CP Parents Taking Home the Word (1/18)

SUNDAY MORNING

Today your students learned that God will use them to accomplish great things for His glory. Share with your student a time where you felt that God used you for His glory. If you do not have a personal example, then tell them about someone you know that God used for His glory. Maybe you have had the chance to share Christ with someone recently. Share that experience with your student and help them see that God desires to use them.

KEY TEXT: Nehemiah 2:1-8,17-18

CENTRAL TRUTH: God will use us to accomplish great things for His 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 that God may be bringing to your attention. He will bring them to your heart before H 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 idly by, but will do something to meet the needs of those around you.

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 you learn about Jesus from this passage?

CP Parents Taking Home the Word (1/4)

SUNDAY MORNING

Your student learned 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. Ask your student how they will connect with God through worship this week. They may struggle to have an answer, but help them understand that worship is our offering of praise that we give to the Lord.

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

PERSONAL PARENT 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 prayer 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 endured forever.

SUNDAY NIGHT

You student learned that our God is a God on a mission. He is carrying out the mission of reconciling the world to Him. By looking at Jesus, we can see how to live in response to God’s character. Jesus was rejected in His hometown for carrying out the God’s mission, yet He didn’t shy away from staying true to the mission God had given Him. The church must be and extension of Jesus’ mission, bring salvation to the nations.

KEY TEXT: Luke 4:16-30

CRITICAL QUESTION: Have we adopted God’s mission as our own, or do we view it as separate from our life?

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?