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How should Christians respond…

This year in the Student Ministry we have done a few lessons where we ask the question “how should Christians respond…” We look at current issues happening in our culture, and we discuss how we as Christians should respond to those issues. Ones that we had done earlier in the year were “Terrorism and the Christian Response” and “How Should Christians Respond to the issue of Slavery and Human Trafficking“.

This past Sunday (4/19/15) was another such lesson. We asked the question “how should Christians respond” with regards to the issues of Abortion and Homosexuality.

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Below is a video of the lesson taught that night, as well as the small group questions the students spent time discussing. The scripture passages we looked at for this lesson were Genesis 1:27-28, Romans 1;26-27, Psalm 139:13-16, Exodus 20:13, James 2:10-11, Exodus 20:3-17, Romans 2:1, Romans 3:23-24, and John 13:35.

 

Small Group Discussion Questions

  1. Our culture is in the midst of a big battle over the issues of Abortion and Homosexuality. Many want it to be ok and accepted, while others believe they are wrong.
    1. Why do you think these are some of the major issues in our culture today?
    2. What is difficult about growing up in a culture battling over these types of things?
    3. Does it make it easier or harder to deal with these issues if you are a Christian?
  2. Have you ever had conversations with friends about these things? If so, how did those conversations go?
  3. Is it easy or difficult to balance what the Bible says about these issues while also making sure we treat people with love like God calls us to? Why?
  4. What are Ephesians 2:1-9 and 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 saying? How do these verses apply to the way we as Christians should respond to these issues?
  5. Any other thoughts/comments/questions about this?
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Posted in Media, Messages, Spiritual Warfare, Student Ministries

What is Spiritual Warfare and how does it affect me?

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The lesson in my Student Ministry on January 18th was about Spiritual Warfare, and specifically how we are affected and involved in that battle.

Below you will find a video of the lesson I shared as well as the Small Group discussion questions that the students spent time discussing after I shared the lesson.

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Small Group Discussion Questions

1. Share any initial thoughts or questions you have about this topic of Spiritual Warfare.

2. Did Woogy share anything about Spiritual Warfare that you hadn’t thought of before? Share what it was.

3. A battle or war is always between more than 1 side. In this Spiritual War we are talking about, the 2 sides are God and Satan.
-Read the following verses: 1 Peter 5:6-9, Ephesians 6:11-12.
-What do these verses tell us about the battle between God and Satan?

4. What are ways we can stand strong in this battle for our heart and mind? Let’s keep reading in Ephesians 6 to get some ideas: read verses 13-18.
-What are these verses telling us concerning how we stand strong in this battle?
-Let’s read a couple other passages that can help us know what to do to stand strong in this battle: 1 Peter 1:13-16 and 2:1-3. What are these verses telling us concerning how we stand strong in this battle?

5. Take a few minutes and write down on the provided piece of paper what your “Battle Plan” will be (examples: “I will read my bible 5 times a week”, “I will pray regularly”, “I will not watch TV until I read my Bible and pray each day”, “I will ask a friend to keep me accountable”, etc).

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I shared at the end of the night, after the lesson and discussion was over, that we will always have questions in this life…either about something we don’t understand, about what we are to do, etc. Asking questions is a great way to grow and develop in our faith as we struggle through this life. We are all on a journey in this life, and we are at different places in that journey as we fight this battle.

I have created a page where you can share questions you might have, as a way to provide a place for you to share your questions and seek answers. I am not claiming I know all the answers, but rather I’m offering to help you in your journey as you seek to grow in your faith.

To share your question, click here.

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How should we respond to the issue of Slavery and Human Trafficking

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Recently in my student ministry we had a lesson and discussion concerning the issue of Slavery and Human Trafficking in today’s world.

Below is a video of the lesson from our Sr High Student Ministry. It contains audio of me sharing as well as 2 videos that I used as part of the lesson; one is from David Grant with Destiny Rescue and the other is from David Zach, who is the lead singer of Remedy Drive and also has worked in connection with The Exodus Road.

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During the Small Group portion of the lesson that night, these were some of the questions and passages of scripture that the students read and discussed concerning how we should respond to the issue of Slavery and Human Trafficking:

  • When you consider the numbers shared in the video of how many are enslaved around the world (estimated 20-30 million), how does that make you feel?
  • Is this problem of slavery and human trafficking an issue we should care about? Why or why not?
    • After a moment of sharing, read and talk about the following verses
      • James 1:27
      • Matthew 25:35-40
      • Proverbs 14:31
      • 1 John 3:17-18
    • Based on what these verses are talking about, is the problem of slavery and human trafficking an issue we should care about?
  • What are some ways that we, living here in New Hampshire, should respond to this issue? Realistically speaking, how can we get involved in helping those enslaved?
  • If there is time left, spend a few minutes praying for those who are enslaved all over the world, as well as those who are going into dangerous places to rescue them.

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I shared 3 main ways with my students that they can respond to the issue of Slavery and Human Trafficking…

First, you can pray for those who are enslaved, as well as those who are actively seeking to rescue them. This seems like an easy cop-out type of answer, but it’s really not. Prayer is extremely powerful, and should never be neglected or seen as a cop-out answer.

Second, you can support people and organizations who are working around the world to rescue slaves and stop the injustice of human trafficking. You might not be physically able to go over and rescue a slave, but you can help send someone over to do it. Organizations you can partner with include International Justice Mission, The Exodus Road, and Destiny Rescue.

Third, I shared with my students that one of the biggest reasons that Slavery and Human Trafficking exists is because someone decided they were better than someone else, or see some people as lesser human than them self, and thus chose to oppress people and use them for their own gain. Those putting others into Slavery for different reasons are profiting from it…they are using others for their own personal gain.

Matthew 7:12 tells us to treat others as we would want them to treat us. You want people to treat you with dignity and respect, so you need to also treat others the same way. You might not be able to go physically rescue someone enslaved, but you can start a movement of treating others with dignity and respect, and watch that spread. There are many in today’s world that are treating other people wrongly, make sure you are not one of them. One big way you can respond to this issue in our own life right now is to make sure you are setting an example of what it looks like to treat all people with dignity and respect.

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Mobile Device Guidelines

Mobile Devices are great to have. They are fun, handy, useful, and gives us the ability to be creative. Most of them are also connected to the internet, which means we have the ability to be connected to the world on our mobile devices…we have the world at our fingertips.

However, if we do not learn to set guidelines for how and when we use our mobile devices, they can easily begin to control us, become an idol in our lives, and even lead us down a dangerous path.

Recently in my Student Ministry we had a discussion on Mobile Device Guidelines. The students also received a card that had the 4 guidelines and verses that we talked about.

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This card is a simple reminder for the students to remember the guidelines, and it was on a card the size of a business card so that it was also mobile and they could keep it in their purse, wallet, pocket, etc.

Below is the audio of that lesson about these Mobile Device Guidelines.

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It begins in our own community

On 11.2.14 I shared a message called “It begins in our own community” in which I talked about how we are all called to be missionaries, and it begins in our own communities first. Below is the video of this message.

This message is based on a series of blogs I recently wrote, called “the American Missionary Initiative“.

 

Passages of scripture used in this message are Acts 1:8-12, Matthew 22:37-39, 1 John 4:20-21, and 1 Peter 3:15.

*Note: I refer to Acts chapter 2 as the faith chapter during the message. I meant to say James chapter 2*

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Terrorism and the Christian Response

In youth group this past Sunday the lesson was on a difficult topic…how do we as Christians respond to the issue and reality of Terrorism in today’s world? However, it’s a topic and discussion that has to be tackled. Students today are growing up with Terrorism being talked about regularly, and as Followers of Christ we have to know how we are to respond.

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Below is the audio recording of this lesson, made into a video along with the Keynote slides I used for this lesson.

I had passed out a handout with information from the lesson for students to be able to take notes on as well as to take home afterwards in order to remember what we talked about. The information on that handout is also below.

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Handout info:

  1. Pray 
    1. Ephesians 6:18 
    2. Matthew 5:44 
    3. Psalm 109:26-27 
  2. Feel
    1. Psalm 97:10 
    2. Romans 12:15 
  3. Know 
    1. John 16:33 
    2. Romans 12:19 
  4. Live 
    1. Titus 2:11-13 
    2. Isaiah 1:16-17