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Hey Small Group Leaders –  We made it! We’re officially in the last week of our series on the Bible, Best Seller. We appreciate you leading your students through this final week as we talk to them about the importance of memorizing Scripture. Thank you for all you do to encourage and help them on this road! 

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WEEK 3 SUMMARY - For most of us, the idea of memorizing the Bible feels more like a chore or obligation than anything else. But the Bible actually has a lot of important, powerful things to say to help us handle life a little better. As we look back at Psalm 119 this week, we’ll see that when we capture God’s Word not only in our minds but in our hearts as well, we’ll be stronger because of it. 

BOTTOM LINE - Memorizing Scripture makes you stronger.

GOAL OF SMALL GROUP - To encourage students to memorize one or two Bible verses.

DEVOTIONAL - We all have that friend who’s obsessed with a particular product that they swear will “totally change your life.” Maybe it’s a power tool, a kitchen gadget, or a makeup brush. Whatever that thing is, your friend probably raves about how they could never get through life without it.

The author of Hebrews describes the Word of God in this way—like a tool that can totally change your life. Just when you think the author of Hebrews is done telling us why the Bible is so useful, he jumps in with a, “But wait, there’s more!” Here’s what he says:

For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires (Hebrews 4:12 NLT).

Not only is the Bible an effective tool for making our lives better, when we study it and memorize what it says, it offers help that’s readily available when we need it. It has the power to cut deep into our thoughts, move us in the right direction, and help us make good decisions. If we internalize the truth found in the Bible, it will be there when we need help to move from what’s harmful to what’s helpful.

The next time you’re in the middle of a tough situation, at a crossroads, or simply need encouragement to do the right thing, you can turn to the Bible to help, challenge, or inspire your heart and actions.
 

ENCOURAGING QUOTE - “When you read God's Word, you must constantly be saying to yourself, ‘It is talking to me, and about me.’”  —Soren Kierkegaard

SMALL GROUPS LEADERS FOR THE WEEK

7th-8th Grade - Daniel Crosslin

9th-10th Grade - Don Walker

11th-12th Grade - Keith Camferdam


IMPORTANT DATES

October 28th - Costume Kickball

November 11-12th - One Night Retreat