fifty-six Parent’s Guide for January 7-13, 2017

I’M IN

IN NEED: LESSON 1

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Bible

Luke 8:1-3(NLT)

Soon afterward Jesus began a tour of the nearby towns and villages, preaching and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom of God. He took his twelve disciples with him, 2 along with some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases. Among them were Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons; 3 Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s business manager; Susanna; and many others who were contributing from their own resources to support Jesus and his disciples.

Mark 15:40 (NLT)

Some women were there, watching from a distance, including Mary Magdalene, Mary (the mother of James the younger and of Joseph, and Salome.

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Bottom Line

WHEN YOU’RE “IN” WITH JESUS, YOU SAY “YES” TO YOUR NEED FOR HIM.


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Focus of Teaching for This Series

“Are you in?” It’s a question we all answer over and over again. When there’s a party, when our coach says it’s time for tryouts, when we’re offered a summer job, when our friends go to the movies, or when someone invites us to church, we all have the chance to decide if we’re “in” or “out” for that particular activity. Sometimes the answer is an easy, “Count me in!” Other times it’s tougher. There are good reasons on both sides. Some of Jesus’ friends were faced with the same decision of whether they were “in” or “out.” They had good reasons to join the Jesus movement, but they also had some pretty compelling reasons to step out—things like doubt, guilt, pride, and the fear of what they might miss. As we get to know these sometimes famous and devoted followers, we’ll talk about the decision they faced, why they could have walked away, and what led them to say, “I’m in.”

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Key Question

WHY DO I NEED JESUS RIGHT NOW? AND WHAT AM I GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?

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Social Media

You will see us posting these images and others like it to connect the weekend teaching with the everyday life of preteen students. Feel free to post this on your own social media accounts and tag us with @mpccfiftysix or just use it to text or email to your own child(ren).


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Teaching Summary

Are you a big fan of something? Maybe for you it’s a band or celebrity. Or maybe it’s a specific sport or team you really love. Whatever it is you’re into, you’re probably all about it. You have all the t-shirts, follow all their social media accounts, go to every event, and read every detail about everything they do. In other words, you’re obsessed. Now think about this: Do you feel that way about Jesus? Are you so into Him that you’d follow Him any and everywhere, no matter what? The Bible tells us story after story of people who were “all in” when it came to following Jesus. But when we take a look at some of their stories, they probably aren’t the kind of people you picture when you think of devoted Christians. This week we’ll take a look at one in particular—Mary Magdalene. And as we see the way she follows Jesus, we’ll see that when it comes to being “in” with Jesus, there’s nothing that can stand in the way of our need for Him.

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