Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Tonight @ Sr. High OTTAGETTU we will continue our discussion of the five biblical purposes for our lives.  Tonight’s focus is on being connected with other Christians.  Unity among believers is something that Jesus prayed for specifically in John 17:20-26.  Being unified doesn’t seem easy or possible for some people.  As a group, we will look @ why Jesus valued unity so much.
Our young people will talk about some of the obstacles that keep Christians from experiencing this unity.  Specifically, why they struggle to have this kind of deep connection with each other.  Through Jesus’ prayer we found that as we draw closer to God individually, it helps us become more unified with other Christians.
I’d encourage you to take time this week to talk with your teenager about tonight’s discussion.  Here are some questions that can help launch your dialogue:
  • How can you tell when a group of people is experiencing unity?  How about when a group of people is experiencing disunity?  What’s the evidence for each of those conditions?
  • How does disunity among Christians hurt or hinder our efforts to share God’s love with people?
  • What are some of the unique challenges Christian teenagers might face when pursuing unity, compared to what adults might face?

Finally, watch for times when you see your student connected with other believers.  When you notice these moments, make sure to encourage & praise your teenager.  It can have a life-changing effect!  Have an awesome 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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