Text Background: 1 Corinthians
Sermon Link: Centered Teaching Video
Family Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:10-13
Summary: We’re starting a new series in The Loft on Wednesday nights and in Small Groups on Sunday mornings called, “Centered,” talking about what it means to truly live with Christ at the center of our lives. Paul has a lot to say to the church at Corinth about what in their lives need to change if Christ is at the center, and the first thing he leads with is being a unified church. In Corinth, they are divided by the pastors they claim to follow and which is better, today in our culture sometimes pastors can divide us but there are many other things like race, gender, education, family background, and much more that can divide us. Yet, if we are to reach the community around us we must be united in sharing the gospel despite our differences. If Christ is at the center, then we will be united.
These are questions to ask your teenager that are deeper than, “How was your Wednesday night?!” and them reply, “…good.”
- How can you tell a church is united?
- What makes you different from the other kids in our student ministry?
- What makes other kids in the student ministry different from you?
- How can we as a family tear down those barriers to build relationships and love people that aren’t like us or see things differently than us?
- What is the power of a united church?
These are things you can do for the message to stick.
- Sometimes fitting in is hard. Encourage your student to keep making effort and being proactive to make new friends that are different than them, even if it’s uncomfortable.
- Attend a separate worship service once this month that is different than you are used to worshipping and talk about the good that difference is doing for the Kingdom.
- Listen to a different preacher on staff, compare new staff to previous staff, and then explain that differences create new opportunities to reach new people and that God puts our leadership into place for certain times that he needs them.
- Join a small group and bring your teenager to Sunday morning small groups. A community to learn in and invest in holds us accountable to be obedient. It’s very difficult to run from God and simultaneously be surrounded by His people.