Jesus Is Born: What Does it Mean?

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Age Group

Youth

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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

“Jesus Is Born”

If Jesus really was the presence of God, embodied in human form, then surely an unprecedented event calls for an equally exceptional response. God longs to have a relationship with young people. However, as illustrated by the account of Mary and Elizabeth in Luke 1:39-45, youth must place themselves in a position to experience the presence of God by reflecting on what the birth of Christ means to them. During this Advent season, may the celebration of the arrival of Christ cause your youth to consider why any of it matters.

Session One: Teenagers want to know who cares about them and whom they can trust. In this session’s Scripture text, Jesus makes the promise that, even if heaven and earth pass away, his words will not (Lk 21:33). In other words, Jesus can be trusted. Jesus cares enough to tell youth the truth.

Session Two: This session’s Scripture powerfully demonstrates God’s desires to speak and to reveal truth to God’s children. But the children must be listening. Evidently, Elizabeth and Mary were listening to God. They had made it their heart’s cry to be close to God. Because they listened, they heard God’s voice. Youth often wonder if God can or would speak to them. Mary and Elizabeth demonstrate that God speaks…if only we will listen.

Session Three: Forgiveness is a challenging but crucial component in any relationship, whether it involves friend, spouse, peer, co-worker, parent, sibling, teacher, or other. People don’t always choose to forgive, and many are not aware of its significance in improving relationships. Youth are incredibly relationship-oriented: their lives revolve around relationships. Consequently, this session about repenting, forgiving, and maintaining healthy relationships is especially relevant to young people.

Session Four: The significant issues that John addressed with the crowd are right on target for youth today. First, the people were relying on their connection with Abraham as a “free ride” into God’s Kingdom. John basically told them to find their own transportation. For teens, this is an important truth. They are at the age when they are starting to determine what they believe. They need to recognize it’s not enough that their parents go to church or that their parents believe in God. Though we can certainly be grateful for parents who have pointed the way to Christ, we are each individually accountable in our relationship with God.

by Beth Miller

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