Grades 9-12 | How Would People Get Ready for Jesus?
We’re continuing our look at Old Testament prophecies about Jesus. This week, we explored Isaiah 40, where the prophet Isaiah worked to prepare people for the coming Messiah. After exploring what it takes to get ready, we looked at Mark 1, where John the Baptist fulfilled Isaiah 40.
This encouraged us to embrace a deeper, awe-filled understanding of Jesus’ identity and discuss how we can respond to him as a result
This week, try to spend a few minutes talking with your teenager about this topic. You might want to begin your conversation with these questions:
Grades 6-8 | Love. Give. Serve.
We’ve finished our three-lesson look at the book of Romans. Obviously, there is a TON more in this amazing book than we could cover in three conversations. But I hope our fly-over of this book has given our teenagers a sense of some amazing, life-changing truths.
Our final conversation focused on the importance of loving genuinely, giving generously, and serving enthusiastically. All of these can naturally flow from us when we’re following Jesus and centering our lives on him.
All three of these habits can be hard to live out, especially for a young teenager, but they’re all rewarding and help point people to Jesus.
Here are some questions that could help fuel conversation with your teenager this week:
Have a great time exploring these topics. Thanks for your prayers and support!
Grades 9-12 | What Would Jesus Be Like?
We’re continuing our look at the book of Isaiah, which paints a vivid picture of Jesus 700 years before he was born. This week we looked at Isaiah 11, which reveals the royal identity and extraordinary character of Jesus, the promised Messiah.
After exploring the gentle integrity and justice-based reign of this King, we looked at Luke 1:30-33, where Jesus fulfilled this prophecy. In doing so, we were encouraged to embrace a deeper, awe-filled understanding of Jesus’ identity and consider how we can respond to him as a result.
Please take some time this week to discuss our lesson with your teenager. You can use some of the questions below to launch a conversation:
Grades 6-8 | Becoming a Friend of God
Friends. We all need them! Unfortunately, friendships can be tough in junior high. As our children move from “geographic” friends (friends with other kids in the neighborhood) to “affinity-based” friends (friends with people who share similar interests), the transition can be challenging, or even painful.
This week our teenagers talked about a different, deeper kind of friendship. We saw in Romans 5 that we become friends of God when we accept the gift of salvation through Jesus. Sin makes us enemies of God, but God’s grace offers us salvation from our sin and a restored friendship with God.
Here are some questions you might want to discuss with your teenager to keep the conversation going:
You, as a parent, play such a huge part in helping your teenager learn what it looks like to become closer friends with Jesus. Consider talking about your friendship with Jesus and you keep drawing closer to him.
We appreciate your prayers and support for our ministry. Your love truly makes a difference to your teenager—and to us!
Grades 9-12 | What Would Jesus Be Called?
We’ve begun a new series looking at Old Testament prophecies about Jesus. We’re looking at the book of Isaiah, which painted a vivid picture of the coming Messiah 700 years before Jesus was even born.
In this first lesson, we explored Isaiah 7:14 and 9:2, 6-7, where the prophet introduces us to some extraordinary titles for the coming Messiah: Immanuel, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. Then we looked at Matthew 1:18-24 as an example of how Jesus fulfilled these names. Students were encouraged to embrace a deeper, awe-filled understanding of Jesus’ identity and consider how they can respond to him as a result.
This week, please spend a few minutes talking with your teenager about our lesson. Consider building your conversation around some of these questions:
Grades 6-8 | Intro to Romans
Our teenagers have begun a new three-lesson series exploring the book of Romans—a book that is arguably the deepest and “heaviest” book in the New Testament. The Apostle Paul throws a lot of complex theology at us in just 16 chapters. However, as “deep” as the book is, it also helps form the foundation for our faith. The concepts within its pages unpack truths about salvation and what it means to live as followers of Jesus.
In our first conversation, we discussed the gospel—in other words, the good news of Jesus. The message of Jesus is good because it tells us that God loved us so much, that he sent Jesus to us. Jesus lived a perfect life, was crucified, and then came back to life. If we accept his gift of forgiveness, our sins can be forgiven and we can spend eternity with him.
As you interact with your teenager this week, consider using these questions to fuel your conversation about our lesson:
Thanks for all your prayers for our students and our ministry. Have an amazing week!
Parents, the most important youth minister in your teen's life is YOU. This blog exists to keep you aware of what we're discussing in our classes and at events we attend. It also includes prompts for YOU to continue the conversations at home! No other factor influences the spiritual development of a teenager more than their parents.