All 4 One is our monthly service when the adults, youth, and children explore the same scripture passage in the church school and the sanctuary. Parents, grandparents, guardians, and people of influence in the lives of children and youth are encouraged to share their thoughts and inspiration. Listed below are the monthly conversation starters to try at home.
April 25th, 2021 – Developing my gifts and talents. Click here for the YouTube Video
This week we continued our series titled “I’m Gifted,” our exploration into what followers of Jesus are called to do with the spiritual gifts God has given us.
Today, we focused on 1 Peter 4:10-11. When we become followers of Jesus, we receive spiritual gifts. But it can be intimidating for children, youth, and new believers to develop their spiritual gifts. We talked about how Jesus wants them to take risks for him, how feedback can help them with their giftings, and how Jesus wants them to persevere in this adventure.
Here are some questions you could ask at home this week to keep the conversation going:
- What “risks” can you take to develop your spiritual gifts?
- How can you seek feedback on spiritual gifts?
- Who can you talk with this week to help you discover and develop your gift?
- The Bible uses the word perseverance a lot—the idea that we keep doing something or trying to do something, even when it’s tough. How can perseverance help you discover and develop your spiritual gifts?
March 28th, 2021 – I’m Changing and that is a Good Thing! Click here for the YouTube Video
This week we’ve started a new series looking at all this change. In our first session, we looked at Luke 2:41-52, the biblical account of 12-year-old Jesus in the Temple (when he freaked out his parents and they couldn’t find him for three days). No, we didn’t suggest that your child do the same thing! Instead, we discussed how Jesus experienced the same changes in his own life.
I encourage you to spend a few minutes talking with your youth about our lesson. Consider building your conversation around these questions:
- [If your youth has already experienced a lot of change…] How do you feel about all the changes you’ve been experiencing recently? [Make sure they understand that you’re referring to the changes in their body, emotions, and mind, not some external or situational change.]
- [For a youth who hasn’t experienced much change yet…] How do you feel about the fact that you’re about to enter into a few years of massive change?
- What word or phrase best describes how you feel about all the changes you are going through right now?
- How does Jesus’ love for you help you deal with all your changes?
In church school, we wrapped up our series titled “More Than the Red Letters.” The goal each week has been to help youth discover connections between the Old Testament and the New Testament.
In our final lesson, we explored Acts 8:26-38, where God led a follower of Jesus named Philip to share the truth and understanding of a Scripture passage with an Ethiopian leader. The man was reading words from the book of Isaiah but didn’t understand what it all meant. Because Philip had knowledge of the Scripture, he was able to help the Ethiopian leader and point him to Jesus.
This week, I encourage you to reflect on what you heard in the service and spend a few minutes talking with your youth about our lesson. Consider fueling your conversation with these questions:
- What’s one thing that has confused you or frustrated you about the Bible?
- Why is it important to know what Jesus really said and did—and not just rely on what other people tell you, or what you think you heard a long time ago?
- What’s one way the Bible—either the Old Testament or New Testament—has helped you understand God better in your everyday life?