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Connecting in Jesus (Experiencing Christ Together Student Series)

Brett EastmanDoug Fields

Connecting in Jesus (Experiencing Christ Together Student Series)

Brett EastmanDoug Fields

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This series of six small group study guides bring youth face to face with Jesus, the one who holds the key to living for God. Each study contains six 20 minute lessons focusing on a phase in the Christian journey, from conversion, through growing spiritual maturity, to committed discipleship. Integrated with the six studies are three separately sold DVDs - one for every two studies - presenting biblical teaching that supports and advances the material in the books. All items are available separately, or can be purchased in a single kit that will save you over $30!

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About "Connecting in Jesus (Experiencing Christ Together Student Series)"

This series of six small group study guides bring youth face to face with Jesus, the one who holds the key to living for God. Each study contains six 20 minute lessons focusing on a phase in the Christian journey, from conversion, through growing spiritual maturity, to committed discipleship. Integrated with the six studies are three separately sold DVDs - one for every two studies - presenting biblical teaching that supports and advances the material in the books. All items are available separately, or can be purchased in a single kit that will save you over $30!
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Experiencing Christ Together, Student Edition CurriculumThe Experiencing Christ Together series is the newest discipleship course from Life Together--which features small group leader material and teaching DVDs of renowned Christian speakers from across the land. These six new study guides have six sessions each and enable small groups to explore the power and life application of Jesus' teaching on the five biblical purposes of a Christian life by closely examining Christ's model in the Gospels. The first book lays the foundation of who Christ is and what he has done for us. The other five books explore how Jesus trained his followers to live out the five basic biblical purposes for life. Each study includes a group project. The complete curriculum kit includes three four-hour DVDs and six study guides. The DVDs are also sold separately.- Beginning in Christ Together: Explore the power of Jesus' teaching on the five biblical purposes of the church - Connecting in Christ Together: Expl
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Connecting in Jesus, Student Edition: Six Sessions on FellowshipCopyright 2006 by Doug Fields and Brett EastmanYouth Specialties products, 300 South Pierce Street, El Cajon, CA 92020,are published by Zondervan, 5300 Patterson Avenue SE, Grand Rapids,MI 49530Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataFields, Doug, 1962-Connecting in Jesus : six sessions on fellowship / Doug Fields and BrettEastman.p. cm. -- (Experiencing Christ together, student edition)Includes bibliographical references and index.ISBN-10: 0-310-26645-9 (pbk. : alk. paper)ISBN-13: 978-0-310-26645-7 (pbk. : alk. paper)1. Fellowship--Biblical teaching. 2. Fellowship--Study and teaching.I. Eastman, Brett, 1959- . II. Title. III. Series: Fields, Doug, 1962- .Experiencing Christ together. Student edition.BV4517.5.F54 2006248.4''0715--dc222005024172Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken fromthe Holy Bible: New International Version (North American Edition).Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used bypermission of Zondervan.Some of the anecdotal illustrations in this book are true to life and areincluded with the permission of the persons involved. All other illustrationsare composites of real situations, and any resemblance to people living ordead is coincidental.All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, storedin a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means-electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other-except forbrief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of thepublisher.Web site addresses listed in this book were current at the time of publication.Please contact Youth Specialties via e-mail (YS@YouthSpecialties.com)to report URLs that are no longer operational and replacement URLs ifavailable.Creative Team: Dave Urbanski, Holly Sharp, Mark Novelli, Joanne Heim,Janie WilkersonCover Design: Mattson CreativePrinted in the United States of AmericaSession 1Courtney was sick most of the year, missed a lot of school, andwas diagnosed with leukemia in June. While she should havebeen out celebrating summer freedom, instead she stayed athome, away from people. She didn''t want any visitors becauseof how chemotherapy made her look and feel-her treatmentsleft her bald and bloated, and she felt ugly. While Courtneyknew she needed the treatments to stay alive, she was stillconcerned and embarrassed by her appearance.By the end of the summer, Courtney''s chemo was over,and her doctors assured her that she was in remission. Thisanswer to prayer meant that Courtney could return to schoolas soon as she regained her energy!Only a few of her closest friends kept up with Courtney''sprogress over the summer. Most students didn''t even knowthe extent of her illness. As the first day of school neared, shebecame painfully nervous when she thought about walkingacross campus without any hair. At one point she cried out infrustration, "I''d rather die than go to school bald!"Courtney''s mom was in a Bible study with several womenwho had daughters Courtney''s age. As the start of the newschool year approached, some of the families from Bible studybegan to talk about how they might help Courtney feel goodabout coming back to school. One girl, Sarah, mentioned anorganization called "The Great Shave" that raised money forleukemia patients. Sarah talked three of her friends into thecutting their hair (and ultimately shaving their heads) in honorof Courtney and her battle with leukemia. Their cut hairwould then be used to make a wig that Courtney could wearuntil her own hair grew back.These friends expressed a great love and sacrifice by startingthe school year bald! Word about this sacrificial act andthe reasons behind it spread throughout the campus, andCourtney and her friends became heroes.Expressing love often comes with a cost. Courtney''sfriends were willing to sacrifice their own appearances to showher love. Your friendships may never require a sacrifice liketheirs,
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Connecting in Jesus, Student Edition: Six Sessions on Fellowship Copyright 2006 by Doug Fields and Brett Eastman Youth Specialties products, 300 South Pierce Street, El Cajon, CA 92020, are published by Zondervan, 5300 Patterson Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49530 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Fields, Doug, 1962- Connecting in Jesus : six sessions on fellowship / Doug Fields and Brett Eastman. p. cm. -- (Experiencing Christ together, student edition) Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN-10: 0-310-26645-9 (pbk. : alk. paper) ISBN-13: 978-0-310-26645-7 (pbk. : alk. paper) 1. Fellowship--Biblical teaching. 2. Fellowship--Study and teaching. I. Eastman, Brett, 1959- . II. Title. III. Series: Fields, Doug, 1962- . Experiencing Christ together. Student edition. BV4517.5.F54 2006 248.4'0715--dc22 2005024172 Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version (North American Edition). Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. Some of the anecdotal illustrations in this book are true to life and are included with the permission of the persons involved. All other illustrations are composites of real situations, and any resemblance to people living or dead is coincidental. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means- electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other-except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher. Web site addresses listed in this book were current at the time of publication. Please contact Youth Specialties via e-mail (YS@YouthSpecialties.com) to report URLs that are no longer operational and replacement URLs if available. Creative Team: Dave Urbanski, Holly Sharp, Mark Novelli, Joanne Heim, Janie Wilkerson Cover Design: Mattson Creative Printed in the United States of America Session 1 Courtney was sick most of the year, missed a lot of school, and was diagnosed with leukemia in June. While she should have been out celebrating summer freedom, instead she stayed at home, away from people. She didn't want any visitors because of how chemotherapy made her look and feel-her treatments left her bald and bloated, and she felt ugly. While Courtney knew she needed the treatments to stay alive, she was still concerned and embarrassed by her appearance. By the end of the summer, Courtney's chemo was over, and her doctors assured her that she was in remission. This answer to prayer meant that Courtney could return to school as soon as she regained her energy! Only a few of her closest friends kept up with Courtney's progress over the summer. Most students didn't even know the extent of her illness. As the first day of school neared, she became painfully nervous when she thought about walking across campus without any hair. At one point she cried out in frustration, "I'd rather die than go to school bald!" Courtney's mom was in a Bible study with several women who had daughters Courtney's age. As the start of the new school year approached, some of the families from Bible study began to talk about how they might help Courtney feel good about coming back to school. One girl, Sarah, mentioned an organization called "The Great Shave" that raised money for leukemia patients. Sarah talked three of her friends into the cutting their hair (and ultimately shaving their heads) in honor of Courtney and her battle with leukemia. Their cut hair would then be used to make a wig that Courtney could wear until her own hair grew back. These friends expressed a great love and
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Meet the Authors

Brett Eastman

Dee Eastman is the co-director of the women's Bible study at Saddleback Church called 'The Journey.' SPANISH BIO: Dee Eastman es co-directora de una clase biblica para mujeres denominada. El Viaje, en la Iglesia de la Comunidad Saddleback Valley.

Doug Fields

Founder of Simply Youth Ministry, Doug Fields has been in youth ministry since 1979 and is currently on staff at Saddleback Church in Southern California. He's the director of Purpose Driven Youth Ministry, and the author and co-author of more than 50 books, including the bestsellers Speaking to Teenagers and Your First Two Years in Youth Ministry. SPANISH BIO: Doug Fields es el pastor de ensenanza de la Iglesia Saddleback, una iglesia de 25,000 miembros. Como pastor de jovenes por mas de veinticinco anos, Doug realiza su actual funcion desde 1992. Ha sido autor y coauthor de mas de cincuenta

Table Of Contents

  • Table Of Contents
  • Introduction: Read Me First! 7
  • Small Group Covenant 17
  • Session 1 As I Have Loved You 19
  • Session 2 Love That Shows Up 31
  • Session 3 Loving Difficult People 41
  • Session 4 Truthful But Tender 51
  • Session 5 Extreme Forgiveness 61
  • Session 6 Cross-shaped Love 73
  • Appendices 85

Excerpt

Excerpt from: Connecting in Jesus (Experiencing Christ Together Student Series)

Connecting in Jesus, Student Edition: Six Sessions on Fellowship Session 1 Courtney was sick most of the year, missed a lot of school, and was diagnosed with leukemia in June. While she should have been out celebrating summer freedom, instead she stayed at home, away from people. She didn't want any visitors because of how chemotherapy made her look and feel---her treatments left her bald and bloated, and she felt ugly. While Courtney knew she needed the treatments to stay alive, she was still concerned and embarrassed by her appearance. By the end of the summer, Courtney's chemo was over, and her doctors assured her that she was in remission. This answer to prayer meant that Courtney could return to school as soon as she regained her energy! Only a few of her closest friends kept up with Courtney's progress over the summer. Most students didn't even know the extent of her illness. As the first day of school neared, she became painfully nervous when she thought about walking across campus without any hair. At one point she cried out in frustration, 'I'd rather die than go to school bald!' Courtney's mom was in a Bible study with several women who had daughters Courtney's age. As the start of the new school year approached, some of the families from Bible study began to talk about how they might help Courtney feel good about coming back to school. One girl, Sarah, mentioned an organization called 'The Great Shave' that raised money for leukemia patients. Sarah talked three of her friends into the cutting their hair (and ultimately shaving their heads) in honor of Courtney and her battle with leukemia. Their cut hair would then be used to make a wig that Courtney could wear until her own hair grew back. These friends expressed a great love and sacrifice by starting the school year bald! Word about this sacrificial act and the reasons behind it spread throughout the campus, and Courtney and her friends became heroes. Expressing love often comes with a cost. Courtney's friends were willing to sacrifice their own appearances to show her love. Your friendships may never require a sacrifice like theirs, but as you consider Jesus' words about love in this session, ask yourself, 'How much am I willing to sacrifice for a friend?' Goal: To share about your life and listen attentively to others, caring about what they share Because you're learning in a small group setting, you're not learning alone. You may already have formed impressions of the other people in your group without knowing much about them. This fellowship section (which is in all six sessions) will provide an opportunity for your group's members to get to know each other better. When you open up a little bit of your life and share pieces of your story, you'll get to know each other better. Fellowship: CONNECTING Your Heart to Others' Just as the stories of Jesus will give you a clearer picture of him, others' stories will give you a clearer picture of who they really are. To get the most out of this group, it's worth taking a risk, revealing some of yourself and carefully listening to others' hearts. While it can seem scary at first, it does get easier to open up. The benefits of getting to know each other in this way are huge. Be sure to have someone keep an eye on your time in this section, or you may spend your entire time here and not get any further! Just a reminder: there probably isn't enough time in your small group session to answer every question. Instead choose which ones you'll answer, and then answer the others on your own time. Have fun! 1. Take turns giving your short responses to these questions: * Name a food you love... * Name a TV show you love... * Name an experience you loved... * Name a person you love... * Name one person you know loves you... 2. What's your first memory of experiencing God's love? (If you're new to this and haven't had an experience of God's love yet, don't worry---you're probably not the only one.) If your group hasn't discussed the small group covenant on page 18, please take some time now to go through it. Make commitments to each other that your group time will reflect those values (and any additional ones you add). One sign of a healthy small group is that it begins each session by reading the covenant together as a constant reminder of what the group has committed to. Goal: To explore God's Word, gain biblical knowledge, and make personal applications The true meaning of love is often diluted in our world---I 'love' a slice of pizza and 'love' my best friend. Even though we know we can't love food like people, the word love sure gets tossed around carelessly sometimes. Even when we take a moment to look at the most serious kind of love, it can be hard to understand fully. If you were to ask 10 people what true love is, you might get 10 different answers. Jesus lived a life of perfect love, showing us the example of love we ought to follow. In this section, we're going to take a look at his model so that we can learn to love others more like Jesus. Read John 15:9-17. (If you don't have a Bible, the passage is on page 91.) 1. Why do you think Jesus talks about the love of the Father? 2. According to this passage, what does it mean to remain in Jesus' love? 3. Based on your personal experience, what does it mean for you to remain in Jesus' love? Try to be specific! 4. Why is there a connection between obedience and remaining in Jesus' love? Discipleship: GROWING to Be Like Jesus 23 5. Why is this particular teaching important? Why did Jesus tell us to remain in his love? (You may need to reread the Bible passage to answer this question.) 6. As the Father loves Jesus, he loves us. We're to remain in Jesus' love by obeying his commands so we may have joy. Would anyone who knows you describe your life as joyful? 7. If so, how does joy impact your life? If not, what do you think is keeping you from joy? 8. Jesus tells us to obey his commands. What is his command in this passage? 9. What is the ultimate expression of love (verse 13)? On a practical level, what might this look like for you? 10. In your opinion, why is it sometimes difficult to love others? What has kept you from loving others the way you should? 11. What is the significance of being Jesus' friend as opposed to his servant? (You may need to reread the passage to see how the text answers this question.) 12. In verse 16, Jesus talks about the idea of being chosen first. Why is this important? What does this have to do with love and loving others?

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  • Catalogue Code 231508
  • Product Code 0310266459
  • EAN 9780310266457
  • UPC 025986266455
  • Pages 160
  • Department Ministry
  • Category Youth Ministry
  • Sub-Category Courses
  • Publisher Youth Specialties
  • Publication Date Jan 2006
  • Sales Rank #20262
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 11 mm
  • Weight 0.231kg

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