The Be With Factor (Student Guide)
- Publisher Six sessions centered around six engaging questions offer a guided jump-start to a revolutionary mentoring approach---one that enables youth leaders to impact many students by modeling a personal, natural, day-by-day faith for one or two. Use with The Be-With Factor or by itself.
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About "The Be With Factor (Student Guide)"
Having the right person in a young person's life can make a huge difference. Jesus knew that, so he spent time with his young disciples, talking with them, listening to them, having fun with them-- being with them in everyday life.Imagine students in your ministry having wise, caring mentors in their lives. They can! Jesus' model of how to transform lives is needed today more than ever before. This generation needs to discover how real faith plays out in the real world.Six important, thought-provoking sessions help junior high and high school students consider how God shows he is real, what he really wants from his followers, what his purposes are for their lives, why it matters what theybelieve, how he keeps them strong when life is hard, and the kind of people he wants in their lives.This student guide is supported by coaching and leader's notes in the book The Be-With Factor, but it can also be used alone. These questions help you initiate some of the most rewarding and genuinely l
Six sessions centered around six engaging questions offer a guided jump-start to a revolutionary mentoring approach---one that enables youth leaders to impact many students by modeling a personal, natural, day-by-day faith for one or two. Use with The Be-With Factor or by itself.
Meet the Authors
Bo Boshers is vice president of student ministries at the Willow Creek Association and author of several books, including Student Ministry for the Twenty-first Century, Walking with God, and numerous other books in the Student Impact series. Previously, he served for ten years as executive director of Student Impact, the senior-high ministry of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois. SPANISH BIO: Bo Boshers es director ejecutivo del ministerio de estudiantes de Willow Creek Association y autor de varios libros, incluyendo La Fuerza G, Momentos de Vision, Ministerio de Estu
Poling is co-author of the bestselling series, Walking With Poling is co-author of the bestselling series, Walking With God. God.
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Excerpt from: The Be With Factor (Student Guide)
Welcome to The Be-With Factor. The Be-With lifestyle is about 'being- with' each other. It's about asking tough questions, listening to each other, and discovering with others what the Bible says about your life with God. It's also about hearing what those others have to say --- everybody's point of view matters. The best way to use this book is as a discussion guide for meetings with a mentor. That's one of the most important Be-With relationships you can have. A mentor can help you learn what being a Christ-follower is all about. But this book is also a great study guide for getting together with other students to study the Bible --- if you have a small group leader, we recommend they purchase The Be-With Factor book which has a leader's guide to go along with these questions. Or if you just want to personally 'be-with' God in a closer way, these questions and exercises can help strengthen your relationship with him. Here are six 'Big Questions' you might be asking --- lots of students are. They're important questions, and how you answer them will determine how your relationship with God unfolds. So, no easy answers allowed. It's time to dig deep. 1. How Does God Show Me He's Real? 2. What Does God Want from Me? 3. What Purpose Does God Have for My Life? introduction 8 the be-with factor student guide 4. Why Does It Matter What I Believe about God? 5. How Does God Help Me Stay Strong When Life Is Hard? 6. What Kind of People Does God Want in My Life? Each question is the theme for the discussion, and there are several other questions and Bible verses to read to help you answer each Big Question. Take one lesson each week. If the conversation really gets going, you might not have time to discuss everything in the lesson, but that's a good thing. Don't worry about finishing every question in the study --- the focus should be on your life with God, not on completing lessons. What's important is to be real about your relationship with God and the questions you have about your faith. You can always go back and finish the questions when you take time to be alone with God during the week. discussion questions 1 What are some of your earliest memories of what you thought God was like? 2 How has your view of God changed since then? big question #1 How Does God Show Me He's Real? big idea God wants a personal relationship with us and has taken steps to make himself known. 10 the be-with factor student guide read these passages from the Bible: 3When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers --- the moon and the stars you have set in place --- 4what are mortals that you should think of us, mere humans that you should care for us? PSALM 8:3 -- 4 NLT 1The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 2Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. 3There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. 4Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. PSALM 19:1 -- 4 For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities --- his eternal power and divine nature --- have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made. ROMANS 1:20 3 How would you sum up what these verses are saying about God's message to humanity through his creation? 4 How does God use his creation to speak to you personally? how does God show me he's real? 11 God also speaks to us through the Bible, his written Word, and Jesus, his Word (message) made flesh. John 1:1 -- 5 says: 1In the beginning was the Word [Jesus], and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning. 3Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4In him was life, and that life was the light of all people. 5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. TNIV Hebrews 1:1 -- 3 says: 1In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. 3The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. TNIV 5 What do these passages teach us about Jesus' role in helping us understand God? now read John 1:10 -- 14. 10He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God --- 13children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God. 14The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only [Son], who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. TNIV Many people saw and heard Jesus without being changed. In our day, too, lots of people know some facts about Jesus but are not among his followers. 6 According to verses 12 -- 13, how does someone go from being a creature made by God to a child born of God? 7 Tell the story of when and how that happened for you. In John 10:10, Jesus said, 'I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.' 8 What do you think keeps some people who follow Christ from having 'life to the full' as he promised? 9 What do you think is your role in making sure you experience the kind of abundant life Christ wants for you on a day-to-day basis? how does God show me he's real? 13 Here's one way Jesus put it: '5I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. 9As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love' JOHN 15:5 -- 9 TNIV 10 Summarize in your own words the analogy Jesus used to explain this concept. scripture memory God wants his Word to be deep in our hearts. A great way to make his Word part of our lives is to memorize parts of the Bible. We include a short verse each week so you can have some ready tools for God's Spirit to use to help you grow. Here's this week's verse: 'I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.'