Curious Stories of the Bible

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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.

“Curious Stories of the Bible”

Session 1: When have I been blind to the work of God in my life?
Session One tells of a man named Balaam and his talking donkey, who are found in Numbers 22. Balaam was so caught up in external circumstances that he failed to notice God’s presence. Only his faithful donkey could save his life. Youth will seek to recognize times when they have been blind not only to God’s working in their own lives, but also to God’s very presence among them. This session looks at what causes blindness to God’s working and how teenagers can become more aware of what God is trying to tell them.

Session 2: How can Jesus release me from my troubles?
Session Two deals with Jesus’ casting the demon Legion out of the man from the Gerasene region who lived among the tombs. Youth will consider what troubles them and binds them from experiencing the full joy God intends for them to know. This session helps young people recognize the power that God has over all situations, even in the lives of teenagers.

Session 3: How do we corrupt what is good and pleasing to God?
Session Three deals with a symbolic action carried out by the prophet Jeremiah. Youth will enjoy the humor of the story as Jeremiah travels to bury an undergarment, only to dig it up later and find it useless. But the truth of the symbolism rings strong and clear. There are times when we corrupt what is good and pleasing to God through either our individual actions or through corporate attitudes and actions. God demands our best, and there are consequences for every action.

Session 4: What can I do when all hope seems lost?
Session Four sees the prophet Ezekiel amid a valley of dry bones. Suddenly the pile of bones becomes a host of live men, and God explains to Ezekiel the underlying meaning behind the episode. God is offering hope to the people of Israel who are scattered in the Babylonian Exile. In this session, youth will realize a universal truth: hope may seem lost and far away, but God is ever-present, continually offering hope and new opportunities to all.

by Scott Thrailkill

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