Calvary Students – Parent Resource – August 30
Our series is called “This Is US”, and we will be looking at what it is that makes Calvary Students who we are. This week, we continued our look ‘Behind the Scenes’ to see another vital aspect of who we are. This week’s value was Community. We were challenged to rethink our engagement with other believers. God didn’t call us to walk through life alone, in fact, in the creation account there was only one thing that God said was NOT GOOD – that man was alone. We are designed for community. In the New Testament, we see Jesus establish His Church. It was a community of people that had a common faith in Jesus, and they lived life together. As a student ministry we need to find community as a family. The best way to find community is in a group.
We looked at the following Scripture passages:
Take a moment and read through the start of the Church on the Day of Pentacost. It is a picture of what community means. They literally ate together, prayed together, studied the teachings of the apostles together…they even met each others physical needs. That is what real community looks like.
Next Steps . . .
During the next week as you have time to talk with your student, consider asking the following questions:
- As you read through Acts 2:42-47, list the ways in which the early Christians found community. Make a second list of ways that you find community with believers. Compare the two lists and explain what you notice.
- Why is it of any importance for us to get connected on a deeper level with other believers? Can we just go through the Christian life on our own?
- As a mom and/or dad, are you living in community with other believers? Remember that what we do says a lot more than what we say. Model Christian community by getting in a group. Talk this through with your student and then encourage them and make it a priority for them to get in a group on Sunday or Wednesday or both.
Parent Resource of the Week:
Drugs, Alcohol, Self-harm and Sex – These are the main focuses for parents of teenagers. We keep an eye out for these tendencies and behaviors, but perhaps we may be missing an even bigger danger? An article in USA Today may help shed some scientific data on an issue that is affecting a whole lot of students. The issue it talks about and sheds light on impacts more students than the Big 4 we listed earlier, and the effects of this issue may be just as dangerous. The issue is Loneliness. While students are connected more than ever with news, social media, gaming etc., they are less connected in “life on life” relationships. If we truly believe the Bible has called us to live in community with other believers, than we may need to recognize the loneliness of our students and find ways to help them build meaningful relationships. Take a look at the article HERE.