Disciples Follow Christ

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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.

“Disciples Follow Christ”

Discipleship involves a partnership with God that develops over time and with intentional effort. As young people invite Christ to become part of their lives, they have the opportunity to be disciples and to learn from the Master. By examining five foundational components of discipleship–Calling, Study, Prayer, Service, and Worship–young people are challenged to live in a way that blends what they believe with what they do.

Session One: Simon Peter, James, and John, heard the calling of God when they encountered Jesus by the Sea of Galilee. They left everything in order to follow Christ. Most youth already know that God calls people. But do they know that God is calling them? Youth are led to understand that Jesus finds and accepts us as we are, calling us from that point in life.

Session Two: Responding to the claims of Christ is merely the beginning of the Christian journey. There is a need for further training and instruction “to continue in what they have learned and firmly believe.” Adolescence brings new and troubling questions for which childhood beliefs are no longer sufficient. A disciple is a student, and preparation yields a proficient faith–one that eases the transition to adulthood.

Session Three: “Lord, teach us to pray” was a request from a disciple seeking help. If the disciples needed help with prayer, surely we need the same insight. Although some youth may have learned to enjoy being alone with God in prayer, other teenagers may not yet feel comfortable with periods of silence. Still others may say only what they think is supposed to be said in prayer, rather than speaking honestly.

Session Four: Followers of Christ must learn to move outside their comfort zones and, with each act of mission they perform, risk sharing the message of Christ. Christian service, however, is more than what we do; it also involves what we say. Actions can speak louder with words. Jesus shook things up with his life-giving words and compassionate actions. He spoke to people as he loved, healed, and helped them. Jesus is a model for serving others with words and actions.

Session Five: Jesus affirms a woman whose expression of love and worship was out of the ordinary for those present. His response to her detractors may also be a word for us: “She has done what she could.” When it comes to worship, sincere followers of Christ do what they can to worship God. Being intentional about both private and corporate worship indicates one’s commitment to expressing love for God.

by Brian Abel

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