Parent Notes

Hey thanks for clicking on the parents notes! It is my goal as a youth pastor to partner with parents in helping disciple their student. One of the resources that we wanted to make available to you is Parent Notes. What are parent notes you ask? Parent notes are questions from each message that will help you spark convo with your student. Go thru and choose 3 questions each week that you can ask your student about the message on Wednesday in a casual convo. Why only 3 questions??? Because students have an attention span of a gold fish which is about 3 seconds. If you have ever tried asking your student about youth group its probably gone something like so how was youth group? Their response it was good. Our goal is to put questions in your hand each week to ask your student in casual conversation so it’s not “awkward” I hope you find this resource valuable! – Nate

Sept 14, 2016

  • If you could only use one utensil for the rest of your life what would it be and why?
  • If you were to describe yourself in one word or phrase what would it be? Why did you choose that word/phrase?
  • How do we normally identify ourselves to others? by things we’ve accomplished/failed at, by relationships, by our job/titles.  
  • Would you say that you feel comfortable in your own skin?
  • Why is it important that we are comfortable in our own skin?
  • What are some of the things that happen when people aren’t comfortable in their own skin?
  • Have you ever asked the question to yourself who am i? What was your conclusion?
  • Where does a person find/discover their identity?
  • Read 1 Peter 2:9 together
  • What does it mean that you are a royal priesthood? because of Jesus you are royalty been brought into the kings family. You have importance and value. 
  • When you start viewing yourself how God views you how would that change the decisions that you make?

June 15 2016

  • Do you know anyone who is Buddhist? If so have tried sharing your faith with them?
  • What are some of the main beliefs in Buddhism? Buddhist dont beleive in a higher power a being that created everything. The world has suffering you must control your desires and ignorance to end suffering. Follow the 8 fold path which is the salvation guide to nirvana. Your life is a collection of good and bad things you do known as karma. Goal is to reach nirvana.  
  • How would a Buddhist view Jesus? As a good teacher, a miracle worker, a person who set a good example that people can follow after, but his suffering was because of bad karma. 
  • Why is Buddhism so attractive to this younger culture?
  • What might be some flaws when it comes to Buddhism? where did karma come from? who determines what is good and bad? isnt reaching nirvana a desire? It is all based off your works to be a good person. 

June 8th 2016

  • What series did you guys start this week? world views
  • What world view did you guys look at last night? mormonism
  • Is the Mormon Jesus the same Jesus you worship? no
  • What is so different about the Mormon Jesus? Mormons believe God is like a earthly being and had a heavenly mother. They had Jesus and Satan who is Jesus brother. 
  • What are some other beliefs that are different that Mormons hold? The book of Mormon, 3 Levels of heaven depending on how good you are you work your way up in levels, There is no trinity they believe God is separate from Jesus who is separate from the Holy Spirit. 
  • Why do Mormons seem like good people? because they are trying to work their way into heaven
  • What does the Bible have to say about works? It is by grace you are saved no by works so that no one can boast. Eph 2:8-9 
  • Why is it important to study and know scripture? There are churches like Mormons that will use scripture to try and teach their false doctrine. It is important to know your Bible so you are not deceived. 

April 20th 2016

  • If you house were on fire what would be the most important things that you would try to save???
  • Why did the dude walk away sad???
  • Is Jesus saying having wealth bad? No- its the love of wealth and material things that is bad.
  • How does the rich young man make you feel???? 
    • Sorry for him it wasnt his fault he was rich
    • upset-that jesus was so tough on him
    • disappointed- that the dude turned down jesus offer
    • frustrated-he was asked to give up everything do I????
  • What do you think jesus was teaching his disciples and us???  
  • What would you do if you were in that dudes shoes and he asked you to sell everything and follow him???
  • What would you say are some of your top priorities in life?
  • How much on a scale from 1-10 would you say that your commitment to Christ has influenced your values? 1 being not really………5 being sort of has…. 10 being alot.
  • What is one thing you can do this wk to let go of holding onto material thing and embrace God’s kingdom?
  • Is there anything I can pray for you about?

March 16 2016

  • What message series have you been going through at Point Break?  LEAVE YOUR MARK 
  • What book of the Bible are you guys studying together? Mark. 
  • Share a time where an accident happened and left  a mark on you?
  • Has there ever been someone who has impacted your life in such a way that it left a mark?
  • How do we become someone who leaves a mark on other peoples lives?
  • Can you describe to me what pharisees where? People who were thought to be PROFESSIONAL CHRISTIANS, did things for a lot of attention. 
  • What were the pharisees complaining to Jesus in Mark 7? His disciples didnt ceremonially wash their hands sometimes before meals. 
  • Why was it such a big deal to ceremonially wash your hands before meals?  Because certain things would have been considered “unclean” They wanted people to see how spiritual they were on the outside
  • Do you remember a time I told you to go back into the bathroom and wash your hands?
  • What was Jesus response to the pharisees? Called the pharisees out for being people on concerned of cleaning up the outside and not taking care of the heart…they were people who did things to look good in the eyes of others but had no heart behind it.
  • Can you think of anyone that lives two different lives…act one way at church and another way outside of church?
  • Why do some Christians seem to put on a show?
  • How can you tell if someone is pretending?
  • Do you act one way at church and another way at school?
  • Do you feel that you have to “act” christian or do you feel like you can just be yourself?