March 21, 2019
This week was the last of a three week series in the book of Romans. Last night, the conversation focused on the importance of loving genuinely, giving generously, and serving enthusiastically. All of these things can and should naturally flow from us when we’re following Jesus and centering our lives on him. All three of these habits can be hard to live out, especially for a young teenager, but they’re all rewarding and they help point people to Jesus. Here are some helpful questions that could fuel conversation with your student this week, pertaining to what they talked about last night:
- When do you find it most difficult to genuinely love other people?
- What are some specific ways you can be generous without giving money?
- Talk about a time you served someone in a specific, meaningful way – in your neighborhood, at school, somewhere else. What was most rewarding about that experience?
The high school group focused on studying 1 Peter 3:8-17 last night in which Peter talks about blessing our enemies, and enduring suffering. As every week, the students came up with some really astute questions and observations from the text that we spent the evening talking about. Carrying on from the what Peter had talked about in chapter 2, and the beginning of chapter 3, he wants his readers to know that, even if they’re treated poorly for it, their master is ultimately God. This outlook changes the way that we live and interact with others, helping us to have a unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind towards other Christians. It also influences the way that we respond to injustice, as people who return evil with blessing instead of with retaliation. The students were also encouraged by Peter to always have a defense to anyone who asks for a reason for the hope that is in them (3:15).
It was a good night of being in God’s word together.