Ask What, Not Why: Tough Questions from the Bible

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Younger Youth

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Intersection for Younger Youth is a complete resource for teaching younger youth. This guide includes teaching procedures and reproducible resource pages. Intersection combines active, creative learning approaches with quality Bible study.

“Ask What, Not Why: Tough Questions from the Bible”

The goal of this unit is much like the goal of a vital and growing faith life–to struggle with all your might, knowing that you may not reach any certain conclusions in this life, but still believing that the struggle is worthwhile. You and your youth may not come to any certain conclusions about the flood, or about Abraham and Isaac, or about why Jesus would choose only one person for healing. But you will have asked the questions, and in the asking you will discover a God whose presence confounds our answers and leads us further into life.

Session 1: The story of the flood may have been one of the first Bible stories your youth heard as children. They may feel that they know it inside and out. Yet, they may not have considered some of the tough questions this story can raise. Why would God, who pronounced all creation “good,” then decide to destroy it? If God did something like this once, would God do it again?

Session 2: Many youth are passionate about nature. If they care deeply about something–including their faith–they will sacrifice a lot in the pursuit of their goal and condemn others for not doing the same. The story of Abraham and Isaac may sound to them like a call to radical commitment, to follow Abraham’s example and be willing to place on the altar anyone or anything that God might require. But how do we know what God requires? How do we decide how much to give? This session will explore the mystery of God’s voice in our lives–where God speaks, what God says, how we know the voice is God’s, and what to do when we hear it.

Session 3: Younger youth are beginning to be concerned about Jesus’ identity. They want to know about Jesus the person. Did he have friends? Did he get into trouble when he was a kid? Did he play games or party or date? In short, was Jesus a real person with real feelings and real struggles just like ours? If so, how do we put the human picture of Jesus together with the divine picture? This session provides youth with an opportunity to consider the identity of Jesus and in so doing, to consider their relationship to him.

by Grace Burton Edwards

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