We are launching a new series on identity and our culture's lies about who we are and how we attain value. It's an important study about finding our true identity in Jesus, even if we hear lies all around us. Our first conversation focuses on acknowledging the reality of the lies, based on 2 Corinthians 11:1-15. In this lesson, we discussed how we are all vulnerable to lies - that's how it's been since the begining of time, when Adam and Eve believed the serpent's deception. We are challenging our students to identify the lies they might be hearing about themselves, and we encourage them to choose to follow truth instead of deception.
As you go throughout your week, help reinforce this teaching in your student's life by asking these kinds of questions as you have the opporunity:
* If we can't tell the difference between truths and lies, how might that affect our faith in Jesus?
* What are some specific lies from culture that might hurt or hinder your relationship with Jesus?
* How do you need Jesus' help identifying the lies that our worldis trying to tell you right now?
* How can we as a family remind one another of the truth and help one another choose truth instead of lies?
We are continuing our series on identity and how students can respond to the lies of the world. Our goal is to help students listen to the right voices and ignore the ones that may be keeping them from freedom in Christ. Our second lesson focuses on the lie that other people define our value. Through our study of Galatians 1:6-10, students will discuss how other people may intentionally or unitentionally define us in ways that are harmful and ways that can keep us from experiencing the FREEDOM and grace Jesus offers us.
As you go through the week, keep the conversation going with these kinds of questions:
* What are some ways other people can "deliberately twist the truth" about your identity and your value?
* When have you felt like you were trying to run the race of faith but people's view of you slowed you down or discouraged you?
* How can we remind you of the truth of who you are to God and to our family?
Our conversations about identity are great opportunities to remind our students that they are not defined by others or by what they can do - their deepest, truest value comes from God alone. Our culture promotes the message that our value is deeply rooted in what we can do - to be loved and accepted we must perform. This lie can leave us paralyzed by the fear of rejection, or we can get so consumed with keeping busy performing for others that we lose sight of what really matters most. And if we believe this lie, it can affect the way we think about faith - we can attempt to "make" God love us more through our actions or deeds.
Help reinforce this teaching with your student by asking some of these questions:
* What are some ways we try to make God love us more, or earn God's love, or prove we are worthy of God's love? Why are all those efforts flawed?
* What does life feel like when you are constatly worried that you are foinf to do something that will make God stop loving you or make Him love you less?
* How can we show each other and remind each other of God's unconditional love?
Week ONE: Identifying the World's lies
Week TWO: Lie #1 - Other people define my value
Week THREE: Lie #2 - Performance produces love
The parent cue is a way for us (the church and parents) to connect and help lead students. God has placed the greatest influence in a students life in the hands of a parent. God has used the church to surround the family with encouragment and motivation to grow closer in their relationship to God. Combined, when the chruch and the family work together, we can have a greater impact int he life of a student than either influence working alone. Will you partner with us as we show students what life is like when we choose to follow Jesus.
The newest Glimpse teaching series
Begining this November 2018 Students are inundated with messages and lies about who they are and what it takes to be accepted and valued. Too often and too easily, they believe the lies that their identity is rooted in what others think of them. We are encouraging students to pay more attention to what Jesus says about them rather than what they hear from outside voices. Parents, we can help our students by being the voice of Jesus to them too. Encourage your student by speaking God's TRUTH into their life.
Because Jesus gave us lie through His work at the cross, our identity and value from God matter the most. We all need to see the freedom we have through Jesus and stop listening to the lies the worlds tells. Let's all stop listening to the false teachings of this world and pursue the path of TRUTH found in God's Word.
Week THREE: Lie #3 - Humility is for losers
In our last conversation to close out this teaching series, we will focus on Titus 3:1-8 and the importance of leading a life of humility. One of the biggest lies in our culture is that arrogance and pride are not only acceptable traits, the are also admirable. This lie tricks us into focusing on ourselves and ignoring others. It also makes us think that we experience freedom through selfishness, and happiness through arrogance.
This week we will see how true FREEDOM comes through humility - the attitdue that recognizes our needs and limitations while emphasizing our dependence on Jesus. He was confident without being arrogant, and humble without getting walked on. Some people might look at His crucifixion as a sign of weakness or defeat, but it wasn't. It was an act of humility -He gave everythin for us. He LOVED us so much that He willingly dies in our place, to pay the penalty for out sin. It was the ultimate demonstration of humility, of the attitude that says, "I cannot ignore others."
Look for ways to keep the conversation going with you student. Here are some questions to get you started:
* The Bible includes lots of verses that talk about the dangers of arrogance or pride, ans the rewards and importance of humility. Why would God care so much about this issue in our lives?
* When has arrogance been a "heavy" burden that made you weary?
* How can we as a family imitate Jesus' lifestyle and pattern of humility?
2 Corinthians 11:3
But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.