After being off for a few weeks (Palm Sunday, Easter, Spring Break) we were back to our regular schedule last night. Check out what we talked about and what we're doing the next few weeks.
This is what we talked about
We are now in our first week of our series called, “Jesus and Influence.” We started our series tonight talking about when Jesus “called” his first disciples. There is an influence we can have in this world, and we challenged your child to have an influence that comes from Christ.
This week’s lesson was entitled, “Defining Influence.” In this lesson, looked at the story of Jesus calling his first disciples. He calls four fishermen, who were probably young adults or teenagers. When most of us think of influential people we don't think about fishermen or teenagers, but those are the people Jesus chose to be in his inner circle, those were the people he entrusted with building the church. We also challenged them to look at their lives and define the areas in which they have influence, and to begin thinking about how they use their influence to influence others for Christ.
We looked at the following Scripture passages:
Mark 1:16-20 NIV
16 As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 17 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 18 At once they left their nets and followed him.
19 When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. 20 Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.
Questions for Discussion at Home
During the next week as you have time to talk with your , consider asking the following questions:
- What kind of influence do you have right now?
- Why did God tell the disciples they would be “fisher of people?” Do you want to be a fisher of people in the same way? Why or why not?
- What are some ways we can let our influence belong to God?