Calvary Students – Parent Resource – September 20
After concluding the first half of this series where we focused on 3 values that make us Calvary Students – Compassion, Community, and Truth, we launched into 3 statements we long for every student to come to realize and own. Last week we talked about finding Peace with God. We looked at Romans 5 and saw that peace with God only comes through a relationship with Jesus. We desire that all of our students would come to a place in there lives where they find peace with God by surrendering to His Lordship. This week, we looked at Romans 12 and I Corinthians 12 as saw that we all have a Place in God’s Family. God instituted the local church as a place for believers to use their gifts to build each other up and share the Gospel. The beauty is that in our individuality, God gifts us in different ways. We are all needed.
We looked at the following Scripture passages:
I Corinthians 12
Take some time and read through these two chapters and see that God has not only given us the church as a place to find community but as a place to find purpose by serving others. Perhaps you could share examples of how God has gifted you to fulfill a vital role in church.
Next Steps . . .
During the next week as you have time to talk with your student, consider asking the following questions:
- We would encourage you to take a moment and as a family, complete a spiritual gift test. CLICK HERE to take an online assessment. Ask your students what they found to be there strongest gifting. Talk about how you can begin to use these in the context of the church.
- One of the biggest hindrances to our finding a place in God’s family (the local church) is that we are stuck on ourselves. What are ways that we “think to highly of ourselves”? How can we begin to get over ourselves to fulfill God’s call in our lives?
- As Paul speaks about God’s giving us a measure of faith, how does that apply to you? If God gives us a measure of faith based on our circumstances, His desires, and His purpose and plan, how do we act on that? Talk about times when God gave you an extra measure of faith to do what He was calling you to do that you could not do on your own.
Parent Resource of the Week:
Probably one the most difficult things to do as a parent is to let your kids FAIL. We don’t like to see our kids hurt or struggle, and that comes from a genuine heart of protection and loving care. Some of us have had difficult times growing up; therefore, we are trying to help our students avoid the difficulties that we faced. Some of us just simply want to protect and isolate our kids from anything that could cause a struggle or leave a scar. But is that the wisest thing?
Perhaps, in our attempt to protect and care for our kids by never letting them FAIL, we could be setting them up for a much greater and destructive failure in life. What if we let our kids fail? What if we didn’t bail them out every time they had a difficulty arise? Didn’t each of us find a purpose or build some character by surviving through a struggle? All we ask is for you to take a moment and read a short article about 7 Mistakes You Should Let Your Kids Make. This article was spoken about on the Joy FM radio station, and we thought it was too timely not to share. Take a read and think about what your kids may learn from failing at times instead of always being caught and enabled.