WEEK 1: THE GOSPEL CHANGES EVERYTHING. To live the gospel life, we must first understand the gospel. To kick off this series, we look at the story of two disciples encountering the resurrected Christ on the Emmaus road in Luke 24, and see that when the truth of the gospel sinks in, it changes everything. Your students will leave knowing that the gospel changes your direction, your destiny, and your mission.
WEEK 2: PRETENDING. One of the greatest enemies to living the gospel life is pretending. This week, we look at the Sermon on the Mount and listen to Jesus paint a picture of what a true disciple looks like. In this message, your students will have a clear idea of what makes an authentic Christ follower and what it means to be salt and light. No one will leave without having seriously evaluated how much they are pretending.
WEEK 3: REPENTING. When we realize the depth of our pretending and our sin, the only response is repentance. This week, we turn to Daniel 4 to read about King Nebuchadnezzar’s journey of repentance and see the four elements of true repentance. Your students will leave understanding that they will never experience the abundant life that Christ wants for them until they deal with those things that are holding them back in their relationships with God.
WEEK 4: PEACEMAKING. For the last sermon on living the gospel life, we look at how to respond to conflict and how to be a peacemaker. James 4 clearly lays out two types of conflicts: self-centered and gospel-centered. Your students will leave with the knowledge of how to choose gospel-centered conflict in order to be peacemakers. Included in this week is a four-station prayer activity to help your students reflect on what they have learned throughout the series and apply it to their lives.
How can students develop a closer relationship with God? This 3-week series and devotional experience will help students go deeper with God over a 21-day span. By looking at the spiritual practices of Bible study, meditation, and prayer, your students will discover practical ways to grow a more intimate relationship with God. In addition to three message manuscripts and three small group lessons, this resource includes a 21-day devotional that students are encouraged to go through on their own.
Week 1 - Getting Closer to God Through Bible Study
Week 2 - Getting Closer to God Through Meditation
Week 3 - Getting Closer to God Through Prayer
Take a Knee is a 2-week study on the Lord's Prayer, which includes large group teachings, small group discussion guides, and follow-up ideas for the week. Students will learn about the Lord’s prayer and they will be challenged to pray this prayer for 30 days. Each of the the major components of the prayer will be explored: “Our Father,” “Hallowed be thy name,” “thy kingdom come,” “daily bread,” forgiveness, and temptation.