The Inspired Volunteer

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Wednesday, Sep 28: Lesson Help — September 28, 2016

Wednesday, Sep 28: Lesson Help

Tonight’s D-Group lesson is about trusting the Holy Spirit’s leading. Who is the Holy Spirit you may ask? The Holy Spirit is a person in spirit form that is inside of every baptized believer of Christ. The Holy Spirit is fully God but yet separate from Jesus and Father God. The Holy Spirit acts as our true north, constantly pulling us back to Scripture and giving us strength to do what we not normally do on our own.

Illustration:
Much like how there is a magnetic pull at the core of the earth that allows us to determine north, south, east, and west; the Holy Spirit is our inner directional pull that reminds us of God’s truth when our actions begin to stray from God’s truth. Without the earth’s magnetic force we would all be lost and unable to know whether the direction we are headed in is right or wrong. The Holy Spirit lives inside every baptized believer and guides us back to truth we sin and acts as our comforter when we are hurting.

Personal/Momentary Promptings
The Holy Spirit does not give us the entire picture of where He is taking us, but rather gives us only momentary promptings. The amount of trust we have in God’s plan determines the extent to which we will obey God’s leadings. However, the Holy Spirit does not work in the same way with everyone, that is because the Holy Spirit is personal and works out God’s will through our gifting and make-up. Thus, we should never compare the working of the Holy Spirit in our lives to anyone else’s.

No Contrictions
Although the Holy Spirit is personal, His promptings will never contradict the Bible or the character of Christ. Therefore, if one is feeling a prompting to do something sinful (Gal 5:19-21) that prompting is not of the Holy Spirit but rather comes from that person’s sinful nature that has yet to be killed off.

Killing Sinful Desires
We kill off the sinful nature and its promptings within us by starving our minds of sinful things. Think of ourselves as having two natures with us (The nature of the Holy Spirit and the nature of sin we were born with) and those natures being personified as two dogs in a fight against each other. The dog who will win and the dog who will lose is determined who got the most food that week. In the same way, the more we seek to eliminate sinful things from passing before our eyes and ears, and at the same time, seek to obey and know more of God through Scripture study and prayer, our sinful desire begin to die due to starvation.

I love the quote someone said: “The easiest way to kill a roaring lion is not to wrestle it to the ground but to ignore it by starving it of food.”

Principle:
God places His Holy Spirit in us so He can live through us. Allowing God to live through us happens when we submit to his promptings and starve our sinful desires of thoughts and actions.

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Email to Parents (Send by Sep 20) — September 16, 2016

Email to Parents (Send by Sep 20)

Hello Parents,

Let me first start off by saying I am so glad your child is in my Discipleship Group on Wednesday night. I consider it a privilege to be taking part in this ministry in helping your child experience Jesus and grow in their faith. A student’s middle and high school years is at times the most influential part of your child’s life. I take my role as your child’s mentor seriously as I seek every week to help them see God’s truth is the best way to live.

Over the past three weeks our group has been going through the New Testament by focusing on the following subjects:

August 31: The Birth of Christ
September 7: Knowing Christ is God
September 14: The Crucifixion of Christ
Upcoming this week: The Resurrection of Christ.

As you may know, keeping students on subject is tough as I seek to facilitate discussion, but I do my best to keep the week’s topic the focal point. Please know I am available to talk if you need me for anything. I want you to see me as partnering with you in loving your child and seeing them fulfill God’s plan for their life. Also, do not hesitate to email me back if you have any direct questions regarding our group or the lessons we discuss.

Thank you for entrusting me with this responsibility.

-[Your Name]
[Your Contact Information…cell phone)

Wednesday, Sep 7 Lesson Help — September 7, 2016

Wednesday, Sep 7 Lesson Help

Here is my thinking behind the lesson.

I want students to understand and accept Jesus as God…and not just a good man who did miracles.

In the world we live in students are going to be pressured by other people and religions to answer how they can know Jesus was God and why was it necessary.

This lesson may be more about obtaining head knowledge than it is practical.

The practical application behind it is this: If Jesus is God then following Jesus is the best way to live. How would creation know how to live a life better than the God who created life?

The goal is for these students to understand through this lesson that Jesus is not just “a” way to but “THE” way to salvation. Jesus is not just one path that leads to God…Jesus is the only path because only He was God in human form.

Illustration to use in your group:
Say we were all on a ship and it started to sink. Everyone is panicking trying to figure out a way to fix the situation before we all die. Then, all of a sudden a helicopter drops down a man who announces to everyone, “I am the creator of this ship and know the way to fix everything.” Not only does he announce it with his words but he starts to immediately fix things no one on board could figure out. Would you follow his instructions from that time on or would you keep looking for someone else? Or even worse…try to keep figuring out everything on your own?!

Jesus is the Creator who came to His creation to show us the way out of a dying earth. He announced his position with His words and backed them up with his miraculous actions. Submitting our lives to Jesus isn’t only right but it’s logical! Jesus was either crazy, a liar, or actually God! You either trust Him completely with your everyday life (Faith) to be who He said He is or you do not at all. 

Here are some application questions:

1)      Often times we struggle with disobedience of God’s way because we doubt His way is the best way. Have we ever trusted someone and then later found out they were not someone we could trust? How does a lack of trust in God cause us to struggle to obey Him?

2)      How does it make you feel to know that God loves you more than you imagine and wants you experience a blessed life?

3)      Close your eyes: What pictures do you think of when you hear these words: “God loves you more than you know.”

4)      What does it mean to know that God will never let us down?