The Lost Son
We launched a three-lesson series on three awesome parables that Jesus told, and this first week focused on the parable of the lost or prodigal son found in Luke 15.
We were challenged by the truth that we all have been like that lost son—we have chosen to do our own thing, instead of doing what God desires. Our students discussed how, like the father in the parable, God celebrates when we return to the safety of home and a restored relationship with him. We were reminded that there is nothing that can separate us from the love of God.
As you go throughout the week, here are some questions that can help keep the conversation going at home:
Have a great week!
If someone gave you a truckload of cash, how would you spend it all?
Is it easier to trust in God or in stuff?
This week we launched a two-part series on the Beatitudes that Jesus taught in Matthew 5.
This first lesson focused on God’s desire for us to see we are blessed in the midst of life circumstances. No matter if we have a ton of possessions or very little, we’re blessed. God is with us through those moments of our lives where life gets crazy and we are mourning.
Whatever we are going through, we can depend on God above any material possession.
As you go through this week, challenge your teenager to continue thinking about what God desires for them in this area. Here are a few questions that can help start a conversation while you’re in the car or eating dinner:
Have a blessed week!
Lesson 9 | The Disciples
This week we finished up a mini-series on “Jesus and the People” by looking at Jesus’ closest disciples, his most committed followers. We talked about how the opportunity to follow Jesus and spread his message of good news wasn’t just for the disciples; that call is still extended to US today.
Choosing to follow Jesus and to pursue a relationship with Christ is one of the best decisions we can ever make. When we accept this invitation to follow him, we die to ourselves. We no longer lead our lives based on what is best for us, but what is best for the kingdom. We put our selfish desires behind us and love the people that God brings into our lives.
As you go throughout the week, help cement this idea in your teenager’s life by asking these kinds of questions:
Have an amazing week!
Adapted from Group Publishing's LIVE: Year With Jesus curriculum.
Lesson 8 | Zacchaeus
Ever climbed a tree to get a better view?
How desperate are you to reach Jesus?
This week we continued our three-lesson series on “Jesus and the People.” This week’s conversation focused on a man named Zacchaeus, and while he is more known for his height, our discoveries went much deeper than that.
We talked about how Jesus came to forgive EVERYONE, regardless of their social standing or their personal reputation. Zacchaeus was the perfect example of this because he didn’t seem like the kind of person who would respond to Jesus’ message—or the kind of person Jesus would spend time with. It didn’t make sense to the people in the community because Zacchaeus was a known sinner, but it made complete sense to Jesus.
As you go throughout the week, continue the conversation with your teenager by asking these kinds of questions:
Have a great week!
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