WEDNESDAY CURRICULUM

THIS WEEK’S CONTENT

2021-04-21- Job: How Job’s Friends Got It Wrong

SMALL GROUP MATERIAL

Inward Prayer

SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS

  1. Job’s friends start out helpful:
    They visit Job when the hear the news of his suffering.
    – As Job mourns, tears his clothes and puts dust on his head… his friends do the same thing.
    – They sit silent for 7 days allowing Job to mourn and simply be available for him.

    When you know someone who is suffering, what do you do that is helpful?
  2. We learned that simply having good theology (beliefs about God) is not enough:

    You can have good theology, but bad timing.
    – You can have good theology, but a bad spirit.
    – You can have good theology, but bad application of it.

    Where have you seen this play out in your life? What examples can you give?
  3. Job’s friends base their understanding of God on the Retribution principle (righteous will prosper and the wicked will suffer), this leads them to 4 reasons why Job is suffering:

    – All suffering is the result of someone’s sin
    – If you just repent you won’t suffer
    – People get what they deserve
    – The innocent don’t suffer
    Which of these do you fall into when you think about or experience suffering? How does it make you view God?  
  4. We learn that God operates on the redemptive principle (because of God’s character and grace he saved us, nothing with what we’ve done) not the retribution principle.How does this make you relate to God in your suffering? Why do we often go back to the retribution principle and not the redemptive principle when we think about suffering and pain? 

Outward Prayer

MESSAGE NOTES

“How Job’s Friends got it Wrong”
Theology Gone Bad[Job 4-37]

WHAT’S THE POINT?

When we understand that God operates out of a redemptive principle and not a retribution principle, we can come to him in our suffering and pain as the God who is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

WORD UP

Job 4:7-11


WAKE UP

Talk about last week’s message. Give a quick summary.

Helpful intro to talk:

Throughout the course of our lives, we will come across various messages that we believe to be true and consequently they shape how we see the world, our circumstances, God, and ourselves. It’s not that these statements or principles are not true, but often they are very short-sighted. Think about some of these:

  1. “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” (This person obviously never went to Jr High.)
  2. “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” (Really? I’m not sure that is true every single time / think of an example.)
  3. “Time heals all wounds.” (This may be the case for a lot of people but there are those who have been holding onto wounds for a very long time.

These principles or messages are not bad, they have elements of truth to them, but they are short-sighted and don’t speak to every story. This is what we will encounter in today’s message in the book of Job. We are going to highlight some of these principles and theological messages that are short-sighted and narrow, which must be rejected because they live inside of us. And if we don’t identify them they will negatively impact our relationship with God and make it difficult for us to process through suffering, pain, and grief in a healthy way.

READ Job 4:7-11 – This is the guiding principle of the conversations Job has with his friends.

WHY DO I CARE?

JOB’S FRIENDS

Job’s friends usually get judged harshly when we read the story of Job, but they do 3 things which are really good and commendable, and what any good friend should do when someone they know is suffering:

  1. They visit Job when they hear the news of his suffering.
  2. As Job mourns, tears his clothes, and puts dust on his head… his friends do the same thing.
  3. They sit silently for 7 days allowing Job to mourn and simply be available for him.


After this moment in chapter 2, it goes downhill for his friends. They begin to speak, and what they share seems harsh and its guided by their principles and theology of how they see God and how they see the world.

Between Ch 4 and Ch 37, there is a lot of conversation between Job and his friends which basically goes something like this:

Friend 1 says something, Job responds.
Friend 2 says something, Job responds.
Friend 3 says something, Job responds defending himself.

And they go for round 1, then 2, then 3, and there are about 30 chapters of conversation between Job and his friends.

Before we talk about the bad things Job’s friends said, they actually said some good things in the opening conversations:

“Resentment kills a fool, and envy slays the simple.” Job 5:2
Resentment kills and envy slays: this is true and good advice.

“Ask the former generation and find out what their ancestors learned, for we were born only yesterday and know nothing, and our days on earth are but a shadow. Will they not instruct you and tell you? Will they not bring forth words from their understanding?” Job 8:8-10
Job’s friends are saying let’s learn from the people who have gone before us, let’s learn from the wisdom of our elders. This is good and true advice.

“Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty? They are higher than the heavens above—what can you do? They are deeper than the depths below—what can you know? Their measure is longer than the earth and wider than the sea.” Job 11:7-9

All of these statements by Job’s friends are true and good, but what we learn in the conversations between Job and his friends, is that they apply God’s truth, or good wisdom, incorrectly.

We learn that:

1. You can have good theology, but bad timing.
2. You can have good theology, but a bad spirit.
3. You can have good theology, but bad application of it.

Insert your own biblical example here, Chris will use:

Think of it in this way, The Bible says to “rejoice always”, but if you come up to someone who has just lost a loved one and tell them to rejoice… you will be seen as harsh and ill-timed. The Bible says to forgive, which we spoke about a few weeks ago… but if you come up to someone who just found out that someone had betrayed them deeply and you immediately tell them, “you have got to forgive!”, it will come across as insensitive and ill-timed.

JOB’S FRIENDS BAD THEOLOGY

Week 1 we introduced The Retribution principle: “A common belief that the righteous will prosper and the wicked will suffer.” This was the governing theology of the day, in how people thought about God, goodness and suffering. The age old question of ‘why do bad things happen to good people?’ Job’s friends beliefs, theology and advice is marked by this principle, that if you are good, God will bless you, and if you are bad you will suffer.

There are four theological messages of Job’s friends that live inside us today. Even though this is one of the oldest books of the Bible, thousands of years old, we today in 2021 can fall into the same trap as Job’s friends did. And when we do it makes it really difficult for us to understand suffering, grieve well, and trust God. So here they are:

1. All suffering is the result of someone’s sin (chapter 4)

Sin is responsible for the suffering that we see in the world. When Adam & Eve were disobedient to God they sinned and launched suffering into the world. But to believe that all of  the suffering you face is due to sin that you have committed is dangerous and wrong.

Jesus rejects this theology in one sentence in John 9

As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.” (v2-3)

In this simple but profound response by Jesus we see that he rejects the notion that suffering is always caused by somebody’s sin.

Does it happen sometimes? Of course it does.
For example- if somebody has an affair, their sin will cause much suffering.

But the problem is, when we take this statement as absolute truth and it begins to sit deep inside of us, we end up using the excuse that all suffering is caused because of somebody’s sin. That if something bad happens, we can point the finger and blame someone. We get judgemental, we get harsh. Not all suffering is directly correlated to someone’s sin.

Example of how this plays out in our thinking:

– I failed that test, it must because I didn’t pray hard enough
– My girlfriend broke up with me, it must because I looked at porn
– My mum & dad split up, it must because I haven’t read my Bible in years

When we believe that ALL SUFFERING is caused because of SOMEONE’S SIN… we see God as a God who is ready to throw down the harmer. Ready to catch you in the act. Ready to punish you. Like Bruce Almighty we see God as a God who just wants to smite us when we do wrong. We end up relating to God in a fear-based way and not a love-based way.

2. If you just repent you won’t suffer (Ch 7:5-6)

Because Job’s friends base their theology on the Retribution principle, some of their best and only advice is to tell Job to repent, because he probably did something wrong to deserve his suffering. But we know from the opening chapter of Job that he was an upright man, in good standing with God who had not sinned in a way to deserve this suffering.

The idea that repentance will get rid of our pain is a flawed formula because nothing can safeguard us from suffering. We live in a broken world full of sin and death and at some point in our lives we will experience suffering and repentance won’t keep us protected from experiencing it.

Christianity doesn’t say that if you repent you won’t experience pain. In fact, as we learned a couple weeks ago, Jesus says that if you “follow me, you will have pain.”
As humans we are always looking for formulas to help us:

“If you just _________ then you will get ________”
      (fill in the blank)   (fill in the blank)

But what happens when you do something and you don’t get it?
When we end up believing these formulas we get angry and frustrated with God because he doesn’t hold up his end of the deal. We believe that our faith and the way we see God is transactional. God becomes our genie in a bottle, and when the genie doesn’t grant the wish we try and do everything we can to convince him.

We end up relating to God in a transactional based way and not a love-based way.

3. You get what you deserve

We spoke about this in our ‘Things Jesus Never Said’ series a couple of weeks ago. And if you were here you would know that this statement is absolutely not true. But it’s what Job’s friends believe and often what we end up believing.

And this theological belief makes it seem as if God always rewards or punishes someone based on merit. Work hard and live right, all will go well. If you don’t work hard, and your sin, all will not go well for you.

What this belief does is it completely strips out the grace of God. What this belief doesn’t reckon with is there that there are larger forces of injustice in play in the world.

Think of an area of injustice that this belief doesn’t reckon with.
Chris will talk about poverty:
The belief that if poor people only worked hard enough they would be successful, but often those in marginalized and underprivileged communities work exceptionally hard but have been dealt a bad hand. It is not because they deserved it but because they found themselves or were born into injustice.

When we end up believing this principle, we end up relating to God without his grace, without his love, and without his mercy. All we see is his wrath. And we ignore that God is a God who loves justice and loves mercy, and we just see him as judge, jury, and executioner. 

4. The innocent don’t suffer

Job’s friends guided by the Retribution principle believe that innocent people don’t suffer. Job must have done something wrong, something that put him at fault, something that directed the blame towards him so that he would suffer.

But the simple response to this principle is look at Jesus.

Jesus was perfectly innocent.
Jesus had done nothing wrong.
Jesus suffered deeply.

The reason why a lot of people in Jesus’ day could not fathom who he claimed to be was because of the retribution principle. They believe Jesus must have done something wrong to deserve the cross. But what we know, and what the Bible teaches us is that Jesus was not experiencing the retribution principle, he was enacting the Redemptive principle. That Jesus, as the perfectly innocent, spotless lamb of God, would take on the sin and suffering of the world not because of any merit we have but because of the grace and love of God towards us.

God’s grace is conditioned on his grace, not our merit.


WHAT DO I DO?


How do you relate to God when you suffer?

Do you have principles or underlying theologies that you believe about God which are not actually true?

Have you believed that your suffering or other’s suffering is directly correlated with someone’s sin? Meaning that the way you relate to God is fear-based, waiting on him to punish you?

Have you believed that your suffering or the suffering of others is directly correlated with a formula? That you haven’t repented enough, or not had enough faith, or not been loving enough? Meaning that the way you relate to God as you suffer is transactional? You do something to try and persuade God to bypass suffering and pain in your life?

Or do you believe that God does not work the retribution principle? That actually sometimes bad things happen to good people which is exactly what happened with Jesus. Yet God chose the redemptive principle so that no matter what sin, hurt, pain you have committed… God because of his grace and love, not anything we have done, would make us clean, blameless and pure again through Jesus.

This means that at some point in our lives we all will suffer. It is the result of living in a broken world. But we have a God who we don’t have to relate to with fear or transaction, but who we can relate to with love as a God who gets it. He understands our suffering. He understands our pain. And promises to be with us in it.

When we understand that God operates out of a redemptive principle and not a retribution principle, we can come to him in our suffering and pain as the God who is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

You may want to close by reading Psalm 23 and let the students meditate on it. This is who God is for us. He is our good shepherd.

UPCOMING & PAST CONTENT

April 2021 Job

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March 2021 Things Jesus Never Said

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February 2021 Followology

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January 2021 New year, who dis?

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November 2020 A Very Messy Christmas

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October  2020 The Bible

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September  2020 Prayer

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June  2020 Blind Spots

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May 2020 Small Talk

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OCT-NOV 2019- Starting Over: Our Life Beyond Regrets

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Hey Youth Leaders and Teachers,

This month we are partnering together with bigger Beulah in this series called Starting Over, a book written by Dave and Jon Ferguson that gives this idea of how we can live life beyond our regrets. On weekends, a number of our teaching staff are giving messages on the topics we are covering. Big Beulah started this series October 19/20 on the weekends. We start Wednesday October 31st and will continue till November 20. The devotional and small group sections in this document are a reshaping of the material to fit our youth context.

A few resources you should be aware of as we go through this material.

  1. The Starting Over book, although not required, you are welcome to purchase the book with a little bit of a discount. They are available at reception from the campuses.
  2. The Starting Over Participant’s Guide,  not required but also available for purchase from reception
  3. Video content for adult small groups found at https://beulah.ca/startingover. These videos are what the adult groups are using to spring board into discussion with. We are using these only as a resource for our teachers to look at to help form their devotionals. In these videos there are stories which are fantastic, but are not people we know or have relationship with, so we are creating our own video stories to be paired with the teaching at our locations
  4. Youversion Bible App 5 day devotional. You can find this by opening the Bible App on your phone and under devotionals searching for “Starting Over.” If you are a keener, you will notice that the each day of the devotional is almost word for word what Dave and Jon say in the video content mentioned above.
  5. Our own regret story videos. These videos are to be used at our locations to pair with the devotionals that will be taught. These are given from our very own youth leaders/pastors. Each one will be available at https://beulahyouth.ca/startingover as both a downloadable file and as a youtube link.
  6. The Landing. As we go through this series, the stories especially may bring up some deep pain and identification with hurts, habits an hangups in our youth. If that is the case, a great resource/program we now have running is CR for youth, the Landing. If any of our youth want to find healing, encourage them to connect in with the Landing by contacting youth@beulah.ca.

If you have any questions about youth or the curriculum provided here, please contact me, Joel joel@beulah.ca.

Thanks again for teaching and leading.

- Joel Brigham - Youth Pastor - Beulah Alliance Church

2019-09-11 to 2019-10-23 - Wake up and Retrain My Heart

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Hey Youth Leaders and Teachers,

I am super excited to start off this new youth ministry season with all of you. Starting with this season we have started a new series. Called “Wakeup and Retrain My Heart."

Some people think that we are led by our conscious thoughts. René Descartes says “Je pense donc je suis.” or in English “I think, therefore I am.” This idea that I make conscious choices all throughout my day to lead me life the way that I intend to lead it.

I would suggest, that’s not how you lead, and that’s not how you live your life. Sometimes that’s the case, but that’s not most of our day. Most of how we live our life and even how we lead is second nature or almost subconscious. We’ve done the same things over and over again and we are in particular rhythms of how we live our life.

This isn’t my own idea, a book I’ve recently read called “You Are What You Love” by James K.A. Smith talks about this idea that we actually live out of what we have practiced and we’ve trained our hearts to love.

Colossians 3:1-3 says: If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

The moment we chose Jesus, or maybe better put, he found us, we were to live our life differently than the rest of the world. The problem is we might not even know what rival rhythms we are following and have tuned our hearts to. We’ll be tackling these rival rhythms over the next number of weeks head on and I hope we will all develop some new rhythms to retrain our hearts.

If you have any questions about youth or the curriculum provided here, please contact me, Joel joel@beulah.ca.

All of our past curriculum can be found at beulahyouth.ca/wc and is absolutely free to use by whoever would like it.

Thanks again for teaching and leading.

2019-04-03 to 2019-04-17 - Healed

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Hey Youth Leaders and Teachers,

We are back from Spring Break and we are again encountering real life stories of people in Scripture. This series is about healing. It is not just about the miracles that Jesus performed 2000 years ago, but more practically, it is about us, the Church, being involved in what Jesus is already doing today in healing.

This particular topic may be sensitive for a number of youth in our ministry. Some may have had personal experiences where God did heal and it blew them away. On the flip side they may have had other experiences where God didn’t heal and it may have even been damaging to their view of God. Recognizing that our youth and families come from all sorts of perspectives and often with all sorts of emotions on this topic, we will attempt to cover it in a clear, Biblical way, alongside a very practical experience on the last day in the houses (April 20, 2019).

If you are planning to teach the April 20th, 2019 night, please contact us soon as we have something a little different in the way of practical training planned for that.

Would you join us in praying with excitement for this series and for all of those who will be teaching it and leading small groups? We believe that Jesus wants youth to encounter Him and have their lives are radically changed forever. Thanks for being part of the team.

If you have any questions about youth or the curriculum provided here, please contact me, Joel joel@beulah.ca, or Chris chris@beulah.ca as Chris has had a bigger influence in writing this series. We would be glad to answer your questions.

All of our past curriculum can be found at beulahyouth.ca/wc and is absolutely free to use by whoever would like it. 

Thanks again for teaching and leading.

2019-02-27 to 2019-03-20 I Totally Got That Wrong

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Hey Youth Leaders and Teachers,

We are so excited to be diving into the Bible again and encountering real life stories of people. This series is not about the heroes of the Bible, in fact it is quite the opposite. This series is about a bunch of people that “got it totally wrong” actually, dead wrong.

The hope of “I Got it Totally Wrong” series is to avoid the beliefs and thoughts that the people had. These wrong views of Jesus which the people hold are pretty easy to see and they are clearly highlighted by the results of their incorrect thinking. Often we read these stories and in our minds call these people “idiots,” as it is very simple to point out their flaws. If we stop at just acknowledging that they messed up and we don’t look at how we can potentially do the same, we miss the point, and possibly miss Jesus.

So what are we trying to accomplish in this series? We are attempting to correct incorrect thinking and inspire youth to pursue Jesus with everything they have. In this next month we will cover what it is to follow  Jesus and not just add Jesus to our lives as we look at the misguided Rich Young Ruler. We will talk about pointing our lives toward Jesus and not at ourselves from the jealous and angry Pharisees. We will take a week examining the story of a married couple who valued sacrifice, or the appearance of sacrifice over integrity. And finally, on the last week, we will come to the foot of the cross with the Soldiers and Centurions and experience Jesus, God, the One who changed everything.

Would you join us in praying with excitement for this series and for all of those who will be teaching it and leading small groups? When youth uncover the truth of who Jesus is, and encounter Him, their lives are radically changed forever. Thanks for being part of the team.

If you have any questions about youth or the curriculum provided here, please contact me, Joel joel@beulah.ca, and I would be glad to answer your questions.

All of our past curriculum can be found at beulahyouth.ca/wc and is absolutely free to use by whoever would like it.

Thanks again for teaching and leading.

2019-01-30 to 2019-02-20 EMOTE

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EMOTE

[ COMPASSION | ANGER | LOVE | DEPRESSION ]

Hey Leaders, This next month we get to talk about our emotions. The Bible talks a lot about us being not just physical or spiritual beings, but also emotional ones. It even tells us in Deuteronomy 6:5 (and repeated by Jesus in the New Testament):

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.

Since Jesus has created us to be emotional beings and even invites us to use those emotions, how do we do that in a way that honours and follows Jesus? There are so many examples in our world and even in our own relationships where we have seen poor examples and a mishandling of emotions. We are going to tackle four emotions in this series and hopefully provide some hope and transformational truths from God’s living Word in regard to our emotions.

Please recognize that as you tackle these topics with our youth that it may unearth some deep challenges in their lives or even in your own lives. We don’t teach from perfection and often some of the best lessons come from our own mistakes. As you teach these topics try to stay out of the two ditches of "over sharing” and on the other side “look at my perfect example.” Both ditches are dangerous as we share our heart and God’s Word with the youth.

2019-01-09 to 2019-01-23 I KNOW YOU, COME KNOW ME, LET'S DO THIS

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TO LIVE IS JESUS

[ I KNOW YOU | COME KNOW ME | LET’S DO THIS ]

Hey Leaders, This next month we get to talk about Jesus. We want students to experience Jesus and have a very real encounter with Him.

In John 1:14 it says:

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Jesus embodied Grace and Truth to their fullness. Often we know people who might lean more to one or the other, but Jesus is amazing in that He exemplified the fullness of both. This is who we want youth to encounter this month.

We are starting with the first week, talking about how Jesus sees youth when they feel disconnected and says, “I know you” and wants to reconnect them. The following week there will be an invitation for youth, from Jesus, to “come know me.” Jesus came down to their level to invite them up to his. We finish off the series encouraging students with the phrase “Let’s do this!” This is Jesus’ encouragement for us to engage in the mission and plan for our lives to impact others with an eternal perspective.

2018-11-07 to 2018-11-28 FOCUS - 4 Gifts to Enhance my Spiritual Life

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FOCUS
4 Gifts to Enhance my Spiritual Life

[ SABBATH | BIBLE READING | FASTING | PRAYER ]

Hey… Most teenagers, and if we’re honest, most adults live busy and distracted lives. Lives are filled with hobbies, Netflix, social media, gaming, relationships, and all sorts of things that are great, but often distract us or knock out of focus our primary relationship, the one we could have with God.

Looking at the topics of this series, you can see it’s a classic series on spiritual disciplines. I’ve left out the phrase “spiritual disciplines” from the title, not because I think it’s old and irrelevant, but because it often communicates to people really hard work, or something they have to work for, or even as punishments for being bad people.

Although these topics may be disciplines, in that they are rhythms or practices we put in our lives, I really see them as gifts. These are gifts, given to us by God. When we open and regularly use them to connect with Jesus, we find a greater focus on God and life itself comes into focus.

As you are sharing and teaching on these 4 gifts please, please, communicate that they are gifts, not shackles. Some people talk about spiritual disciplines as laws we need to live by not gifts that enhance our spiritual life with Jesus. You can absolutely share your struggles with practicing these things, but don’t forget to tell how you have experienced joy in Christ as you have practiced them (i.e. What you have learned, freedom you’ve found, times when you sensed God has really spoken to you, etc.)

As it says in Psalm 37:4

Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

I really believe that people who delight themselves in God by these gifts (spiritual disciplines) will experience the desire of their heart which is ultimately a closer relationship with Jesus.

I hope and pray that you have fun preparing and teaching these topics and that you will be able to share the good news, seeing youth come to deeper and deeper levels of freedom in Christ and connection to Him.

If you have any questions about this material or about the Beulah Youth Ministry, please contact me, Joel, at joel@beulah.ca. Thanks,

- Joel Brigham - Youth Pastor - Beulah Alliance Church

2018-10-03 to 2018-10-24 "My Church Is Kind of A Big Deal"

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Hey Leaders, This next month we are going to talk about The Church and how it is a big deal. We’re not saying Beulah Alliance is a big deal, and we are. We are saying both. We are saying the big “C” Church that Beulah is apart of is a big deal, and that the big “C” Church (all Christian churches of all time) expresses itself in local churches, like Beulah. If we call ourselves Christians we are called to this Church as it says in

Ephesians 4:4-5:

There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

Jesus loves the Church but so often we don’t. We see hypocrisy in the church or we see behaviours in others or even ourselves that can make us question church all together. As we teach about this Church, we are calling youth up to what it should be. Yes, we may see all sorts of dysfunction and discord, but that’s not Jesus’ intention for His Church. We are encouraging our youth to be the generation that best resembles the Church, the Bride of Christ, while taking honest stock of where it currently is.

We need to remind ourselves and our youth that the Church is a Big Deal. Jesus uses the local church to deliver his powerful life transforming Gospel message and that is His plan A. He has no plan B.

2018-09-12 to 2018-09-26 "To Live is Jesus"

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Hey Leaders, This next month we get to talk about Jesus. We want students to experience Jesus and have a very real encounter with Him.

In John 1:14 it says:

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Jesus embodied Grace and Truth to their fullness. Often we know people who might lean more to one or the other, but Jesus is amazing in that He exemplified the fullness of both. This is who we want youth to encounter this month.
We are starting with the first week, talking about the feeling of being unknown and unseen and how Jesus speaks to that and says “I see you and know you.” Then the following week is an invitation for students to Come and Know Jesus as their best friend and leader of their life. We finish off the series encouraging students with the phrase “Let’s do this!” This is Jesus’ encouragement for us to engage in the mission and plan for our lives to impact others.

2018-03-21 to 2018-04-18 now what? Curriculum

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Hey Leaders, We have moved into April, which is our 2nd last month of this youth ministry season. It saddens me to see how fast the time is passing, but it encourages me to look back at the journey we have taken this last little while. I want you all to know that I appreciate each one of you. Thank you for the time you have invested in the lives of youth and each other. Thank you for pursuing Jesus and being an example to those a little (or for some, ‘a lot’) younger than you. I believe that we will continue to see return on that investment.

This next series is called “now what?”. We are covering a few topics that students have or will experience to prepare them for life. The first 3 weeks will be in the houses and then Chris will teach the last message as we gather together on April 25th at Beulah West Campus.

I’d like to try something a little different this time around. If you have texting or social media connection to your students, each of these weeks I have some suggested texts you can send to your students before they come to youth. This may work better for senior high as more have cell phones, but as a junior high leader, if you have those connections, could you send of a text or message to your junior highs too? Feel free to reword the messages I send you as you know your students and how they might receive those messages.

Again, as I’ve written and said before, it’s my hope and prayer that God will use us and his Scripture to see lives change for His purposes and to see more and more youth come to know Jesus. May God use you as you teach, lead small groups and as you connect with students. I’m so glad you are part of the team. Thanks for being you!

You can find this curriculum on a weekly basis using the leadsmall app with our channel code of: VGB8JQ. I will also be attaching it to the weekly emails that go out and you can find the whole copy of the curriculum on our website: beulahyouth.ca under the leaders section

2018-02-28 to 2018-03-21 "First Timothy" Curriculum

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Hey Leaders, This next month we get to talk about one of my favourite topics. We get to talk about the Church. I’m (Joel) going to kick it off with a message on the Identity of the Church. I will be sharing how the book of Timothy highlights some of the masks the church can wear and shouldn’t.

Following tonight we are in the houses and at Junior high for two weeks. Then we all return to West Caompus on March 21st to celebrate just before Easter. It is important to note that there is no youth on March 28th as it is spring break and we are breaking.

This series is a little different from the norm as we are walking through a book of the Bible; 1 Timothy. I would recommend to all leaders, especially those who are teaching, to pre-read, even a few times, the Scriptures that are going to be covered on a given week.

It’s my hope and prayer that God will use us and his Scripture to see lives change for His purposes and to see more and more youth come to know Jesus. May God use you as you teach, as you lead small groups and as you connect personally with individual students. I’m so glad you are part of the team. Thanks for being you!

You can find this curriculum on a weekly basis using the leadsmall app with our channel code of: VGB8JQ. I will also be attaching it to the weekly emails that go out and you can find it on our new beulahyouth.ca website .

2018-01-31 to 2018-02-21 "Life Management 1.0" Curriculum

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In the month of February we will basically be telling students how to live their lives in our series Life Management 1.0. (I know that sounds funny) Chris will lead us off as we are together, talking about FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) and the Holy Spirit.

The other two talks in the series through February will take place in the homes and at Junior High and will be led by a number of you, the leaders. Take the Scriptures given in the curriculum and put flesh on them as you share your own stories.

Also this month, on February 7, we will be having a launch party for Youth Alpha. That week there is only the first youth alpha video, and no curriculum, other than the questions which happen during the video. Encourage your students to invite friends to this launch so we can really pump youth alpha!

It’s my prayer that God will use the foolishness of our preaching to transform lives for His purposes and to see more and more youth come to know Jesus. May God use you as you teach, as you lead small groups and as you connect personally with individual students. I’m so glad you are part of the team.

2018-01-10 to 2018-01-24 "Communicate" Curriculum

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This next month of January as we relaunch a new youth ministry season we are talking about the theme of “COMMUNICATE” and I (Joel) will start us off by talking about being vulnerable with our communities (small group, family and Jesus). We have better and more authentic community when we are vulnerable. Naturally as people, we don’t like to show others our weaknesses but the Scriptures shows us that through confession and burden sharing we have great community.

The other two talks in the series through January will take place in the homes and at Junior High and will be led by a number of you, the leaders. Take the Scriptures given in the curriculum and put flesh on it as you share your own stories.