fifty-six Parent’s Guide for May 6-12, 2017



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Matthew 25:23-28 (NLT)

“The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’

“Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate. I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.’

“But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate, why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’

“Then he ordered, ‘Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver.”

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Bottom Line

God gives you friendships, not just for you, but for your friends too.

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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

How can you serve a friend this week?

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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

For middle school students and really for most people, it’s easy to think that the people around us are there to serve us, to be available when we need them. But this week in fifty-six and seventy8, we are going to look at a parable that turns that idea around. Relationships are about “return on investment,” taking what you have and building something better . . . not for us, but for them. We want students to understand that their friendships should be giving and that they should be ready and willing to give the invitation to their friends to come and be engaged with God’s plan.


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