Current Middle School Discussion Guide

Screen Shot 2017-03-15 at 3.22.38 PMOn March 15, we will begin a new three-week series called “All Access”.

 

Have you ever been to a concert?

If you’re like me, you’ve spent most of your concerts in the cheap seats far away from the artist performing. If you’re really lucky, you can get floor seats. If you’re special, you can get front row. If you have connections, backstage passes can get you a photo.

But no matter how close we get, we still aren’t connected to the band – we have limited access. We can read a lot about them, but still not really know them.

Many people feel this way with God.

We come to church, we may even sing, but we still feel there are velvet ropes that keep us from really having access to God – to really knowing Him.

In this series, we will explore how Jesus gives us ALL ACCESS to God the Father.

Week One

Date: March 15
Bottom Line: Jesus gives us all access to God.
Verses: Hebrews 10:19-20

Discussion Questions:

  1. What’s one thing God spoke to you about in the message?
  2. How do you think most people would define being close to God?
  3. What do you think keeps most people from feeling close to God?
  4. When do you feel closest to God? When do you feel most distant?
  5. Why do you think God is more concerned with us being close than He is in us being perfect?
  6. What are some good things that come as a result of being close to God?
  7. What does it mean to be close to God, even when you don’t have it all together?
  8. If you really believed that you had all access to God, what would you do differently?

Week Two

Date: March 29
Bottom Line: When you run out of power, you have His.
Verses: Hebrews 4:15-16; Romans 8:11

Discussion Questions:

  1. What’s one thing God spoke to you about in the message?
  2. Define temptation. What are some examples of things that could tempt someone?
  3. What are some of the worst parts of giving in to temptation?
  4. Why do we sometimes give in to temptation even though we know we shouldn’t?
  5. Why do we sometimes give in to temptation even though we know we will feel guilty afterward?
  6. Why do we sometimes give in to temptation even though we know it’s not in our best long-term interest?
  7. What are some excuses people make when they give into temptation?
  8. What does it look like to take your temptation to Jesus?
  9. How can you enlist the help of other people when you feel tempted?

Week Three

Date: April 4
Bottom Line: You are equipped to live out God’s unique plan for you.
Verses: Hebrews 13:20-21

Discussion Questions:

  1. What’s one thing God spoke to you about in the message?
  2. What are some of the first things that come to mind (positive or negative) when you hear someone talking about God’s will for your life?
  3. In what ways can the idea of God’s will for your life seem confusing or unclear?
  4. How do you think someone figures out God’s will for their life?
  5. How can you use your mind to serve God?
  6. How can you use your talent to serve God?
  7. How can you use your personality to serve God?
  8. How can you use your status to serve God?
  9. How can you use your place to serve God?
  10. The same God that raised Jesus from the dead has given you all access to Him right now. How could that affect the way you approach your life?