Monday, 24 April 2017 06:27

FIVE | Numbers: Choosing Trust | 4.23.17

Dear parents,

We’re continuing FIVE by exploring the Bible’s first five books. This week’s lesson focused on Numbers 13:25-33, after Moses sends 12 spies into Canaan to see what the Israelites will face in the Promised Land. Ten spies return with a negative, fearful report, but Joshua and Caleb declare that God will help them conquer the land. Because of their trust in God, the men are encouraged and confident.

Students heard that whatever they’re facing, they can choose to trust Jesus and his ability to protect and guide them.

Sometime this week, spend a few minutes talking with your teenager about our lesson. You can build the conversation around these questions:

  • Tell about a time you trusted Jesus during a difficult or painful experience. How did that draw you closer to him?
  • Does thinking about consequences make it easier for you to choose wisely? Why or why not?
  • Why is fear so contagious? What fear do you need Jesus’ help to overcome?

Thanks for the privilege of partnering with you in this incredible adventure of teaching the next generation. Have a wonderful week!

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Dear parents,

We’re continuing our “FIVE” series on the Pentateuch, exploring the first five books of the Bible. In the third lesson, we discussed Leviticus 23:26-32.

The book of Leviticus has earned a bad rap because it contains many laws, rules, and regulations. Yet its central message is about grace, so we discussed how Leviticus reminds us of the cost of sin—and our need for redemption.

Spend a few minutes talking with your teenager about our discussion this week. Here are some questions to fuel your dialogue:

  • How do you stay focused on your friendship with Jesus even when you don’t “feel” forgiven or redeemed?
  • When does God’s holiness seem most appealing? When does it seem most intimidating?
  • When it comes to having faith in Jesus, what questions do you wrestle with? How can I help you in your faith walk?

It’s such an honor to work with this amazing group of teenagers. Thanks for all your prayers for our ministry. Have a great week!

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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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