We are so excited to let you know that all of our Winter 2016 series are 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), below you’ll find a summary of all of our new series along with the title graphic for each series. We look forward to hearing how you use the curriculum this Winter to help your students dive in and grow their faith as we transition from 2016 into 2017.
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JUDGMENT CALL (Middle School) | October 30, November 6, November 13
We all have opinions. And most of the time, we feel very strongly about those opinions. There are some things we just love. We love to talk about them and how much we love them. But more than that, there are things we love to hate. When it comes to talking about things we don’t like, we could go on and on and on! The truth is, we love to judge things. We make judgment calls all the time, and not just about things like movies, or restaurants, or sports, or music. We judge other people, and we judge ourselves. And the problem with making those kinds of judgments is that they typically end up being more hurtful than helpful. When it comes to looking at ourselves and others, our lens for judgment is flawed. But God can change all that! In this series we’ll take a look at the way God calls us to look at the things and people around us. And when we apply His lens for judgment, we’ll find that the way we see both ourselves and other people will be changed.
SHAMELESS (High School) | October 30, November 6, November 13
Have you ever seen one of those really crazy celebrity headlines or photos on social media and thought, How embarrassing?! Maybe you’ve thought, I would never do that! Or, I’d never say that. Or, I’d never wear that in public. But the truth is, we’ve all done things that we wish we hadn’t. We’ve all had a most embarrassing moment…or a few of them. There’s nothing wrong with feeling a little red- faced every once in a while, but when that feeling of shame carries over to how we see ourselves, how we treat others, and even what we think about God, it can be really harmful. As we explore what the Bible says about our best and worst moments, we may just discover that the best thing we can do with one of the worst feelings is to shame…less.
UPSIDE DOWN (Middle School & High School) | August 21, August 28, September 11
Have you ever thought something worked one way, only to find it didn’t? Like maybe as a kid you thought the bathtub drain was a death trap. Then you learned it couldn’t actually suck you into the sewer and that was a game changer. Or maybe you were sure that the closet should be avoided because monsters lived there. Then you learned they didn’t. That changed your morning routine for sure. Any time you learn new information, it can turn your world upside down. Jesus had a habit of doing just that with the people closest to Him. He often did or said things that were the exact opposite of what anyone expected. He’d take ideas that everyone agreed with, ideas that everyone would say, “Of course, that’s just the way it is,” and He’d flip them upside down. He would tell people to do the exact opposite of what they thought. This was especially true when Jesus talked about how we treat people, specifically people who like us, people who don’t, and people we don’t even notice.
ANOTHER CHRISTMAS STORY (Middle School & High School) | December 11, December 18
It’s Christmas. Nativity scenes are everywhere. You know, Mary, Joseph, shepherds, angels, and the drummer boy (who wasn’t actually there). Maybe you grew up seeing these scenes and wondered what they were all about. Or maybe you’ve heard the story a million times. Either way, there’s another story we bet you haven’t heard, characters you barely know, scenes you don’t see in the plastic nativity on your neighbor’s lawn. As we explore two often-untold parts of the Christmas story, we discover that God had something bigger in mind from the very beginning. And, just as it was true for those at the first Christmas, He may just have a bigger story in mind for us as well.
I’M IN (Middle School & High School) | January 1, January 8, January 15, January 22
“Are you in?” It’s a question we all answer over and over again. When there’s a party, when our coach says it’s time for tryouts, when we’re offered a summer job, when our friends go to the movies, or when someone invites us to church, we all have the chance to decide if we’re “in” or “out” for that particular activity. Sometimes the answer is an easy, “Count me in!” Other times it’s tougher. There are good reasons on both sides. Some of Jesus’ friends were faced with the same decision of whether they were “in” or “out.” They had good reasons to join the Jesus movement, but they also had some pretty compelling reasons to step out—things like doubt, guilt, pride, and the fear of what they might miss. As we get to know these sometimes famous and devoted followers, we’ll talk about the decision they faced, why they could have walked away, and what led them to say, “I’m in.”