GRADES 9-12 | Who is Jesus?
We’ve launched a new series focusing on the critical question Jesus asked his disciples: “Who do you say I am?” (Matthew 16:15). It’s a question we each must personally consider in our own interaction with Jesus. What do we really believe about him, about his purpose, and about his role in our lives?
This week we focused on the key theological ideas in Peter’s answer, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16). Teenagers dug deeper into the Old Testament idea of the justice, mercy, and hope the Messiah would bring. We also explored more deeply Jesus’ claim to be not only God’s Son, but to be onewith the Father (John 10:30).
Teenagers are in a critical place in their spiritual development as they develop and deepen their own sense of conviction about Jesus’ true identity. This week, I encourage you to spend a few minutes talking with your teenager about our lesson. Consider building your conversation around these questions:
GRADES 6-8 | Who is Jesus?
We’ve finished the second conversation in a three-lesson series about all the changes young teenagers experience. In our first conversation, we set the topic up, introducing the idea that these changes are part of God’s great love for each student. This week and next we’re briefly covering five specific areas of change: physical, emotional, intellectual, social, and spiritual. We covered the first two in this session, and we’ll discuss the remaining three in the next session.
While some kids are excited about the changes they’re experiencing in their bodies, the majority of them experience a sense of fear, and they wonder if something’s wrong. Most young teenagers, at some point in their journey of change, assume that they’re not developing normally. As a parent, you can have a profound impact on your child by encouraging them to see the changes they’re going through as normal and good, and that they’re going to turn out just fine.
The emotional changes they’re experiencing (which are directly tied to their developing brains, and their new ability to think abstractly) are usually more confusing than concerning. Kids might seem emotionally volatile or moody to you; that’s because they’re feeling things they’ve never felt before and don’t understand those feelings. Have patience!
This week, I encourage you to spend a few minutes talking with your teenager about our lesson. Consider building your conversation around these questions:
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.