Journey Students

Love God. Disciple Students. Equip Parents.

JOURNEY STUDENTS IS A PLACE FOR YOUR CHILD TO BELONG.

Our mission is to partner with your family to help your children love God more today than they did yesterday, be discipled in the love and truth of Jesus, and to trust Jesus with their today, tomorrow, and eternity.

Life can be busy and difficult, and we believe that no one should do life alone. We are passionate about walking alongside your family and believe that everyone needs a safe place to belong where they can discover more about the hope that Jesus offers.

 Lesson 3

Discussion Questions:

  • How has God proven to be faithful to you throughout your life?
  • Why do you think gentleness is especially important nowadays considering the current climate of our country? 
  • In what ways do you struggle with self-control?
  • How can you practice self-control and discipline in your approach to growing in your faith?
   
   
   

 

Lesson 2

Discussion Questions:

  • Which of these fruit are good in your life? Which are bad?
  • In what situations do you lack patience? Why? How do you think that impacts your practice of kindness and goodness?
  • How can we practice patience, kindness and goodness in these trying times (amidst COVID-19, racism, police brutality and political division)?
   
   
   

 

Lesson 1

Discussion Questions:

  • What do you think Jesus loves about you and what do you love about Jesus?
  • How do you think people can identify that you’re a Christian? Or how do you want people to identify that you’re a Christian?
  • Are you experiencing joy in life on a regular basis, or is your happiness dependent on things going smoothly in your day?
  • What have you done to find peace during this quarantine?
   
   
   

 

Introduction

Journey Students! We’re excited to dive into a new sermon series on the fruit of the Spirit. As followers of Jesus, we’re called and equipped by the Holy Spirit to become more Christ-like. The fruit of the Spirit offers us characteristics of Jesus that we can strive to emulate. But before we try to produce fruit on our own, Jesus’ desire is for us to enjoy the fruit of His Spirit first and foremost. Once we’ve experienced the goodness of Jesus, our acts of love, display of faithfulness, and practice of patience are a declaration of our faith in Him. We hope you’ll join us as we unpack Galatians 5:22-23 over a four-week sermon series!

  • What do you think your fruit looks like? Consider which are healthy vs. unhealthy.
  • In what ways do you struggle with the desires of your flesh?
  • How has Jesus changed the fruit in your life?
   
   
   
   
   

 

Parent Pause

On Tuesday, June 30, at 8:15 p.m., Parent Pause led by Rachel Hodges and Jill Oberle (Karis House counselors), will specifically speak to parents of adolescents. In the midst of crazy schedules and the challenges of parenting in a pandemic, we hope you’ll take this time to pause and be encouraged. (The purpose behind Parent Pause is to provide intentional care for parents during this unique season.)

Journey Students and parents, we miss seeing you all! We’re praying that the Lord is protecting your family and blessing the time you have together. During this season, we want to equip you with resources to pursue a closer relationship with Jesus. One of the avenues we’re excited to do that through is a sermon series on Colossians. The four-week series titled Youth Group at Home is brought to you by YM360, an organization that provides content and materials for youth ministries. Parents, we want to encourage you to watch each sermon with your child(ren), and we’ve provided some discussion questions below to help guide your conversation afterwards. 


You can access the Youth Group at Home: Week 4 video here.

*The sermon starts 11 minutes and 10 seconds into the video.

Discussion Questions:

  • Here’s a big question that will cause you to think for a while: How has Jesus changed your life? Give a quick response now, but allow this question to sit with you a while. Continue to think about it as you go through the next few days.
  • Living a life changed by Jesus means saying “no” to certain things. Why? 
  • Living a life changed by Jesus means saying "yes" to certain things. Why? What is the goal of our living a Christ-like life? 
  • Paul gives us a great list of things to say "yes" to. He lists: compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, patience, forgiveness 
  • We all have spiritual strengths and weaknesses. Which of these characteristics are strengths for you? Which ones are weaknesses? What can you do to turn your weaknesses into strengths?
  • Think of someone in your life who is hard to love. Now, come up with a specific way to show them the love of God this week. What will it take for you to follow through?
   
   

 

   
   
   
   
   
   

REPLAY: Zoom Call with Cardinals Manager Mike Shildt

We had such an incredible time with Mike Shildt on Sunday night! We’re so grateful that Mike was willing to join us, and he loved meeting Journey Students from all five of our churches. Mike was kind enough to share about his relationship with Jesus and how he incorporates his faith into managing the St. Louis Cardinals. Our students even had the opportunity to put Mike on the hot seat and ask him questions! If you weren’t able to join us or you’d love to relive our time together, please enjoy the video replay here.

Please let your Journey Students leaders know how we can serve you and your family. In the meantime, we’ll continue to pray that you will feel a peace and comfort that only God can provide.