Wednesday, 08 March 2017 16:25

HABIT BUILDING | Week 6: Studying Scripture

Dear parents,

We’ve finished our six-week series on developing HABITS for spiritual growth. Here in our final week, we talked about studying Scripture and how this discipline affects our lives, with a focus on Psalm 119:25-32. This passage, part of the longest chapter in the Bible, reminds us of several ways God’s Word is useful and beneficial to our lives. We read about being revived, gaining understanding, experiencing encouragement, and living faithfully.

God gave us his Word to meet our deepest needs, connect us to him, and reveal his wonders. When we consider his teachings, we are strengthened from the inside out and can stand against the pressures of our world.

Take time this week to talk with your teenager about the message. Perhaps you could read Psalm 119:25-32 and talk about a few of the questions below:

  • What is one strategy that would help you become hungrier for God’s Word in your life?
  • If a friend wanted to start reading the Bible for direction in life, what suggestions would you offer?
  • Based on all you’ve learned and discussed in this series, how will you be able to grow spiritually on your own?

Thanks for praying for our youth ministry. It’s a blessing to work with your child each week and see God’s plans unfold! Have a great week!

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Wednesday, 01 March 2017 15:21

HABIT BUILDING | Week 5: Tithing

Dear parents,

This week at Encounter, we are discussing the fifth part of our HABITS series: Tithing. We will talk about Psalm 24:1, which reads, “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him.” God has given us everything and we are then called to give back to God a portion. This is called a “tithe,” or 10 percent.

We'll talk about how God gives us all we have and then asks us to give back a portion to help serve people and share the good news of Jesus’ love.

This week, I’d encourage you to find time to talk with your teenager about this important aspect of HABITS. Here are some suggested questions that may help generate dialogue:

  • How can you give God back a portion of your time, talent, and money?
  • Are you being a good steward of all the things that God has given you to use?
  • What is your view of how our family uses money?

Thanks for praying for our ministry!

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Dear parents,

This week we are talking about being involved in and serving within the church body. Using Psalm 78:70-72, we discussed how God has given each Christian skills to serve, how we must be ready for opportunities to serve, and how a lifestyle of service can create an example for others to follow.

We want teenagers to see church as a place of excitement—a place where they can own their faith by getting involved and serving. We want teenagers to see themselves the way God sees them—people who have lots to offer, right now. They don’t have to wait until tomorrow to develop the habit of getting involved and serving at church.

Here are some questions you could ask your teenager this week to start some good dialogue:

  • Are you afraid of the future? Why or why not?
  • Do you feel qualified enough for God to use you to minister to other people?
  • What would it be like to get involved in a ministry at church and serve other people?

Thanks for your spiritual investment in your child. We get to see the results every week!

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Tuesday, 31 January 2017 12:11

HABIT BUILDING | Week 3: Bible Memorization

Dear parents,

We’re continuing our series on HABITS for spiritual growth by talking about Bible memorization. Psalm 119:11 tells us, “I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” Bible memorization helps us become more familiar with who God is and how God wants us to live. Even Jesus used Bible memorization as a weapon for fighting off Satan’s temptation.

This week, we challenged our students to memorize Psalm 119:11. Perhaps your whole family could memorize this verse—or pick another! Here are some that may help kick start a family discussion about memorizing Scripture:

  • Why should Christians memorize Bible verses? What are some ways it might help your spiritual life?
  • What is the best way for you to memorize Scripture?
  • If you decided you wanted to value the Bible more, how would you make this happen? What changes or decisions would you make to make the Bible a greater treasure to you?

Have a blessed day!

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Dear parents,

This week we continued our series on developing some good HABITS for spiritual growth. Our topic this time was on the “A” from HABITS: Accountable Friendships. We all need friends who know our weaknesses and love us anyway and are able to hold us to our commitments. These are the friends who will come up to us when they see us making choices that might endanger or derail us spiritually.

Using Psalm 133 this week, we encouraged students to pursue accountable friendships because of the rewards of living together in harmony. We also reminded our teenagers that Jesus himself said people would recognize Christians because of the love they have for each other.

In the next few days, look for an opportunity to have a spiritual conversation with your child. Here are some possible questions to fuel that dialogue:

  • Do you currently have a friend who holds you accountable? What are some benefits of that friendship?
  • Are there any areas of your life that you would want me to hold you accountable?
  • Are there areas of my life that you see where I could be growing or improving?

Have an awesome week!

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