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Wednesday January 30th, 2019

Title: Better Together

The purpose of this week is to define what being together in a community of believers looks like (small groups). We will also explore the reason behind doing small groups.

1. Togetherness is what we were created for

2.Togetherness is healthy

3. Togetherness is not easy but it is vital in our walk with Jesus

Key Verse: Acts 2:46-47 (The Message Bible)

“They followed a daily discipline of worship in the Temple followed by meals at home, every meal a celebration, exuberant and joyful, as they praised God. People in general liked what they saw. Every day their number grew as God added those who were saved.”

4. Togetherness means commitment which = meaningful relationships

Small Group Questions:

What is your favorite theme park? If you have never been to a theme park, which one do you want to go to and why?

1. Why do you think it is hard to do life with other people (being together/Community)? Leaders note: REMEMBER the answer here is sin (selfishness). We get in our own way when it comes to relationships. 

2. Why is it healthy to have godly relationships? Leaders Note: directing them to the importance of CONNECTING with each other. It is not enough to just know the same Christian friend and lean on you the leader. The activity next will help with this. 

3. ACTIVITY: Break the group into 2s and 3s. Have the students find one or two other people they do not know and have them get to know them really quickly: Ask them their name. Find out where they go to school. Ask them what they like to do. Other ideas for questions: what is your favorite animal? If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be? What is your favorite part of your day? What is the part of the day you like the least (waking up, going to bed, homework)?

4. Will you commit yourself to reach out to this one new person this week at school or via text/social media (if they don’t go to the same school)? Leaders note: Give the students some time to exchange numbers and contact info. 

5. Prayer: have students pray for each other as you close. They do not have to pray out loud, but teach them to call out their new friends name and that God would work in their lives. 

Third Option Series (1/9-1/23):

Week 1

In this series we are going to explore discrimination, prejudice, and racism. We will then look at how this type of sin has devalued human beings and separated us from one another. The purpose of this series is to unite- exploring God’s way of dealing with these issues. The world has ways of dealing with this issue... we want to chose the Third Option, which is God’s way.

Notes:

Definitions:

Prejudice: Preconceived (already formed) opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience.

Discrimination: unjust or unfair treatment of different categories of people, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex.

Racism: Prejudice, discrimination  directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one's own race is superior. This is done because someone thinks they’re better because of their race. 

Quote: “Racism, discrimination, and prejudice are a sin problem, NOT a skin problem.”

Key Verse

Matthew 22:35-39

35 One of them, an expert in religious law, tried to trap him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?”

37 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’[e] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 

Key points:

  1. Acknowledge we have blind spots (we are limited tho we are made like God)

  2. It’s NOT “Those People” It’s “Brother/Sister”

  3. Acknowledge and celebrate our differences 

Week 2

Quote:”The greatest thing we can do is to help someone know that they are loved and capable of loving.” THIS IS THE ESSENCE OF THE GOSPEL: God loves us and we are called to love others with that same love.

Key Verse

Luke 10:25-37 (Story of the Good Samaritan)

Key Points:

How do we share love with our neighbors?

  • We meet people on their level!

  • We care for the needs of people! Helping your friend move. Sit with someone different. 

  • We Go Tell People That They Matter!- With words, actions, or physically. 


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Parent Night:

Wednesday, January 23rd at 6:30pm

This event is for parents of students that attend Journey Students! We look forward to the opportunity to meet with parents this evening and get to know them. This parent night will take place during the same time as Journey Students. So parents can drop their student off for experience and be available to join us.

There will be snacks and drinks provided :)

Our why for this event is: "So parents can come be equipped to connect, communicate, and support their student."

Location: The Journey Church in the Green Room.

RSVP for this event by going to our Facebook page (@thejstudents) and click on the events page.