July 8th

A note from Jeanie & Small Group Leaders:
Dear Students & Parents,
Hope you will join us this Saturday evening at dusk (9:30ish)  for a drive-in family movie night in the church parking lot. The movie is Overcomer and has an incredible message! It will be fun for the whole family!! Hope to see you there!
Much love,
Jeanie & Small Group Leaders

Verse of the Week

Worship Songs

Spend some time in worship before you begin the lesson this week!
In life there are obstacles that everyone faces.

Join us as we learn how to defeat those obstacles, such as fear and doubt.

We shouldn't let anything hinder us from pursuing God at all costs. 

Overwhelming Obstacles
(part 1)
by Jon Jorgenson

Defeating Fear
 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
1 John 4:18 (NIV)

Discussion Questions: (talk with a friend, sibling or parent)

1. What did Jon mean when he said fear can be a good companion?  Give an example.
2. What did Jon mean when he said fear can be a clown?  Give an example.
3. What did Jon mean when he said fear can be a compass?  Give an example.

Question of the Week:

1. What ways have you let fear hinder you in the past?
2. What can you do when you feel fear holding you back from what you know God wants you to do?

Closing Prayer

Dear God, thank you for helping me in times of fear. Please help me to be able to discern when fear is a companion, a clown, and a compass. Help me to follow you and not let any fears hinder me from pursuing you at all costs. In Jesus' name I pray, amen.

Prayer Request

July 1st

A note from Jeanie & Small Group Leaders:
Dear Students & Parents,
Tonight!!!!  Wednesday, July 1st! We will be having an outdoor Wednesday Night Experience at the church followed by a campfire and s'mores! It will be from 7-10. Hope to see you there!
Much love,
Jeanie & Small Group Leaders

Verse of the Week

Worship Songs

Spend some time in worship before you begin the lesson this week!
Jon says the number one reason teens go to church camp every summer is that they say, "I feel closer to God at camp."

He says, "Far too many of us equate "feeling God" to faith.
Feeling the presence of God is a real experience, but it is not faith.

True faith is more than a feeling!

True faith is a choice to trust God every day, no matter the feelings you have or the circumstances you are in.

More Than A Feeling
(part 3)
by Jon Jorgenson

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"Faith is forward-thinking."
Jesus Walks on the Water
22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
Matthew 14:22-33

Discussion Questions: (talk with a friend, sibling or parent)

1. What did Jon mean when he said "Faith is a foundation?"
2. Why is the foundation of a building or a house or any structure, so important?
3. If you had to rate your spiritual foundation right now what would you give it? (1 being completely weak almost nonexistent and 10 being indestructible)
4. What can you do to begin strengthen your faith foundation?

Question of the Week:

Jon said, "When you have a foundation of faith, God will use that foundation to build his kingdom in your life."
1. What do you think Jon meant by this statement and how do you think that would look in your life? Give some examples.

Closing Prayer

Dear God, thank you for all you do in our lives. We thank you for the blessings and we thank you for the challenges. We know that as we walk with you, you are always growing us so that we can be used by you. Help us to do the things we need to do to continue to strengthen our foundation of faith. We love you and we want to help others to know you and love you as well. In Jesus' name we pray, amen!

Prayer Request

June 24th

A note from Jeanie & Small Group Leaders:
Dear Students & Parents,
Faith is more than a feeling (think Boston parents...now sing "More than a feeling"). Ok seriously though, join us this week to learn more about True Faith! Also mark your calendars for Wednesday, July 1st! We will be having an outdoor Wednesday Night Experience at the church followed by a campfire and s'mores! It will be from 7-10 and the rain date will be Thursday, July 2nd. Hope to see you there!
Much love,
Jeanie & Small Group Leaders

Verse of the Week

Worship Songs

Spend some time in worship before you begin the lesson this week!
Jon says the number one reason teens go to church camp every summer is that they say, "I feel closer to God at camp."

He says, "Far too many of us equate "feeling God" to faith.
Feeling the presence of God is a real experience, but it is not faith.

True faith is more than a feeling!

True faith is a choice to trust God every day, no matter the feelings you have or the circumstances you are in.

More Than A Feeling
(part 2)
by Jon Jorgenson

Type your new text here.
"Faith is a foundation"
Jesus Walks on the Water
22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
Matthew 14:22-33

Discussion Questions: (talk with a friend, sibling or parent)

1. Have you ever felt like someone was being extra hard on you?
2. Could it be that they were being extra hard on you because they saw something more in you? Explain.
3. Explain what Jon meant when he said, "Faith is forward-thinking. It is not concerned with what we see but with what could be."
4. Hebrews 11:1 says, "Faith is the substance of things hoped for." What does this mean?


Question of the Week:

Jon said, "Faith is choosing to believe that God will show up,  even before he does."
Where in your life do you need to take a step of faith and trust God, before he shows up?

Closing Prayer

Dear God, sometimes it is so hard to trust you and have faith in situations that seem impossible. But you remind us that we need to trust in you and not depend on our own understanding. Help me to have faith, to believe that you will show up in my life and in our world. Thank you for loving me the way you do. In Jesus' name I pray, amen!

Prayer Request

June 17th

A note from Jeanie & Small Group Leaders:
Dear Students & Parents,
Faith is more than a feeling (think Boston parents...now sing "More than a feeling"). Ok seriously though, join us this week to learn more about True Faith! Also mark your calendars for Wednesday, July 1st! We will be having an outdoor Wednesday Night Experience at the church followed by a campfire and s'mores! It will be from 7-10 and the rain date will be Thursday, July 2nd. Hope to see you there!
Much love,
Jeanie & Small Group Leaders

Verse of the Week

Worship Songs

Spend some time in worship before you begin the lesson this week!
Jon says the number one reason teens go to church camp every summer is that they say, "I feel closer to God at camp."

He says, "Far too many of us equate "feeling God" to faith.
Feeling the presence of God is a real experience, but it is not faith.

True faith is more than a feeling!

True faith is a choice to trust God every day, no matter the feelings you have or the circumstances you are in.

More Than A Feeling
by Jon Jorgenson

Type your new text here.
"Faith is a Focus."
Jesus Walks on the Water
22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
Matthew 14:22-33

Discussion Questions: (talk with a friend, sibling or parent)

1. Peter's focus changed when he saw the wind and he stopped focusing on God. What situation in your life have you experienced a similar focus change?
2. Jon said, "When we shift our focus away from Jesus, we begin to lose our faith. Can you relate to losing your faith because of this? Explain.
3. Do you think Peter wanted to sink? Why do we allow things to take our focus from Jesus, even when we know it is only through him that we can stay on top of the water?

Question of the Week:

What kind of things will you do each day to really keep your focus on Jesus and begin to build or maintain a strong true faith in Jesus?

Closing Prayer

Dear God, sometimes we get so consumed with our fears or our circumstances, that we take our focus off of you.
Before we even realize it, we have lost faith and we can feel ourselves sinking. Please help me to build a life of true faith that can't be
changed even with feelings and circumstances. Help me to have an unwavering faith in you Lord! In Jesus' name I pray, amen!

Prayer Request