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1 OVERVIEW and Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and favor with God and man. Luke 2:52 It s in the STORY OF GOD that we discover the CHARACTER OF GOD. August Dig Deep Wisdom: Finding out what you should do and doing it. Choose my teaching instead of silver. Choose knowledge rather than fine gold. (PROVERBS 8:10, NIRV) Week 1 Bible Story: Solomon chooses wisdom (James 1:5; 1 Kings 3:4-15) Bottom Line: If you want to be wise, ask God for wisdom. Week 2 Bible Story: Rehoboam listens to fools (Proverbs 13:20; 1 Kings 12:1-15a) Bottom Line: If you want to be wise, hang out with wise people. Week 3 Bible Story: Choose your words carefully (Proverbs 12:18) Bottom Line: If you want to be wise, think before you speak. Week 4 Bible Story: Prudent see Danger (Proverbs 22:3) Bottom Line: If you want to be wise, look before you leap. Week 5 Bible Story: Wisdom of Jesus (Luke 2:52) Bottom Line: If you want to be wise, find out what Jesus said. September Dirty Jobs Initiative: Seeing what needs to be done and doing it. Work at everything you do with all your heart. Work as if you were working for the Lord. (COLOSSIANS 3:23A, NIRV) Week 1 Bible Story: Nehemiah hears about the wall (Nehemiah 1) Bottom Line: When you see something big to be done, ask God for help. Week 2 Bible Story: Nehemiah wants to rebuild the wall (Nehemiah 2:1-9, 11-18) Bottom Line: When you see what needs to be done, don t wait for someone else to do it. Week 3 Bible Story: Nehemiah helps the poor (Nehemiah 5:1-12) Bottom Line: When you see people in need, don t wait for someone else to help them. Week 4 Bible Story: The wall is rebuilt (Nehemiah 2:19-20; 3 4; 6:15-16; 8:1-3a, 17b) Bottom Line: You can trust God to help you do what needs to be done. PAGE 1

2 October In Focus Individuality: Discovering who are you are meant to be so you can make a difference. Don t let anyone look down on you because you are young. Set an example for the believers in what you say and in how you live. (1 TIMOTHY 4:12A, NIV) Week 1 Bible Story: Paul shares his story with Timothy (1 Timothy 1:12-17) Bottom Line: Jesus wants to use your story to make a difference. Week 2 Bible Story: Paul chooses Timothy (Acts 16:1-5; 1 Timothy 4:14) Bottom Line: When you discover your gifts, you can make a difference. Week 3 Bible Story: Paul writes to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 12:12-21, 25-27) Bottom Line: When we use our gifts together, we make a greater difference. Week 4 Bible Story: Timothy as a young leader (1 Timothy 4:12) Bottom Line: You can make a difference right now. November All Hands On Deck Let your light shine so others can see it. Then they will see the good things you do. And they will bring glory to your Father who is in heaven. (MATTHEW 5:16, NIRV) Service: Lending a hand to help someone else. Week 1 Bible Story: Servant of All / Jesus Came to Serve (Mark 10:32-45) Bottom Line: Serve others because of what Jesus did for us. Week 2 Bible Story: Attitude of Giving to the Poor (Deuteronomy 15:7-8, 10) Bottom Line: Have a good attitude when you lend a hand. Week 3 Bible Story: Feeding 5000 (John 6:1-13) Bottom Line: Use what you have to lend a hand. Week 4 Bible Story: Widow of Zeraphath (1 Kings 17:1-16) Bottom Line: Ask God for what you need to lend a hand. Week 5 Bible Story: Give in Secret (Matthew 6:1-4) Bottom Line: Lend a hand without looking for applause. PAGE 2

3 December Triple Dog Dare: A Challenge In Compassion God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life. (JOHN 3:16, NIRV) Compassion: Caring enough to do something about someone else s need. Week 1 Bible Story: God Showed His Love (1 John 4:9-12) Bottom Line: God loved you first. How will you love others? Week 2 Bible Story: Gabriel Appears to Mary (Luke 1:26-38) Bottom Line: God saw our greatest needs. Whose needs do you see? Week 3 Bible Story: Jesus is Born (Luke 2:1-7) Bottom Line: God gave us the greatest gift. What will you give? Week 4 Bible Story: Shepherds Visit Jesus (Luke 2:8-20) Bottom Line: God gave us Good News. Who will you tell? January Power Up: Change the Way You Play A person without self-control is like a city whose walls are broken through. (PROVERBS 25:28, NIRV) Self-Control: Choosing to do what you should do, not what you want to do. Week 1 Bible Story: A Broken Down Wall (Proverbs 25:28; 1 Peter 1:3a) Bottom Line: God can give you the POWER to control yourself. Week 2 Bible Story: Slow to Anger (Proverbs 16:32) Bottom Line: PAUSE before you lose your temper. Week 3 Bible Story: Reckless Words (Proverbs 21:23) Bottom Line: SELECT your words carefully. Week 4 Bible Story: Too Much of a Good Thing (Proverbs 25:16) Bottom Line: Know when to STOP. Week 5 Bible Story: What You Think About (Proverbs 4:23; Phillipians 4:8) Bottom Line: Use God s Words to GUIDE your thoughts. PAGE 3

4 February High Gear: Faster, Further, Better, Together Two people are better than one. They can help each other in everything they do. (ECCLESIASTES 4:9, NIRV) Cooperation: Working together to do more than you can do alone. Week 1 Bible Story: Building the Tabernacle (Exodus 24:12; 25:1-9; 28:1,3; 31:1-11; 35:21,25,34; 39:42-43) Bottom Line: We can work together to get God s work done. Week 2 Bible Story: Defeating the Amalekites (Exodus 17:8-13)) Bottom Line: We can work together to help someone else succeed. Week 3 Bible Story: Jesus Heals the Paralytic (Luke 5:17-26) Bottom Line: We can work together to change someone s life. Week 4 Bible Story: The Early Church Helps Each Other (Acts 2:42-47; John 13:35) Bottom Line: Working together can point others to Jesus. March Night Light: See Through The Dark In this world you will have trouble. But be encouraged! I have won the battle over the world. (JOHN 16:33B, NIRV) Hope: Believing that something good can come out of something bad. Week 1 Bible Story: Lazarus Raised to Life (John 11:1-45) Bottom Line: Whatever happens, remember how powerful God is. Week 2 Bible Story: Jesus Encourages the Disciples (John 14-16) Bottom Line: Whatever happens, remember what Jesus promised. Week 3 Bible Story: Crucifixion (John 18-19) Bottom Line: Whatever happens, remember God is still at work. Week 4 Bible Story: Resurrection (John 20:1-18) Bottom Line: Whatever happens, remember God loves you. PAGE 4

5 April Hangin Tough Perseverance: Refusing to give up when life gets hard. But those who trust in the Lord will receive new strength. They will fly as high as eagles. They will run and not get tired. They will walk and not grow weak. (ISAIAH 40:31, NIRV) Week 1 Bible Story: Ascension/Pentecost (Matthew 28:16-20, Act 1-2) Bottom Line: When life gets hard, remember God is with you. Week 2 Bible Story: Cloud of Witnesses (Hebrews 12:1) Bottom Line: When life gets hard, remember how others persevered. Week 3 Bible Story: Fix Your Eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2-3) Bottom Line: When life gets hard, remember what Jesus did for you. Week 4 Bible Story: Help Others (Hebrews 12:12-15) Bottom Line: When life gets hard, remember you can help others persevere. May Supersize Me Contentment: Deciding to be happy with what you ve got. I have learned the secret of being content no matter what happens. (PHILIPPIANS 4:12B, NIRV) Week 1 Bible Story: Be Content/Paul in Prison (Philippians 4:11b-13) Bottom Line: When you focus on God, He can help you be content. Week 2 Bible Story: Naboth s Vineyard (1 Kings 21:1-19, 27) Bottom Line: When you focus on what you don t have, it can make you miserable. Week 3 Bible Story: Israelites long for Egypt (Exodus 16:2-21; 17:1-7) Bottom Line: When you focus on what you used to have, you can miss what you have now. Week 4 Bible Story: The Rich Fool/Bigger Barns (Luke 12:13-21) Bottom Line: When you focus on stuff, you can miss what matters. Week 5 Bible Story: Do Not Worry (Matthew 6:25-34) Bottom Line: When you focus on God, you don t have to worry. PAGE 5

6 June Where In The World? Faith is being sure of what we hope for. It is being certain of what we do not see. (HEBREWS 11:1, NIRV) Faith: Believing what Jesus did can change me. Week 1 Bible Story: The Gospels Bottom Line: The story of Jesus changes everything. Week 2 Bible Story: Paul s Conversion/Escape from Damascus (Acts 9:1-25) Bottom Line: The story of Jesus changes how I see Him. Week 3 Bible Story: Barnabas Sticks Up for Paul (Acts 9:26-31) Bottom Line: The story of Jesus changes how I see others. Week 4 Bible Story: Paul & Barnabas Sent Out (Acts 11:19-30; 13:1-3) Bottom Line: The story of Jesus changes how I help others. July Where In The World? God s grace has saved you because of your faith in Christ. Your salvation doesn t come from anything you do. It is God s gift. (EPHESIANS 2:8, NIRV) Faith: Believing what Jesus did can change me. Week 1 Bible Story: Jerusalem Council (Acts 15:1-35) Bottom Line: The story of Jesus is for everyone. Week 2 Bible Story: Paul Arrested/King Agrippa (Acts 25:23-26:32) Bottom Line: The story of Jesus is bigger than any other story. Week 3 Bible Story: Forgiveness Principle (Ephesians 4:32) Bottom Line: The story of Jesus changes how I forgive others. Week 4 Bible Story: Paul Shipwrecked (Acts 27:1-28:10) Bottom Line: The story of Jesus changes how I see my problems. Week 5 Bible Story: One Body, One Spirit (Ephesians 4:4-6, 15b-16) Bottom Line: The story of Jesus changes how we work together. Additional monthly themes, life apps, Bible stories and bottom lines will be added as they are available. PAGE 6

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