Calvary Students – Parent Resource – September 6
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 Truth. In the culture today, we are told that truth is relative. You have what is “true” to you, and I have what is “true” to me. The problem is that truth that is not absolute is not truth at all. Either something is true or it is not. What makes any truth true is its source. Where does truth come from? What a powerful thought to engage in. We believe that God, as the eternal, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent Creator is the One who has the authority by His position, nature and character, to declare what is true. This shapes how we interact with the world. We as Calvary Students are declaring our commitment to compassion, community and truth.
We looked at the following Scripture passages:
2 Timothy 3
We would encourage you to take a moment and read through Paul’s words to Timothy. Paul is building up a final charge to Timothy that climaxes with a focus on the truth of God’s Word in verses 16-17. Paul’s focus is that the only way to make it through difficult times and deceitful thoughts is to grounded in God’s Word as truth. This is how we are to train disciples.
Next Steps . . .
During the next week as you have time to talk with your student, consider asking the following questions:
- What is the correlation between the adjectives of people in verses 1-5 and their understanding of the truth of God’s Word?
- When Paul says why we should build our lives on God’s Word in verse 16, he says it is beneficial for four things. What are those benefits? What do they mean?
- In order to know the truth of God’s Word, we must spend time in God’s Word. How can you begin a spiritual discipline of spending time each day in God’s Word? We know it is tough, but we also know that it is life-changing. Maybe as a family you set aside time to help show your students how to engage with God’s Word daily. There are plenty of good devotion books on the market along with reading plans online. Teach your kids how much you value God’s Word by spending time in the Bible and helping them do the same.
Parent Resource of the Week:
How much do you love your teenager? How well do you love your teenager? Two totally different questions with two totally different answers. We all would say that we love our students immeasurably, but we would all vary in our responses as to how well we love them. In fact, if I were to ask students how much they felt loved by their parents, I would probably get an overwhelming response on the mediocre side. This is most likely not due to our lack of love for them, as I am sure you love your kids like I love mine, but perhaps it is due to the lack of loving them in ways they receive love. What if the problem isn’t in the source but in the transmission? Dr. Gary Chapman is famous for a couples book he wrote called The Five Love Languages. It helps couples realize that we all give and receive love differently. Guess what…the same is true for our kids, and the language in which one child communicates and receives love is different that the other ones. So, what do you do? Figure out how your student(s) communicates love and speak it. There is a resource online where you can work through a questionnaire to see how you best communicate and receive love, and there is one for students as well.
I would recommend you to take a quiz for yourself, and see how you best communicate love; and then have your student(s) complete a quiz to see how they communicate. Then find ways to love them through their language. You will find a huge relationship change when we stop loving our students in exhausting ways that they don’t understand and begin loving them strategically in ways that make a difference.
Resource quiz can be accessed HERE.