SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

We’ve been working on our new PG sites – designed just for churches and ministries that are using the PG tools for disciple-making. www.pursueGODnetwork.org is a leader’s resource site and www.pursueGODkids.org is the kids’ and parents site. Here’s how it will work:
KIDS LESSONS:
We’ll start posting them at https://www.pursuegodkids.org/teachers, even though the official transition doesn’t happen until the end of May. Go there now to grab what you need! And feel free to give any feedback to tracy@alpinechurch.org
6TH GRADE LESSONS:
Those are already listed at the new site: https://www.pursuegodkids.org/6th/
SERMONS and MORE DOWNLOADS:
  1. We’ll post all of our sermon resources, including slides and notes, on the site. You’ll see the upcoming sermons right on the homepage at www.pursueGODnetwork.org. Every Monday we’ll move the previous day’s sermon off of the homepage so you’ll see the next week’s upcoming sermon in the featured box. You’ll also be able to work ahead on the next four sermons, and it’ll all be accessible from the frontpage.
  2. With this new system, we’ll no longer need the old sermon schedule. Just visit the homepage at www.pursueGODnetwork.org to access what’s next and to begin your sermon prep. This new system also simplifies our teacher community. Rather than using our Google Plus community to post notes or comments for each sermon, you’ll be able to post and view comments at the bottom of each sermon resource page on the Network site.
  3. Small group leaders can find the current sermonlink every week at www.pursueGOD.org/sermonlink.
We’re excited about this new site and how it will spark a discipleship culture at Alpine and around the world. Let us know if you have any suggestions for improvement.
 
Thanks!

Click on the links below to find resources for upcoming sermons, along with Kids Church and Youth Group content.

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Series

I Choose

You don’t want to look back and realize that you wasted your life, therefore, living a life of purpose on purpose is truly the only life worth living.

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January 7

Purpose Over Pointlessness | I Choose #1

You don’t want to look back and realize that you wasted your life, so living a life of purpose on purpose is truly the only life worth living.

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Overcoming Toxic Thoughts | Toxic #1 (Students)

We are influenced by our thoughts. The problem is that all of us deal with toxic thoughts. In this lesson, we learn how to overcome our toxic thoughts.

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Three Reasons to Obey Your Parents (Kids)

One of the most important thing kids can do is obey their parents. And here’s why.

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January 14

Satisfaction Over Thirst | I Choose #2

We are all thirsty for something or someone, so we try to quench our thirst by ourselves, but the only way we’ll ever be satisfied is by accepting help from the outside.

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Battling Toxic Words | Toxic #2 (Students)

Words can be toxic. Whether it’s the hurtful words we say, or the harmful things that people say to us, words are powerful. In this lesson, we talk about how to deal with our toxic words.

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The Last King – Zedekiah (Kids)

Nothing lasts forever if you forget about God.

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January 21

Surrender Over Control | I Choose #3

Whenever we try to control something that’s not ours to control, we’re trying to be like God. And that’s a problem.

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Managing Toxic Relationships | Toxic #3 (Students)

Some relationships are toxic. They make us feel bad about ourselves, and drain all of our energy. In this lesson, we discuss how to deal with toxic relationships.

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Ezra the Scribe (Kids)

The story of Ezra the scribe shows us that God can use anyone to make a difference.

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Series

Unlocking the Bible

Do you feel lost when it comes to the Bible? Are you confused with what the Bible has to do with your life? If so, this series is for you.

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January 28

The Bible Is the Book That Understands You | Unlocking the Bible #1

Find out how the Bible can outlast every human invention, idea, and fad.

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Where Did We Get the Bible? | Bible Basics for Youth #1

The Bible is a big book that can seem intimidating at first. But if you know the answer to some basic questions, you can transform your Bible study.

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Nehemiah the Cupbearer (Kids)

God wants us to be brave enough to do things his way.

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Series

Unlocking the Bible

Do you feel lost when it comes to the Bible? Are you confused with what the Bible has to do with your life? If so, this series is for you.

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February 4

Let God Change Your Mind | Unlocking the Bible #2

Why does the Bible deserve our attention more than any other ancient book?

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What Is the Structure of the Bible? | Bible Basics for Youth #2

Really want to understand the Bible? You’ve got to learn about how it’s organized.

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Esther the Beautiful Queen (Kids)

God used a woman to save a nation. Learn how God wants to use you to help others.

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February 11

God’s Word Can Do More Than You Think | Unlocking the Bible #3

God’s word can do so much more than you think. It can restore and revive your life, give wisdom, bring joy, shine light in this dark world, and help you make good decisions.

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What to Do When the Bible Doesn’t Make Sense

As a student, sometimes you come across a verse that is confusing or that you don’t agree with. Here’s what to do.

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What Happened to Job?

Even when we’re having a bad day, God is right there ready to help us.

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February 18

How to Get the Most Out of Your Bible | Unlocking the Bible #4

The power and wisdom of the Bible take shape in our lives when we make the effort to learn it and live it.

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What Is the Story of the Old Testament?

So you’re ready to read the Bible. Here’s what you need to know about the Old Testament.

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How Job’s Story Ended

Job learned that God is the boss and he knows what’s best.

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February 25

How to Build a Firm Foundation | Unlocking the Bible #5

Jesus teaches us how to build our lives on a foundation that will support us in every stage of life.

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What Is the Story of the New Testament? | Bible Basics for Youth #5

So you’re ready to read the Bible. Here’s what you need to know about the New Testament.

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A Friendly Thing Called Forgiveness

Jesus models what forgiveness should look like in our lives.

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Series

Unlocking the Bible

Do you feel lost when it comes to the Bible? Are you confused with what the Bible has to do with your life? If so, this series is for you.

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March 4

The Parables of the Growing Seeds

You can have confidence in the growth and progress of God’s work (in you and others), even if it seems insignificant at the time.

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Understanding Good and Bad Habits (Students)

The first step in changing your habits is understanding why you do them in the first place.

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The Parable of the Talents

Jesus wants us to use our talent, not bury them.

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March 11

The Parable of the Shrewd Manager

The parable of the shrewd manager (Luke 16:1-13) is one of the most difficult lessons of Jesus to unpack. It seems like he wants us to root for the dishonest guy in the story, but if we dig a little deeper, we see that there are some important lessons to learn.

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How to Change Your Habits for Good (Students)

Have you ever stopped a bad habit for a few days or weeks and then had it come back into your life? We all have. Find out how to put an end to this cycle.

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The Good Shepherd

We are like sheep and Jesus is our shepherd who keeps us safe.

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March 18

The Parable of the Vineyard Workers

It’s easy to become resentful toward God when your relationship with him is defined by your unfulfilled expectations.

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How to Reprogram Habits (Students)

In order to get good at anything in life, it takes a lot of practice and self-control. The same is true with our habits.

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The Vine and the Branches (Kids)

Through Jesus, we can grow fruit in our own lives.

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March 25

The Parable of the Great Banquet | Perplexing Parables #4

God presents us with the opportunity of a lifetime. Will we take him up on it?

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Kinda Sorta Christian: I’m a Christian Because My Parents Are Christians (Students)

Your parents, your church, and your youth group don’t make you a Christian. Find out what does.

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What Is Church? (Kids)

Going to church is one of the easiest ways to grow as a Christian.

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Series

Finding Your Way Back to God (Series)

Sometimes we stray from God, but as our loving father, he is ready to receive us with open arms. In this series, talk about what sometimes drives us from God – and why we should always turn back to him.

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April 1

Hope Rising (Easter 2018)

On the road to Emmaus, Jesus has a conversation that gives insight into the nature of true hope.

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Kinda Sorta Christian: I Like God as Long as He Agrees with Me (Students)

Are you willing to follow God, but only if he agrees with you? That’s kinda sorta Christianity.

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What Is Easter?

Easter means we can have new life.

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April 8

There’s Got to Be Something More

Every person has a longing to be loved, to find meaning, and to understand their suffering. The answers to the questions we ask are found in God.

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Kinda Sorta Christian: Don’t Ask Me to Share My Faith (Students)

Sharing your faith may feel scary, but when you do it demonstrates a powerful faith in God.

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The Book of Acts for Kids #1: The Church is Born (Kids)

Even though none of us were around when the Christian church started, we still get to be a part of it.

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April 15

The 3 R’s to Overcoming Regret

It’s easy to let a closet full of regrets keep you from finding your way back to God. But Peter didn’t let it stop him.

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Kinda Sorta Christian: I Trust God…Sometimes (Students)

God wants you to learn to trust him with every part of your life.

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The Book of Acts for Kids #2: Peter Heals a Beggar (Kids)

We should show people how excited we are about the gifts that God gives us.

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April 22

The 2 Sides of Self-Centeredness

It’s hard to ask for help, but only those who humble themselves will find their way back to God.

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How Emotions Work (Students)

You have emotions for a reason. They are there to help you connect with God and others.

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The Book of Acts for Kids #3: Stephen Lives for Jesus

We should live our lives like Jesus, even when it’s hard.

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April 29

The Secret To Overcoming Anxiety: Philippians 4

Anxiety can keep you from experiencing God. This Bible passage gives you four practical steps to overcome it.

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How Friendship Works (Students)

Friends are God’s idea, and God wants you to know how to have great friends.

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The Book of Acts for Kids #4: Philip Shares with an Ethiopian (Kids)

Everyone knows a little bit about God. Sometimes we just need help to fill in the blanks.

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May 6

God Overcomes Our Hang-Ups | Outrageous #3

We all have some hang-ups and issues that hold us back from experiencing the life we want, but God’s outrageous power is big enough to set us free from our most significant challenges.

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How Greed Works (Students)

Every teenager is at risk of catching a contagious and deadly disease: greed. Learn how to fight it this Christmas.

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The Book of Acts for Kids #5: Saul Meets Jesus (Kids)

Nobody is so bad that Jesus can’t help them. Even the meanest person in your school can experience the love of Jesus.

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May 13

God Overcomes Our Broken Hearts | Outrageous #4

We all endure heartbreak in this life, but God’s outrageous care heals our heartache with hope.

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How Forgiveness Works

Everyone gets hurt, so everyone needs to understand how forgiveness works.

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The Book of Acts for Kids #6: Peter’s Crazy Vision (Kids)

Jesus loves every single person in the whole wide world, even the ones that are so different from you.

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May 20

God Overcomes Our Materialism | Outrageous #5

While materialism is a dangerous trap that leads to misery, learning to be content in what the power of God provides for us is what leads to true joy.

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How to Grow in Your Faith | Foundations for Youth #3

The third foundational truth is about how to really mature in your faith.

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Generosity (Kids)

Generosity means giving something away even when it hurts. That’s what Jesus did, and we should too!

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May 27

The Last Supper

Communion helps us remember the great saving work God did in our lives when Jesus died on the cross – and much more.

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The What How About Prayer

Prayer is a spiritual discipline that every believer should have in their life. But how do you do it?

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Jesus Raises Lazarus (Kids)

Jesus is so strong that he can do anything he wants whenever he wants.

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Series

Last Words

What if you knew today would be your last day? What is the one word that would be on your tongue?

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June 3

The Blessing of Moses | Last Words #1

The story of Moses teaches us that we can choose to speak words that build up even when life itself is tearing us down.

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The P-R-A-Y Method

Learn more about how to focus your prayer time to grow closer to God.

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Peter Denies Jesus (Kids)

Even when we really mess up, Jesus gives us a second chance.

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June 10

Forgiving Your Arch Nemesis | Last Words #2

Stephen’s story can give us power for the most incredible task: forgiving someone who has genuinely wrecked your life.

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What Is the Gospel? – Lessons from Titus (Students)

The Gospel explains who Jesus is, what he did, and what this means for you.

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Jesus Before Pilate (Kids)

God planned for Jesus to die on the cross way before he even came to the earth.

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June 17

Fight the Good Fight | Last Words #3

The Apostle Paul teaches Timothy how to be a winning fighter in the good fight of faith.

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What Is Influencing You? Lessons from Titus (Students)

If we want to follow God, then we need to learn how to discern between helpful and unhelpful influences in our lives.

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The Famous Last Words of Paul | Last Words #3 (Kids)

Paul’s last words on earth can teach us about how to fight the good fight of faith.

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June 24

It Is Finished | Last Words #4

“It is finished.” These are incredibly significant words – perhaps the most significant in Jesus’ whole life.

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Advice for Young Men and Young Women: Lessons from Titus (Students)

Learn how God wants you to live as a teenager.

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The Famous Last Words of Jesus | Last Words #4 (Kids)

Jesus’ last words on earth remind us that he came to earth to finish a job.

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July 1

Raised to New Life | The Meaning of Baptism

Baptism is a powerful picture of Jesus’s work in our lives and a public statement about our commitment to Christ.

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What Do You Reveal to Others About God? Lessons from Titus (Students)

The Bible says that how you live your life will either make people want to follow God or push people away from him.

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The Kid Conversation on Baptism (Kids)

What is water baptism all about, and why do we do it at church? It seems a little weird to a kid.

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Series

Warning Signs

As Lord, Jesus both helps us to keep pursuing him, and warns us of the dangers that follow disobedience.

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July 8

The Return of the King | Warning Signs #1

Everyone has authority in your life. Revelation 1 teaches us that Jesus is our ultimate authority, whether we want him to be or not.

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Moses: When Accidents Aren’t Accidents (Students)

Do things just randomly happen in our lives, or does God have a bigger plan? Find out as we start a series on Moses.

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Don’t Drink Poisonous Thoughts! (Kids)

Poison is all around us – not just the kind that can hurt our bodies, but the kind that can hurt the way we think. Here are three kinds of poisonous thoughts…

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July 15

Nothing Without Love | Warning Signs #2

Jesus reminds the church at Ephesus that despite their hard working, persevering, discerning nature, they have nothing without love.

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Moses: When You Think God Is Wrong (Students)

Sometimes it might feel like God’s plan for your life is wrong or unfair, but we need to learn to say “yes” to God and follow him.

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Don’t Speak Poisonous Words! (Kids)

Have you ever said this: “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” It’s not true! Words can be poisonous.

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July 22

A Warning About Opposition | Warning Signs #3

When you are opposed and threatened for their faith, stay faithful – knowing whom it is you serve.

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Moses: When Following God Stinks (Students)

Sometimes following God is hard. But the hard times are when you learn to trust in God’s character and his ability to act in your life.

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A Warning About Opposition | Warning Signs #3

When you are opposed and threatened for their faith, stay faithful – knowing whom it is you serve.

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July 29

Hold onto Jesus | Warning Signs #4

Holding onto Jesus is not a one-time decision, but a series of continuing decisions. If we forget this, we risk the same warning given to Pergamum 2,000 years ago.

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Moses: When You Get Stuck in Sin (Students)

In life you will get stuck: in your sin, in an addiction, or in a bunch of other ways. When you are stuck, it is time to realize only God can save you.

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How Stuff Works: Feelings (Kids)

God created our emotions because he doesn’t want us to be robots!

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August 6

Turn From Idolatry | Warning Signs #5

Jesus warns how idolatry and immorality can pull people away from God.

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Kinda Sorta Christian: I Like God as Long as He Agrees with Me (Students)

Are you willing to follow God, but only if he agrees with you? That’s kinda sorta Christianity.

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How Stuff Works: Friendship (Kids)

Be careful who you put on your friend list because they will rub off on you.

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August 13

A Warning to Wake Up | Warning Signs #6

Unless we remain alert, sin will creep in little by little and extinguish the vitality of our relationship with Jesus.

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Kinda Sorta Christian: Don’t Ask Me to Share My Faith (Students)

Sharing your faith may feel scary, but when you do it demonstrates a powerful faith in God.

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How Stuff Works: When You Have a Case of The “Gimmies” (KIDS)

If you’re sick with the “gimmies,” then you want stuff you don’t need. But, there is a cure!

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August 20

Don’t Lose Your Reward | Warning Signs #7

God rewards those who follow him through difficulty, so don’t give up on pursuing him.

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Kinda Sorta Christian: I Trust God…Sometimes (Students)

God wants you to learn to trust him with every part of your life.

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How Stuff Works: Forgiveness (Kids)

Forgiveness is letting someone off the hook for hurting you. It’s not always easy but the Bible tells us to do it.

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August 27

Lukewarm in Laodicea | Warning Signs #8

Jesus wants us to be useful for his kingdom, but it’s easy to get distracted by other pursuits and pulled away from our true purpose.

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Back to School Tips for Kids

Kidforward talks about how to handle your nerves and what to do to get ready for school.

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How to Start a Relationship with God | Foundations for Kids #1

The first thing every kid needs to know about the Christian faith is all about how to start a relationship with God.

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Series

Get in the Game

Many Christians go through life without experiencing all that God wants for their lives. In this series, we’ll see how making disciples, serving others, and regular generosity will transform your pursuit of God.

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September 3

Don’t Miss Your High Calling: Worship | Warning Signs #9

We fulfill our highest calling when we worship God.

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Driven for the Good Life (Students)

Pursuing God leads to a good life, a life of joy and real happiness. We’ll show you how in this lesson.

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How to Live | Foundations for Kids #2

The second truth every kid needs to know about the Christian faith is about how to live as a follower of Jesus. How does God want us to act? That’s what we’ll answer here.

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September 10

Becoming a Disciple-Maker | Get in the Game #1

God invites every Christian into his great work of making disciples through relationships.

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Driven to Help Others (Students)

Pursuing God isn’t all about you. It’s about helping others as we learn in this lesson.

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How to Grow | Foundations for Kids #3

Is being a Christian just about going to church and trying to be a good person? No way! God has a special mission for every Christian, even if you’re just a kid!

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September 17

The Selfless Servant | Get in the Game #2

God supernaturally touches people’s lives through you as you find your unique role in serving others.

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Driven By Eternity (Students)

Pursuing God isn’t just about life today. In this lesson, we will learn how pursuing God impacts our eternity.

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Put God First | Survival Guide #1 (Kids)

If you want to survive as a kid, you’ll need to set some priorities in your life. And God should be at the top of your list.

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September 24

Following God’s Financial Game Plan | Get in the Game #3

Did you know that the Bible says God measures your spiritual maturity by how you handle money?

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The Baptism of Jesus | Jesus: The Series (Students)

The baptism of Jesus marks the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry. In this incredible account, we see begin to understand Jesus’ mission and purpose on the earth.

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Obey Your Parents | Survival Guide #2 (Kids)

One of the best things to remember as a kid is that our parents are our pastors. And that means we should obey them!

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Series

Abraham

The most emotionally powerful story in the Old Testament shows us just how far God’s love will go.

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October 1

God Pursues You | Abraham #1

You aren’t an accident. God’s been planning your incredible life for years, and it’s time to experience it.

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The Temptation of Jesus | Jesus: The Series (Students)

At the very beginning of his public ministry, Jesus went into the desert for an extended time of preparation. There he was tempted by Satan in three significant ways. How Jesus handled those temptations teaches us some helpful lessons about honoring God.

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Treat Others Right | Survival Guide #3 (Kids)

Almost everyone knows the Golden Rule: that we should treat others how we want to be treated. That means treat them right!

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October 8

Great People Failing Greatly | Abraham #2

When we fail, God comes to us with his goodness and forgiveness – like he did with Abraham – to help us learn and mature from it.

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Jesus and Zacchaeus | Jesus: The Series (Students)

To fulfill his mission, Jesus actively extends life-changing grace to people others would reject.

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Winning at Church | How to Win at Everything #1 (Kids)

Winning is fun, right? But winning can also be bad. Sometimes, people who win try to make other people feel bad because they lost.

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October 15

Trusting God Takes a Lifetime | Abraham #3

God can be trusted to secure and fulfill his promises in our lives, even if it takes longer than we expect.

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The Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes | Jesus: The Series (Students)

The miracle of the loaves and the fishes (John 6:1-15) is one of the two miracles that appears in all four Gospels, and it teaches us three lessons about God’s big power.

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Winning with Money | How to Win at Everything #2 (Kids)

Jesus had a lot to say about money.

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October 22

Three’s Company | Abraham #4

When we get impatient and get ahead of God, watch out for the heartache and damage that can result.

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Jesus Heals on the Sabbath | Jesus: The Series (Students)

Jesus challenged the thinking of the religious establishment. In doing this, Jesus showed that God cares more about people than the rules.

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Winning at School | How to Win at Everything #3 (Kids)

God cares about what happens in school and not only in kid’s church.

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October 29

Passing the Ultimate Test | Abraham #5

The most emotionally powerful story in the Old Testament shows us just how far God’s love will go.

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The Resurrection of Jesus | Jesus: The Series (Students)

The resurrection of Jesus teaches us that Jesus is who he claimed to be. He really did die for our sins, and opens the way for us to experience a relationship with God.

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Winning at Losing | How to Win at Everything #4 (Kids)

Failure is defined as “lack of success.” But failing is not always a bad thing.

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Series

Bad Advice

When we honestly look at the way we live, it looks like we are following bad advice. In this series, we are going to show you that bad advice. We are going to name it.

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November 5

How to Become an Addict | Bad Advice #1

We are all vulnerable to addictions, but God has the power to set us free.

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How to Start a Pursuit of God | Foundations for Youth #1

How does a relationship with God start? The Bible teaches that it’s not about how good you are or how hard you try to please him.

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How to Join the Jesus Club (Kids)

The book of Romans teaches that Jesus came to save all people – Jews, Gentiles, and everyone. Anyone can join the “Jesus Club” by doing one simple thing.

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November 12

How to Drift from God | Bad Advice #2

If you’ve drifted from God, then you need to identify what is pulling you away from him and do whatever it takes to get closer to him.

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Battling Toxic Words | Toxic #2 (Students)

Words can be toxic. Whether it’s the hurtful words we say, or the harmful things that people say to us, words are powerful. In this lesson, we talk about how to deal with our toxic words.

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Clubhouse Rules for Christian Kids (Kids)

If you’ve asked Jesus into your heart, then you’re in the “Jesus Club”. It’s been around for over 2000 years, and here’s what you need to know about the clubhouse rules.

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November 19

How to Ruin Your Marriage | Bad Advice #3

If you want to destroy your marriage and ruin your family, follow this bad advice.

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5 Facts About Water Baptism | Christian Basics for Jr. High #5

Water baptism is a Christian tradition that dates all the way back to the time of Christ and the early Christian church.

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Postcards from Jude | The Book of Jude #1 (Kids)

In this Kids Church lesson we introduce the book of Jude from the Bible – a book so short that it might be more of a postcard than a letter.

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November 26

How to Become Dissatisfied | Bad Advice #4

Do you want to live a pointless, isolated existence? If so, you must become dissatisfied with everything.

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How to Live as a Christian | Foundations for Youth #2

The second foundational truth for any pursuit of God is about how to live after we’ve trusted Jesus for our salvation.

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God Keeps Us Safe | The Book of Jude #2 (Kids)

In this Kids Church lesson we look a little more at the book of Jude. This time we’ll talk about how God keeps us safe from lies.

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Series

The Story of Christmas From the People Who Were Actually There

Understand the meaning of the first Christmas by taking a fresh look through the eyes of people who were there.

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December 3

The Wise Men | The Story of Christmas from the People Who Were Actually There #1

In response to Jesus, the Wise Men gave him generous gifts while holding nothing back.

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5 Habits for the Christian Life | Christian Basics for Jr. High #1

There are five basic habits – or “spiritual disciplines” – that every Christian should know about and practice.

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Shout for Joy at Christmas! (Kids)

Joy is a word we sing in our Christmas songs and see written on ornaments hanging on the Christmas tree. But why be joyful?

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December 10

The Shepherds | The Story of Christmas from the People Who Were Actually There #2

When you understand the great love and care that God demonstrated to the lonely and looked down upon shepherds. It will move you, as it did them, to run to Jesus and tell everyone about him.

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5 Values for Every Christian | Christian Basics for Jr. High #2

Christians have certain values. Here are the top 5.

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Peacemakers and Troublemakers (KIDS)

Jesus came to the earth as a peacemaker to make things right for all the troublemakers.

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December 17

The King | The Story of Christmas from the People Who Were Actually There #3

Perspective makes all the difference in how we view Christmas. For Herod “the Great,” king of Israel, the first Christmas was anything but a celebration.

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What’s the Point of Christmas? (Students)

Jefferson Bethke gives us three important things to remember during the busy Christmas season.

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Be Full of Hope This Christmas (KIDS)

Hope is more than just a word on an ornament at Christmas.

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December 24

The Innkeeper | The Story of Christmas from the People Who Were Actually There #4

The problem isn’t that we don’t have enough time for Jesus. The problem is that we don’t make time for Jesus.

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5 Things Every Christian Believes | Christian Basics for Jr. High #3

Everyone believes something whether they know it or not. Here are the top 5 things Christians believe.

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December 31

The Child | The Story of Christmas from the People Who Were Actually There #5

Jesus was born because broken people need a Savior.

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5 Things Christians Do Together | Christian Basics for Jr. High #4

Certain practices are normal when Christians gather, as part of our life together.

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Why Does Christmas Have So Many Lights? (Kids)

Why are there so many lights at Christmas? Where did that tradition come from?

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