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Tick Tock Objective - Students will understand how their every moment matters and will identify where they need to trust God in their current season of life. Key Scripture  -  Ecclesiastes 3:1 To everything, there is a season, a time for every purpose under the heaven. Key Thought -  Every moment matters! Lesson Summary  -  Tonight’s lesson was part of a four-part series called “Vanity Fair: The Cost of Wasting Your Life.” It was the second in a series from the Old Testament Book of Ecclesiastes. The goal of this lesson was to help students realize how God can use their enjoyable and painful experiences for their good and for His glory and to help them understand both God’s character and divine direction for their life. We stressed the truth that every moment matters! This lesson covered the famous poem from Ecclesiastes 3 about time. Our hope is that your student understands that God is in control of time. We used a puzzle piece illustration to help your student understand that God kn
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Is There More to Life?   Objective -  Students will understand that obtaining possessions is a poor priority for life and will be challenged to let go of poor priorities so they can focus on Christ. Key Scripture - Ecclesiastes 1:2 “Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher; “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity." Key Thought - Possessions make a poor priority. Lesson Summary - Tonight’s lesson was the first lesson of a four-part series called “Vanity Fair: The Cost of Wasting Your Life.” We began studying the Old Testament Book of Ecclesiastes. In this first lesson, we discussed the ideas of possessions.   We can get so caught up in the cycle of life that we find ourselves living with an earthly purpose instead of an eternal one. If we are not careful, we will make it our goal in life to attain and gain more stuff, status, and success. We want the students to learn the lesson that Solomon learned. That lesson is this: possessions make a poor priority !    Solomon had everything anyone
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  Help Me. Help You. Objective  -  Students will learn the importance of accountability and will look to engage in an accountability relationship. Key Scripture  - 2 Corinthians 5:9  "Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him." Key Thought  -  You don’t have to, you get to. Lesson Summary  -  Today’s lesson was part of a four-lesson series called “The Basics: Simple Truth for Christian Living.” The four topics in this series discuss four basic truths for every follower of Christ. In this lesson, we established the importance of accountability in our lives, what it includes, and who can make a good accountability partner. We challenged the students to intentionally establish a relationship with someone for the sole purpose of challenging each other to live in a way that is pleasing to God. Take some time this week to brainstorm with your student about how they can begin a relationship with someone who will help them be more like Chris
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  Changed from the Inside Out Objective  -  Students will learn that biblical change is a result of heart change and will be challenged to align the way they think about sin with the way God thinks about sin. Key Scripture  -  2 Corinthians 5:17  " Students will learn that biblical change is a result of heart change and will be challenged to align the way they think about sin with the way God thinks about sin." Key Thought  -  The heart of change is a change in the heart. Lesson Summary  -  Today’s lesson was part of a four-lesson series called “The Basics: Simple Truth for Christian Living.” The four topics in this series discuss four basic truths for every follower of Christ. In this lesson, we investigated what true, biblical change looks like in the life of a Jesus follower. Lasting change is possible when we have a change of heart—when we renew our mind—and when we align our thinking about a certain topic with how God views that topic. The students were given a sheet wi
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  Show and Tell Objective  -  Students will learn how and be encouraged to communicate the Gospel with those closest to them through praying, investing, and inviting. Key Scripture  -  Mark 5:19   "However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, “Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you." Key Thought  -  Show and tell God’s love. Lesson Summary  -  Today’s lesson was part of a four-lesson series called “The Basics: Simple Truth for Christian Living.” The four topics in this series discuss four basic truths for every follower of Christ. In tonight’s lesson, we looked at a simple method to turn our world upside down for Christ through our responsibility to get the Gospel to those in our lives. This method included three practical steps in reaching people for Christ: first, praying for a small group of people; second, showing the love of Christ to those people by investing in them; third, pe
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  A Story Worth Telling Objective  -  Students will see that their salvation story is a powerful tool in sharing the Gospel and will be encouraged to clearly write it out and share it. Key Scripture  -  1 Peter 3:15  "But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear." Key Thought  -  A life worth saving is a story worth telling. Lesson Summary  - Today ’s lesson was part of a four-lesson series called “The Basics: Simple Truth for Christian Living.” The four topics in this series discuss four basic truths for every follower of Christ. Tonight, we helped the students learn not only how to share their personal testimony and why they should but challenged them to actually share their salvation story with someone this week.   Before they share their story, we encouraged the students to take time this week to write their salvation story using a Salvation Stor

Parent Connection 12.19.2021

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  Eternal Life Begins Now! Objective  -  Students will learn that eternal life begins the moment they believe in Jesus and will be challenged to receive and take hold of this abundant, eternal life now Key Scripture  -  John 17:3  " And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent." Key Thought  -  Don’t wait ‘til death to begin to live! Lesson Summary  -  Today's  lesson was the final lesson in a four-part series called, “Forever: Never Alone Again.” The focus of this series was eternal salvation. In this series, we have looked at what it means to be adopted into the family of God, to be justified (declared righteous) forever by God, to be forever secure in God’s hand, and how we can have eternal life with God!  Today’s lesson focused on living out three of the qualitative aspects of the eternal life that God has given believers to experience now: love, peace, and purpose. Eternal life is much more than a futur