Pastor of the Youth
Next Level Middle School, ministry to 6th, 7th and 8th graders, engages students in fun games, heartfelt worship, stirring activities, and stimulating discussions. They participate in honest dialogue about finding and applying God’s ways to situations that they might be facing. Powerful videos, break-out sessions, and the timeless Truth of God’s Word are used. NLMS meets once a week in the Youth Building.
Next Level High School, ministry to 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders, encourages and engages students through heartfelt worship, powerful videos, breakout sessions, fun games, and the timeless Truth of God’s Word. These stirring activities are used to encourage honest dialogue about finding and applying God’s ways to situations students might be facing at home or in school.
May Week 1
We are starting a new series this week called, “Jesus and the Tough Times.” We are spending our time really talking about where the Lord is when things go wrong. It was a great discussion about hard times.
This week, the lesson was entitled “The God Who Listens” and it focused on helping students understand that when they experience tough times, they can and should express their emotions to God in real and honest ways.
Here are the Scriptures that were used in this week’s lesson:
- Matthew 26:36-46
- Hebrews 5:7
Please take a few minutes this week to read these passages. This is the recounting of how Jesus talked to God in the Garden right before He was arrested. It’s a powerful example of how Jesus called, cried and was open with the Father about how He was feeling.
Next Steps . . .
During the next week as you have time to talk with your teenager(s), consider asking them these following questions:
- This week you talked about how to be honest with God about what you’re feeling. Do you feel like that is easy or hard for you? (It might be helpful for you as an adult to share if this is easy or difficult for you personally.)
- Do you feel like hearing more about the way Jesus was honest with God was helpful? Why or why not? Tell me more about that.
- What are you going to do in trying to be more honest with God about the way you are feeling about life?
Thank you for all you do. If you have any questions about anything, please don’t hesitate to call me.
- Pastor Jackson