CP Students’ Next Step (3/29)

SUNDAY MORNING

This week we discussed how Jesus is our warrior who saves us from judgment. Zephaniah describes God as a mighty warrior for is fighting for us.

KEY TEXT: Zephaniah 3:9-17

CENTRAL TRUTH: Jesus is our warrior who saves us from judgment.

PERSONAL CHALLENGE:

  • Dwell: As believers, we must be diligent to live our lives for Christ in a world that is adamantly opposed to His name. We will suffer because of that and the Bible warns us of those days. When you find yourself suffering, never forget that you have a God who stands as a mighty Warrior who is among you and who is ready to save.
  • Memorize: Zephaniah 3:17
  • Pray: Thank the Lord for standing as your Warrior and for seeking you out. Thank Him for His love in sending Jesus and for the salvation we have in Christ. Ask God to help you trust Him as Warrior and King of your life.

KEEP ON DIGGING: 

Read the Book of Zephaniah this week. It is a short book, but reading it will give you a better understanding of what was going on that prompted the verses that you studied today.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Luke tells us that Jesus came to die for our sin, but also to form a people of God who, renewed by his Spirit, are able to serve him in righteousness and holiness all of their days. This good news is open to all and God wants the news of Jesus shared with all. As followers of Jesus, as Christians, we are to partner with God is carrying this good news of forgiveness and hope because of Jesus to those in our lives where God has placed us and is calling us.

KEY TEXT: Luke 6:27-36

CRITICAL QUESTION: What does it look like to love our enemies? How does loving of enemies show people the character of Jesus?

CP Students’ Next Step (3/22)

SUNDAY MORNING

This week we discussed how judgment is coming against evil, but there is a sacrifice for those who call on His name.

KEY TEXT: Zephaniah 1:1-7

CENTRAL TRUTH: Judgment is coming against evil, but there is a sacrifice for those who call on His name.

PERSONAL CHALLENGE:

  • Dwell: Evil is prevalent in the world  today. It is not challenging to look around and find something that is in direct rebellion against God. Despite the trials we face in this life, we can still have hope because there is a day coming when God will rectify all that is wrong. Evil will be dealt with and God will reign supreme. While we wait, it is our job to shine the light of Christ to those who need Him.
  • Memorize: Zephaniah 2:3
  • Pray: Ask Jesus to give you strength and endurance to press on even in the midst of difficulties you may face. Thank Him for the day to come when He will make everything right. Until that day comes, pray for Him to help you to be a witness who points others to Jesus and to the sacrifice that was provided for their sins.

KEEP ON DIGGING: 

For further study on the Day of the Lord, read the following verses:

  • Isaiah 13:6,9
  • Joel 1:15; 2:1,11; 3:4; 4:14
  • Amos 5:18,20
  • Obadiah 15
  • Zephaniah 1:7,14
  • Malachi 3:23

SUNDAY NIGHT

Luke tells us that Jesus came to die for our sin, but also to form a people of God who, renewed by his Spirit, are able to serve him in righteousness and holiness all of their days. This good news is open to all and God wants the news of Jesus shared with all. As followers of Jesus, as Christians, we are to partner with God is carrying this good news of forgiveness and hope because of Jesus to those in our lives where God has placed us and is calling us.

KEY TEXT: Luke 6:20-26

CRITICAL QUESTION: What do you learn about Jesus from this passage? How does what we learn about Jesus cause us to respond to Him?

CP Students’ Next Step (3/15)

SUNDAY MORNING

This week we discussed how Jesus is a refuge for those who trust in Him. We all deserve judgment but Jesus took our judgment upon himself.

KEY TEXT: Nahum 1:1-8

CENTRAL TRUTH: The Lord provides a refuge for those who trust in Him.

PERSONAL CHALLENGE:

  • Dwell: It is easy for us to read about the Ninevites and understand why God would be so angry with them. They were a ruthless people who had no regard for human life. What about our sin? Why would we think that our sin is not worse than the sin of the Ninevites? Thank God that He sent His refuge for us through Jesus Christ.
  • Memorize: Nahum 1:7
  • Pray: Thank the Lord for being a refuge. Confess your sin to God and pray that He would make your heart more like His. Pray that He would help you see how your actions can be more in line with His Word. This week, ask Him to lead you to find your refuge in Him alone.

KEEP ON DIGGING: 

The Bible teaches that God has a wide range of emotions. Look up the following Scripture passages to identify these, then make a list of the emotions you find in these verses:

  • Genesis 6:6
  • Hebrews 10:26-27
  • Judges 2:18
  • Psalm 103:13; 149:4
  • Isaiah 62:5
  • John 3:16

SUNDAY NIGHT

Luke tells us that Jesus came to die for our sin, but also to form a people of God who, renewed by his Spirit, are able to serve him in righteousness and holiness all of their days. This good news is open to all and God wants the news of Jesus shared with all. As followers of Jesus, as Christians, we are to partner with God is carrying this good news of forgiveness and hope because of Jesus to those in our lives where God has placed us and is calling us.

KEY TEXT: Luke 6:12-19

CRITICAL QUESTION: What do you learn about Jesus from this passage? How does what we learn about Jesus cause us to respond to Him?

CP Students’ Next Step (3/8)

SUNDAY MORNING

This week we discussed how God’s people must stand against injustice.

KEY TEXT: Nehemiah 5:1-12

CENTRAL TRUTH: God’s people must stand against injustice.

PERSONAL CHALLENGE:

  • Dwell: Injustice in our society can take on a lot of forms. There are not many people today who are willing to stand against injustice. You have the opportunity to become one of those people. From getting involved in working against hunger to standing up for someone in your classroom that cannot stand for themselves, you can make a difference. Become someone who stands against injustice.
  • Memorize: Psalm 100:3
  • Pray: Let your prayer today focus on the injustice that is in the world. There are thousands of people across the countries that are being persecuted for their faith. Pray for those people that God would give them strength to stand against their oppressors. There are also people in your school that cannot stand for themselves. Ask God to give you boldness to stand for those who cannot.

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Justice is care for the vulnerable, but it reaches beyond that. In Psalm 68:4-5, God is introduced as a defender of widows and a father to the fatherless. If this is such a huge part of His character, we should also seek to do justice, have right relationships, and give generously. Read these Scripture passages and verses for more:

  • Isaiah 56:1
  • Jeremiah 21:12
  • Micah 6:8
  • Deuteronomy 16:19-20

SUNDAY NIGHT

Luke tells us that Jesus came to die for our sin, but also to form a people of God who, renewed by his Spirit, are able to serve him in righteousness and holiness all of their days. This good news is open to all and God wants the news of Jesus shared with all. As followers of Jesus, as Christians, we are to partner with God is carrying this good news of forgiveness and hope because of Jesus to those in our lives where God has placed us and is calling us.

KEY TEXT: Luke 6:1-11

CRITICAL QUESTION: What do you learn about Jesus from this passage? How does what we learn about Jesus cause us to respond to Him?

CP Students’ Next Step (3/1)

SUNDAY MORNING

This week we discussed how lives that we live based on the truth that we are committed to. If we we say that we have been changed by the grace of Jesus Christ, then our lives should look different than the world.

KEY TEXT: Nehemiah 10:28-33

CENTRAL TRUTH: Our lives will reflect the truth we are committed to.

PERSONAL CHALLENGE:

  • Dwell: If we say that we are followers of Jesus Christ and we have been changed by His grace then our lives should reflect that. The Levites knew that for the Israelites to return to God that they had to change some of the practices that they had slipped into. We are not any different. We need to make sure that the relationships that we are involved in and the disciplines that we practice point to the Savior that saved us.
  • Memorize: Nehemiah 10:39b
  • Pray: As you pray today, as Jesus to reveal to you things that need to change in your life. Start with relationships. Ask Jesus to show you if there are relationships in your life that are not spiritually healthy and ask for the strength to walk away. Ask Jesus to sow you areas of your life that are not pleasing to Him and be willing to give those to Him. Remember it is not in your strength that any of this can happen but only because Jesus has already won the battle for you.

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Tithes and offerings: The tithe represented obedience and faith toward God. Like the first fruits, it signified God’s ownership of everything. Believers are to honor God not only with the tithes and first-fruits, but with everything God has given us (proc. 3:9). To dig deeper and learn more about tithing, read the passages and versus that follow:

  • Hebrews 7:1-10
  • Numbers 18:20-32
  • Malachi 3:8-12
  • 2 Corinthians 9:6-7

SUNDAY NIGHT

Luke tells us that Jesus came to die for our sin, but also to form a people of God who, renewed by his Spirit, are able to serve him in righteousness and holiness all of their days. This good news is open to all and God wants the news of Jesus shared with all. As followers of Jesus, as Christians, we are to partner with God is carrying this good news of forgiveness and hope because of Jesus to those in our lives where God has placed us and is calling us.

KEY TEXT: Luke 5:33-39

CRITICAL QUESTION: What do you learn about Jesus from this passage? How does what we learn about Jesus cause us to respond to Him?