Our small groups continue their exploration this week of who God is, with a focus on Jesus—God the Son, the second member of the Trinity.
The Bible reveals that Jesus was both fully God and fully human. He lived a perfect, sinless life. He performed incredible miracles—multiplying food, raising the dead, healing the sick. And the greatest demonstration was his victory over death—his resurrection from the dead.
Jesus also experienced human emotions and pain. He cried when Lazarus died. He felt compassion when saw the crowds of hurting people. And when Jesus was crucified, he bled and suffered excruciating pain.
This means that as God the Son, Jesus is powerful enough to save us completely. As someone who was fully human, Jesus understands and sympathizes with us completely.
This week, as you find time to talk with your teenager about our lesson, you might want to use some of these questions to get conversation flowing:
- What do you think Jesus was like as a teenager? What was it like for him to experience all the changes and transitions that teenagers experience?
- How difficult is it for you to practice humility like Jesus did? What are some of the obstacles to becoming a more humble person?
- What are some reasons we don’t share the good news of Jesus with others?
I’m praying that you and your family have a great week!
We’re three weeks into our series focusing on questions Jesus asked in the Gospels. Each week, our students are examining a different passage of Scripture to discover the backstory behind some of those questions.
In this third lesson, we explored Mark 10:46-52, where Jesus met Bartimaeus, a blind man who called out for Jesus to heal him. The interesting point of this interaction is not that Jesus healed him, but the question Jesus asked him right before he did it. “What do you want me to do for you?” is not a question that we often associate with our relationship with Jesus. Sometimes we get stuck thinking that our faith journey is all about what we should be doing for God. This week we discussed how Jesus wants to do something for us—we just need to ask.
This week, take some time to talk with your teenager about our lesson. Here are some questions you might want to ask:
- What do we want and need Jesus to do for us?
- What can keep us from asking Jesus to help us with things we can’t change on our own?
- What are some specific things that Jesus has already done for us? How can we be more thankful for those things?
Have an awesome week!
I would like to begin by handing you a machete.
A machete is a long knife used in the jungle to cut through thick brush and create a path.
I want to hand you a figurative machete and inspire you to start beating down a path through life for your teenager to follow.
There is no greater spiritual influence in the life of your teenager than you. As your teenager’s youth minister, the smartest thing I can do is to set you up to blaze a trail of spiritual heritage for your teenager to follow.
That is why I want to encourage you to live out Psalm 145:4 with your teenager.
“One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts.”
Here are 3 ways you can blaze a spiritual path for your teenager:
Close the old trails- You might have had a trail marked out for you by your parents that led to lots of pain. You don’t have to continue that path. You can close that trail and mark a new one for your teenager to follow.
Mark the trail in word and deed- Far too often we try to make a spiritual impact on our teenager through words alone. Consider adding actions to your words. This has a multiplying effect on the integrity and influence you have with your teenager.
Don’t force it- You can mark a beautiful path for them to follow. You can make the entrance clear. You can shine a light on it showing them where to go. But you can’t make them follow the path. That is ultimately their choice. You can’t control their faith decisions, you can only guide them.
If you haven’t checked our the Rites of Passage Experience yet, please go here to check it out. It is another simple and powerful way that you and I can work together to blaze a trail and help you pass down your faith to your teenager.
As always, please reply to this email with any questions or thoughts you may have.