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UpStreet – April 2017

Humility is putting others first by giving up what you think you deserve.

Memory Verse:  Don’t do anything only to get ahead. Don’t do it because you are proud. Instead, be humble. Value others more than yourselves.”  Philippians 2:3, NIrV

April 2:  We start our discussion about humility in John 13:1-17 where we find Jesus and His disciples celebrating Passover in the upper room. Jesus wanted to give His disciples an example of what it meant to be a servant leader. With humility, Jesus washed His disciples’ feet. He served them by doing the job of a servant.

Bottom Line: I can put others first by serving them. God Time Card – Week 1

April 9: In Matthew 26:36-56, we take a look at the very garden where Jesus showed an unbelievable understanding of how important it was to put the will of the Father ahead of His own. Jesus knew why He came to earth. While He prayed for His Father to make another way, ultimately Jesus knew that He had to let go of what He wanted for the sake of saving the world from sin.

Bottom Line:  I can put others first by letting go of what I want. God Time Card – Week 2

April 16: We’re excited to celebrate Easter as we spend time in John 18:12–20:23. We’ll start with Jesus’ trial and end with celebrating the resurrection. The religious leaders are up in arms because Jesus has claimed to be God. Doesn’t matter that it’s TRUE; they’re still ready to dish out the ultimate punishment. And Jesus chose to give up everything and take that punishment, so that no one else has to.

Bottom Line: I can put others first because Jesus put me first. God Time Card – Week 3

April 23:  Next, we head to Matthew 28:16-20. Now that Jesus was alive, the disciples would have thought that now it was time for Jesus to become king, but that wasn’t God’s plan. Jesus gave them a new job: go and tell everyone about Jesus and be like Jesus was to the rest of the world.   

Bottom Line: I can put others first by doing what Jesus said. God Time Card – Week 4

April 30:  Finally, we’ll take a closer look at the passage where we find our memory verse. In Philippians 2:3-8, Paul tells us how Jesus is the ultimate example of humility. He gave up everything to come to earth and save us.

Bottom Line: Put others first. God Time Card – Week 5

UpStreet – March 2017

Forgiveness is deciding that someone who has wronged you doesn’t have to pay.

Memory Verse:  “Put up with one another.  Forgive one another, if you are holding something against someone.  Forgive, just as the Lord forgave you.”  Colossians 3:13, NIrV

March 5:  We start off the month learning about the lengths God will go to rescue His children. In Luke 15:1-7, we listen to a story Jesus told about a shepherd that risked the entire flock in order to find and rescue the one sheep who has run off.

Bottom Line: God forgives you. God Time Card Week 1

March 12: We continue our look at forgiveness with one of Jesus’ most well known parables. In Luke 15:11-24, Jesus talks about a kid who thinks he’s got it all together. He demands half of his dad’s money and takes off to spend it on himself. It’s only when the money is gone he realizes he’s made a HUGE mistake and needs forgiveness. He’s got just one hope: that his dad will let him come home and be a servant.

Bottom Line:  Everyone needs to be forgiven, even me. God Time Cards Week 2

March 19: We continue Jesus parable of the Lost Son in Luke 15:21- 32. Although the son returns ready to work off the money he took from his father, the father welcomes his Lost Son home, and even throws a giant party! But not everyone’s too happy about this. The kid’s older brother has obeyed dad all his life—without a single party to show for it. He’s sulking in the backyard until his dad shows up. And if big brother isn’t willing to let this whole thing go, he’ll miss out.

Bottom Line: When you don’t forgive, you miss out. God Time Cards Week 3

March 26:  We finish the month with another one of Jesus’ parables in Matthew 18:21-35. Jesus tells the story of a servant who likes to live it up—even though he’s weighed down by MILLIONS of dollars in debt! This servant gets a big break when the king forgives his debt. You’d think he’s got it made—until he finds a man who owes him a few bucks. You’d think he’d pay it forward and cancel the debt, but that’s not what happened. He gets caught when he didn’t forgive others like the king forgave him.

Bottom Line: Since God forgave you, you should forgive others. God Time Cards Week 4

UpStreet – February 2017

Love is choosing to treat others the way you want to be treated.

Memory Verse:  “Here is what love is.  It is not that we loved God.  It is that he loved us and sent his Son to give his life to pay for our sins.”  1 John 4:10, NIrV

February 5:  We start off the month learning about God’s perfect love. In John 15:12-13, we discover that Jesus showed us love in the most sacrificial way possible, by laying down His life for us. Jesus asks us to love one another, just as He loved us in the way we sacrifice for our friends.

Bottom Line: Love others because Jesus loves you. God Time Card Week 1

February 12: We continue our look at love in Mark 4:35-41 as we look at a familiar story from a different point of view. Jesus and His disciples were out on the sea when a flash storm struck fear into the disciples. Jesus showed love for His disciples. He calmed the storm and showed that He can be trusted no matter what.

Bottom Line: Comfort others who are hurting. God Time Card Week 2

February 19: In Mark 6:30-44, we see how Jesus’ care for others turned into one of His most amazing miracles. Jesus reached a point in His ministry when He was extremely popular. Everyone wanted to hear what He had to say about the kingdom of God. On one occasion, thousands of people showed up to hear Him speak. As it became later in the day, Jesus could have sent them all home to grab some dinner, instead He made the unthinkable happen. He turned five loaves of bread and two fish into a meal for more than 5,000 people.

Bottom Line: Give to others who are in need. God Time Card Week 3 

February 26:  We finish the month in Luke 10:25-37. When Jesus told the Pharisee’s “Love your neighbor as you love yourself,” they shot back with another question. “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus went on to tell the story of the Good Samaritan. When faced with the decision to ignore an enemy or have compassion, the Samaritan chose to set aside His differences and show love.

Bottom Line: Love others because they matter to God. God Time Card Week 4