Lesson Title: Jesus Treats the Least as Family - Jesus heals a sick woman and calls her "Daughter"
Scripture: Mark 5: 21-34
Kim lead our lesson time last night sharing the story of the bleeding woman. This lesson continued to focus on how Jesus interacted with and loved the people in society who others saw as outcasts.
"Instead, on his way to heal an important guy’s daughter, Jesus stopped to chit-chat with an outcast. It seems ridiculous! But notice what he called her: Daughter. Jesus went out of the way for this woman, not only healing her but also bringing her back in from the fringes of society. To Jesus, worldly power doesn’t matter. Faith matters. And while he honored and responded to Jairus’ faith, Jesus stopped to show that he has a special place in his heart for the least."
You can talk with your student about who in their lives, their schools are the outcasts and how they and other treat them. Is it how Jesus would treat them?
Our guest speaker, Todd Krygsheld, shared with us about how Jesus instructs us and shows us that we are to care for the least. But not out of pity, or to look good, or to impress God, but because all people need Jesus. He challenged the way students see people and encouraged students to see people as people first, not what it is they are struggling with. Some of what Todd shared was challenging for students to grasp so I encourage you to ask them what they thought about what Todd shared. We will also continue to discuss what Todd shared at IMPACT this week.
Lesson Title: Jesus Releases the Potential of the Least - Jesus empowers fishermen to go on a mission
Scripture: Mark 1: 16-20 & Mark 6: 7-13
We continued the conversation last night about who Jesus interacted with and what that can teach us. We focused in on Jesus' disciples, who He called to be His disciples, how He called them and then how He sent them out. Jesus chose ordinary, everyday guys to be "fishers of men"; He didn't pick the prestigious or famous, the people who followed all the rules or had a lot of money. But most importantly Jesus picked people who He saw had potential. We talked about what potential is and if we have ever been encouraged by someone because they saw potential in us. We also did an activity to think outside the box where students had pick survival items that they wouldn't necessary think to pick typically. It was really fun to see the creative ways kids thought to use dental floss, a CD, and a pair or socks in order to 'survive'.
Questions to continue the conversation:
1. What potential does God see in you?
2. Has anyone in your life helped you achieve your potential? How did they help you?
3. What kinds of things has God called you to do as a Christ-follower?
4. What holds your potential back?
5. How can you overcome the obstacles that hold your potential back?
Each year we head to Timber Wolf Lake for Winter Weekend with students from both First Church and Zeeland WyldLife. This year we were able to take 28 students and 7 leaders. It was a weekend filled with card games, ping pong, challenge wall climbing, henna tattoos, tubing, gaga ball, snow and most importantly, time to talk about Jesus and who He is to students. I have always loved camp because it is a unique time where there are no distractions from technology, where kids get to be kids and where deep relationships are built. I came away from the weekend exhausted and with a sore throat but more importantly with a sense that God was at work in each of the students lives. Myself and the other leaders look forward to continuing conversations with students that began at camp and the opportunity to continue to walk along side them, helping them to grow in their faith.
My name is Josiah from Grand Rapids Michigan and I follow Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Also middle schoolers are cool.