Note to Parents & Reactions to Christ

Dear Parents,
As you may know, we are in the process of making our own THP Wednesday Night Curriculum. While we work on it we will be doing a study on the book of John. The information I will be sending home with the children comes from a blog called Eternal Disciples.

Eternal Disciples is a blog started by Brandon McAnelly and I, some time ago. It started off as a way to help him to gather his thoughts and communicate what he has learned from the scriptures. You can view this blog by going to You are also invited to make comments on it.

Each week I will select one of the commentaries off the site and reformat it for a take home study guide. This will be a great tool and resource for you and your child’s personal study time. I would like to encourage you to take time out of each week to sit down with your child to read through the chapter and then go over the home study guide.

Be Blessed during this great journey through the book of John!


This weeks’ Reading Challenge

(5/9/12 – 5/16/12)
John 1


Everyone has a reaction to Christ. Some positive, some negative. John chapter 1 shows a variety of responses to the new that Jesus is the Christ. The first two men immediately followed after hearing that Jesus was the promised messiah. In Andrew, the news of the Messiah instantly birthed a spirit of evangelism in him. Some like, like Nathan, are skeptical at first and must have a firsthand experience with the Lord to believe.

Notice it was nothing that John or Phillip did that made their friends/disciples saved. It was simply testifying and pointing people towards the Christ. Too often we as Christians carry such a heavy burden about the salvation of those around us. Yes we should be mission oriented and share our faith every chance we get. Yes we should be concerned about our friends and family. But remember this; it’s NOT your job to get people saved. It’s the work of the Holy Ghost that saves men. Your only job is to share the truth.

Discussion Questions

What was your first reaction to the gospel?
Why do you think some people have a hard time believing in Jesus?
How would you tell people about Jesus?



This weeks’ Reading Challenge

(3-28-12 through 4-4-12)
Philemon 1:17-20


Many of us have been hurt by people we love.  They could be our parents, siblings, or even close friends. This often causes us to remain bitter and resentful towards them. Usually, they are the hardest to forgive, because of how much we love them. However, the gospel provides us with the power to forgive the hardest of people, especially those we love. When we look at the cross of Christ, and we see how our sin placed Christ there, we will see ourselves no bet­ter than those that have hurt us. By understanding how much we have been forgiven, we will be able to share that same forgiveness with others, even those that have hurt us most.

Discussion Questions


How does the gospel give us the power to forgive?

Why are some people harder to forgive than others?

Who are some people that you have continued to hold bitterness and a grudge against? How can you go about restoring that relationship?

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Gospel Forgiveness

This weeks’ Reading Challenge

(3-21-12 through 3-28-12)
Philemon 1:8-16


The book of Philemon presents the perfect picture of what gospel forgiveness is. Just like Philemon was Onesimus’ master, God is our master. When Onesimus sinned against Philemon, he could not come back to Philemon on his own terms. The same is true with us. Because we have sinned against God, we cannot come back to God on our own terms. Therefore, Paul steps in as a mediator between Philemon and Onesimus and pleads with Philemon to receive Onesimus back. Paul is even willing to pay back the debt that Phile­mon is owed. In the gospel, Christ serves as our mediator, bringing us back to God, and paying the debt that we owed.

If were to overlay this example to our own lives, God would be Philemon, we would be Onesimus, and Jesus would be Paul.  We owe God a debt due to our sin, a debt that results in death (just like Onesimus’ debt). God has every right to collect on this but like Paul, Jesus stands between us and God taking on our debt for us.

Discussion Questions

How is the book of Philemon an example of the gospel? Who does each person represent?

Why cant Onesimus come back to Philemon on his own terms? Why can’t we come back to God on our own terms?

How does Paul represent what Christ has done for us?