We had another amazing night of small groups last night – except for the part where some punk hit me in the face with a dodgeball and gave me a fat lip! I have my suspicions of who it is … next week might not go so well for him!!! Carl and Jeanne provided a TON of pizza from Seasons Pizza, which was a HUGE hit! It was definitely a fun way to start off the night! From there the high school kids grouped up for some big group time before splitting up and heading to their different rooms and studies. Because each of the senior high groups are doing different studies from the Live Curriculum, this post would be way too long if I gave a recap of each!
The middle school kids kicked off the night with some group games in the gym led by Matt O and the other middle school small group leaders. After some announcements and group prayer, they also split up by gender and grade and tackled week three in a three week series called ‘Better Together’ from the Junior High Live Curriculum. Unlike the senior high, who we wanted to have a little more flexibility with their groups, we do have all of the middle school kids on the same schedule – partially so they’re all on the same page, but also so I can keep parents in the loop on what they’re doing! Here’s a recap so you can follow up with your child at home or in the car:
They finished the series this week by focusing on the “glue” of a healthy ministry or church—love. If we’re committed to becoming a “body” and a “family” with deep, authentic friendships, we need love. Love is more than just words or a feeling. It is primarily an action, and Jesus commands his followers in John 13 to love one another. Jesus also tells us that non-Christians will know that we are his followers if we truly love one another.
Our students saw how love holds us together—it binds, unifies, and strengthens us. We become more effective because of love. We become more like Jesus because of love. We have an impact on our world because of love.
This week, find a few minutes to talk with your middle schooler about God’s love and how followers of Christ ought to love one another. Here are some questions that can fuel your conversation:
- The Bible says Christians ought to love their enemies. The Bible also says Christians ought to love other Christians. Do you think there’s a difference between the two kinds of love? Why or why not?
- Jesus said, “Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.” How would you describe or explain the kind of love Jesus has for his followers?
- How can love toward other followers of Christ draw non-Christians closer to Jesus?
I pray that you and your family have a week filled with a deeper love for God, for each other, and for the people you see on a regular basis. God bless!