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Links from Sept 2012 issue

EATING DISORDERS:

www.emmascrivener.net
www.thebighouse.org.uk
www.helenawilkinson.co.uk
www.anorexiabulimiacare.co.uk
www.eatingdisorders.org.uk
www.rcpsych.ac.uk/mentalhealthinformation/mentalhealthandgrowingup/
www.b-eat.co.uk
http://mengetedstoo.co.uk
www.feast-ed.org

AMG1:

www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/aslan
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzqTFNfeDnE

NOTES FOR ADAPTING:
For younger groups…
Emphasise the ‘respect’ angle of God rather than using the word ‘fear’ too much. Ask them to imagine how they will discipline and bring up their own children when they are older… how can they copy God’s example as a great father? Is it ok to give a child EVERYTHING they want?

For older groups…
Debate the pros and cons various methods of ruling: Monarchy, Communist Dictator, Elected President/Prime Minister, Anarchy – also Biblical Kings and Judges over the Israelites – why did God allow that kind of rule and was it successful – what does God REALLY want our world to be like – and how will he rule over it? What kind of ruler is he? ‘Theocracy’ (where God leads his people directly)

For unchurched young people…
Debate whether Capital punishment is right or wrong – is Corporal punishment in school sright or wrong? What alternatives are there? How would God rule the earth?

For churched young people…
Try to deconstruct some of the things they have grown up with. Is God ONLY loving? Is it wrong to fear him? The bible has much to say on this – certainly there’s a lot to be talked through to deal with the stories of God helping the Israelites to defeat their enemies and wipe them out!

AMG2:

www.bethinking.org
www.testoffaith.com/
http://www.premiergospel.org.uk/shows/24

NOTES FOR ADAPTING:
For younger groups…
Let each person create their own poster that shows what they believe in. Start discussions about what is real and what clues help us discern the truth.

For older groups…
Ask challenging questions: Do you believe we are spiritual beings? And can perceive spiritual realities? Do you think that there is one true spiritual reality? If God gives us faith do we have any responsibility for what we believe? What proof is there that supports the Christian faith? (The reason for God by Timothy Keller describes clues that point to the truth of Christianity).

For unchurched young people…
Consider making your own short films about faith. If not about their own faith perhaps about the lives of members of their community.

For churched young people…
Faithfulness is listed in Galatians 5:22, how can Christians be faithful to God? To others – parents, friends, boy/ girl friends, online? To themselves?

List of God’s promises: www.ficm.org/index.php?command=textwhoamiinchrist

AMG3:

NOTES FOR ADAPTING:
For older groups…
The good works vs salvation through Christ can be quite a sophisticated debate. Allow more time if they’re enjoying it, to explore these ideas in more depth.

For younger groups…
This is quite a tricky passage to understand. Prep the other leaders by asking them to read and explore the passage and then ask them to take a group each and help explain the Bible passage.

For churched young people…
You might find a good opportunity to plan something as a group that you might do together, as a response to God’s grace and an act of demonstrating their group choice to live as “slaves to righteousness” within your church context that you can use.

For unchurched young people…
You might put emphasis the message about being made good not because of what we’ve done to earn it, but because God loved us and we have the hope of being made good through Jesus; “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us”, Romans 5:8.

AMG4:

For younger groups…
Spend more time on making hole-y men, and use them as a way of explaining a simple gospel message.

For older groups…
If it’s appropriate, spend some time discussing the negative behaviours we continue to act out, and create a space where they can repent and receive forgiveness.

For unchurched young people…
Shift the emphasis from the law to sin, and use this as an opportunity to ask them if they want Jesus’ life in their lives.