We’re Teaching This:
Many of us can relate to the problem of having too much to do. Between school, work, family, and friends, there always seems to be more on our list than we have time for. That’s why it can feel so discouraging to go to church and hear about how much more we should be doing in our relationship with God. Read the Bible. Serve in children’s ministry. Go on a mission’s trip. And do all of that while keeping a good attitude, giving regularly, and a whole list of other things. It’s exhausting. And it can leave us feeling discouraged and distant, like God is continually disappointed in us. But what if this was never how He intended for us to live? The Gospel has the power to free us from this pressure, yet motivate us to live in a way that pleases God more than ever before. What we'll discuss tonight has the power to change the way we see our to-do list and bring us closer to God in the process.
The Bottom Line for this Week: God values your presence over your performance.
Maybe you could ask your student..
- What makes us feel that we could earn God's love through our actions?
- Do you tend to feel like God is in Heaven keeping score of how much you're doing and then basing HIs love for you on that performance? Why or why not?
- How does the Gospel free us from this "performance" mentality?
- What could we do together to help us remember the truth of what God has done for us together this week?
Read THIS article about preaching the Gospel to yourself with your student. Then, actually do what it says for a week. See what happens!