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Relationship Goals - Make or Break

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  Objective - Students will understand the importance of edifying friendships and will choose to invest in healthy friendships while avoiding those that are toxic. Key Scripture - Proverbs 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful. Summary - Today's lesson was the second of a four-part series on relationships. The title of the series is Relationship Goals: Navigating with Wisdom. This lesson sought to give healthy parameters on friendships while encouraging your student to also consider what type of friend they are being. The constant struggle in the social life of many teens is the yearning to be accepted by peers as an individual. Some suggest that it’s a constant tension of trying to stand out just enough to be noticed while also fitting in. The Book of Proverbs has a lot to say about friendships. Good friends will build us up and make us better, while toxic friends will break us down. As a way to connect with the content of the lesson th

Relationship Goals - The Pursuit

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  Objective - Students will understand how purity is to be pursued in all aspects of life and will identify areas in their lives where they must surrender to God’s standard for purity. Key Scripture - 1 Corinthians 6:18 Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. Summary – Today’s lesson was the first lesson of a four-part series on relationships. The title of the series is Relationship Goals: Navigating with Wisdom. When it comes to our relationships, purity needs to be at the foundation of all of them. It should be our goal in every relationship to pursue purity. God calls us to be pure, which means to be “free from what pollutes or weakens; free from moral fault or guilt.” We spent a portion of the lesson focusing on sexual purity, but in reality, God calls us to be pure in all of our relationships. We focused on being pure in our words, actions, thoughts, and motives. Students often hea

Supernatural - Avoiding Unholy Detours

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  Objective - Students will learn what influences Satan uses to affect lives and will be challenged to remove satanic influences from their entertainment choices. Key Scripture - 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. Summary - This was the fourth and final lesson of a four-part series about angels and demons called Supernatural: More Than a Myth. Your student learned about some ways that satanic influence affects their lives. They were challenged to stay on the right path by casting down things in their lives that are against God. It would be wise for you to read Philippians 4:8 and 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 to help you understand the specific content that the students heard. We discussed the many ways that Satan’s forces have infiltrated the world throug

Supernatural - Joining the Resistance

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  Objective – Students will understand Satan’s methods and will be encouraged to resist Satan’s attacks. Key Scripture - 1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. Summary - Today's lesson was the third of a four-part series on angels called Supernatural: More Than a Myth. In this series, we are learning about the reality of angels and demons. In this lesson, we focused specifically on the methods that Satan uses to try to get us to sin. Your student learned about temptation. They learned that all temptation finds its source in three areas: the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. In addition, they were informed that God has equipped the believer in Jesus Christ with spiritual weapons to battle against temptation. Finally, they were enc

Parent Connection - Our Adversary

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  Objective - Students will learn who Satan is and will be challenged to actively resist him on a daily basis.   Key Scripture - 1 Peter 5:8-9 – “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.”   Key Thought - Satan is our primary adversary.   Lesson Summary – Today's lesson was the second lesson of a four-part series on angels called Supernatural: More Than a Myth. The lesson dealt with a very intense topic; we discussed what the Bible reveals about Satan. The Bible describes him as the fallen angel, Lucifer, the Devil, our Adversary, the prince of the power of the air, a dragon, and other heinous descriptions.  According to the Bible, Satan was created as a holy angel but chose to rebel against God. As a result, he took many of the angels with him; we refer to these fallen a

Parent Connection - Really Real

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  Objective - Students will gain an understanding of what angels are and be compelled to serve others using the unique talents and gifts God has given them.   Key Scripture - Hebrews 1:14 – “Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?” Key Thought - Angels are really real.   Lesson Summary – In this first lesson of a four-part series on angels called Supernatural: More Than a Myth, your student learned about the reality of angels. This is an interesting subject and one in which there are some misconceptions. We covered the fact that angels are created beings, distinct from humans. We discussed that they have limits and that there are different kinds of angels. The Bible actually gives the specific names of three angels indicating that each has a distinct personality, similar to human beings. In addition, we reviewed what angels do. They are God’s messengers. They can be used to guide and protect individuals or groups although

Parent Connection - God's Not Dumb

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  Objective - Students will understand that God is wise and will be encouraged to ask Him for wisdom. Key Scripture - Job 9:4 - God is wise in heart and mighty in strength. Who has hardened himself against Him and prospered? Key Thought -  The way of wisdom is submitting to God’s way. Lesson Summary - Today’s lesson was the fourth of a four-part series called That’s Him! God’s More Than You Think. In this series, we have been discussing some of the different attributes of God.  Have you ever heard your student say, “That’s so dumb!” Most of the time, they use that statement when they don’t understand something. Their desire to understand is good, but their expression of frustration usually has an attitude attached to it. The goal of this lesson was to point your student to God’s wisdom and encourage them to ask God for wisdom when they don’t understand something. God is all-knowing, and He understands every part of their life. Because God is good and wise, He only wants what is best