Basic Christian Beliefs

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Age Group

Youth

Brief Description

Intersection includes complete resources for teaching both younger and older youth, including learner’s materials, teaching guides, and handouts. The teaching guide is options-based, so teachers can customize sessions to match their favorite approach.

“Basic Christian Beliefs”

This unit helps teenagers reflect on some basic Christian themes including beliefs about God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Bible, and the Church. These sessions review essential concepts using terms youth understand.

Session One focuses on what God’s name reveals about God’s identity. The fact that God would go to the trouble of giving a name indicates God’s desire to be known and to relate to us. By naming the name, God becomes approachable. In Exodus 3:13-15, Moses never doubted as to whom he was talking, nor whether he should submit to God’s call, but he wanted to be sure that others knew the God who was heard from within the flames of the burning bush. Moses was empowered by relating with God, and as God’s name indicates, God wants to relate closely with young people.

Session Two emphasizes the nature of God’s Son. Paul used the lyrics of an early Christian hymn to explain how Jesus chose to take on the form of a slave. A review of Philippians 2:5-11 helps teens consider what it means for Jesus to be the Savior. Although equal with God, Jesus chose not to exploit or strive for any divine rights and privileges. He chose the ultimate act of self-denial and humility by completely emptying himself. The question is whether our youth want to take on the mind of Christ and orient their lives accordingly. Will our teenagers be willing to become as humble and self-giving as Jesus?

Session Three focuses on the role and function of the Spirit as recorded in John 16:7-15. In comforting the disciples’ fears about his imminent departure, Jesus promised that the Advocate would come in his place to act as counselor and helper. Having entered the world through Christ, God’s presence would continue through the Holy Spirit once Jesus was gone. Guide your teens to consider how God’s Spirit is present in their lives.

A Session Four review of Hebrews 4:12-13 emphasizes God’s self-revelation through Scripture. The Bible is different and special because it is the single compilation of writings accepted as inspired, authoritative, and true. No other work eclipses the Bible’s authority for guiding and directing our lives. It is a source of authority not only because the pages record God’s activity in human history but precisely because it is the written word of God. Believers “hear” God “speaking” to them through the various words—parables, laws, prophesies, blessings, prayers, and so on—in the Bible.

by Natalie Nicholas

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