We are excited to let you know that our Summer 2016 curriculum now available! We have four new series for XP3 Middle School and four new series for XP3 High School ready for you to download. In case you haven’t downloaded your new series yet (or in case you’re not an XP3 subscriber), we put together a short preview video featuring some of our Summer 2016 XP3HS content. We can’t wait to hear how you use the curriculum this Summer to help your students dive in and grow in their faith.
Now that you have an idea of what each series is about, here’s a full description of each series we have coming up for this Summer.
OVER FLOW (Middle School) | May 1, May 8, May 15
What do you think about when you hear the word “overflow”? Maybe you’re remembering that time you tossed a Mentos into a bottle of Diet Coke just to see what would happen. Or maybe you’re picturing the way your room looked when you forgot to clean it…for the third month in a row. Or maybe when you hear “overflow,” you think about the way you felt when you convinced yourself eating fifty chicken nuggets was a good idea. Whatever images come to mind for you, overflow is what this series is about. It’s about letting things in our lives—the right kinds of things—overflow. It’s about experiencing something, or having something, and then sharing it with someone else. Because when we let the right things in our lives overflow, it can end up having a big effect on the world around us.
VIRAL (High School) | May 1, May 8, May 15
Have you ever seen something go viral? Maybe you saw one of those videos from a singing competition show where a candidate everyone expected to be terrible ended up being amazing. Or maybe you saw a meme with the president or the pope or Kermit the frog that was totally hilarious and you just happened to notice that it had been shared over a million times. Or it’s the GIF of the weatherman reporting from the middle of a hurricane who literally gets knocked over by the wind…again and again. Or it’s any video of cats. Even though the word “viral” originally meant something awful, like disease, it has grown to describe anything that starts small and spreads quickly. And that’s what this series is about. Picking things in our lives, the right kinds of things, to go viral—to experience something, and then share it, and have it spread, so that before long something that started small, and maybe even started with us, can end up having a big effect on the world around us.
SWITCH (Middle School) | May 22, May 29, June 5, June 12
Have you ever thought about how many times a day you switch things on or off? The lights. Your alarm. Your hair dryer. Your phone. The TV. But have you ever thought about your faith as having an on or off switch, too? Sometimes it’s really hard to keep our faith switched “on” all the time. No matter how big our faith in God is, sometimes we all face things that make it difficult to have faith in God. Sometimes those things can become so big that they actually “turn off” our faith. Kind of like a switch. Guilt. Doubt. Judgment. Even our feelings. All of these things have the ability, in some way, to switch off our faith. But what if they didn’t have to? What if these things had the ability to switch “on” our faith instead? In this series, we’ll take a look at the life of Peter—a man who is known today as having great faith in God—because when Peter wrestled with guilt, doubt, judgment, and even his own feelings, he found a way to let each of those things switch his faith “on” instead of switching it “off.”
ACTIVATE (High School) | May 22, May 29, June 5, June 12
Science is fascinating. Even if you hate science class, you have to admit that the idea of conducting experiments is cool. It’s amazing how adding just a few drops of one chemical can create a reaction, adding a few drops of another can stop or deactivate the same reaction and adding a few drips of a third chemical can make the first two glow in the dark or it can make them explode! What’s crazy is that you can’t tell by looking at something what reaction it will cause. Maybe it’s an activator. Maybe it’s a deactivator. Maybe it’s neither. The only way to know is to keep testing it out and see what happens. Believe it or not, this is something faith and science have in common. We all experience moments that have the potential to activate or deactivate our faith, and it’s hard to tell at first glance which is happening. This was especially true in the life of one of Jesus’ followers and dear friends, Peter. As we take a closer look at his ups and downs, we’ll discover how sometimes the very experiences that threaten to destroy our faith are the ones that can activate it in a whole new way.
WE ARE YOUNG (Middle School & High School) | June 19, June 26
Have you ever been around an older person who talks about what it was like to be young? They reminisce about the music they listened to, the lack of responsibility they had, the freedom they experienced. They almost always talk about being young as if it’s awesome. And for the most part, they’re right. Being young is awesome. You don’t pay taxes. You don’t have to understand insurance. And someone, other than you, buys you snacks. It’s a pretty good set up. But there are some tough parts to being a student too. For starters, there’s school—and subjects like Geometry. Then there’s the feeling that people are ignoring you or treating you like you don’t matter because you’re younger. In fact, maybe one of the toughest parts of being young is feeling like you don’t count yet, like you can’t be heard or respected or even helpful until you’re older. And it’s frustrating because deep down it feels like that shouldn’t be true, like there’s something wrong with that system. If you’ve ever felt that way, you’re in good company. As we take a look at two letters from the New Testament written to a young church leader named Timothy, we find out how to keep anyone from looking down on us just because we are young.
OVER TIME (Middle School & High School) | July 10, July 17, July 24
Fast. It’s how our culture likes to do things. Because we lead such busy lives, we have become masters at finding the quickest way to accomplish nearly everything. This need for speed has lead us to some of the best inventions ever—things like the drive thru, the microwave, and movies on-demand. Unfortunately, it’s that same desire for instant results that gave us some not-so-awesome inventions. Have you ever tried instant coffee or instant mashed potatoes? Not nearly as good as the real thing. The truth is, while fast is awesome, there are some things in life that just take time. Maybe that’s why the Bible keeps mentioning this idea of sowing and reaping, or planting and waiting for something to grow. Because while our temptation will always be to look for a shortcut or to focus our attention somewhere that will give us faster results, we run the risk of missing out on some of the best things in life when we don’t work on them over time.