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Series: Bad Blood

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

Title: A Powerful Weapon Pt.2

Key Verse Colossians 3:13 (NLT)

"Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others."

1. Walking Free From The Sin And Guilt Cycle

Romans 8:1-2

"So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.  And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death."

Philippians 3:13-15

"Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way."

2. Walking In Forgiveness Towards Ourselves

Philippians 4:8

"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things."

Small Group Questions:

  1. Who is the one person (or musical band) in all the world you would choose to meet? (Celebrity, athlete, musician)
  2. Why do we want to meet those people? Leaders Note: we are moving towards encouraging our students to choose spending time with Jesus. Prioritizing Jesus will help us reflect Him, and walk in Forgiveness. 
  3. Other than meeting that person, can the celebrity do anything for you? Can they make you live longer? Can they give your life meaning and purpose?
  4. What does Jesus offer us that is so powerful? 
  5. Why don’t we spend more time with Him? Leaders Note: encouraging students to make Jesus a part of our daily routine, creating an everyday experience with Jesus will create a lifestyle that moves us closer and closer to Jesus. TEXT TIME AS A GROUP IS A GREAT RESOURCE!
  6. Do you struggle with forgiving yourself?
  7. Do you often live in your past mistakes?
  8. Do you do a good job of cheering others on? 

Series: Bad Blood (Forgiveness)

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

Title: A Most Powerful Weapon

Key Verses: Colossians 3:13 (NLT)

"Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others."

Luke 23:34 (NLT)

"Jesus said, 'Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.' And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice."

- Why is this series titled "Bad Blood"? Because the opposite of forgiveness is to hold a grudge (bitterness and resentment) against someone. This seems on the surface like the right thing to do and that it's not a big deal. However, this will set the stage for a disease that will will tear through the soul if left untreated; unforgiveness. The blood in our spiritual veins will become contaminated by hatred, anger, and suffering if we don’t walk in forgiveness.

- Forgiveness is to surrender the right to be upset, or angry, or to be offended at someone or even ourselves. It can feel good (in a sort of twisted way) to hold back and surrender others who have hurt us. We may even feel empowered by holding a grudge. In this series we will unpack what it means and looks like to be a person that lives a life filled with forgiveness. 

Small Group Questions:

Icebreaker:

  • What is the hardest thing you think you’ve ever had to do? Possible answers: move to a new school or place. A project in school. Make new friends. Bring your grades up.
  1. Do you think it is hard to forgive others?
  2. Do you think it is hard to forgive yourself?
  3. WHY? Leaders Notes: This is a heavy subject we will take several weeks to discuss, you won’t get to all of it. This should scratch the surface. Possible answers: The hurts I have gotten from others are just too much to handle. I don’t know how to forgive. 
  4. Middle School Question: Does Jesus show us how to forgive? What did he do and why is it important?
  5. High School Question: Have you ever found yourself in a position where you didn’t forgive someone? Did you experience anger, hatred, and suffering? Why do you think we can be contaminated by these things if we choose not to forgive?

 

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

Title: Since God Chose You

Key Bible Verse: Colossians 3:12-15

"Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful."

This is our first experience back in 2018, and we will be issuing a challenge to start exercising our faith and making it a part of our lifestyle in 2018. New Year Resolutions only work when we make something a habit, doing things on a regular basis and making them a part of our daily routine. We want this week to challenge students with 3 character traits that we can start working on, eventually causing us to look more like Jesus:

1. Kindness: Meeting Real Needs In God’s Way. 

 

2. Gentleness: Receiving Others With An Open Heart 

 

3. Love: Which Binds Us In Unity

 

Small Group Questions:

Ice Breaker Questions: 

Did you make a new year’s resolution? 

What is your favorite snack food? Example: Twinkies, Twizzlers, Cereal. 

  1. Do you have any areas in your life where you could do better to express kindness? Example: Parents, teachers, friends, etc. 
  2. Are you able to accept others with an open heart? Do you judge others because they are different than you? 
  3. High School Question: Why do you think it is hard to prefer (love others), even though Jesus loved you so much that he gave life life for you? How can we change our hearts to love others like Jesus did? Leaders Note: Reminding students that our closeness to Jesus will change our hearts and minds. 
  4. Middle School Question: Do you show the love of Jesus to other people with your actions and words?
  5. Which of these three areas will be the hardest for you to act on and make a part of your lifestyle this year?