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Connecting Your Heart to Others (Life Together Student Series)

Doug FieldsBrett Eastman

Connecting Your Heart to Others (Life Together Student Series)

Doug FieldsBrett Eastman

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This series is the beginning of a relational journey, from being a member of a group to being a vital part of an unbelievable spiritual community. These books will help your young people think, talk, dig deep, care, heal, share. . . and have the time of their lives. . . together!

LIFE TOGETHER: a revolutionary small group resource that will change the lives of your students. Six books overflow with Bible-based sessions to encourage and equip your young people.

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About "Connecting Your Heart to Others (Life Together Student Series)"

This series is the beginning of a relational journey, from being a member of a group to being a vital part of an unbelievable spiritual community. These books will help your young people think, talk, dig deep, care, heal, share. . . and have the time of their lives. . . together!

LIFE TOGETHER: a revolutionary small group resource that will change the lives of your students. Six books overflow with Bible-based sessions to encourage and equip your young people.
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IMAGINE a group of students sharing this goal--to know Jesus Christ deeper and to make him known to others!IMAGINE them doing as the disciples did--fellowshipping, growing, serving, sharing, and worshiping together!IMAGINE yourself in this kind of caring, committed community--revolutionizing your life and those in the group!The Life Together series is the beginning of a relational journey, from being a member of a group to being a vital part of an unbelievable spiritual community. These books will help you think, talk, dig deep, care, heal, share...and have the time of your life! Life...together! Connecting Your Hearts to Others' affirms fresh and powerful ways to draw close to each other--and to God. This volume of the Life Together series focuses on the essence of fellowship, a value that is universally endorsed but pretty badly practiced. Six sessions in this book will lead to the opening of your heart in ways you never knew possible. But God did! Here are Christ's ways--explained
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CONNECTING Your Heart to Others'': 6 Small Group Sessions on FellowshipCopyright 2003 by Doug Fields and Lifetogether"Youth Specialties Books, 300 South Pierce Street, El Cajon CA 92020, are published by Zondervan,5300 Patterson Avenue Southeast, Grand Rapids MI 49530Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataFields, Doug, 1962- .Connecting your heart to others'' : 6 small group sessions on fellowship/ by Doug Fields and BrettEastman.p. cm.Summary: Provides exercises, readings, and other materials for asix-week spiritual journey toward understanding and celebrating thedifferences between individuals and connecting with people differentfrom oneself.ISBN 0-310-25334-9 (pbk.)1. Teenagers--Religious life--Juvenile literature. 2.Fellowship--Religious aspects--Christianity--Juvenile literature. 3.Toleration--Juvenile literature. [1. Teenagers--Religious life. 2.Christian life. 3. Interpersonal relations. 4. Fellowship. 5.Toleration.] I. Eastman, Brett, 1959- II. Title.BV4531.3.F54 2003248.8''3--dc212003005870Unless otherwise indicted, all Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible: New InternationalVersion (North American Edition). Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Usedby permission of Zondervan Publishing House.All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmittedin any form or by any means electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other - exceptbrief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher.Concept and portions of this curriculum are from Doing Life Together (Zondervan, 2002), used by permissionfrom Brett & Dee Eastman, Karen Lee-Thorp and Denise & Todd Wendorff.Editorial and Art Direction: Rick MarschallProduction Coordinator: Nicole DavisEdited: Vicki NewbyCover and interior design: Tyler Mattson, NomadicMedia.netInterior layouts, design management, production: Mark Rayburn, RayburnDesign.comProofreading: Vicki Newby and Linnea LagerquistDesign Assistance: Katherine SpencerProduction Assistance: Roni Meek, Amy AecovalleAuthor photos: Brian Wiertzema and Art ZipplePrinted in the United States of America04 05 06 07 08 09 // 10 9 8 7 6It seems pretty obvious that God''s plan for the church is to have people connectwith one another. That''s the model of the early church that we read about inActs 2. When God''s power took over, people were connected together: sharingtheir possessions, eating together, meeting together, loving one another. What agreat scene-and so soon after the resurrection of Jesus! That day was the beginningof the church, the church functioning as God designed it and as model for us.One sign of a healthy youth ministry is when many different groups of students(groups who wouldn''t normally hang out together at school) connect. That''s a greatexpression of the early church model.The church is God''s design to bring people together. It''s open to us all regardlessof our pasts! I love it when churches reach students who don''t look like they"belong" at church. Their body-piercings, tattoos, and clothing styles may not fit thechurch youth group stereotypes, but that''s okay. A lot of people in the Bible didn''t fitand yet Jesus called them to follow him too. You''re about to read Matthew 9 andsee that Jesus connected with "these types" even though the religious leaders didn''tlike it.As you go through this book, it''s my prayer that you''ll catch a vision of what aChristian can do when he or she is connected to other believers. You can sharpenone another and open wide the doors of your youth ministry to keep it from becominga club, clique, or community of people who are just like you.As you begin the six-week journey discovering the biblical purpose of fellowship,it''s important to realize that not everyone in your small group will be just likeyou. It may be weird at first, and you might think, "I don''t have anything in commonwith that person. I can''t believe we''re in the same group!" That''s
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CONNECTING Your Heart to Others': 6 Small Group Sessions on Fellowship Copyright 2003 by Doug Fields and Lifetogether" Youth Specialties Books, 300 South Pierce Street, El Cajon CA 92020, are published by Zondervan, 5300 Patterson Avenue Southeast, Grand Rapids MI 49530 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Fields, Doug, 1962- . Connecting your heart to others' : 6 small group sessions on fellowship/ by Doug Fields and Brett Eastman. p. cm. Summary: Provides exercises, readings, and other materials for a six-week spiritual journey toward understanding and celebrating the differences between individuals and connecting with people different from oneself. ISBN 0-310-25334-9 (pbk.) 1. Teenagers--Religious life--Juvenile literature. 2. Fellowship--Religious aspects--Christianity--Juvenile literature. 3. Toleration--Juvenile literature. [1. Teenagers--Religious life. 2. Christian life. 3. Interpersonal relations. 4. Fellowship. 5. Toleration.] I. Eastman, Brett, 1959- II. Title. BV4531.3.F54 2003 248.8'3--dc21 2003005870 Unless otherwise indicted, 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 Publishing House. 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 brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher. Concept and portions of this curriculum are from Doing Life Together (Zondervan, 2002), used by permission from Brett & Dee Eastman, Karen Lee-Thorp and Denise & Todd Wendorff. Editorial and Art Direction: Rick Marschall Production Coordinator: Nicole Davis Edited: Vicki Newby Cover and interior design: Tyler Mattson, NomadicMedia.net Interior layouts, design management, production: Mark Rayburn, RayburnDesign.com Proofreading: Vicki Newby and Linnea Lagerquist Design Assistance: Katherine Spencer Production Assistance: Roni Meek, Amy Aecovalle Author photos: Brian Wiertzema and Art Zipple Printed in the United States of America 04 05 06 07 08 09 // 10 9 8 7 6 It seems pretty obvious that God's plan for the church is to have people connect with one another. That's the model of the early church that we read about in Acts 2. When God's power took over, people were connected together: sharing their possessions, eating together, meeting together, loving one another. What a great scene-and so soon after the resurrection of Jesus! That day was the beginning of the church, the church functioning as God designed it and as model for us. One sign of a healthy youth ministry is when many different groups of students (groups who wouldn't normally hang out together at school) connect. That's a great expression of the early church model. The church is God's design to bring people together. It's open to us all regardless of our pasts! I love it when churches reach students who don't look like they "belong" at church. Their body-piercings, tattoos, and clothing styles may not fit the church youth group stereotypes, but that's okay. A lot of people in the Bible didn't fit and yet Jesus called them to follow him too. You're about to read Matthew 9 and see that Jesus connected with "these types" even though the religious leaders didn't like it. As you go through this book, it's my prayer that you'll catch a vision of what a Christian can do when he or she is connected to other believers. You can sharpen one another and open wide the doors of your youth ministry to keep it from becoming a club, clique, or community of people who are just like you. As
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Meet the Authors

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

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.

Table Of Contents

  • Contents
  • Read Me First . . . . .9
  • Session 1 Connecting The Disconnected . . . . . .21
  • Session 2 God's Amazing Love . . . . . .31
  • Session 3 Discovering Biblical Community . . . . . .41
  • Session 4 Strengthened By Honesty . . . . . .51
  • Session 5 Conflict And Community . . . . .61
  • Session 6 Remembering What God Has Done . . . . .71
  • Appendixes. . . . .81
  • An Invitation For You . . . . .83
  • An Encouraging Word . . . . .84
  • God's Goodness And Faithfulness. . . . .86
  • God's Story Has Given Me A Story. . . . .87
  • Small Group Covenant . . . . .88
  • Small Group Roster. . . . .90
  • How To Keep Your Small Group From Becoming A Clique. . . . .92
  • Accountability Questions. . . . .94
  • Spiritual Health Assessment. . . . .95
  • Daily Bible Readings. . . . .104
  • How To Study The Bible. . . . .105
  • Memory Verses . . . . .108
  • Journaling: Snapshots Of Your Heart. . . . .110
  • Scribbles: Journal Pages. . . . .113
  • Praying In Your Small Group. . . . .126
  • Prayer Request Guidelines. . . . .128
  • Prayer Options. . . . .130
  • Prayer Request Log. . . . .132
  • Lifetogether For A Year. . . . .138
  • About The Authors. . . . .144

Excerpt

Excerpt from: Connecting Your Heart to Others (Life Together Student Series)

CONNECTING Your Heart to Others': 6 Small Group Sessions on Fellowship It seems pretty obvious that God's plan for the church is to have people connect with one another. That's the model of the early church that we read about in Acts 2. When God's power took over, people were connected together: sharing their possessions, eating together, meeting together, loving one another. What a great scene---and so soon after the resurrection of Jesus! That day was the beginning of the church, the church functioning as God designed it and as model for us. One sign of a healthy youth ministry is when many different groups of students (groups who wouldn't normally hang out together at school) connect. That's a great expression of the early church model. The church is God's design to bring people together. It's open to us all regardless of our pasts! I love it when churches reach students who don't look like they 'belong' at church. Their body-piercings, tattoos, and clothing styles may not fit the church youth group stereotypes, but that's okay. A lot of people in the Bible didn't fit and yet Jesus called them to follow him too. You're about to read Matthew 9 and see that Jesus connected with 'these types' even though the religious leaders didn't like it. As you go through this book, it's my prayer that you'll catch a vision of what a Christian can do when he or she is connected to other believers. You can sharpen one another and open wide the doors of your youth ministry to keep it from becoming a club, clique, or community of people who are just like you. As you begin the six-week journey discovering the biblical purpose of fellowship, it's important to realize that not everyone in your small group will be just like you. It may be weird at first, and you might think, 'I don't have anything in common with that person. I can't believe we're in the same group!' That's okay. Actually that's great news because you'll really get to see what God can do with all the differences. You're on the right path for a great experience. Let's get started. Connecting the Disconnected 21 Connecting the Disconnected Fellowship: CONNECTING Your Heart to Others' [goal: to have students share about their lives and listen attentively to others] Share something that makes you different from other people. If your group members already know each other well, share something that no one in the group knows about you. If you haven't discussed the Small Group Covenant on page 88, take time to read it together and discuss it now. You'll find a lot of emphasis in this book on honesty and deepening relationships, so the covenant points on confidentiality and respect are especially important. Make commitments to one another that your group time will reflect those values. You may want to have one person read the covenant to the group before you begin each lesson as a reminder. Use the Small Group Roster (page 90) to record the names and contact information of the small group members. Discipleship: GROWING to Be Like Jesus [goal: to explore God's Word, learn biblical knowledge, and make personal applications] You won't be surprised when I tell you no one is perfect. No one has it all together. Even you. Even the others in your group (though sometimes you might feel like you're the only one who's imperfect). Everyone has had disappointments, bad attitudes, and imperfections. If Satan had his way, we would be stuck in our failures with no hope. Unfortunately many people do get stuck. God's plan is different. We have hope because he loves us and wants us to be in a vibrant relationship with him---no matter how bad or unlovable we might be. He wants us connected relationally to other people too. Matthew had a lot of money and more enemies. Jesus connected with Matthew when no one else even liked him. People hated this guy so much 22 CONNECTING Your Heart to Others' Connecting the Disconnected 23 they even criticized Jesus for hanging out with him. Matthew was a Jewish tax collector for the Roman government. He was a sellout. The way he made money was to overtax his own people, pay the government some of the money, and pocket the rest. Matthew wasn't a guy who was good enough to get an appointment with Jesus, but Jesus treated him like he treated everyone. On one fateful day Matthew's life changed forever. 9As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector's booth. 'Follow me,' he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him. 10While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew's house, many tax collectors and 'sinners' came and ate with him and his disciples. 11When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, 'Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and 'sinners'?' 12On hearing this, Jesus said, 'It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.' ---Matthew 9:9-13 Terms that look like this are described in Learn a Little More near the end of the session. What does Matthew's occupation reveal about his character and his circumstances? What clues from the text might help answer this question? How would Matthew's life have changed when he decided to follow Jesus? The passage doesn't say why Matthew jumped at the chance to be with Jesus. What reasons might Matthew have had? What do you think Matthew saw in Jesus that caused him to invite his 'sinner' friends to have dinner with him? What did Jesus mean when he said, 'It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick'? His statement implies some people are healthy spiritually and don't need Jesus. Who in this story might have agreed with that idea? Why does everyone need Doctor Jesus? Reread verse 13. What does he mean by mercy? Sacrifice? What is the point Jesus is trying to make with this verse? *How do mercy and sacrifice relate to each another? *Why does God want mercy, not sacrifice? *Does God's preference for mercy mean sacrifice is unimportant? In essence, Jesus is calling the Pharisees unmerciful. How were they failing to show mercy? *Can you think of any modern day examples of this same mistake? *When should you show mercy? In your own words, summarize the main point of this passage in one sentence. 24 CONNECTING Your Heart to Others' Ministry: SERVING Others in Love [goal: to recognize and take opportunities to serve others] As your group continues to meet together, you may be tempted to close your group to outsiders---to be a clique---which is fellowship turned ugly. A clique draws a line between the in-crowd and the out-crowd. Make a commitment to include others so you don't become a clique. Discuss ways you can prevent your group from becoming a clique. Read How to Keep Your Small Group from Becoming a Clique (page 92) when you're at home. Evangelism: SHARING Your Story and God's Story [goal: to consider how the truths from this lesson might be applied to relationships with unbelievers] If Jesus were coming over to your house for dinner, which three friends would you like to invite who don't know Jesus? Jot their initials here. As a way of thinking through how you might share about Jesus with one of these friends, turn to An Invitation for You (page 83). Write an invitation to your friend to meet Jesus. Connecting the Disconnected 25 At the beginning of small groups such as this one, you should decide whether your group is open to inviting friends to join. If your group is open, list who you would like to invite and make plans for talking with them. Your small group leader or your leadership team may have already determined the group is closed at this time. If so, a good group respects and follows that decision. You may be able to invite friends to join you in the next LIFETOGETHER book.

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  • Catalogue Code 198821
  • Product Code 0310253349
  • EAN 9780310253341
  • UPC 025986253349
  • Pages 144
  • Department Ministry
  • Category Youth Ministry
  • Sub-Category Courses
  • Publisher Youth Specialties
  • Publication Date Aug 2003
  • Sales Rank #18395
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 9 mm
  • Weight 0.167kg

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