ICYMI (In Case You Missed It): Next Week (October 26th) is an NYM PARTY NIGHT. We're asking everyone to give us their best lumberjack impersonation and rock their favorite FLANNEL! It's going to be awesome. If you want to read more about it, or find out why we have party nights, check out the link below:
Tonight, we're wrapping up our series BRANDED, which is a look into what the church (and Christianity as a whole) is known for, and more importantly what we SHOULD be known for, according to God's Word.
We're Teaching This:
Have you ever been in a really dark room? Like, I-can't-see-my-hand-in-front-of-my-face type of darkness? What's worse is if you are trying to find something when it's really dark, but you can't see anything. How would you find your way around? How do you find the thing you're looking for? You need LIGHT!
Jesus has many names in the Bible, but one that he chose to describe himself is LIGHT. In John 8:12, Jesus says, "I am the LIGHT of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness." While that's an awesome promise by itself, Jesus doesn't stop there! Because Jesus is LIGHT, he has made us to be a LIGHT in a dark world.
In Matthew 5:15-16, Jesus compared his followers to a lamp, saying that people don't "light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house." He continues, "In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." The reality is Jesus has called us to be LIGHT not just on Wednesday nights, or Sunday morning at church, but everywhere we go! We have the opportunity to shine as a light in a dark world and provide hope to those who don't have any.
The Bottom Line: TOGETHER WE CAN SHINE BRIGHTER
Here are some questions you could ask your student about tonight's content:
- What does it mean for Jesus to be THE LIGHT of the world?
- What are some dark places that could use a light? (Maybe your school, your circle of friends, relatives, etc)
- What could it look like for you to BE A LIGHT to the people you interact with?
- What steps could we take this week to SHINE BRIGHTER in our family? In our neighborhood? At your school?
- What would it look like for our family to BE A LIGHT to those around us?
- Parent: Share about a time in your life when someone was a light to you, and shared hope with you. What effect did that have on you? How can you replicate that impact in the life of someone else?