Conversation Starters: Trust in God

IMG_1208THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: We love our rights and we want to exercise those rights. But do our rights ever become secondary? And what do we do when those rights are trampled on? Submission is not a popular word in a culture focused on entitlement, but regardless of our circumstances our attitude should be one of submission and trust in God. Christ empowers us to make God first in our lives and experience enduring faith.

Concept: Trust in God

Preschool

Acts 14

LIFE POINT: Paul and Barnabas were missionaries. They traveled and told people about Jesus. Many of the Jews and also Greeks believed that Jesus is the Son of God. Some Jews did not believe in Jesus and wanted to hurt Paul and Barnabas. They found out and left the city. They went to Lystra and healed a man who could not walk. Some of the people thought Paul was God. Paul said, “I am only a man. God, who made heaven and earth, healed this man.” Then more people tried to hurt Paul and Barnabas. So they left Lystra. They traveled many more places. Many people believed. After a while, they returned to the church in Antioch.

LIVE IT OUT: With your child, name ways that God cares for you. Make a list of two or three things and encourage your child to draw a picture for each one. Pray daily and thank God for His care.

Kids

Acts 14

LIFE POINT: Paul and Barnabas were missionaries. They traveled and told people about Jesus. Many of the Jews and also Greeks believed that Jesus is the Son of God. Some Jews did not believe in Jesus and wanted to hurt Paul and Barnabas. They found out and left the city. They went to Lystra and healed a man who could not walk. Some of the people thought Paul was God. Paul said, “I am only a man. God, who made heaven and earth, healed this man.” Then more people tried to hurt Paul and Barnabas. So they left Lystra. They traveled many more places. Many people believed. After a while, they returned to the church in Antioch.

LIVE IT OUT: Discuss the word trust and what it means to your child. Explain that trusting God means always believing that God will help you. Help your child list some issues where he might need to trust God to help. Pray with him for these issues.

Students

1 Peter 2:13-23

THE POINT: Trust God in every circumstance. What are some difficult situations Christians face in regard to faith? How can you help each other trust God in all circumstances? Have a conversation around this quote:

“To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.”1 —Thomas Aquinas

LIVE IT OUT: Your student has been encouraged to do one or both Live It Out activities.

If your student chooses to do Trust Factor:
•Help your student develop his or her list of things in life that are hard to entrust to God.
•Encourage your student to trust God in all circumstances this week.

If your student chooses to do Prayer Focus:
•Help your student identify a persecuted group to pray for.
•Join your student in praying for the group they choose

1. “Thomas Aquinas Quotes,” Brainy Quote [cited 8 November 2013]. Available from the Internet: www.brainyquote.com.

Conversation Starters: Be Holy

a282cebe-d914-4b41-84a0-68751aeabfecTHE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: We all want to be accepted by others. This explains our tendency to follow trends and what’s “in” at the moment. While many of these trends are neither good nor bad in a spiritual, moral, or ethical sense, the human desire to be like everyone else can lead us to compromise or to lose our distinctiveness as followers of Christ. God calls us to holiness—to live separate and distinctive lives—and the Holy Spirit empowers us to do so.

Concept: Be Holy

Preschool

Acts 13

LIVE IT OUT: Help your child think of one person she could tell about Jesus. Pray together for that person. Help your child remember to tell the person about Jesus.

In a church in Antioch, there were men who were teachers and prophets for the Lord. They taught that Jesus was the Son of God. Paul and Barnabas were two of these men. God spoke to the men, “Paul and Barnabas are special. I want them to go many places and tell about Jesus.” The men prayed for Paul and Barnabas and sent them off. Paul and Barnabas traveled to Cyprus and taught about Jesus. A Roman soldier believed in Jesus after Paul and Barnabas talked to him. They continued to travel and teach about Jesus. People listened and believed. Some people listened but did not believe.

Kids

Acts 13

LIVE IT OUT: Christian suffering is a fact of life. Find some stories about Christian martyrs that you feel comfortable sharing with your child. Comment that God did not promise we would not suffer, but He did promise He would always be with us.

God’s Holy Spirit told the church in Antioch to set apart Barnabas and Saul. God was sending them to faraway places to tell people about Jesus. The believers placed their hands on Barnabas and Saul and asked God to bless and protect their two friends. Barnabas and Saul sailed from Antioch to the island of Cyprus. A Roman soldier believed in Jesus after Paul and Barnabas talked to him. They continued to travel and teach about Jesus. People listened and believed. Some people listened but did not believe. They forced Paul and Barnabas to leave town. They traveled to a new town to tell about Jesus.

Students

1 Peter 1:14-19, 22-25

THE POINT: Live a life that is set apart for God.

•Why do you consider some things sacred or holy?

•How can you pursue holiness?

Have a conversation around this quote:

“Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.”1 —Augustine

LIVE IT OUT: Your student has been encouraged to do one or both Live It Out.

If your student chooses to do Holy Words:
•Encourage your student to read some Scriptures on holiness.
•Pray for your student to apply what they read.

If your student chooses to do Memorize:
•Ask your student if they would like you to memorize 1 Peter 1:14-15 with them this week.
•Encourage your student as they memorize 1 Peter 1:14-15.
1. “Saint Augustine Quotes,” Brainy Quote, [cited 8 November 2013]. Available from the Internet: www.brainyquote.com.

Conversation Starters: Generosity

584ef004-b6bf-4a69-b920-18e58539baa6THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: God is a generous God who gives good things to His children. While some are blessed with more wealth than others, all Christians are called to be generous with what we have been given. When we understand that everything we have is a gift from our generous God, we’ll desire to reflect that generosity with our own giving.

Concept: Generosity

Preschool

Exodus 36-39

LIFE POINT: Moses called craftsmen and the other workers to get everything the people had brought for the tabernacle. The people continued to bring offerings. The men said to Moses, “The people are bringing too much. We have enough to build the tabernacle.” So Moses told the people to stop bringing offerings. The craftsmen and workers began to build. They made 10 curtains from linen with blue, purple, and red yarn. They joined animal skins together with clasps of bronze. They used planks of wood joined together with pegs. One man built the ark of the covenant. The craftsmen built tables, altars, lamps, and utensils. They made special clothes for the priests who would work in the tabernacle. They used everything the people had brought.

LIVE IT OUT: Build an indoor tent together in your home. Encourage your child to bring in special items to decorate the tent. Have your family devotion inside the tent and talk about how the people worked together to build the tabernacle.

Kids

Exodus 39:32-40:38

LIFE POINT: The people had everything made: the curtains, the ark, the table, the lampstand, and the priests’ clothes. They made each thing just as God commanded. Moses used the tent, the curtains, and the poles to set up the tabernacle. He put the ark, the table, the lampstand, and the altar in the correct places. Aaron and his sons put on the priests’ clothes. A cloud covered the tabernacle. The glory of God filled the tabernacle. Whenever the people saw God’s cloud over the tabernacle, they did not move their camp. If the cloud lifted from the tabernacle, they broke camp and moved until the cloud stopped again.

LIVE IT OUT: Research to discover the history of your church’s facilities. When was it built? Who actually built the structures? What church members contributed to actually building the facilities? Thank God for those who worked together to construct your church.

THE POINT: We should reflect God’s generosity. Have a discussion with your student
about everything God has blessed you with. Have a conversation around this quote:

“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”1 —John Bunyan

LIVE IT OUT: Your student has been encouraged to do one or both Live It Out
activities.
If your student chooses to do God Gives:
• Determine to read through the Scripture daily with your student.

• Ask your student what he or she has learned through reading these passages of Scripture this week.

If your student chooses to do Generosity:
• Help your student determine what generosity looks like in areas other than finances.

• Pray your student will develop a generous heart.

 

1. “John Bunyan Quotes,” Goodreads, [cited 19 July 2013]. Available from the Internet: http://www.goodreads.com.

 

Conversation Starters: Fight Opposition

ffce55c8-1a7c-4341-8b65-935111c694caTHE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: Failure is painful. It’s that moment when things don’t go quite the way we had hoped. We all fall short. We all make mistakes. We all sin. So then the question isn’t if we’re going to fail, but what happens when we do? Those who follow Christ can rest in the fact that He restores them every time they fail.

Concept: Fight Opposition

Preschool

John 18:15-1, 25-27; 21:15-19

LIFE POINT: Peter was close to Jesus. He learned so much from Jesus. He followed Him everywhere. One night, Jesus was taken for questioning. Peter waited outside. A servant girl saw him and asked, “Are you one of Jesus’ disciples?” Peter was afraid and answered, “I am not.” Peter began to warm himself by a fire. Someone asked, “Are you one of Jesus’ disciples?” Peter said, “I am not.” One of the high priest’s slaves asked, “Didn’t I see you with Him in the garden?” Again Peter said, “No.” Later Jesus cooked breakfast for His disciples. Jesus asked Peter three times if he loved Him. Peter answered yes each time. Jesus replied, “Then care for My people.”

LIVE IT OUT: Talk about what it means to make a mistake or “mess up.” Help your child understand that if she makes a wrong choice, she can ask someone to forgive her. Pray as a family.

Kids

John 18:15-18, 25-27; 15-19

LIFE POINT: Peter and another disciple followed the soldiers who had taken Jesus. They waited to find out what would happen. Three people asked Peter if he was one of Jesus’ disciples. Each time, Peter said, “No!” After Jesus rose from the dead, He met with Peter by the sea. Three times He asked Peter: “Do you love me?” Each time, Peter said, “Yes! You know I do!” Each time, Jesus told Peter to take care of His sheep. Finally, Jesus said to Peter: “Follow Me.” Peter had made wrong choices, but Jesus still wanted Peter to be His follower!

LIVE IT OUT: As a family, talk about the ways each member has messed up at times. Pray together, thanking God that He forgives us.

Students

John 18:15-18, 25-27; 21:15-19

THE POINT: Jesus restores us when we fail. Discuss some failures you have had with your student. How can you deal with failure better as a parent? Have a conversation around this quote:

“Hope is passion for what is possible.”1 —Søren Kierkegaard

LIVE IT OUT: Your student has been encouraged to do one or both Live It Out activities. If your student chooses to do Honest Evaluation:

• Encourage your student as he or she selects a verse about hope to reflect on this week.

• Choose a verse that reminds you of the hope you have in the midst of failure.

If your student chooses to do Serve Others:

• Give your student ideas of ways to serve others in your family this week.

• Pray that your student will be an example to others in serving.

1. “Hope Quotes,” Hope Faith Prayer, [cited 19 July 2013]. Available from the Internet: hopefaithprayer.com.

Conversation Starters: Go

6cba4054-77a4-4cd2-839b-16d68768615eTHE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: When hope takes a foothold in our lives, it affects our actions, our words, our attitudes, and even our emotions. As you have received hope, offer it to others as much as possible, in as many ways as possible. To share the message of the gospel is to embark in the only calling worthy of our lives. It’s a calling of hope.

Preschool

Acts 3:1-10, 16

LIFE POINT: One day Peter and John were walking in the temple. They saw a man who could not walk. The man asked them for help. Peter and John said, “Look at us.” Peter continued, “I do not have money, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus, get up and walk.” Peter took the man’s hand, and the man stood up. His feet became strong. He stood and walked into the temple with Peter and John. He was leaping and praising God. The people recognized the man. They were amazed. Peter and John said, “We did not make this man walk. He walks by the power of Jesus.”

LIVE IT OUT: As a family, make up a song about praising God. Use a familiar tune.

Kids

Acts 3:1- 4:21

LIFE POINT: Peter and John were on their way to the temple to pray. They saw a man being carried to the temple because he could not walk. Each day, the man begged for money at the temple door. When Peter and John passed by the man, he called out to them, asking for money. I do not have money,” Peter said, “but I do have something for you. In the name of Jesus, get up, and walk!” Peter helped the man stand up. The man was so happy that he started jumping and praising God. A crowd gathered around the apostles and the man. The people listened as Peter told them about Jesus.

LIVE IT OUT: Let each family member prepare three sticky notes that say “Jesus loves you.” Ask the family members to hide the notes during the week in places where another family member will find them and be reminded of this truth.

Students

Acts 3:1-10

THE POINT: Share your hope in Christ.

• Tell your student about a time when you shared the gospel.

• Discuss how you came to know Christ. Have a conversation around this quote:

 “The gospel of Jesus Christ is the last great hope for this world.”1 —Ronnie Floyd

LIVE IT OUT: Your student has been encouraged to do one or both Live It Out activities. If your student chooses to do Focus on a Friend:

• Ask your student if he or she needs help determining who to pray for.

• Pray with your student for the people he or she chose.

If your student chooses to do Bite-Size Testimony:

• Help your student with his or her testimony as needed.

• With his or her permission, share your student’s testimony through social media

1. Ronnie Floyd, Our Last Great Hope (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2011) , 9.

Conversation Starters: Encouraging Words

c644836a-0f23-4c5e-95b7-dc472319d33fThe Bible Meets Life: We all face the pressure of using our words to criticize, gossip, or
verbally assault others. Words spoken carelessly, unwisely, hastily, and destructively can affect every aspect of our lives. As we follow Jesus, He will empower us to use our words in a positive way.

Preschool

Mark 10:13-16

LIFE POINT: Jesus loves children. Why was Jesus angry with His disciples? Why did Jesus think children were special? What did He tell His disciples about children?

LIVE IT OUT: Sing the song “Jesus Loves the Little Children” or “Jesus Loves Me” with your preschooler. Remind her that Jesus loves her and all children.

Kids

Mark 10:13-16

LIFE POINT: Reflect God’s love by speaking to everyone with kindness. Why did Jesus get angry with His disciples? How can you use Jesus’ example to speak kindly to everyone?

LIVE IT OUT: Give your child a box of inexpensive breath mints. Tell him that this week when he is tempted to use unkind words, to use a breath mint to remind him to use his words wisely.

Students

James 3:1-18

THE POINT: Our words should reflect our relationship with Christ. How can we do a better job of communicating as a family? How can we encourage each other with words this week? Have a conversation around this quote:

“Kind words do not cost much…yet they accomplish much.”1 —Blaise Pascal

LIVE IT OUT: Your student has been encouraged to do one or both Live It Out. Here are some suggested ways to help your student:

If she plans to complete Say It:
• Encourage your student to choose someone she can
encourage this week.
• Encourage your student this week with positive words.
If she plans to do Whatever:
• Ask your student if she would like you to help her
complete the activity.
• Ask your student how you can pray for her regarding how she talks to and about others.

1. John Mason, You Can Do It (Grand Rapids, MI: Revell, 2003), 55.

Conversation Starters: Working for God

DSC_0064-001THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: We’ve all had a leader or boss we loved and respected, but we’ve also had at least one we struggled with. Maybe it was their leadership style or their method of motivation. How do you respond to those leaders? In the sixth chapter of Ephesians, God tells us how to handle situations like this. The truth is, as a Christian, everything you do should be done as if it is for the Lord.

Preschool

Genesis 6:9- 8:19

THE POINT: Noah loved God. One day God spoke to him and said, “I will send a flood to cover all of the earth. Build an ark of wood. Make it with three levels of rooms. Cover the ark with pitch inside and out.” Noah obeyed God and built the ark. God said, “Bring two of every animal and bird onto the ark. Take every kind of food for your family and for the animals.” Noah, his family, and the animals entered the ark. God shut the door. The rain began to fall. The ark floated on the water. Noah, his family, and the animals were safe. It rained until the water covered the mountains. Finally the waters went down. The ark rested on a mountain. When the earth was dry, Noah and his family and the animals came out of the ark.

LIVE IT OUT: Play a game of “Simon Says” giving simple instructions. Discuss how Noah listened and followed God’s instructions. Help your child know that God gives us instructions through the Bible and that we need to be obedient to Him.

Kids

Genesis 6:5 -9:17

THE POINT: God told Noah to build an ark. He told Noah how tall and long and wide to make the ark. Noah built the ark just as God said. Noah worked hard. He built the ark. He loaded food for the animals and his family onto the ark. Then God sent rain. The rain lasted for 40 days and 40 nights. Because Noah had done his work, his family and the animals were safe on the ark. When he left the ark, Noah worshiped God.

LIVE IT OUT: Lead your child to assist another family member with or complete a special task. Help her understand the importance of the task and see how the work is valuable to your family.

Students

THE POINT: How we work reflects our attitude toward Christ. Have a discussion with your student about how you deal with frustrating issues at work. Have a conversation around this quote:

“The will of God for your life is simply that you submit yourself to Him each day and say, ‘Father, Your will for today is mine. Your pleasure for today is mine. Your work for today is mine. I trust You to be God. You lead me today and I will follow.’ ”1 —Kay Arthur

LIVE IT OUT: Your student has been encouraged to do one or both Live It Out activities in the Personal Study Guide.

• Ask your student if there is a way you can help him or her with a daily prayer and Bible reading strategy.

• Give your student examples of what has worked for you when it comes to having a daily plan for prayer.

• Encourage your student this week by pointing out something he or she does well or that you’re proud of.

• Help your student determine who to encourage.

 

1. Kay Arthur, His Imprint, My Expression, (Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, 1996), 24.

God in Your Home

DSC_0569THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: One of the clearest messages in the Bible is that God is our Father, but to some, that does not sound like good news. Our experience with our dad shapes how we see God as Father. Jesus told a story that can change our idea of what a father should be. God as Father gives us the hope of a second chance.

Preschool

Luke 15:11-32

THE POINT: Jesus often used stories to teach about God’s love. He told a parable about a father and two sons. Jesus said, “A man had two grown sons. The younger son said, ‘Give me my share of the family money.’ Soon the son had spent all of his money. He had no food. Finally a man gave him work feeding pigs. The son thought about eating the pigs’ food. He thought about his father’s house where there was food to eat. He decided to go home. The son was far from the house when his father saw him. The father ran to hug and kiss him. The son said, ‘Father, I have done wrong. I do not deserve to be your son.’ But the father threw a big celebration to welcome him home.”

LIVE IT OUT: As a family, review sign language for “God loves me” (one finger pointing up to God/arms crossing chest/pointing to self). During the week, when two family members see each other for any reason, see who can remember first to sign “God loves me!”

Kids

Luke 15:11-32

THE POINT: Jesus often told stories to teach people. One day he told this story: “Father, give me my share of the family money,” the younger son said. He took the money and moved away. He spent his money foolishly. Soon he had nothing, not even food, so he took a job feeding pigs. He was so hungry that he wanted to eat the pigs’ food. Finally, he decided to go home and ask his father to let him work as a servant. When the father saw his son, he ran to hug him. The father said, “Put the best robe, a ring, and sandals on him! Let’s celebrate! My son has come home!” The older son was jealous that his brother was welcomed back with a party. The father encouraged the older brother to be happy.

LIVE IT OUT: As a family, talk about the meaning of the word forgiveness. Talk about times when each person has needed to forgive someone.

Students

Luke 15:11-32

THE POINT: God welcomes us because of His love for us. Tell your student about someone you trust to be there for you. Ask your student how you can better be there for them. Have a conversation around this quote:

If you have been reduced to God being your only hope, You are in a good place.”1 —Jim Laffoon

LIVE IT OUT: Your student has been encouraged to do one or both Live It Out activities. If your student chooses to do Come Home:

• Ask your student if there is a specific area you can be praying for in his or her life.

• Pray this week that your student will be able to surrender every area of life to Christ. If your student chooses to do Reach Out:

• Ask your student if there is any way you can help him or her reach out to someone who needs to return to God.

• Encourage your student as he or she seeks to reach out to someone for the sake of the gospel.

1. “Quotes Collection,” Fuel for Faith, [cited July 19, 2013].

Conversation Starters: Salvation

22d97013-cd32-4b88-86ee-512bd4a12b91THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: If you go to the tombs of Confucius, Buddha, Mohammed, or any other religious leader, you will find a body. It’s not so with Jesus. He is risen. Because Jesus died and rose again, He provides victory over death for all who would follow Him. The Holy Spirit empowers Christians to live the life He has given us for God’s purpose to advance His kingdom.

Concept: Salvation

Preschool

Matthew 21:1-11; 26:36-28:10

THE POINT: Jesus had been arrested. People who did not accept who He was had put Him on a cross to die. After His death, a man named Joseph placed His body in a tomb for burial. Very early on the third day, Mary Magdalene and another Mary went to the tomb. They were very sad. As they got near the tomb, there was a strong earthquake. An angel rolled the stone from the front of the tomb and sat on the stone. The angel said, “Do not be afraid. I know you are looking for Jesus. He is not here! He is alive. Look and see where He lay. Then go quickly and tell His disciples that He is alive.” As the women turned to go, they saw Jesus. The women began to worship Jesus. They were so happy to see Him. Jesus said, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My disciples to go to Galilee and I will see them there.”

LIVE IT OUT: Help your child name as many different ways they can that we can know that Jesus loves us. As a family, write down ways that we can tell and show Jesus that we love Him.

Kids

Matthew 26:36-28:10

THE POINT: After the last supper, some of the disciples went with Jesus to a garden to pray. Soldiers came to the garden and arrested Jesus. They took Jesus to Pilate, the Roman governor. Pilate could not find that Jesus had done any thing wrong, but the people wanted Jesus killed. Jesus died on a cross. A rich man asked Pilate to allow him to bury Jesus’ body in the man’s own tomb. On Sunday morning, two women went to the tomb. An earthquake shook the ground. An angel from God rolled the stone away. The angel looked as bright as lightning and told the two women that Jesus was alive. As the women rushed away, they saw Jesus! Jesus told the women to go tell His disciples where to meet Him. Jesus was alive!

LIVE IT OUT: Share with others that Jesus is alive by designing a car window sign. Use a bumper sticker- size piece of poster board and brightly colored markers to boldly print “HE IS ALIVE!” and/or “Matthew 28:6.” Place the poster in the window of your family vehicle.

Students

1 Corinthians 15:20-28

THE POINT: Through Jesus you have victory over death. Discuss a victory you’ve experienced with your student. In what area of life do you need to experience victory right now? Have a conversation around this quote:

“There is no victory at bargain basement prices.”1 —Dwight D. Eisenhower

LIVE IT OUT: Your student has been encouraged to do one or both Live It Out activities.

• Ask your student to write out all the different names of Jesus. Have them share something they learned while reading through the different names.
• Read through and discuss some of the names with your student.

• Encourage your student this week as he or she embraces the victory God has already given.
• Pray for your student to live victoriously.

1. “Dwight D. Eisenhower Quotes,” Brainy Quote, [cited 19 July
2013]. Available from the Internet: http://www.brainyquote.com.

Conversation Starters: God is Powerful

DSC_0390THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: We’ve all lost something valuable. We’ve experienced the panic-filled search for that item. Then we find it and all is well. But what about something abstract such as hope? Can a person ever truly find it? In Matthew 8, we see Jesus’ interaction with a leper and a Roman centurion. More importantly, we find an answer. In Christ we find hope for today and our future.

Preschool

Matthew 8:1-13

THE POINT: Jesus was on a mountain teaching about God. As He came down, a man with a serious skin disease came and said, “Jesus, if You are willing You can heal me.” “I am willing,” Jesus said. The man was healed. Jesus told the man to go show himself to the priest and give an offering to God. As Jesus traveled to another town, a soldier came and pleaded, “Please help my servant. He is sick and in pain.” Jesus offered to come and heal the servant. “Jesus, You do not need to come,” the man said. “Just speak the word, and my servant will be better.” Jesus was amazed by the man’s words. “Go home. Because you believed, your servant will be better.” Jesus helped people and gave them hope.

LIVE IT OUT:  Talk with your child about times that God has answered specific prayers for your family. Remind her that even though sometimes we don’t get the answer we hope for, God always wants what is best for us. Begin a prayer journal. Write down prayer requests made at each devotion time, and then be sure to record God’s answers as they come.

Kids

Matthew 8:1-13

THE POINT: A man with a skin disease begged Jesus: “I know You can make me well.” Jesus answered that the man would be well, and it happened! Later, a soldier said to Jesus: “My servant is very ill and in pain.” Jesus offered to go to the servant. The soldier stopped Jesus. He told Jesus that soldiers obeyed his commands. He knew that Jesus could just speak and that his servant would be well. Jesus praised the man for his faith. He told the soldier that the servant would be well—and he was!

LIVE IT OUT: Send a card to someone in your family, church, or community who is ill. Include encouraging Bible verses and reminders that Jesus gives hope.

Students

Matthew 8:1-13

THE POINT: When we seek Christ, we find hope. Discuss with your student something important you’ve lost and later found. Have a conversation around this quote:

“Thanks be to God, there is hope today; this very hour you can choose Him and serve Him.”1 —D.L. Moody

LIVE IT OUT: Your student has been encouraged to do one or both Live It Out activities:

Encourage your student as he or she plans to connect with friends this week to discuss the Word. Pray that your student is encouraged as he or she studies with friends.

Ask your student if he or she needs help planning ways to seek Christ in different areas of life. Encourage your student during the week as he or she is working through the Live It Out.

1. Dwight Lyman Moody, Anecdotes and Illustrations of D.L. Moody, ed. James Baird McClure (Chicago: Rhodes & McClure, 1877), 100.