Last Wednesday, March 2nd, week we began a new series @ Sr. High OTTAGETTU that can help you develop spiritual “HABITS” that will help us grow spiritually on our own. Each week, we will focus on a different letter from the acronym HABITS. Our focus last Wednesday was “H” which stands for “Hang Out with God.”

In Psalm 1, the psalmist contrasts the way of the wicked with the way of the righteous. The wicked person progressively falls into deeper & deeper sin, while the righteous one enjoys a blessed life. The righteous person is like a tree planted by a stream of water that doesn’t wither & produces fruit. Fruit is the result or byproduct of reading, meditating, & applying God’s truths to our lives.

I believe in the value of parents & teenagers having conversations about spiritual topics. So, here are some questions that may help generate healthy dialogue within your family.
  • What are some examples of spiritual fruit that you have seen in your life?
  • Have you ever felt like you were walking, standing, or sitting with people who were leading you away from God’s path for your life? What did you do to overcome it?
  • What did you learn from meditating on God’s Word this week?
I believe this will be an awesome series that will help everyone get closer to God. 
This week we will continue our series on developing some good HABITS for spiritual growth. Our topic this time will focus on the “A” from that acronym: Accountable Friendships. We all need friends who know our weaknesses & love us anyway & are able to hold us to our commitments. These are the friends who will come up to us when they see us making choices that might endanger or derail us spiritually.

Using Psalm 133 this week, we will encourage our students to pursue accountable friendships because of the rewards of living together in harmony. We will also remind our teenagers that Jesus himself said people would recognize Christians because of the love they have for each other.

Here are some possible questions to fuel great discussion on Accountable Friendships:
  • Do you currently have a friend who holds you accountable? What are some benefits from that friendship?
  • Are there any areas of your life that you would want me to hold you accountable?
  • Are there areas of my life that you see where I could be growing or improving?

About Gene Reineman

Gene has been on staff @ CFCOG since 2006. He & his wife, Joey, have two children, Josette & Gabriel. Gene enjoys watching the Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Phillies, & UNC Basketball. He also enjoys running, swimming, & playing golf. Gene’s approach to ministry, is in part, drawn from 1 Thessalonians 2:8, “We loved you so much that we shared with you not only God’s Good News but our own lives, too.” – NLT

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