fifty-six Parent’s Guide for July 15-21, 2017

IF/THEN

LESSON 2

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Bible

JOHN 10:11, 29(NLT)

 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep.29 for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand.”

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Bottom Line

IF JESUS IS THE GOOD SHEPHERD, THEN YOU CAN TRUST HIM.


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Focus of Teaching for This Series

How do you normally introduce yourself? Maybe you start with, “Hi. I’m (insert your name here).” But what comes after that? Sure, you can talk about where you go to school, or what hobbies you’re into, but that doesn’t really introduce anyone to you, just facts about you. When Jesus talked about Himself, He would make statements like, “I am the Good Shepherd” and, “I am the bread of life.” As strange as they sound, these statements give us a better picture of who Jesus is. Because if He is a shepherd, then we are His sheep. And if He is the bread of life, then we can be satisfied in Him. In this series, we’ll discover that the way Jesus described Himself, gives us a clue into who we are as well.

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Key Question

What’s one area of my life I need to trust Jesus with?

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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

No one likes being told they’re dumb or helpless, but often that’s what we think of when we hear Jesus’ statement that we’re the sheep and He’s the shepherd. But the truth is, there’s so much about life we just don’t understand. Sometimes we find ourselves in situations that are uncertain and feel scary, and that’s when we look to Jesus for help. In any decision or difficulty we face, where He’ll lead us will be the best place we could ever hope to end up. After all, the role of the shepherd is to care for, protect, and guide the sheep. And if Jesus is the Good Shepherd, then we can trust Him.

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