CP Students Taking It Home (11/30)

SUNDAY MORNING

Today’s session focused on the place that we, as believers, get to spend eternity— heaven. Spend some time talking with your student about what they learned about heaven. As a parent, make sure that your student knows they are going to be in heaven one day. Take some time asking your son or daughter if they think they will be in heaven when they die. This may be a tough question to ask, but it is one of the most important questions you can ask them. Remember the reason we will be in heaven is because of our trust in Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior.

CENTRAL TRUTH: Heaven is waiting for those who trust in Jesus as mediator of the new covenant.

PERSONAL CHALLENGE:

  • Dwell: The new covenant creates a new kind of community. It’s a community that isn’t marked
    by dread or fear of God. Instead, we live in joyful fellowship with Him and each other. Also, we celebrate together what Christ has done to set us free from sin and share the good news about Him everywhere we go. In the fellowship framed by the new covenant, we live in the shadow of Mount Zion. Believers can joyfully approach the Father, putting aside fear.
  • Memorize: Hebrews 12:28
  • Pray: Lord thank you that you have provided a place for me to reside with you forever. Thank you that I will be able to enjoy the glory of heaven because of your sacrifice for my sin. Thank you that we do not have to approach your holy mountain with fear and trembling but we have the privilege of coming directly to you because of your grace.

CP Students Taking It Home (11/23)

SUNDAY MORNING

Today’s session focused on the place that we, as believers, get to spend eternity— heaven. Spend some time talking with your student about what they learned about heaven. As a parent, make sure that your student knows they are going to be in heaven one day. Take some time asking your son or daughter if they think they will be in heaven when they die. This may be a tough question to ask, but it is one of the most important questions you can ask them. Remember the reason we will be in heaven is because of our trust in Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior.

CENTRAL TRUTH: Heaven is waiting for those who trust in Jesus as mediator of the new covenant.

PERSONAL CHALLENGE:

  • Dwell: The new covenant creates a new kind of community. It’s a community that isn’t marked
    by dread or fear of God. Instead, we live in joyful fellowship with Him and each other. Also, we celebrate together what Christ has done to set us free from sin and share t he good news about Him everywhere we go. In the fellowship framed by the new covenant, we live in the shadow of Mount Zion. Believers can joyfully approach the Father, putting aside fear.
  • Memorize: Hebrews 12:28
  • Pray: Lord thank you that you have provided a place for me to reside with you forever. Thank you that I will be able to enjoy the glory of heaven because of your sacrifice for my sin. Thank you that we do not have to approach your holy mountain with fear and trembling but we have the privilege of coming directly to you because of your grace.

SUNDAY MORNING

Your students learned about missional minded prayer. The holidays are coming and family gatherings are inevitable. Using this time to pray for a purpose so that you are prepared to leverage this family time for the kingdom. Families are messy and sometimes family gatherings for students get weird, uncomfortable, annoying, boring, but God wants this time to be used for him.

CRITICAL QUESTION: How can prayer focus our purpose for this holiday season?

CP Students Taking It Home (11/16)

SUNDAY MORNING

Today your student learned about Jesus being the strength he or she need to persevere. Your student was challenged to think about who those people are in their life that serve as their encouragers and give them the strength they need to carry on. Talk to your student about the people in your life who give you encouragement and help you get through the day.

CENTRAL TRUTH: Jesus is the strength we need to persevere.

PERSONAL CHALLENGE:

  • Dwell: The writer uses a great illustration that creates a powerful word picture as we think about laying aside sin that entangles us. Think about something that you have gotten tangled up in when you were walking or running. The picture is not of something that stops us, but what slows us down. As you think about these Scriptures this week, think about those areas of your life where you are allowing “small sins” to slow you down. They are not the giant sins that we seem to avoid, but the small ones that will slow us down and eventually render us ineffective. What will it take to lay those aside?
  • Memorize: Hebrews 12:1-2
  • Pray: Let your prayer today revolve around the strength that Jesus gives us to make it through another day. Think of a time when Jesus gave you strength that you needed at just the right time and thank Him for that. Pray that you can be a source of encouragement to your son or daughter and that they will see you as a part of their great cloud of witnesses.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Tonight your student learned about how true joy comes when we learn how to live in contentment with our purpose, place, and priorities in Christ. You student was challenged to think about their contentment level. For most students they are not content because of circumstance brought about by themselves, parents, friends, and society. True contentment is not in any way related to circumstances true contentment is tuned to the deeper reality of the Gospel and God’s Kingdom.

CRITICAL QUESTION: How can the source of stress be replaced by a deeper understanding of the gospel?

CP Students Taking It Home (11/9)

SUNDAY MORNING

This week your students learned what it means to live by faith. A part of our definition of faith from Scripture is that faith is the proof of things hoped for. Ask your student if they ever have to wonder if there is going to be food to eat or clothes to wear. It may not be the king’s table, but it is something! The point is that they do not wonder about where their food or clothes will come from because their faith in you. Help them see that their faith is not a belief in something but a trust in someone, who is Jesus.

CENTRAL TRUTH: It is impossible to please God without faith.

PERSONAL CHALLENGE:

  • Dwell: Having faith in Jesus is not limited to salvation. So many times we believe that Jesus is enough for salvation, but we fail to believe that Jesus is enough for our struggle for identity. We tend to struggle and do not believe that Jesus is enough when we have a horrible relationship with our mom or dad. The truth is that faith in Jesus is the answer to all of those issues and more.
  • Memorize: Hebrews 11:6
  • Pray: Today let your prayer focus around trusting in who Jesus says He is. Faith is not about you gaining more but it is about you growing in your understanding of who He is. Ask Jesus to show you more of Him than He ever has before. Ask Him to give you a revelation of His glory that will cause you to become a person of great faith. Not because you are a great person but because He is a great Savior.

CP Students Taking It Home (11/2)

SUNDAY MORNING

This week your student learned that it is only through the perfect sacrifice of Jesus that we are made right with God. One of the questions they were challenged with was if there was anything they could do to make God love them any more or any less than He does right now. Ask your student the same question in reference to you. Help them begin
to understand the unconditional love that you have for them and how that love only comes from Jesus loving us.

CENTRAL TRUTH: It is only through Jesus perfect sacrifice that I am made right with God.

PERSONAL CHALLENGE:

  • Dwell: Jesus has made our redemption possible through His death and resurrection. To redeem
    a slave means to pay the price necessary to set a him or her free from slavery. When Christ gave Himself for us, He liberated us from spiritual slavery to our transgressions. Transgressing involves crossing a line. We deserve to be punished for crossing the line and sinning against God. Instead of punishing us, God has chosen to forgive us if we put our trust in His Son. The first covenant can’t address our sins in that way, and people still living under it need to be redeemed. Only the new covenant provides a way to be set free from sin’s slavery.
  • Memorize: Hebrews 9:15
  • Pray: Ask Jesus to forgive you for your futile efforts to gain his love and his favor. Thank him for offering the perfect sacrifice for your sins and qualifying you for the eternal inheritance. Thank Him for serving as your heavenly mediator and commit yourself to be an ambassador for the gospel.

SUNDAY NIGHT

This week your student learned that proactive prayer produces joy. Life will be hard, but God is their in the midst of the trials and challenges. When a person is anxious they are filling themselves up with worry, instead fill yourself up with how God is and has been faithful. Paul writing from prison instructs the church at Philippi to rejoice in all circumstances and focus on Christ through going to him actively in prayer.

CRITICAL QUESTION: Which is more prevalent in your life: prayer/thankfulness or worry/anxiety?