Psalm 31:24; Matthew 6:14, 15; 25:34-46; 26:36-44; Mark 1:21-35; Luke 4:31-42; John 15:4
There is a guaranteed way to get to heaven: a partnership with Jesus. We keep that connection strong through Bible study, prayer, worship with fellow Christians, and service to others.
A timer, food that normally requires a spoon, a plate, napkins, paper, pencils, crayons
Connecting with the Scripture Topic
- Ask for two volunteers. Have one volunteer think of a problem and try to ask for help from the other volunteer without using words. Set the timer for 30 seconds. Now have another pair try with a different problem. Discuss how Jesus can’t help us when we’re in trouble unless we ask for help.
- This activity calls for one brave volunteer! Place the food on the plate and ask the volunteer to try to eat it blindfolded without using his or her hands. After a good laugh, discuss how your church is like a body and how much you need each other to be complete.
Sharing and Receiving Scripture
- Describe the tools given to us as Christians that we can use to become more emotionally and spiritually healthy.
- Thought Questions
Read Mark 1:21-35. What lessons can we learn from Jesus’ prayer life?
- We shouldn’t wear ourselves out serving God; we need to take time to rejuvenate.
- Although we’re tired from the day’s stresses, we still need to carve out time for prayer.
- Although corporate worship is good, we also need one-on-one time with God.
- If Jesus needed prayer, we need it even more.
- Prayer gives us the strength to go out and serve another day.
Read 1 Corinthians 12:12-31. Why is it important for us to be part of a church body?
- God wants us to be individuals and also part of a corporate unit that serves God and each other.
- When we’re an active part of a church, we feel needed because we are needed.
- When we serve in a church, we look outward instead of inward.
- We can be served at church as others work to build us up.
- We’re less lonely when we are part of a larger body.
Read Colossians 3:13. Why is forgiveness to others such an important aspect of our partnership with Jesus?
- Forgiveness is the answer to the sin problem.
- Forgiveness is valued so highly that Jesus died to demonstrate it best.
- God forgives us every time we ask; how can we not do the same for others?
- When we forgive, our emotional and physical health improves.
- God understands that I sometimes can’t forgive because my pain is too deep.
Read Psalm 31:24. What hope does God give us in a world filled with emotional pain?
- Hope that God will hear us every time we pray
- Hope that Jesus knows how we feel because Christ also experienced life on earth
- Hope that God will ease the pain through Bible study, prayer, and the help of others
- Hope that there is a plan we’re not just aimlessly wandering
- Hope that heaven’s place where there will be no more pain is coming
Applying the Message of Scripture
Gather in groups of two or three. Choose one of the following options and work on a solution. Then report back to your group when your facilitator says time is up.
- Option 1: Think of the elderly people in your church who might no longer feel useful. Brainstorm ways for them to serve, regardless of physical ability. Ask your pastor if the church can begin providing them with ways to serve.
- Option 2: Come up with a definition of prayer. Under the definition, list all the benefits you can think of to having an active prayer life.
- Option 3: Draw and color a picture of what “partnership with Jesus” looks like to you. Share your picture with the group.
Valuing Scripture in Your Life
- It takes two to have a partnership. Too often Jesus does the giving and we do the receiving. Make a list of ways you can give to Jesus. Ideas might include: giving up a sin, serving others, prayers of thanks, songs of praise, etc. Keep the list handy and work through it, and then experience the rewards.
- Search your Bible for encouraging texts about hope for this life and the life to come. Write them down and place them in your Bible. Read them again and again when you experience any type of emotional pain―and in this way, restore your hope.
Next Week’s Scripture Focus:
Isaiah 64; Romans 14 3:21-31; 4:1-7; 6:1-13; Philippians 3:3-16