LOVE FOR OTHER HELPS IDENTIFY US AS CHRISTIANS
People Who Follow Jesus Love Everybody In The Same Way Jesus Loved Us!
Say: Welcome to Connect Week! We are excited to talk about how to connect to our churches, connect to the Lord and connect with our friends here at First Priority! Who got a chance to go to church this week? …. Awesome!
Icebreaker* (Honey, do you love me?) (10mins)
Say: Ok let’s get in a circle. I need a volunteer to be our first player!
Form a circle with one player in the middle, if it’s a large group there can be multiple circles.
Say: Ok, now the person who is our volunteer will go around to members of the circle and say to them “Honey, do you love me?” The person being questioned must answer, “Honey, I love you, but I just can’t smile.” If the person being questioned smiles or laughs, they becomes “it” and the previous “it” joins the circle. The person who is “it” is not allowed to touch other players, but may make as many funny faces as they wish.
Play a few rounds if time allows.
Connect To God (7mins)
Say: The Bible is very clear that there is a very specific characteristic that we can look for in Christians to determine if they are truly followers of Jesus. In fact, this characteristic will be so obvious in the lives of Christians, that it will be what they are known for! This characteristic? Love. Jesus said this:
“So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” – John 13:34-35
Love should be the hallmark characteristic of those who follow Jesus Christ. Love for people who are different than us, love for those who follow Jesus, and for those who don’t. Loving one another is not just a suggestion, it’s actually a command that we have been given, directly from Jesus! When we follow this command it not only improves the quality of life for those around us, but it actually helps us to view the world around us through the perspective of Jesus! The Bible declares that God is love! In fact, we are only able to love because God showed us what it looks like to love!
“We love each other because he loved us first.” – 1 John 4:19
So because of Jesus great love for us, we ought to love people with great love as well! This means encouraging and loving our fellow Christians, to point them to Jesus and show them grace even if they are difficult to love. When it comes to our non-Christian friends, family and neighbors the most loving thing we can do in their life is introducing them to Jesus! Jesus loves them with a great love, the same way He loves us, and knowing this can radically change other’s lives! People who follow Jesus love everybody in the same way Jesus loved us!
One of Jesus’s apostles, John, who wrote one of the biographies of Jesus found in the Bible, as well as three letters and the Book of Revelation became one of the main leaders in the early church. It is said that towards the end of his life, he would deliver very short sermons. The church would invite this great man of God who had been with Jesus to speak to them, and John would get up and simply say this “Love one another” and then go sit down! Imagine that being the whole sermon at your church next Sunday! John’s point was that loving others was so important we should be focusing on it in our everyday lives!
Say: Why is loving others sometimes difficult?
Allow students to answer
Say: Who is someone that you know who loves others really well?
Allow students to answer
Say: What are some things we could be doing to love others better as a club?
Allow students to answer
New Believer Moment* (3mins)
Say: Is there anyone here today that made a decision for the first time to follow Jesus last week at Proclaim Week? If you would like to share about why you made that decision we would love to hear from you today! But, we understand if that’s scary and you don’t want to stand up here and share yet.
Give a moment for new believers to share if they are willing
Say: If you made a decision to follow Jesus and you didn’t get a chance to share, or didn’t want to quite yet, make sure you see a student leader after club today. Also, make sure you get a First Priority Bible!
Have student leaders identify themselves
Connect To Church Activity (8mins)
Say: Today –STUDENT NAME– is going to share with us about their church, why they are involved weekly, and how they serve the Lord at their local church.
Have a student leader answer these questions:
- What church do you go to? How are you involved?
Encourage the student to explain why being connected to a local church is such a big part of their life.
- Can you share a story of how you loved someone, or where loved on by someone else that demonstrated the love of Jesus?
- Is loving people a priority in your church? What does that look like?
Connect To Club* (5mins)
Say: It’s important to keep coming back to club throughout the school year, if you are going to be part of the club this year, please fill out a membership form to become an official member of the First Priority Club here at – SCHOOL NAME- we are so excited to welcome anyone of you to be a member! If your not sure you want to be a member yet that’s ok too! Just keep coming and enjoying these times with us!
Pass out membership cards to those students who want them
Say: We will now use our three-week planner to plan the next few weeks of club. You can have an opportunity to be part of the team by signing up to help!
Use the three week planner giving students opportunity to volunteer
In-Prayer Moment (2mins)
Say: Let’s take a couple minutes to break into small groups and pray for the friends on our prayer cards that they would know Jesus, get connected to our club and get involved in a church!
Give them a couple minutes to pray
Club Selfie (2mins)
Say: Let’s take a club selfie!
Get the whole group together and take a selfie. Post it to social media with the hashtag #FPClubSelfie
Display announcement slides
Say: We have lots of different church options if you don’t have a home church check out the ones here on the screen. If you don’t see your church listed let me know. We will see you next week at Equip Week! We are excited to have you join us as we discuss the question of “What is Truth?” Be sure to be there… and feel free to invite some friends!
Make any local club announcements