Tonight, Jr. High OTTAGETTU will wrap up the school year, and their series on dealing with life’s pain and struggles. Using Colossians 3:12-17, we’ll see how we can make a difference in the life of a friend who’s going through the process of healing and change.

The Apostle Paul wrote these words to a group of Christians living in a city located in modern-day Turkey. In chapter 3, Paul addresses what it means to be a follower of Jesus-specifically, the new life we experience because of this relationship with Christ.
The passage we examined offers a wealth of practical ways to display love and concern for other Christians, but these truths can extend to all of our relationships. God wants us to be kind, merciful, gentle, patient, forgiving, and loving to all people, not just fellow followers of Jesus.
As you talk to your teenager about this lesson, here are some questions you might want to incorporate this week:
  • Sometimes we feel like our problems are too big for God-or too small for God to care! Why do we have those thoughts?
  • How might your words or your presence help a friend in the process of healing and change?
  • Think about your friendship with God-your faith as a Christian. How have you seen your trust grow recently? What has helped your trust in God grow?
Thanks for your prayers for our youth ministry. Have a blessed week!

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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