Our lives are kind of like sculptures. The Sculptor molds us into the image of His design—cutting away our rough edges to make room for right choices. And just like a sculpture transforms—tomorrow’s version of you should look different from today’s. That’s part of growing up. We won’t sugarcoat it. It won’t always be easy. But it will be worth it. This month, we’re learning how to grow up wisely. We don’t want to wish away our lives, but we do want to learn how to make wise choices that set us up for success. So, how are you refining you?
How Long Will This Series Run?
Nothing But a Number
Don’t Sugarcoat It:
Scratching the Surface
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Click on the links above to download the leader guides, emcee guides, and activity guides to prepare for your weekly experience.
Teaching Points & Key Verses
Week 1– Age is just a number.
Key Verse: 1 Timothy 4:12 NLT
Week 2– Grow up.
Key Verse: 1 Corinthians 13:11 NLT
Week 3– Life is hard, but God is still good.
Key Verse: James 1:2-4 NLT
Week 4– Jesus is working on you, in you, and through you.
Key Verse: Philippians 1:6 NLT
Prepare for the Weekend
Heart Behind the Series:
Fifth and sixth grade is a beautiful, awkward, and meaningful time in a student’s life. Everything around them and inside of them is changing, and they’re learning how to navigate the turbulent waters of growing up. And that’s what this month is about. It’s a call to help our students grow up. To mature. To become the best version of themselves. It’s not about comparing themselves to anyone else, but it is about embracing the freedom that comes with making their own choices and deciding who they want to be.
As a small group leader, you’re a huge resource for them during this season of their lives. Encourage them. When you see them growing up, tell them and celebrate them. When you see them start to doubt themselves, tell them you believe in them and in the person they’re becoming. You win as a leader when your students feel secure. We’re all looking for a safe place to belong, so be the safe adult students need to anchor them.
During week one, you’ll get to hear from someone at your campus. We’ll talk all about how leadership doesn’t begin someday; it begins today! We’re challenging students that age is just a number, and they have the opportunity to influence all believers by the way they live their lives. Students want to know they matter and they can make a difference, and the answer to both of those questions is a resounding yes. Yes, they matter. Yes, they can make a difference. Challenge them to do so!
Heads up! The activity for week one involves your blind participation. Allow your students to lead you through a series of challenges, and be fun and flexible as we live out the point of the week!
Week two starts another series of The Loop Show, and trust us, you won’t want to miss this. We’re learning that growing up means setting your goals, minding your mouth, and reading the room. Lead your students toward those three outcomes, and spend some time as a group setting SMART goals together. See your leader guide for more information on this. Also, prepare your stomach for an exciting, messy week two activity.
In our third week, we’re ripping metaphorical Band-Aids off and getting real about our faith. We’re not sugarcoating it. Life can be really hard sometimes. So, how can we have faith when we’re going through fire? Let’s talk about it candidly. Prepare your heart for some heavier conversations this week. Lead your students that we may not understand why things happen here on earth, but God will be with us in the waiting and in the doubting. Make sure your students know it’s okay to wrestle with God and that doubts can be the doorway to a deeper faith. PS: You may want to make sure you bring your athletic shoes for a little exercise in this week’s activity!
Finally, we’ll close out the series with a challenge to scratch beneath the surface of our faith. Quizman is back, and he’s asking the tough questions: Is your faith a forgery of someone else’s? Our goal for Loop students is for them to have an authentic faith that they believe for themselves, not a shallow, superficial faith that won’t last. Do your students own their own faith, or are they just doing what their parents tell them? Let’s dive in this week and challenge our students to become spiritually mature so that their faith can withstand the test of time. Oh, and you’ll have a special activity inspired by Quizman himself. Is this in the Bible? Let’s find out together.
Hang on for the Loop!