Intersection Summary

September–December 2017

Unit 1: Basic Christian Beliefs

Take it back to the basics with five sessions exploring foundational Christian beliefs. In “The Name of God,” participants will encounter God’s identity while looking at the moment God’s name was first revealed. Youth will then explore Jesus’ humility and self-denial in “The Son of God,” followed by a study of the Holy Spirit in “The Spirit of God.” Learners will discover ways the Bible is both inspired and authoritative in “The Word of God,” finally applying these sessions to an understanding of the purpose of the church in “The People of God.”

Unit 2: David—After God’s Own Heart

Heroism, politics, infighting, and scandal—David’s story is tumultuous at best. It’s also an educational story, one that explores anger, forgiveness, leadership, and decision-making. Youth will study David’s life through a handful of people who were affected by it. Bathsheba, Nathan, Absalom, and Solomon all help paint David as both a sinner and a role model. His complicated stories allow youth to explore complicated elements of their own relationships as young Christians.

Unit 3: Spirituality—The Less-Traveled Path

There’s more to our health than vitamins and exercise. Teens may not encounter as many opportunities to learn about their spiritual health as they do their physical health. So, this unit is focused on helping youth move toward a more developed and authentic relationship with God. Learners will explore themes of personal wholeness, accountability, wisdom, and finding God in their lives throughout these four sessions.

Unit 4: Jesus is Born—What Does It Mean?

Advent is a special season for preparation to celebrate the Incarnation, God revealed in the human child Jesus. However, many of us are guilty of indifference after revisiting the same details every year. Teens especially feel this monotony. Luckily, although the details of Christ’s birth haven’t changed, the lives of youth are changing every day. This unit explores five questions that help youth think about how this event affects their daily lives, and why it matters in the first place.

January–April 2018

Unit 1: Nehemiah—Rebuilding the Faith

Many youth have likely memorized some of the more popular Bible stories: Noah and the flood, Moses and the exodus, Esther and King Xerxes. Nehemiah, however, usually doesn’t stand out among these heroic examples of faith from their Old Testament studies. This first unit leads youth to rediscover the daring man who called on God’s children to rebuild their faith, and whose story still calls us today.

Unit 2: Ethical Issues

How does power influence the difference between right and wrong? What resources should we share with others? What is the right way to respond to conflict? Youth may not realize it, but they confront these and other ethical dilemmas every single day. Scripture texts in Mark, Luke, and 2 Corinthians will encourage youth to ask questions and seek answers to some of their most pressing political, social, and individual ethical concerns.

Unit 3: Champions of Faith

Three sessions devoted to Christian icons. Three powerful questions. Three approaches to finding and developing a stronger, more active faith. This unit touches on common struggles youth may experience with their faith journeys. The stories of Francis and Clare of Assisi, Jude and Job, and Teresa of Ávila prompt youth to seek love, hope, and peace in times of isolation and hopelessness.

Unit 4: Learning to Share Grace—Giving Away Your Faith

After exploring their own faith, youth can use this unit to discover endless ways to share that faith with others. Each session asks youth a new question about their relationship with Christ and others—What am I saying? What do I hear? What am I learning? What am I doing?—while Gospel texts provide powerful examples of Christ’s love and guidance.

Unit 5: New Testament Basics

Youth will close out their study with two sessions, each covering a major section in the New Testament: the Acts of the Apostles and the Letters. Just as these pieces provided guidance and sustenance to young churches in their time, these words can give hope to young Christians today with their timeless and persistent instruction.