fifty-six Parent’s Guide for June 24-30, 2017

STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

LESSON 3

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Bible

Romans 12:17-18 (NLT)

Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. 18 Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.

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Bottom Line

EVEN WHEN FRIENDSHIPS FADE, YOU CAN CHOOSE TO DO WHAT’S RIGHT.


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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

How have I chosen to respond to a fading-friend?

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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

Some friendships are forever, but many last only for a season. In middle school, you experience so many ups and downs— including friendships that come and go. Maybe you’re no longer at the same school. Maybe you’re on different sports teams now. As you grow up, it’s normal to gravitate toward new people with similar interests as you. It’s okay to say goodbye to friends—it happens. Here’s what the apostle Paul knew, and what we should know too: Even when friendships fade, you can choose to do what’s right. You don’t always get to choose how long friendships last, but you do get to choose how to respond when they end.

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