CP Students’ Next Step (2/1)

SUNDAY MORNING

This week we discussed how you will face opposition when you are pursuing God’s call for your life. Stay strong because Jesus is  standing for you.

KEY TEXT: Nehemiah 6:1-9,15-16

CENTRAL TRUTH: You will face opposition when you pursue God’s call for your life.

PERSONAL CHALLENGE:

  • Dwell: Like Nehemiah, we can anticipate that any time we step up to serve the Lord, we may face potential distraction and possible discouragement. Sometimes distraction and discouragement may come from our enemies. Other times, they come through a temptation to settle for less than God’s best. Whatever the source, we need to look to God to strengthen us. Focusing on God and the strength He provides will enable us to hang in there and finish our task well.
  • Memorize: Nehemiah 6:3
  • Pray: God’s Word says that as believers, we should not be surprised when we face opposition because of our commitment to God. Ask God to equip you with the strength you need to make it through opposition, and to help you live your life in such a way that others would see Jesus when they look at you. Pray that when opposition comes, you will remain focused on Him.

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To learn more about what God’s Word says about dealing with opposition, read the following verses:

  • Psalm 27:1-3
  • Proverbs 3:5-6
  • 1 Peter 4:12
  • 2 Timothy 2:24-26

CP Students’ Next Step (1/25)

SUNDAY MORNING

This week we discussed about the value of human life, and understanding God’s perspective on human life.

KEY TEXT: Genesis 9:1-7; Psalm 8:4-8

CENTRAL TRUTH: To understand the value of life, you must understand God’s view of human life.

PERSONAL CHALLENGE:

  • Dwell: One of the greatest tactics of Satan is to get you to believe that lies that the world promotes when it comes to the value of life. If it is an unborn baby in the womb or a teenage girl who is struggling with her identity, the world desires to fuel the lies that human life is not valuable. Think about the messages that you are listening to when it comes to the value of life. How you live your life and how you treat others will be a reflection of what you believe. Allow the truth of God’s Word to dwell in you and reflect on the Creator’s love for you.
  • Memorize: Philippians 2:16a
  • Pray: Let your prayer today focus on your understanding of what Jesus says about your value and how you can begin living in that message instead of the negative message of the world. Jesus values your life so much that He was willing to give His life for yours. Believe that truth and live it out today!

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God’s Image: God set humans apart from animals by creating people in His image. God’s image involves at least three aspects: having a spirit, being holy, and having dominion.

  • God is not flesh and blood; He is a Spirit (John 4:24). God gave us a spirit so we can relate to Him (Titus 3:5; John 14:17; Rom. 8:16).
  • God created humans in His image. god is holy and He wants us to be holy (1 Peter 1:16).
  • God gave us the task to have dominion over creation (Gen. 1:28b). Unlike God, our dominion derives from being under His authority. We are also to be good stewards of His creation.

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 5:1-11

CRITICAL QUESTION: What do you learn about Jesus from this passage?

CP Students’ Next Step (1/18)

SUNDAY MORNING

This week we discussed about how God will you use to accomplish great things for His glory.

KEY TEXT: Nehemiah 2:1-8, 17-18

CENTRAL TRUTH: God will use us to accomplish great things for this glory.

PERSONAL CHALLENGE:

  • Dwell: Believers should be broken-hearted when God is dishonored. It’s often this response that moves people to initiate change. But where do we start? We can be confident that when we ask God for direction, He will answer. Preparation is required for fulfilling God’s plans. As God places opportunities in front of you, be prepared to willingly accept the task. Start looking for opportunities that God may be bringing to you attention. He will bring them to your heart before He brings them to your hands.
  • Memorize: Nehemiah 2:4
  • Pray: Ask the Lord to give you His eyes, His heart, and His hands. Pray for His eyes so that you can see the hurt and the corruption that God sees. Also ask for His heart so that you can share compassion over the things that concern Him. Finally, pray for His hands so that you will not stand by idly, but will do something to meet the needs of those around you.

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Read the following verses and note how Nehemiah fits into the bigger picture of God’s story:

  • Deuteronomy 30
  • Matthew 21:9
  • John 12:13
  • Luke 11:23

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 4:38-44

CRITICAL QUESTION: What do we learn about Jesus from this passage?

CP Students’ Next Step (1/11)

SUNDAY MORNING

This week we discussed about how our love for Jesus will determine our love for His Word. How are you spending time with God’s Word?

KEY TEXT: Ezra 7:1-10

CENTRAL TRUTH: Our love for Christ will determine our love for His Word.

PERSONAL CHALLENGE:

  • Dwell: Ezra had a great desire to see spiritual revival come to Jerusalem. He was a man who loved God and loved His law. He committed his life to the study of God’s law and obeyed it as he taught it. Ezra is a great example for us as we live in a world that desperately needs revival. Are you willing to allow God to use you to see a revival come to your church, your school, or maybe even your city? Make sure that God’s word has priority in your life and that you are striving through God’s grace to obey His statutes.
  • Memorize: Ezra 7:10
  • Pray: Let your prayer today focus on your commitment to the word of God. Ask Jesus to give you a strong desire to read His Word, to obey His Word and to teach others His Word. Pray that you would not read and obey His statues out of obligation, but you would allow the Holy Spirit to change your life as you are exposed to the truth of God’s Word.

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The hand of God: The phrase refers to God’s anointing upon a person or people chosen for service. Twice Ezra remarked that much was accomplished because “the gracious hand of God” was upon him (Ezra 7:9; 8:18). Nehemiah 2:18 employs the same concept as he described how “the gracious hand of my God” was upon him. In the unique cases of Ezra and Nehemiah, this word picture portrays God’s blessing, provision, and anointing.

SUNDAY NIGHT

KEY TEXT: Luke 4:31-37

CRITICAL QUESTION: What do we learn about Jesus from this passage?

CP Students’ Next Step (1/4)

SUNDAY MORNING

This week we discussed that as the Jews were returning back to Jerusalem, one of the first things that they re-established were the worship practices that were prescribed in Scripture. Worship is our offering of praise that we give to the Lord.

KEY TEXT: Ezra 3:1-7,10-11; 6:21-22

CENTRAL TRUTH: Worship must be an established practice in the Christian life.

PERSONAL CHALLENGE:

  • Dwell: Worship tends to be classified as something we do on Sunday mornings instead of a biblical view of how we live. True worship is not confined to a building, but is believers presenting their lives to Christ daily in response to His glory. Worship that pleases God is fueled by His grace and focused on His Son.
  • Memorize: Ezra 3:11a
  • Pray: Focus your on the faithfulness and goodness of God. Maybe He has brought you through a difficult time in your life or provided an opportunity for you to move forward. Whatever the situation, allow a heart of gratitude to motivate your worship. Praise Him because He is good and His mercy endures forever.

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Passover was associated with Festival of Unleavened Bread, (Ezra 6:22), and refers to a fear-filled night in Egypt before before God’s people were delivered from slavery. Pharaoh refused to release the Hebrews, even after several plagues. A final doom was pronounced–the firstborn male of every house in Egypt was to die. The Lord passed over the houses of those who put lamb’s blood over their door posts (Ex. 12:12-13). Passover symbolized God’s mercy. Centuries later, the perfect Lamb of God would be sacrificed, providing justification of our sins through His blood.