The middle school phase is a pretty awesome phase. In this phase of their lives, many students will choose to make their faith their own for the first time! So, today, we’re going to give them the opportunity to do that. As you have this conversation, keep in mind that some students in your group may not have made their minds up about Jesus yet, while others may believe in Jesus but still have plenty of room to grow. Wherever your students are on their journeys with Jesus, here’s your job this week: encourage an honest conversation with your few—one that’s not about right answers, but authentic conversations.
Acts 20:1-4 (NIV)
Through Macedonia and Greece
20 When the uproar had ended, Paul sent for the disciples and, after encouraging them, said goodbye and set out for Macedonia. 2 He traveled through that area, speaking many words of encouragement to the people, and finally arrived in Greece, 3 where he stayed three months. Because some Jews had plotted against him just as he was about to sail for Syria, he decided to go back through Macedonia. 4 He was accompanied by Sopater son of Pyrrhus from Berea, Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica, Gaius from Derbe, Timothy also, and Tychicus and Trophimus from the province of Asia.
Colossians 3:11-12 (NIV)
11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised,barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.
12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.