fifty-six Parent’s Guide for May 13-19, 2017



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Luke 8:11(NLT)

“This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is God’s word.”

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Bottom Line

God has given you all you need to be the friend your friend needs.

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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

Which unchurched friend will you invite to Double Dog Dare-a-thon?

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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

Last week, we left knowing that God has given us great friends to do life with, but we have a bigger job than just taking friendship from them when we want it. We are called by God to draw our friends to him. [Insert big, nervous GULP.] That’s a serious job, right? And most of us are probably thinking, I can’t save all of my friends. I’m not God! And we’d be right to think that. This week we are going to persuade students that while they might not think they’re good enough Christians or know enough or are strong enough, God provides all they need to be good friends.


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