Grades 9-12 | Jesus' Job Description
We’ve finished the last of four lessons that dig deep into how Jesus described himself in Scripture, in a series called “In His Own Words.” We’ve been discovering the ways Jesus “framed” who he is—his purpose, motivation, and intentions.
In this last lesson, we paid “peculiar attention” to the five “bullet points” in Jesus’ job description—this proclamation of his mission kicked off his public ministry. Quoting a prophecy in Isaiah, he said: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.” We explored together the incredible truth that Jesus is determined to set us free from whatever imprisons us. He can’t help himself, because he loves us.
This week, spend a few minutes talking with your teenager about our lesson. Consider asking these questions:
Grades 6-8 | Learning to Forgive Others
We’ve wrapped up our series on the important subject of forgiveness. In this final lesson, we looked at a parable in Matthew 18:23-35 that helps us appreciate the depth of God’s forgiveness and how we ought to willingly forgive people.
Forgiveness is not an easy thing. We have a natural tendency to withhold forgiveness, to seek revenge, or to just avoid the person who has hurt, offended, or betrayed us. But Jesus says there’s a different, better way to live.
This week, I encourage you to keep the conversation going at home. Here are some questions you might want to ask your teenager:
Have a wonderful week!
Grades 9-12 | Buried Treasure
We’ve now finished the third of four lessons that dig deep into how Jesus described himself in Scripture, in our series called “In His Own Words.” We’re discovering the ways Jesus “framed” who he is—his purpose, motivation, and intentions.
In this third lesson, we slowed down to chew on two very short parables Jesus told—the pearl of great price and the treasure buried in the field—that Jesus uses to describe himself. The idea behind each of these parables is simple: Once you understand what an incredibly valuable treasure Jesus is, it’s a no-brainer to give everything you have to gain him.
This week, I encourage you to spend a few minutes talking with your teenager about our lesson. Here are a few questions to consider asking:
Grades 6-8 | Understanding God’s Greatest Gift
We’ve launched a new series focusing on the topic of forgiveness. Each week, teenagers are examining Scripture to discover truths about God’s forgiving character.
In this first lesson, we explored Luke 7:36-50, when Jesus was anointed by “a certain immoral woman.” Forgiveness is one of the greatest habits we can practice, and a true lifestyle of forgiveness is only possible after we’ve allowed Jesus to forgive our sins. We owe a debt that cannot be paid—our sin separates us from God, and there’s a penalty that must be paid for that sin. Fortunately, God loved us so much that he provided a way for that debt to be paid—through Jesus.
This week, I encourage you to spend a few minutes talking with your teenager about our lesson. Consider fueling your conversation with these questions:
Thanks for all your prayers for our teenagers 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.