Group time: Watch Session 1, “becoming a rescue swimmer” on Disc 1 (30 minutes).
Discuss the introduction. Why is it important that we acknowledge our teens could drown in this culture? What are the things you are afraid of for your teen?
Pray. Ask the Lord to bless this group time. Ask God to make this study a time of encouragement, rebuilding, and hope for your teens.
This week: Read the Forward, Introduction, and Meet the Lifeguards from Rescue, pages XIII-XXIX.
Use the Prayer Journal as a guide to begin focused prayer for your teen this week (pages 1-10).
Group time: Watch Session 2 “faith & family” on Disc 1 (31 minutes).
Discuss what it means to share a faith as a family. What does it mean to create a culture of faith? Why do you believe God structured our lives around family? Why is your family so important?
Pray. Ask the Lord to show you new things about your family this week. Ask Him to bless your time as you focus in on praying for them individual and for their needs.
This week: Read Rescue book chapters 1 and 2 (pages 1-34).
Use the Prayer Journal to pray for your family (chapter 2, pages 11-20).
Group time: Watch Session 3, “technology & pornography” on Disc 1 (50 minutes).
Click here to download the handouts for this session: UPDATEDTechnologyHandoutsAPR2017
Discuss what you believe are the effects of technology on your teen’s life? Evaluate how much time and attention your teen spends on technology. Does your teen have access to pornography? Have you discussed pornography with your teen? What safeguards should be taken to ensure your teen’s safety when it comes to technology?
Pray and ask the Lord’s protection over your teen’s use of technology. Ask God where you may need to set new boundaries with technology. Ask God to open your eyes to ways the enemy tries to trap your teen with pornography.
This week: Read Rescue book chapter 4 (pages 59-70).
Use the Rescue Prayer Journal to guide you into praying more for your teen and his/her use of technology (chapter 5, pages 42-52).
Group time: Watch Session 4 “mentoring & communication” from Disc 1 (21 minutes).
Discuss: Do you believe mentoring is important? Why or why not? How can we rebuild good communication skills with our teens? What is one creative way you want to try to communicate with your teen this week?
Pray and ask the Lord to show you new and creative ways to get your teen to open up. Ask God to show you if your teen needs a mentor and who that person should be.
This week: Read Rescue book chapters 7 and 8 (pages 103-132).
Use the Rescue Prayer Journal to pray for your teen (chapter 8, pages 77- 87).
Group time: Watch Session 5 “pro-life & pro-choice” from Disc 1 and “candy gibbs’ testimony: considering an abortion?” from Disc 2 (30 minutes).
Discuss why it is important for your teen to take a pro-life stand.
Pray and ask the Lord for your teen to be strong and stand firm in what they believe. Pray for those currently facing an unplanned pregnancy.
This week: Read Rescue book chapter 6 (pages 89-102).
Use the Rescue Prayer Journal to pray for your teens pro-life/pro-choice stand (chapter 7, pages 66-76).
Group time: Watch Session 6 “sex, society, and homosexuality” from disc 2 (61 minutes).
Discuss: How does our current culture view sex differently than when you were a teen? How has the stigma of homosexuality changed? What do you believe are the biggest threat to God’s view of marriage?
Pray and ask God to reveal to you how to pray for our culture as whole. Ask the Lord to show you how you can love and encourage families dealing with homosexuality.
This week: Read Rescue book chapters 3 and 5 (pages 35-58 and pages 71-88).
Use the Rescue Prayer Journal to pray for your teen’s stance on homosexuality (chapter 6, pages 53-65)
Group time: Watch Session 7 “building an ark” and “good bye from candy” (48 minutes).
Discuss what it means to “build an ark”. How can we gather as a community and strengthen each other’s resolve to stand for what God has in store for our families? Why is it important to cling to what God says about our teens?
Pray through the scriptures at the end of Session 7:
He goes before & behind them. Deuteronomy 31:8
His wings cover them. Psalm 91:4
He gives His angels charge over them. Psalm 91:11
He has prepared good works for them. Ephesians 2:10
He equips them. Ephesians 4:12
He knows the number of hairs on their heads. Luke 12:7
His thoughts of them are more numerous than sand. Psalm 139:17-18
He has not forsaken them. Deuteronomy 31:6
He has called them for such a time as this. Esther 4:14
He has called them to be a light. John 12:36.
This week: Read Rescue book chapters 9 “Preparing Your Teen for College & Beyond” and 10 “Building An Ark” (pages 133-151).
Use the Rescue Prayer Journal to pray for your teen’s future and beyond (chapter 12, pages 124-135).
Check out the bonus material on the DVDs–worship with Molly Anderson and more content with the Lifeguards!