We're teaching this:
Who invited you to church? You can probably think of somebody. And even if you were in church from the time you were a little kid, chances are somebody helped you along the way. A pastor. A small group leader. A volunteer. Somebody. It’s true for all of us. Anytime you hear a story about someone’s journey toward God, you always hear about a relationship, not only with God but also with another person. God uses other people to help us propel forward in our faith. But how do you make that happen? How do you get those kinds of people in your life? The book of Proverbs gives us an idea of exactly the kind of person we need in our lives in order to move forward spiritually. And if we’re willing to do what it says, not only will we find ourselves around the kind of people who help us grow, but we may also find that we become the kind of person who helps others grow as well.
The Bottom Line for this week is this: God uses PEOPLE to Propel our Faith
Maybe you could ask your student..
- Who are some people in your life that are influential?
- What can we do to make sure you're in spiritual environments that are propelling your faith?
- Do you have any friends that you feel like are beginning to influence you in the wrong ways?
- Parent: why don't you share a story of someone in your life that was influential spiritually?
Think about This:
We all need growth spurts in our lives, or time where we focus on propelling an area of our lives to a new level. And, parenting is no different. Just like the rest of life, there will times when we need to stretch and grow our parenting. During this series, your students are learning about four ideas that can propel their faith forward, and the same four things they’re hearing about—but with a slight twist—have the power to propel your parenting.
Here's the second installment:
Widen the circle. The truth is, there will be times when your student doesn’t want to talk to you and won’t seek your advice. That’s why it’s so important to have other adults in their lives that you (and they) trust. Maybe that’s a church small group leader, a school coach, or a friend’s parent. Make a list of a few other adults who you both like and trust. Then decide together who your student will go to when they don’t feel they can come to you.