Wanna Get Away?

Tomorrow night in Sr. High OTTAGETTU, we’re continuing our series on the five biblical purposes, & this week we’ll look @ the value of removing ourselves from distractions in order to spend time alone with God.  Even Jesus needed to get alone with his Father during the course of his ministry.  We’ll look @ Matthew 14:13-23, the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000, as our example.  We’ll see that it wasn’t always easy for Jesus to find time to be alone with God.

This passage provides a great example of Jesus’ focus during his ministry.  He was most concerned with the things that were God’s concerns.  He understood that in order for his ministry to be most effective, he had to spend time alone with his Father.  We’ll discuss how Jesus purposely got rid of the distractions & spent quiet time with God.

This week, take time to talk with your teenager about prayer & spending time with God.  Here are some questions that could help with this conversation:
  • The Bible says that Jesus was tempted in everything, but did not sin-what events or circumstances might have tempted him to feel pride?
  • If you want a heart like God’s, how do you get it?  Is it more like developing a muscle or receiving a transplant?  Explain.
  • What are you learning in your personal time with God?  How are you growing?
  • What are some ways you “recharge” spiritually when you feel tired & weary?  Why are those ways so effective?

Thanks for your prayers for our small group 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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