Getting Along With Parents

In my parent’s eyes, I can’t do anything right. I don’t look right, act right, study right, spend money right or pick friends right. As long as I’m still at home, will I always be wrong?

  1. Parental Requests
    Jesus and his mom at a wedding ~ John 2:1-11
  2. Parental Expectations
    A mother’s dream ~ Matthew 20:20-28
  3. Family Tensions
    When Jesus didn’t come home ~ Luke 2:41-52
  4. Dealing with Frustration
    Jesus and his family ~ Mark 3:20-35
  5. Arguing Over Relationships
    Samson and his women ~ Judges 14:1-20
  6. Making Things Right
    A son returns home ~ Luke 15:11-32

Hot Issues for Youth

My friend is pregnant. Another is talking about suicide. What do I do? School is a jungle. People get beat up. Drugs are everywhere. If my parents knew what I have to face every day, hey would freak out!

  1. Life in the Jungle
    Jesus is tempted ~ Matthew 3:13-4:11
  2. Loose Morals
    David and Bathsheba ~ 2 Samuel 11:1-27
  3. Hidden Secrets
    David – you are the man! ~ 2 Samuel 12:1-14
  4. Don’t Get Used
    Dirty Dancing ~ Mark 6:14-29
  5. Just Say No
    Daniel stays ‘clean’ ~ Daniel 1:1-21
  6. Take a Stand
    Daniel in the lion’s den ~ Daniel 6:1-24

What Do I Believe?

I’ve done the church thing. It’s easy to let all that teaching go in one ear and out the other. I think it’s time to know what I really believe, and really believe what I already know.

  1. God the Father Almighty
    Maker of heaven and earth ~ Genesis 1:1-2:3
  2. Jesus Christ
    An angel visits Mary ~ Luke 1:26-38
  3. Holy Spirit
    The Spirit shakes things up ~ Acts 4:1-31
  4. Christian Church
    The cost in “being there” ~ Acts 4:32-37
  5. Forgiveness of Sins
    Jesus: my substitute ~ Mark 15:1-15
  6. Resurrection and Life
    A new day dawns ~ Matthew 28:1-20

Finding Friends and Fitting In

I always feel out of place. It’s so hard to fit in. I don’t want to come off like I’m either shy or obnoxious. Can I be myself and still have friends?

  1. Acceptance
    Paul’s struggle for acceptance ~ Acts 9:20-31
  2. Fitting In
    “The Lord looks at the heart” ~ 1 Samuel 16:1-13
  3. Being Myself
    David can’t use Saul’s armor ~ 1 Samuel 17:12-50
  4. Feeling Secure
    David and Jonathan – Part 1 ~ 1 Samuel 18:1-30
  5. Getting Close
    David and Jonathan – Part 2 ~ 1 Samuel 20:1-42
  6. True Friends
    Four friends who cared ~ Mark 2:1-12

Discovering My Real Identity

I know I’m good at some things and no so good at others. I don’t want to be weird, but I do want to be myself. What makes me unique? How can I be all that I was meant to be?

  1. Being Real
    A Pharisee and a tax collector ~ Luke 18:9-14
  2. My Uniqueness
    Zacchaeus ~ Luke 19:1-10
  3. My Personality
    Mary and Martha ~ Luke 10:38-42
  4. My Abilities
    Using your ‘talents’ ~ Matthew 25:14-30
  5. Strengths and Weaknesses
    Gideon’s fears ~ Judges 6:1-40
  6. God’s Call
    Following Jesus ~ Luke 5:1-11

Challenging Issues/Special Needs

God have me a very special child. Now, I need the wisdom to raise this child. I feel somewhat alone and nobody understands.

  1. Adopted Children
    Moses: an adopted child ~ Exodus 1:22-2:25
  2. Children of Divorce
    Ishmael: Rejected and dejected ~ Genesis 21:1-21
  3. Single-Parent Children
    Double blessing for a single parent ~ 1 Kings 17:1-24
  4. Children With Disabilities
    Why was he born blind? ~ John 9:1-34
  5. Gifted Children
    Jesus perplexes his parents ~ Luke 2:41-52
  6. Substitute Parents
    Esther: raised by a relative ~ Esther 2:1-18

Adolescents

My teenager is about to drive me crazy. The music. Posters. Clothes. It’s outrageous! We can’t even talk about it without shouting. How can we make it through adolescence?!

  1. Stressful Times
    Trouble in the family ~ Luke 15:11-32
  2. Confusing Times
    When Jesus didn’t come home ~ Luke 2:41-52
  3. Angry Times
    The golden calf ~ Exodus 32:1-35
  4. Decisions, Decisions!
    Samson’s dating dilemma ~ Judges 14:1-20
  5. A Parent’s Responsibility
    Eli’s failure to restrain his sons ~ 1 Samuel 3:1-21
  6. Getting Along
    Joseph: a kids with an ‘attitude’ ~ Genesis 37:1-11

Strong-willed Children

My daughter always wants to paint outside the lines. She is really a good kid, and I love her a lot, but I don’t know what to do. How do you raise a child who was born with a strong will?

  1. Where Are My Instructions?
    Jesus was a strong-willed child ~ Luke 2:41-52
  2. Born to Be Wild
    The devil made me do it ~ Genesis 3:1-24
  3. Necessary Discipline
    Eli: a parent who failed ~ 1 Samuel 3:1-21
  4. Dealing with Anger
    Moses faces his critics ~ Numbers 11:4-34
  5. When the Kids Drive You Crazy
    Little Jacob grabs for power ~ Genesis 25:19-34
  6. Happy Endings
    Jacob’s strength comes through ~ Genesis 32:22-32

Family Time

We want to create memories as a family. Will our kids remember their childhood in a way that feels good to them and honors God?

  1. Proper Priorities
    God commands a day off ~ Exodus 16:1-35
  2. Time Together
    Supper time ~ John 13:1-17
  3. Family Traditions
    Passover: a family ritual ~ Exodus 12:1-30
  4. Family Vacations
    A “vacation” with 5000 surprises ~ Mark 6:30-44
  5. Worshiping Together
    The fellowship of believers ~ Acts 2:42-47
  6. Lasting Values
    Stones of memorial ~ Joshua 3:14-4:24

How It's Done

I got into parenting before I was ready. Other people make it sound so easy. My mother just laughs. My grandmother says everything will be okay. But I’m trying to raise my kids without a map. Please help.

  1. Preparation
    Mary and Joseph become parents ~ Luke 2:1-20
  2. Dedication
    Jesus presented in the temple ~ Luke 2:21-40
  3. Expectations
    A mother’s high hopes ~ Matthew 20:20-28
  4. Confrontation
    Eli’s failure to restore his sons ~ 1 Samuel 3:1-21
  5. Consecration
    Abraham’s greatest test ~ Genesis 22:1-19
  6. Celebration
    Homecoming party ~ Luke 15:11-32

Miscarriage

It tears me up to walk past the baby’s room. Now I wish we hadn’t gotten so excited and made so many plans. I’m dying inside, and I’ve got to talk to someone who has gone through this.

  1. When Life Falls Apart
    Job’s life collapses ~ Job 1:1-22
  2. Shattered Dreams
    Elisha and a grieving woman ~ 2 Kings 4:8-37
  3. Marital Stress
    Jacob and Rachel under stress ~ Genesis 29:31-30:24
  4. Releasing the Pain
    Hannah pours out her soul ~ 1 Samuel 1:1-28
  5. God Cares
    Jesus weeps over death ~ John 11:1-44
  6. Life Goes On
    David pleads, then accepts ~ 2 Samuel 12:15-25

Spiritually Single

Since we’ve been married, my spouse won’t come to church with me. I want our children to grow up with Christian teaching, but he/she doesn’t back me up. How can I please God and my spouse?

  1. Don’t Give Up
    A household conversion ~ Acts 16:16-40
  2. God’s Love and Ours
    Abraham pleads for Sodom ~ Genesis 18:16-33
  3. Putting Things in God’s Hands
    Abraham’s greatest test ~ Genesis 22:1-19
  4. Who’s Number 1?
    Take a warning from Solomon ~ 1 Kings 10:23-11:13
  5. God is at Work
    Praying for Peter in prison ~ Acts 12:1-19
  6. Your Spiritual Family
    Mary and John at the cross ~ John 19:16-27

Intimacy

The world exalts sex as the ultimate high. But we both have different needs. We’d like more romance and sizzle in our love life. How does God want us to enjoy this gift?

  1. God’s Gift
    Delighting in love ~ Song of Songs 1:1-14
  2. Sharing Yourself
    Wooing words ~ Song of Songs 1:15-2:15
  3. The Rhythm of Romance
    Absence grows of love ~ Song of Songs 2:16-3:11
  4. Only You
    Can’t keep my eyes off you ~ Song of Songs 5:9-6:9
  5. Sensitive Sex
    Celebrate difference! ~ Song of Songs 6:13-8:4
  6. Commited Love
    The power of love ~ Song of Songs 8:5-14

Communication Conflict

Whether it’s how to guard an evening or how to spend our income — we have a different point of view. How can we relate to each other in a way that pulls us together instead of apart?

  1. Power of Commitment
    Joseph marries Mary ~ Matthew 1:8-25
  2. Power of Words
    David and Michal: cutting words ~ 2 Samuel 6:1-23
  3. Acting on Impulse
    Abram, Sarai and Hagar ~ Genesis 16:1-16
  4. Dealing with Conflict
    Abraham and Sarah disagree ~ Genesis 21:1-21
  5. Pulling Apart
    Adam and Eve blame each other ~ Genesis 3:1-24
  6. Pulling Together
    Mutual respect ~ Ephesians 5:22-6:9

Getting Along at Home

We don’t have a bad relationship, but why isn’t marriage more fun? I want to be my spouse’s best friend — as well as lover. How can I do a better job of living with the one I married?

  1. In Good Times and Bad
    Isaac and Rebekah; 1st love ~ Genesis 24:1-29; 50-67
  2. Love, Honor and Cherish
    Ruth and Boaz; mutual respect ~ Ruth 2:1-23
  3. ‘Til Death Do Us Part
    Jacob and Rachel; worth the wait ~ Genesis 29:1-30
  4. Serving One Another
    Footwashing; whose job is it? ~ John 13:1-17
  5. Friends
    Adam and Eve; one flesh ~ Genesis 2:4-25
  6. And Lovers
    Celebrate difference! ~ Song of Songs 6:13-8:4

Issues Singles Face

What kinds of friends do I look for? How do I keep from being burned out? Should I live in community or alone? Should I go back to school or volunteer overseas? What does God want me to do?

  1. Whom to Pick for Friends
    David’s friendship of character ~ 1 Samuel 20:1-42
  2. When to Risk With Others
    Seventy-seven times ~ Matthew 18:21-35
  3. Where to Live
    Israel’s cloud of guidance ~ Numbers 9:15-10:36
  4. How to Spend My Life
    The Good Samaritan ~ Luke 10:25-37
  5. Where to Use My Talents
    David in Saul’s service ~ 1 Samuel 16:14-23
  6. What About the Future?
    Noah waits on God ~ Genesis 8:1-22

Balancing Work and Home

We both have so many demands for our time and energy. How can we give our best to our work without it coming at the expense of our family? I don’t want to lose what we’re supposed to be working for!

  1. Teammates
    Adam and Eve; one flesh ~ Genesis 2:4-25
  2. Roommates
    Martha in the kitchen ~ Luke 10:38-42
  3. Work and Stress
    Workers in the vineyard ~ Matthew 20:1-16
  4. Stress management
    Jesus deals with demands ~ Mark 1:29-39
  5. Serving Each Other
    Footwashing ~ John 13:1-17
  6. Faithful and Fulfilled
    Priscilla and Aquila work together ~ Acts 18:1-4, 18-28

Sexuality

The whole world tells me to do it. God gave me these desires. What does he expect me to do with them? Is there anyone out there who struggles with the stuff I struggle with?

  1. Are My Desires Normal?
    David is tempted ~ 2 Samuel 11:1-27
  2. What Are God’s Standards?
    Nathan rebukes David ~ 2 Samuel 12:1-14
  3. Isn’t Sex an Act of Love?
    “Love” takes over Samson ~ Judges 16:1-22
  4. How Long Can I Wait?
    Jacob puts in his time ~ Genesis 29:1-30
  5. What If I’ve Made Mistakes?
    Jesus forgives a prostitute ~ Luke 7:36-50
  6. Dealing With My Frustrations
    A greater power for Elisha ~ 2 Kings 6:8-23

How to Find a Partner

The singles bar is a drag…but the church scene isn’t much better. I’m about ready to give up on a real relationship and forget the whole dating thing.

  1. Where Should I Look?
    Isaac looks for love ~ Genesis 24:1-29, 50-67
  2. Staying Disciplined
    Samson loses control ~ Judges 14:1-20
  3. Finding the Right Fit
    Priscilla and Aquila ~ Acts 18:1-4, 18-28
  4. Making Myself “Right”
    Solomon desires God’s best ~ 1 Kings 3:1-28
  5. What About My Fears?
    Gideon overcomes his fears ~ Judges 6:1-40
  6. When God says “Wait”
    Jacob and Rachel wait ~ Genesis 29:1-30

Being a Compete Person

Jesus was single. Is it possible God wants me to remain single for life? How can he call singleness a ‘gift’? Couldn’t I serve him better with a partner? How can I be ‘whole’ for him now as a single?

  1. Did Jesus Ever Feel Lonely?
    Alone in the wilderness ~ Matthew 3:13-4:11
  2. The ‘Gift’ of Singleness
    A high calling ~ 1 Corinthians 7:25-35
  3. Am I called to be Single?
    Each has his own gift ~ 1 Corinthians 7:36-40
  4. How Can I Best Serve?
    The Greatest servant ~ Mark 10:35-45
  5. How Should I Pray?
    Jesus prays for God’s will ~ Mark 14:32-42
  6. A Whole in One
    “I can do anything” ~ Philippians 4:10-23