CP Parents Taking Home the Word (8/23)

 The GATHERING

Last week, we talked about how Daniel resolved to not defile himself and how in a sin soaked world we can do the same. This week we continued with the second part our of a three week series, “YOU ARE HERE” –the you being God. The basis for this series is a look at Daniel in the Old Testament. Daniel was a young teenage boy who, along with his friends, was snatched from the comforts of Jerusalem to the pagan culture of Babylon. The Babylonians wanted to turn good Jewish young men into Babylonians. Yet when he was thrust into this culture that was much different from the Jewish culture and lifestyle of living for God, Daniel was still able to live a pure life. He was able to live a holy life because Daniel knew whose he was and he knew that God was with him. Daniel was not the only one who took a stand. He had three friends known by their Babylonian names, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abendego, who also took a stand in a prideful culture.

We challenged your students this week to build upon the fact that we have to know God to live holy lives. The next step is to trust God and that His way is the way worth pursuing. Often times we think knowing something is enough. Many of your students shared how they know what is right or wrong, but don’t always choose what’s right. Knowledge doesn’t intrinsically You know this first hand as their parents. We challenged the students to ask “How do we get to a point to where we are actually trusting God moment by moment?” When the pressure mounts and we cognitively know God is there for us, do we believe and act upon the right path? In essence, do we take that step/stand of faith and trust God? Ultimately, students will have to resolve themselves to not be defiled by worldly and cultural pressures and instead live for God.

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abendego were able to answer the question mentioned earlier by knowing who God is and what God is like. Through studying the Word from a very young age and communicating with God through prayer, they were able to not defile themselves by bowing. In order to live a Christ-centered life we too must know who God is and how He acts, so that we know whose we are. Because of this we can then live in response to our identity in the Father. We challenged the students to take a step to trust God more this week.

KEY TEXT: Daniel 3:16-18

CRITICAL QUESTIONS: How do we resolve to not defile ourselves in a sin soaked world as we live for God? How do we trust God? What’s your next step this week in trusting God more?

CP Parents Taking Home the Word (3/29)

SUNDAY MORNING

This week your student learned that Jesus is our warrior who saves us from judgment. The passage of Scripture used imagery that described God as a mighty warrior. Your student was asked to describe God based on the warrior language used in Scripture. Ask your student how the warrior language affected their view of God. Many times we view God as a father-figure sitting on a throne and not a might warrior who is fighting for us. Remind your student that God is both their Father and a Mighty Warrior who fights for them.

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

PERSONAL PARENT 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 fins 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 you 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.

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 Parents Taking Home the Word (3/22)

SUNDAY MORNING

In this season, your student learned that judgment is coming against evil, but there is a sacrifice for those who call on His name. A great topic to discuss with your student this week is the subject of sacrifice. Ask them if they have ever had to sacrifice something. Help them see how as a parent you make sacrifices in your life for them. Ask them if they understand what it means that Jesus became their sacrifice. Jesus took our place on the cross and paid the ultimate sacrifice for our sin so that we can be in an eternal relationship with Him forever.

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

PERSONAL PARENT 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.

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: How do we seek a kingdom minute versus temporary satisfaction?

CP Parents Taking Home the Word (3/15)

SUNDAY MORNING

This week your student learned that Jesus is a refuge for those who trust in Him. The context of their session was the proclamation of judgment pronounced on the Ninevities by the prophet Nahum. Ask your student what they learned about Nahum this week. Ask them if they understood why the Ninevities deserved judgment. The reality is that we all deserve judgment and Jesus became our refuge and took our judgment upon Himself. Help them understand that Jesus is our refuge.

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

PERSONAL PARENT CHALLENGE:

  • Dwell: It is easy for us to read about the Nineties 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 no 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 to 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.

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 Parents Taking Home the Word (3/8)

SUNDAY MORNING

In this session, your student learned that God’s people must stand against injustice. Your student was challenged in class to think about times when they may have been the victim of injustice, as well as when they may have treated others with injustice. This can include bullying and verbal abuse. Allow your student to share any time they may have caused or personally felt injustice. It may be the first time you have heard about the situation, so be patient with them. Then pray with them and reassure them that you will be there to support and defend them when they are treated unjustly.

CENTRAL TRUTH: God’s people stand against injustice.

PERSONAL PARENT CHALLENGE:

  • Dwell: Injustice in our society can take on a lot of different 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 workplace 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 workplace that cannot stand for themselves. Ask God to give you boldness to stand for those who cannot.

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?