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FRIDAY — Reflection
• What have you learned this week about your relationship with Christ?
• On Wednesday, you were asked to write down three words that currently describe your relationship with Christ. In the space below, write down three words that you WANT to describe your relationship with Christ.
• What will it take for those three words to become true for you?
This weekend, we are going to continue with the second week of our series, Not a Fan. If you haven’t done so, we’d encourage you to purchase the Not a Fan book by Kyle Idleman. Here’s a short excerpt of the next chapter:
Here is the reality that Nicodemus is about ready to have impressed on him: There is no way to follow Jesus without him interfering with your life. Following Jesus will cost you something. Following Jesus always costs something. For Nicodemus it would cost him a powerful position. It would cost him the respect of his co-workers. It would cost him his source of income and livelihood. It would cost him friendships. It would likely cost him some family relationships. This brings up a very telling question for most fans: has following Jesus cost you anything? I don’t mean for that to be a rhetorical question. Take a moment and jot down what following Jesus has cost you. How has following Jesus interfered with your life?
Activity Objective: Provide a visual example of what it means choose to follow Jesus rather than doing things on our own.
Lesson Outcome: Everyone should visualize themselves as followers of Jesus.
Materials: Long, white butcher paper, markers, masking tape
1. Explain to the group that we are all trying to be followers of Jesus rather than trying to live life our own way.
2. Give everyone (adults and children) a marker.
3. Roll out the butcher paper across the floor (not on carpet).
4. Have everyone trace their footprints.
5. After tracing, each person writes in their footprints a prayer to God to help them in some aspect of their lives (Examples: stop fighting with a sibling, obey their parents or teacher, listen better in church, and be more patient) or for forgiveness for something they have done.
6. Everyone should find a verse from this week’s LIO and write it down under their prayer.
7. Optional: Children can decorate around their footprints.
8. Hang the paper like a banner, with the footprints pointing upwards, as if the class was walking toward Jesus.
Prayer: Dear God, we thank you for hearing our prayers and we ask that you help us to follow you rather than live for ourselves.
Living It Out: *NEW* September 2011
Luke 9:23 (New Living Translation)
23 Then he [Jesus] said to the crowd, “If any of you
wants to be my follower, you must turn from your
selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me.”
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DAILY BIBLE READING COMMENTARY: Numbers 25-28
25:1-3 While rival armies were a threat to the Israelites, the greater threat was the temptation to become mixed in with the pagan Canaanites’ culture and their religion. The Israelite men were interested in sex and they were enticed by temple prostitutes who worshipped pagan gods. Soon, Israelite men began attending festivals and rituals that involved worship of the Baal, the most popular pagan god of the Canaanites. The Israelite men’s sexual desires caused them to lose focus on their spiritual commitment and they were led into idolatry—and many died.
25:12-13 Phinehas’ anger is justified and his actions stopped God’s wrath. His descendants would become high priests of Israel.
26:64 It had been 38 years since the census in Numbers 1. Everyone had died from that generation except for Caleb and Joshua—the courageous men who spoke up in Numbers 13.
27:3-4 Hebrew law gave only sons the right to inherit, except the daughters of Zelophehad had no brothers. God allowed the man’s inheritance to go to the daughters if they married within their own tribe. 27:15-21 Joshua had already demonstrated his leadership and Moses appointed him as the new leader of the Israelites. Moses gave Joshua tasks in order to ease his transition into the new position.
28:9 Extra offerings were presented on the Sabbath Day because it was a special day of rest and worship commemorating both creation and deliverance from Egypt.