Once again, thank you so much for investing in your students and in this ministry. You are a vital asset to the kingdom of Christ so please do not give up the fight. This week we are going to be discussing the grey area of decision making. In some decisions there is not a clear right or wrong scriptural answer. In this case we have to consider our past, present, and future circumstances as well as seek God’s wisdom through the decision. Most times our past struggles and current struggles can point the way to the correct decision in our lives. Seeking wisdom in these decisions is crucial. Proverbs 4:7 tells us that “Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! And whatever else you do, develop good judgment.” Seeking wisdom in our decisions and through our situations leads to a happy and fulfilled life. Spend a few minutes each day speaking with your student about how to ensure that they are making the right decisions for their walk.
Thank you for investing in your students. This week’s message speaks to the costs of wisdom. As we talked about earlier, wisdom comes from seeking God in everything we do. However, there is a cost which goes with that. Sometimes we don’t get to do things that we want to do because it is not God’s will for our lives, also sometimes it means that have to do something that we may not want to do. This week’s message discusses the story of Noah and the arc in Genesis: 6:9-22. Noah being a righteous man, did what God asked for him to do, even though at times in the process it was hard. But in the end it is what saved him and his family. Sometimes we look at a situation and we don’t see God’s picture, but when we put God’s plan above our own he always works things out for our ultimate best. While there is a cost to wisdom, what we receive through it is far beyond what we could ever imagine. Spend some time this week discussing situations in their lives where God’s plan has been bigger than their own plan.
Thank you once again for being the spiritual force you are within your household. Your discipleship toward your students is crucial in equipping them to become the Christ followers that we hope that they will be. Remember that you spend substantially more time with them than we do, so discipleship in the home is your most powerful resource. In this second message of the 3 Blind Mice series we will be discussing how we can make wise decisions as well as the three ways in which God uses to communicate with us in regards to the decisions we make. God has given us three ways in which he speaks to us about our circumstances: they include His word, wise council as well as our relationship with him. The passage which we will be focusing on this week is 1st Samuel 20. In this chapter, Jonathan becomes David’s wise counsel developing a plan to warn David that King Saul wants to kill him. This passage enforces that having wise counsel around us as Christ followers is crucial, but also points out that simply having them there is not enough, we have to listen to them. Take some time with your student this week and talk about what it means to have wise counsel as well as how to make sure that they are listening to the things of God and not the things of this world.
As we set out on this new series entitled Three Blind Mice, we want to thank you for making your children’s spiritual development a priority. The main idea of this series is to help the students understand that wisdom is not knowledge, deeds, or anything else which we attempt to do, but wisdom is seeking the face of God in every aspect of our lives. Proverbs 1:20-23 gives us a very clear picture in regards to God’s desire to show his self to us and take us from being unwise to wise. We want to encourage you to spend some time with your students discussing what it means to be wise in their faith. Also, as you discuss with your student, take a look at Luke 10:28-32, in this story Jesus comes into the house of Mary and Martha, upon his arrival Mary and Martha made two distinctly different decisions. Mary, chose to sit with Jesus, and simply be in his presence, Martha on the other hand, was in the kitchen making herself busy preparing a feast for Jesus. When she realized that Mary was simply sitting with Jesus, she asked Jesus to tell her to come and help her. What Jesus actually wanted was for them to simply be in his presence. We as Christians, so often make the same mistake, we spend our time checking off boxes, rather than seeking the face of the father.
Week 1: Lot’s Wife Turns to Salt
Large Group Experience: During the large group experience, students discovered the strange story of Lot and His Wife, and how God saved them before He destroyed the city that they were living in. In this story Lot made the decision to be obedient to God’s instructions, while his wife did not obey the instructions given by God and in return suffered the consequences for it. For Lot there were two specific unchanging qualities about God that were revealed in this story that caused him to be obedient to God. The first quality is that God is faithful. God always does what He says He will do, and Lot understood this from his past experiences with God. The second quality of God that pushed Lot to be obedient was that God is merciful. God is compassionate and loving towards His people. This quality of God urged Lot to be obedient to God instructions that saved his life. Through this strange story, students were challenged to recognize the same two unchanging qualities of God, and allow them to motivate them to be obedient to God and His instructions.
Questions to Use with your Student:
- What does it mean to be obedient to someone or something?
- Do you struggle with being obedient to God, or to other people in authority over you? Why or why not?
- How does someone being faithful and doing what they say they will do motivate you to be obedient to them?
- How does showing mercy make it easier to be obedient?
- Why is it important for us to be obedient to God?
Hello again parents, we pray that your family is doing great as we near this special time of year! This week was our second of the series, “Christmas unwrapped.” This week we are looking at the tradition of giving gifts on Christmas. Tonight we pointed out how Jesus is such a precious gift to us and we can either respond like the wise men or like Heron did. In Matthew 2:1-12 we see that the wise men travel from a far to lavish the gift of Jesus and in contrast we seen Heron feel threatened and fight against the gift. Tonight we asked if in our own life if we are responding to the gift of Christ by chasing after Him no matter what or if we feel threaten by Him that we cannot life the way we want to.
• Have you ever thought of Jesus as a gift to you?
• How did you react the first time you realized Jesus was a gift for you?
• Do you view Jesus as a gift for everyone around you? Do you try to give that gift to others?
• What can we do as a family to pursue the gift of Jesus and give it to others?