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More than Money - Parent Connection

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  Objective - Students will learn that a generous life is one that reflects Christ by putting others first and will be challenged to live generously.     Key Scripture - 1 John 3:18 My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.       Key Thought - Generous living is more than just financial giving.     Lesson Summary - Today’s lesson was the second lesson in a four-part series called #NoFilter: Keeping It Real. This series focuses on the basics of how to live the Christian life and how our lives can clearly and boldly demonstrate our relationship with Jesus. One way to keep it real in the Christian life is to be a generous person. Since this is true, we specifically focused on what it means to be generous, how the life of Jesus can motivate us to be generous, and how we can take steps to be generous.     Students learned that generous living is more than just financial giving. Generosity is not just about giving but about

Going Public

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  Objective - Students will understand what makes up a story of someone who trusts Christ for salvation and will be challenged to write out their own personal salvation story. Key Scripture – Ps. 107:2 - Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy. Key Thought - Make your story public. Lesson Summary – Today’s lesson was the first lesson in a four-part series called #NoFilter: Keeping It Real. This series focuses on the basics of how to live the Christian life and how our lives can clearly and boldly demonstrate our relationship with Jesus. One way to keep it real in the Christian life is to share your salvation story with someone.   Today’s lesson helped students develop their own salvation story, the story of when they began a relationship with Jesus. We discussed several ways to be prepared to share. The students were then challenged to make their story public by sharing it with someone verbally or posting it to their favorite so

God Had No Alter Ego

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  Objective – Students will learn that God reveals Himself consistently throughout Scripture as a loving, forgiving, and just God—both in the Old and New Testament—and be challenged to mirror God’s forgiveness to others.   Key Scripture – Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.   Key Thought – “God has no alter ego.”   Lesson Summary – Today’s lesson was the fourth lesson of a four-part series called Evidence: Building a Case for the Existence of God. We have been looking at the question, “Does God exist?” In this final lesson on the existence of God, your student learned that God does not have an angry, vindictive alter ego in the Old Testament. Instead, your student learned that God is loving, just, and forgiving. We examined the Israelite conquest of Canaan to show that God is actually just and merciful. We also saw how God’s forgiveness and Jonah’s prejudice are displayed in the story of Jonah.   Your student was challenged to mi

A God Who Is Near - Parent Connection

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  Objective – Students will learn that the God Who exists is a personal God of love Who reveals Himself through Jesus, and will be challenged to draw near to God.   Key Scripture – 1 John 4:9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.   Key Thought – “Look at Jesus to see God.”   Lesson Summary – In our current four-part series, Evidence: Building a Case for the Existence of God, we are looking at the question, “Does God exist?” In this lesson, your student learned that God is personal and reveals Himself in the person of Jesus as a God of love. This counters two false ideas about God—that God is distant and uninvolved in the world and the idea that God is a sort of impersonal force.   Your student was challenged to draw near to God and to recognize that He is always with them. Your student was also encouraged to ask God to give them the desire to know Him better and t

Forensic Evidence for God - Parent Connection

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  Objective – Students will learn that the existence of conscience, morality, and beauty points to the existence of God and will be challenged to respond to God's promptings through their conscience and the Holy Spirit.   Key Scripture – Romans 2:14-15 For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them.   Key Thought – “Morals and beauty point to a Maker.”   Lesson Summary – In our current four-part series, Evidence: Building a Case for the Existence of God, we are looking at the question, “Does God exist?” In tonight’s lesson, your student learned that our consciences and intuitive sense of right and wrong point to the existence of God. Your student was challenged to ask the Holy Spirit to guide them as they reflect God’s design and

Somebody's Been Here - Parent Connection

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  Objective – Students will learn that the intricate design and complexity in the world point to the existence of a Designer and be challenged to stand in awe of God’s creation.   Key Scripture – Romans 1:18-20 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.   Key Thought – “Design suggests a Designer.”   Lesson Summary – This week, we began a new four-part series called Evidence: Building a Case for the Existence of God. In this lesson, your student learned two arguments for the existence of God. First, the fact that the universe has a cause, points to God. Second, the intricate design and complexity of our world suggests

Tricks of the Trade - Parent Connection

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  Objective - Students will understand that the Bible applies to the issues of life and will be challenged to develop a strategy for learning and applying the truth of God’s Word.   Key Scripture - James 1:22 – “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”   Key Thought - There’s strength in strategy.   Lesson Summary – This lesson was the fourth in a four-part series called, The Hunt: Discovering the Treasure of God’s Word. Tonight’s lesson discussed the importance of having a strategy for growing in our knowledge and application of God’s Word. Your student was challenged to create their strategy for finding the treasures of Scripture by either hearing God’s Word, meditating on it, studying it, or memorizing it. However, if we know all there is to know about the Bible, but we have not applied it, we have no advantage. Your student was challenged to choose one of the four excavating strategies—hearing, meditating, studying, or memorizing—and