Community Group Questions 7/22/12

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Sermon Title: Now, Part 3: Why sometimes “Someday” never comes

Main Text: Daniel 3:13-28, 1 Tim 4:12.

Topics:

  • With children & students we are constantly thinking about how to speak a language they will understand.
  • Often times what we figure is if we spoon-feed them a strict diet of enough inspiration & instruction…SOMEDAY they may do something.
  • And we hope for the “someday” because if we are honest with ourselves there is an unfortunate stigma that surrounds students in that most people don’t believe they will be of any contribution to society until they are older
  • The problem is “someday” thinking is dangerous because sometimes “someday” never comes.
  • Barna Research shows that despite strong levels of spiritual activity during their teen years, 61% of twenty-somethings disengage from active participation in the Christian faith during their young adult years.
  • Based on this information we should immediately retreat back to within our own walls and begin to examine first what are our thoughts towards our students & our strategy of communication.
  • Where we need to start is establishing a few biblical & historical truths to first remove the stigma surround students before we reopen our strategy of communication.
  • In the story of Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego we find three men of extraordinary faith at a young age.  Scholars assume the ages of the three Hebrews was probably in the mid to late teens.
  • When we think “revival” or “spiritual awakening” we may think mature, theologically trained and able but who we find at the frontlines of God’s story in both the scriptures and Church history are the faces of the young.
  • With the truth about students not being a “someday” thought now how do we begin rethinking our strategy of communication
  • Paul sets for us an example after having discipled and mentored Timothy from a teen.  Later we find then when Paul writes to Timothy, who is now in his early thirties, Paul makes a constant appeal to his own life in the things that he both instructions and inspires Timothy to be active in.
  • The truth is “inspiration & instruction are empty without imitation.” Paul appeals to his imitation of Christ in the years he mentored Timothy
  • Authors Jess & Thom Rainer note in their book "The Millenials" three out of four Millenials want someone to mentor them. They desire someone to show them how to live not just tell them what to do.
  • So what does the language of a student really look like.  It looks like personal discipleship & mentorship…it looks like you appealing to your own life of imitating Christ?
  • Personal discipleship doesn’t need to be complicated.  Carving out time is great but don’t forget to just take them along for the ride.  Do life together!  Let them see you imitating Christ in real-time.
  • Take them with you to the grocery story or let them help you out with a home project.  Pray with them, share the gospel around them and show Christ’s love to them.

Key Questions:

  1. What are some of the negative stigmas that surround children & students?
  2. In your imagining of Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego, how old were they in the story?
  3. How may a “someday” type of think hinder your ability to communicate well with children & students?
  4. How are your thoughts towards children & students shaping the way you interact with them?
  5. What are some of the things that deter you from personally pouring into a child or teen?
  6. What is a situation in your life where someone tried to instruct you or inspire you when they really needed to show you?
  7. When you think about people who imitated Christ well for you what do you remember most?
  8. What in your life needs to be recalibrated in order to better serve children & students?
  9. Who is one child or student that God is calling you to personally pour into?

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