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Current Middle SCHOOL SERIES: Through THe Fire
A 4 WEEK discussion ON friendship

If you tried to define “friendship” based only on what you see on Instagram, you might think #friendship was all about group hugs, selfies with your bestie, or tagging each other in your favorite memes. But real friendshipisn’t so picture perfect. In this 4-week discussion, we’ll challenge one another to build the kind of friendships that go beyond the surface – the kinds of friendships you’ll need when times get tough. We’ll look at three key friendships in Scripture, as well as the friendship God offers us through Jesus, as we learn that Godly friendships can shape us, heal us, and purify us – especially during difficult times.


Sunday, October 7

This week, we'll look at the story of David and Jonathan as we encourage students to build the kind of friendships that can withstand and be strengthened in the midst of difficulty.

THE BIG IDEA:
In the fire, true friendships can be forged.

THE BIBLE: I Samuel 18:1-11, 19:1-7, 20:1-42; Proverbs 18:24


Sunday, October 14

This week, we'll look at the story of Naomi and Ruth as we help students see that, when times are tough, godly friendships can help heal us.

THE BIG IDEA: 
In the fire, true friendships can be healing.

THE BIBLE: Ruth 1:1-22; Ecclesiastes 4:9-10


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Tuesday, October 16

This week, we're looking at the story of David and Nathan and we'll challenge each other to build friendships with people who are willing to tell us the truth — even when it’s hard to hear.

THE BIG IDEA: 
In the fire, true friendships can be purifying.

THE BIBLE: II Samuel 12:1-25; Proverbs 27:5-6; Galatians 6:1; Matthew 18:15-17


About the MS Thunder Retreat

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No – it’s the Middle School Thunder Retreat! Grab your superhero cape and mask, and join hundreds of other heroes-in-training out at Cascades this October for the weekend of a lifetime! You’ll have the chance to practice your super skills in an epic big game, go hard in activities like Ultimate Frisbee, zip lining, trail rides, and crafts, and be challenged in your faith as you learn what it means to be part of something greater alongside other heroes in training. Sound like an opportunity you cant pass up? Talk to your youth leader, invite all your friends, and get registered today…Thunder Squad, ASSEMBLE!


Sunday, October 28

We'll close out our discussion on friendship at our Tuesday Night Youth Group!  We hope to help students see that the greatest friendship they can ever build is their friendship with God, who is with us through every difficulty.

THE BIG IDEA: 
In the fire, God’s friendship can be trusted.

THE BIBLE: Isaiah 43:1-3a; Luke 8:22-25