Each year we aim to focus on one “big picture” theme. With each month focusing on a more specific theme, followed by a memory verse (or “Remember Card”) being issued each week that corresponds to the monthly theme. The daily devotions are then based on that Remember Card. This gives us ample opportunity to drive home the big picture theme through the year and teach our students valuable, Bible-based life lessons along the way.
Pathway to Purpose // Our 2017 Theme
Our big picture idea is that students realize we are created by God with a specific purpose that is found only in a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Individual Monthly Themes //
Bible Story // David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17)
God can do great things with even a little bit, when that little bit is entrusted to Him.
January Remember Cards //
“For the spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but give us power, love and self-discipline.” -2 Timothy 1:7
“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.” -1 Timothy 4:12
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” – Deuteronomy 31:6
Bible Story // Adam and Eve (Genesis 3)
God loves us no matter what. As a response to that love, we should obey His commands.
February Remember Cards //
“People who despise advice are asking for trouble; those who respect a command will succeed.” -Proverbs 13:13
“If you love me, obey my commandments.” -John 14:15
“Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another, just as you heard from the beginning.” -2 John 1:6
“But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.” -James 1:22
Doing What’s Wise Even When It’s Hard
Bible Story // Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (Daniel 3)
We want our students to know it’s not their job to justify their choices to their friends. It’s their responsibility to simply do what’s wise.
March Remember Cards //
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” -Proverbs 4:23
“For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth comes knowledge and understanding.” -Proverbs 2:6
“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and noble, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” -Philippians 4:8
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” -James 1:5
Bible Story // Lazarus (John 11)
God brings dead things back to life.
April Remember Cards //
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” -John 10:10
“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” -1 Corinthians 15:55
“The Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” -Genesis 2:7
“The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life.” -Job 33:4
Bible Story // Joseph (Genesis 37, 39-42)
Regardless of our circumstances, honoring God should always be a priority.
May Remember Cards //
“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long int he land the LORD your God is giving you.” – Exodus 20:12
“Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the first fruits of all your produce.” -Proverbs 3:9
“For you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” -1 Corinthians 6:20
“Fear of the Lord teaches wisdom; humility precedes honor.” -Proverbs 15:33
God As Father
Bible Story // The Prodigal Son (Luke 15)
God is the reflection of our Earthly father, but the PERFECTION of our Earthly father.
June Remember Cards //
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” -John 1:14
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” -John 3:16
“A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.” -Psalm 68:5
“One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” -Ephesians 4:6