Week 3 - April 1st

A note from Doug & Laura:  Hi guys! We miss seeing you all and hope that everyone is doing well and staying healthy. Our situation of social distancing is such an unusual thing for us. We are so used to our familiar routines of school, church, and hanging out with others, so when all those things are not available to us, it can be challenging. We are blessed to have so many means of communicating with others, which keeps us connected, and for that we are thankful! Remember to live out your faith during this time. Check on your friends and especially those you know may be struggling. Look for ways to help others in any way you can. We will continue to pray for all of you and look forward to being together again soon!

Verse of the Week

Worship Songs

Spend some time in worship before you begin the lesson this week!

About the Series

In a culture obsessed with selfies, celebrities, money, and success, it’s not difficult to understand why so many of us struggle with being a little self-centered at times. But while “me first” may the norm for the rest of the world, Jesus showed us what it looks like to live a generous, compassionate, selfless, “after you” kind of life. In this 4-week series, students will be challenged to move away from the world’s “me first” attitude and embrace the “after you” message of Jesus by noticing needs, opening their hands, using their gifts, and sharing their joy.

"After You" Series

Week 2 Video
Big Idea: Living selflessly requires opening your hands.

Lesson 2 Scriptures

 25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” 27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” 28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” 29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ 36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” 37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”  
Luke 10:25-37

16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
I John 3:16-18

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

1. What's your favorite convenience? In what way does it cost someone something?
2.  Have you ever ignored someone who was in need? What happened?
3. If you had helped that person, how would it have inconvenienced you? If you could go back in time, what would you do differently?
4. How could you be more open-handed with your time?
5. How could you be more open-handed with your money?
6. Is there anyone you've been ignoring because of the differences between you? What are those differences?
7. How could you be more open to the people you've been ignoring?
8.  How could your life be different if you lived more open-handedly?
9. Read I John 3:16-18. What can we learn or apply from this passage?

Question of the Week:

This week, how will you be more intentional about opening your hands to others?


Just In Case You Need A Holy Work Out!

Prayer Request

Closing Prayer

God, help me to live selflessly, by keeping an open hand. Help me to be open with my time. Show me where you want to use me in another person's life. Help me to be open with my money and my possessions. Show me where you want me to give freely from what you have given to me. Help me to be open with everyone. Show me the people that I have been ignoring or overlooking,  and help me to love them in your name. Thanks for loving me and using me to love others. I pray all these things in Jesus' name, Amen.

Week 2 - March 25th

A note from Jeanie: Hi guys I just wanted to take a minute and encourage you to stay positive during this time. There is going to be a temptation to begin complaining about all the things you wish you could be doing right now. I get it, but try not to make this situation all about you. When you start feeling down, instead of complaining, take a minute and thank God for your health, pray for those who are not healthy, look for creative ways to connect with friends, and get outside in the sunshine! You have an amazing opportunity to be an encourager to others, but you can't do that if you are allowing yourself to go down the "poor me" path with Eeyore! Keep your hope up and trust in God! I'm praying for all of you!!

Verse of the Week

Worship Songs

Spend some time in worship before you begin the lesson this week!

About the Series

In a culture obsessed with selfies, celebrities, money, and success, it’s not difficult to understand why so many of us struggle with being a little self-centered at times. But while “me first” may the norm for the rest of the world, Jesus showed us what it looks like to live a generous, compassionate, selfless, “after you” kind of life. In this 4-week series, students will be challenged to move away from the world’s “me first” attitude and embrace the “after you” message of Jesus by noticing needs, opening their hands, using their gifts, and sharing their joy.

"After You" Series

Week 1 Video
Big Idea: Living selflessly starts with noticing others' needs.

Lesson1 Scriptures

 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,  not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
Philippians 2:3-4

 But he answered, “You give them something to eat.” They said to him, “That would take more than half a year’s wages! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?” “How many loaves do you have?” he asked. “Go and see.” When they found out, they said, “Five—and two fish.” Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass.  So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them all.  They all ate and were satisfied,  and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish.  The number of the men who had eaten was five thousand.
Mark 6:37-44



Discussion Questions: (call a friend and discuss)

1. Have you ever failed to notice something obvious?
2. What's one situation where failing to notice something important could put you or someone else in danger?
3.  Have you ever failed to notice someone else's needs? What happened?
4.  Why is it difficult for you, specifically, to notice others' needs?
5. In what ways did Jesus notice others' needs and live an "after you" kind of life?
6. Read Mark 6:37-44. What do you think the rest of this story can teach us about noticing and meetings others' needs?
7. Why does it matter whether we notice others' needs or not?
8. What do you think the difference is between not being selfish and being selfless?
9.  Do you think noticing someone else's needs could ever benefit you too? Why or how?

Question of the Week:

This week, how can you be more intentional about noticing the needs of others?


Just In Case You Need A Holy Work Out!

Prayer Request

Closing Prayer

Lord, open my eyes to see the needs of others and give me a heart that desires to meet those needs. In this world it is so easy to get caught up in my own stuff and in myself only. Help me to focus on you first and on others second. I know you want to use me to bless people, help me to be open to being used by you for that purpose. I pray all these things in the name of Jesus, Amen!

Week 1 - March 18th

Verse of the Week

Worship Songs

Spend some time in worship before you begin the lesson this week!

Something To Think About Before the Video

When we know whose we are, it changes how we live. We can live with purpose. We can live knowing that even our best successes, our most favorable wins, our glory days, our most expensive and biggest toys don’t matter in the big picture. What matters is the legacy we leave behind.
Who we are has to be bigger than what we do. Who we are has to be bigger than what we own, what we look like, those we know, or where we live. Who we are has to transcend the moment. It has to carry a purpose that echoes through eternity.
What are we known for? Do we want to be defined by binging on Netflix? Or being the most fashionable? Or for always dampening a mood with our negativity? Do we want to be known for how many books we’ve sold, how many social-media followers we have, or how many people like us?
The most important decision we will ever make is to accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. The life that Jesus came to give us, encompasses way more than just saying a prayer. It’s about living for him. Making a difference. Taking a stand. Doing something. We may not be able to impact a million people for Jesus, but we can certainly impact one.
God wants to use us. But we need to accept the call. We need to say yes. Whether that means encouraging a neighbor, forgiving a friend, loving a person that you’ve been shying away from because they look different. It’s amazing what can happen when you step out in faith and choose to live and make choices that have a lasting impact.

Shaken Bible Study

Discovering your true identity in the midst of life's storm.
Tim Tebow
Big Idea: Week 4 - It doesn’t matter how many games we win or lose, how much money we have, or how successful we are. What matters is whether or not we are living for Jesus and leaving a mark beyond our lives.

Video Recap

Tim said, one person can change everything.
We all have the ability to do something.

What really matters is giving what you have to make a difference in the lives of others.

Are you willing to give your time, your energy, your money, or your resources to make a difference?

Tim said, my goal has always been to live a life of significance, of meaning. We do this by loving God and Loving others.

Discussion Questions: (call a friend and discuss)

1. It’s easy to lose perspective when we get caught up in our own problems, our failures, the times we’ve fallen short, or what we want that we don’t
      have. How can you gain a new vantage point by doing something for someone else?

2. Beauty, health, money, wins- they’re all temporary. How can prioritizing things with eternal value free you from fixating on the superficial?

3. Tim is a firm believer in the statement, “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.” Talk about a stand you have taken that has impacted
      something or someone else.

4. What do you want to be known for?

5. In what ways do you believe you have heard God speak to your heart?

6. How do you intentionally seek to hear from God?

7. Tim talked about being drawn to talk to certain people. Have you ever been in a situation where you felt God in your heart leading you to start a
      conversation with a stranger or to make a phone call to someone you haven’t spoken to in a while? What was the outcome?

8. Micah 6:8 offers us great advice on how to live in a way that exemplifies Jesus:
The Lord has shown you what is good.
    He has told you what he requires of you.
You must act with justice.
    You must love to show mercy.
And you must be humble as you live in the sight of your God.
In what ways can you be just, love kindness/mercy, and walk humbly with God?

9. How has someone made an eternal impact on your life? (like praying for you, inviting you to church, showing you kindness when no one else would)

10. How can you do the same for someone else?

Question of the Week:

What can you do right now to begin (or continue) to live a life of significance and leave a legacy for Jesus?


Just In Case You Need A Holy Work Out!

Prayer Request

Closing Prayer

Lord thank you for your love! Help us to be living a legacy of love right now, in our homes, in our social circles,  
and in our community.  Grow us each day into the unique individuals you have created us to be. 
Help us to always remember that we find our true identity in you! 
We love you and we pray all these things in  Jesus' name,  Amen.