fifty-six Parent’s Guide for June 10-16, 2017



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Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others.

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Bottom Line


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Focus of Teaching for This Series

Who are the people you enjoy hanging out with most? Your friends, right? They laugh at your jokes, reply to your Snapchats, invite you to the movies, and hang out with you, even when you smell bad or show off your terrible dance moves. And whether you have a huge group of friends or just one BFF, they can have a huge impact on who you are now and who you become later. Our group can sway us toward good decisions . . . or bad ones. There’s a lot of influence in who we hang out with, including our friends and people we look to for guidance. And there can be a lot of pain when a friendship ends. Perhaps that’s why the Bible has so much to say about these topics. As we look to the Bible for advice, we’ll discover how we should choose our friends and mentors, and how we should handle those friendships that fade over time.

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Key Question

Who have you given permission to speak freely into your life?

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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

Frodo had Gandalf. The Karate Kid had Mr. Miyagi. Luke Skywalker had Yoda. This week, we’ll turn our focus from choosing our peer groups to the importance of having step- ahead mentors. The fact is, there are loads of things we have no idea that we don’t know. So this week, we may just find that having someone older and wiser who walks through life alongside us, offering encouragement and wisdom, can not only help us, but can also make us stronger and better in our lives and faith.


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