Week of 5/8/2016

See Orange Session 1 The Big Picture  

Series Overview  

In this series we are going to take a hard look at ways the home and the church must combine to help the next generation have a healthy relationship with God. With a combined effort of Parents and the church working together, we must leverage our influence to help the next generation find a healthy relationship with God, from the cradle to the time they move off to college.   

Session 1: The Big Picture  

How To Use This Study  

SESSION OVERVIEW:  

In order to combine the influence of the church and the influence of the parents we need to understand what each influence is and how we can work together for the betterment of the next generation.  

KEY PASSAGES:  

John 8:12, Nehemiah 4:13-16

GOAL FOR THIS SESSION: To understand that the heart of the family and the light of the church, when combined help the next generation grow into healthy followers of Christ once they graduate.   

KEY POINTS:  

  1. No one has more potential to influence a child than a parent. What happens at your house is more important than what happens at the church house.   

  2. The Church is the yellow because it is the light. The Church is uniquely and strategically placed on the planet to display God’s glory the the world. The role of the church is simply to turn on the light. 

  3. The Parent Isn’t the Only Influence a Child Needs. Parents, we Need to Make Sure that Our Kids have a Godly person who is going to pour into their lives. Adult servers and leaders will be the other voice that shapes and make a difference in the Generation of Tomorrow.  

  4. So that the next generation can understand who God really is, we are Going to COMBINE the light of the church and the love of the family in a different way.  

  5. Despite our Flaws as Parents and as Leaders, God has a Plan to Use us to Impact the Next Generation. If you are a Parent no matter what Stage of Parenting You are in, whatever Baggage or messiness there has been, God is a God of restoration and redemption. The Worse Thing we can do as Parents and Leaders is to try to Hide our Flaws and Put us this facade that we don’t struggle.  

  6. Your children need to grow up in your home and this church seeing adults doing whatever it takes to fight for their spiritual future of the Next Generation and for their Relationship with them. 

Session 1 The Big Picture   

DISCUSSION:  

Remember these discussion questions are a guide for you. Follow up questions or other insights may be needed by you according to your group’s needs.  

GET GOING:   

Like it or not we all begin to become like our parents. Do you think this is a matter of genetics or influence?   

What is one thing you hope you never do like your parent(s)? What is one thing you hope that you do as well as your parent(s) did?  

GET DEEP:  

Don said “What happens at your house is more important than what happens at the church house.” What does this statement tell us about the influence we have in the lives of the next generation?  

Ideally the Family is the heart of a child, showing them unconditional love, care and acceptance. This is where we get the color red representing the heart.  

Key Point 1: No one has more potential to influence a child than a parent. What happens at your house is more important than what happens at the church house.  

Read John 8:12 

What is the unique role of the church in society?  

 Key Point 2: The Church is the yellow because it is the light. The Church is uniquely and strategically placed on the planet to display God’s glory the the world. The role of the church is simply to turn on the light. 

Besides your parents, who else has had a huge influence in your life?  

As a teen or child, did you have an adult, besides your parents, that you could confide in or did you share every little detail with your parents?  

If you had another adult in your life as a teen to help guide you could you have avoided some mistakes?  

How can we as Next Generation leaders and servers be that adult for other students?   

Key Point 3 The Parent Isn’t the Only Influence a Child Needs. Parents, we Need to Make Sure that Our Kids have a Godly person who is going to pour into their lives. Adult servers and leaders will be the other voice that shapes and make a difference in the Generation of Tomorrow. 

What impact do you believe will take place by combining the influence of the heart of family and the light of the church for the sake of the Next Generation?  

As a parent do you see what benefits do you see if the church intentionally joins with you to help become the spiritual leaders in your home?  

Key Point 4 So that the next generation can understand who God really is, we are Going to COMBINE the light of the church and the love of the family in a different way.   

Read Nehemiah 4:7-12

The men and women that where rebuilding the wall had been in Jerusalem the whole time sitting in the rubble. Does Satan sometimes use the rubble of our failures to dishearten us in to thinking that God can’t use us?  

As a parent grand, parent, aunt, uncle, student worker or any position that has had influence over the next generation, have all made mistake  

Key Point 5: Despite our Flaws as Parents and as Leaders, God has a Plan to Use us to Impact the Next Generation. If you are a Parent no matter what Stage of Parenting You are in, whatever baggage or messiness there has been, God is a God of restoration and redemption. The Worse Thing we can do as Parents and Leaders is to try to Hide our Flaws and Put us this facade that we don’t struggle.  

Read Nehemiah 4:13-14 

Why did Nehemiah post the people at the lowest points and exposed places by family?  

What was his charge to the families at the wall?  

How does that charge apply to us today?  

Key Point 6: Your children need to grow up in your home and this church seeing adults doing whatever it takes to fight for their spiritual future of the Next Generation and for their Relationship with them. 

NEXT STEP:  

If you have never began a relationship with Christ your first step is to ask God to forgive your sin and receive the gift of salvation given to us by Jesus death on the cross and his resurrection.   

Are you embracing the role as the spiritual leader to your children in your home? If not, your Next Step need to be attending the Foundations class to help you grow in your understanding of how to walk in a healthy relationship with God so that you can help your children in the process. Also you need to speak with those who work with your kids at the church, we have valuable resources called Parent Ques to help you lead your child at home.  

PRAY:  

Remember to pray for the family and church leaders as we combine to impact the next generation.