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Hey Youth! 
Becasue of COVID-19 we are still making every effort to #stillsharethegosepel and one of the ways we are doing this is by shifting our gatherings online. RüT, our middle school youth group, usually meets on Wednesday Nights at 7pm. My goal is to continue to have community around this time. I'll be posting videos and small group questions that are desinged to get parents talking to their youth about the lesson. This doesn't change my avaiablity to still walk with you during this time. Always feel free to reach out to me. Hopefully you’ve been reading through THE STORY; however, if you haven’t you can always catch up in the Bible.

 

RüT — The Story
Small Group Sheet — From Shepherd to King
April 1, 2020

[the intro]
This week is a little more serious and could potentially be a bit heavy. Praying for you all and blessings on your conversations.

Share a high and a low with each other. (Answers will vary.)

[the setup] ASK
What is your favorite thing about yourself? (Answers will vary)

[the setup] SAY
Do you realize that God has truly made you perfect? Of course you have flaws and sins, but Jesus has died for those sins and you are made perfect in his eyes. You have purpose, value, and you have the ability to be loved by God and other people. We also need to remember that other people are God’s creation just like we are, and they are made in His image. And the New Testament says we should treat others better than we treat ourselves. Let’s watch The Story together.

[the truth] WATCH
Watch the Story Video about David.

[the response] ASK
Have you ever been like King David and not realized you’ve done something wrong?

How did you respond when someone called you out? (follow up: did you become defensive or were you convicted? Did you change your ways?)

Like Bathsheba, have you ever been in a situation where you wanted to say no but couldn’t? (Answers will vary. This could even be difficult for parents. Follow up with your child and reinforce that they have God’s power in them.)

Like Uriah, have you ever been bullied, betrayed, or felt like someone used you for something else? (Answers will vary. This could be another hard one; listen and walk with your child.)

[the response] SAY
If we are honest, we all have been a David, Bathsheba or Uriah. Just like Nathan showed David his sin, the Holy Spirit shows us our sin. Is there darkness in your life you need to confess to God? David prayed in Psalm 51: “Create in me a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within me.” Take some time now to pray that prayer for yourself and ask God to show you how you need to be changed.

Remember: God is waiting with open arms to forgive you and give you a new heart, just like he did with David!

[the closing] PRAY
Pray as a family - take prayer requests from each other.

blessings.
jonathan

 

 

RüT — The Story
Small Group Sheet — From Shepherd to King
March 25, 2020

[the intro]
Share a high and a low with each other? (Answers will vary.)

[the setup] ASK
Explain a time you have ever been told you’re too young or too little to do something? (answers will vary)

[the setup] SAY
How has God used you lately? (answers will vary)

Do you think God wants you to do great things for him? (answers will vary, but hopefully the answer is yes; however, we know not all youth think they can accomplish great things for God. Reassure them God uses them. Think of a current situation where you saw God working in them.)

[the truth] READ
1 Samuel 17:45, 50
David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. […] So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.

[the response] ASK
Why wouldn’t David say to Goliath, he’s coming to kill him in his own name? (an answer: there’s no power in his name. Power comes from God and the name of Jesus.)

Do you always think about doing things in Jesus name; rather than your own? Have you thought about doing things in Jesus’ name rather than your own name? What would that look like? (answers will vary.)

[the response] SAY
It easy to think we do everything on our own and not realize Jesus is with us all the time. But remember that Jesus sent his Spirit to dwell in us and it is by the power of His Spirit we have faith to accomplish many great things for Him!

[the closing] PRAY
Pray as a family - take prayer requests from each other.

blessings.
jonathan