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Remix:

This week we are having some fun with Yuck Wrestling, so there is no group or large group experience.  We want to encourage you to talk with your student about going to Gauntlet Weekend.  Gauntlet is a weekend retreat designed specifically for middle school students.  We will have large group worship, teaching, small groups, free time, and crazy team challenges.  It will be a weekend that they will not want to miss, so encourage them to sign up.  Every year, this is a turning point in the semester where students really get connected into the ministry, so don’t miss out.  During free time students can hang out in the tree house villages, play paintball on the paint ball course, skate or ride bmx bikes in the bmx bike and skate part, or just relax.  The cost is only $100 for the weekend.  You can sign up online, or you can pick up a registration form in the lobby.  There is a mandatory parent meeting on Wednesday October 20th from 8:30-9:15pm.  Get your student signed up today!

Catalyst:

Series: “Bling”

Focus: What we do with our money matters to God!

Family Discussion:

“Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, ‘How do we rob you?’ “In tithes and offerings.  You are under a curse—the whole nation of you—because you are robbing me. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”  -Malachi 3:8-10

Like so many things in our lives, money is simply a representation of the condition of our hearts.  We spend our money on the things that we love.  That’s why God asks us to test Him with our tithe.  He doesn’t need our money, but He does want our love.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What do you think is the #1 thing you spend your money on?
  2. What does that say about you as individuals and as a family?
  3. Why do you think God asks us for a tithe? (tithe is the first 10% of our income)
  4. As a family, what is one way that you can show God that He’s #1 to you?

If you have a hard time writing a check for 10% to God, one of two things needs to change – your LOVE or your LIFESTYLE.  It’s a hard conversation to have as a family but in order to grow as a community and as individuals we must align our lives with the truth of God’s Word.  Remember, He promises to pour out blessings when we put Him first.  It all comes back to trust!

Parent Connection: High School

Series: “Bling”
Focus:
Money represents power and choice, both of which are gifts from God.  How are you using them?

Family Discussion:

Money!  It’s a topic that can easily divide the closest of friends and family.  But this week at Catalyst we are boiling cash down to not the paper and coins, but the power and choice that it represents.  It might seem elementary, but money isn’t really worth all that much.  It’s really only helpful if you can exchange it for other things – food, shelter, clothing, etc.  So what’s the big deal with money? Money allows us the ability to make choices.  The more money, the more choices and power.  When we see our finances this way, it’s no wonder Jesus talked so much about money! 

“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?”  Luke 16:10-12

God has given us what we have.  Instead of focusing on the dollar amount that we wish we had (what would make us “happy”) our challenge is to use what He has given to us.  With every dollar (or minute, opportunity, talent, or relationship) we have a choice, we have the power to use it to glorify God.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Why is it so easy to get bogged down in chasing after more money?
  2. Do you think that your life would change if you won the lottery?
  3. Would your priorities and personality change?
  4. What can you do as a family to show God (and others) that you are being “trustworthy in handling worldly wealth?”

Wrap Up: When it comes to money, it’s not about what, or how much, we have, but how we use what we’ve been given.  Money doesn’t last; it just represents our choices.  If you really want to examine how much you are trusting God and living for Him, follow your checkbook and read Matthew 25:14-30.