fifty-six Parent’s Guide for April 29-May 5, 2017



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1 Peter 3:15 (NLT)

 Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it.

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Bottom Line


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Focus of Teaching for This Series

Do you know the most effective way to get someone to see a new movie?

You might be surprised to know it’s not a great trailer, A-list actors, or a list of award nominations.

Movie executives know the best way to get someone to see a new movie is word of mouth!

When a group of friends starts talking about the funny one-liners and unbelievable plot twists that you just have to see to understand, that movie becomes enticing. In the same way, the best way to get someone to try church for the first time is to hear how great it is from a trusted friend.

Over the next three weeks in fifty-six and seventy8, we’ll discuss the challenges of sharing our faith and lead up to a big weekend with a Saturday night event called Double Dog Dareathon followed by a special worship service celebration the next day on Sunday morning!

And, Just Like the Movies, students will discover inviting someone to check out church is well worth it!

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Key Question

In your own words, why do you have hope?

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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

The idea of sharing their faith is intimidating for adults. Imagine how terrifying it must be for students. We’re afraid we won’t have the right answers. We’re afraid bringing up faith will alter our relationships for good. We’re afraid of getting labeled “weird.” So, the safe play in middle school is just to not bring up church. Don’t bring up faith. However, in 1 Peter, we find an interesting verse that points out two things: people will notice your hope, and we need to be able to explain why we are hopeful.


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