session Three

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Scripture Passage: John 20:24-31

Main Point: You will doubt. Don’t let doubt win.

Summary: Have you ever wondered if God could really love someone like you? Maybe you’ve wondered if God could really do something great in your life? Maybe you read scripture occasionally and have doubts that all this is true. Often followers of Jesus have doubts and never talk about them. Or even worse, our doubts keep us from giving our lives to Jesus and following Him. Wednesday night we talked about how even though we’ll doubt, we don’t want to give into that doubt and let doubt win.

Conversation Questions:

1.What are some doubts you have in your faith?
2.What are those doubts keeping you from?
3.How can doubt be turned to good? (Doubt often creates questions, questions lead to knowledge, knowledge leads to deeper love)
4.How can we combat doubt in our faith life?
5.What does Jesus tell Thomas about his doubt?
6.What does John say he’s giving us in the last couple verses to combat doubt?

Family Application:

1. Read the book of John together for 21 days. That’s a chapter a day, and talk about what you see. John gives us this book that people might believe in Jesus and not doubt like Thomas.

2. Develop a family Bible reading plan to regularly fill yourselves with truth when you are filled with doubt.

180 Weekend Intro

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Scripture Passage: Mark 10:35-45

Main Point: God’s People Want To Know Where They Stand

Summary: Our lives are categorized by the relationships we hold. Within those relationships we often want to know where we stand. The people of God have historically been the same way. Dated back to the early disciples we see James and John arguing about sitting next to Jesus in eternity. Today, we want still don’t quite understand where we stand in relationship with Jesus. We get that he invites us to relationship but what does it look like? Where do we stand? We discuss those things in this weeks talk.

Conversation Questions:

1.What are some relationships that exist in our lives?
2.Where do we stand in those relationships?
3.How does that affect how we act in that relationship?
4.Who does God say we are? What are some titles He gives His people?
5.Do we act like those roles?
6.What do you expect to hear from God this weekend about your relationship with him?

Family Application:

1. Talk about relationships in your life? Do those mirror our relationships with God?

2. Talk about ways you can make your relationships at home look more like the relationships God calls us to with Him.

I’m In Session Two

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Scripture Passage: Acts 15:5-11

Main Point: Being “In” Is Defined By Our Relationship, Not Our Ability To Follow Rules.

Summary: In life we are often faced with the question, “Are You In?” and the answer to that question can change everything. In our faith, Jesus is often asking something similar. If recognizing our sin calls us to jump in, what are we jumping in to? This week we talked about Jesus desires a relationship before rules. Rules are often good, but without the foundation of Jesus, they can’t save us.

Conversation Questions:

1.What are some rules or principles we live by as a family?
2.Why do we live by these things?
3.Do we expect other people to live by those rules?
4.Do these rules make us good people? Do these things define us?
5.Are our rules keeping us from sharing Jesus with people who don’t know him, or his way of life yet?
6.How can we be patient with people who don’t know all the rules yet, but still need Jesus? 7.How do we share Jesus with them and trust that God will do a work in their lives to change them before they ever change themselves?

Family Application:

1. Talk about ways your family is “All In” in walking with Jesus. What are some ways you can dive deeper to giving yourselves wholly to him.

2. Take some steps to spend quality time with your teenager this week and build a relationship that will withstand those pesky moments when they get in trouble.

I’m In Session One

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Scripture Passage: Luke 8:1-3

Main Point: Jumping In Means Recognizing Our Sin

Summary: In life we are often faced with the question, “Are You In?” and the answer to that question can change everything. In our faith, Jesus is often asking something similar. Are we in for following him? Are we in to do whatever he calls us to? And how do we get in? Is it some secret password or simply recognizing our sin and our need for him? We believe it’s the latter.

Conversation Questions:

1.How do you define sin?
2.What are some sins you struggle with? Here’s some of mine.
3.How does recognizing our sin change the way we follow Jesus?
4.What does Jesus do with our sin?
5.What does he expect from us, sinners, that he’s saved and made his?

Family Application:

1. Talk about the things you struggled with that Jesus has saved you from. Also, talk about the things you’re still learning to leave behind and follow Jesus.

2. Talk about ways your family is “All In” in walking with Jesus. What are some ways you can dive deeper to giving yourselves wholly to him.

Upside Down Session Three

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Scripture Passage: Matthew 25:34-40

Main Point: Followers of Jesus love the “least of these”

Summary: We love to have relationships that benefit us. That could benefit our work lives, our emotional needs, or any void that we can think of that needs to be filled. However, when we come face to face with this passage, we see that Jesus calls his followers to love those that can’t do anything for them. We are to love the “least of these.”

Conversation Questions:

1.Who are people that can do nothing for you (categorically)?
2.How do you normally treat those types of people?
3.Who were the people that Jesus mentioned that society had pushed aside?
4.How does Jesus expect his followers to respond?
5.What does it look like to love those in our community that have nothing to offer us?
6.Who specifically are those people in our lives?

Family Application:

1. Think of someone who has nothing to offer your family. What can you do to love them this week? How can you serve them expecting nothing in return?
2. Get involved in the local food pantry.
3. Sacrifice a portion of your Christmas gifts this year for a family that won’t get Christmas.