What Jesus Teaches Us About God

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Age Group

Younger Youth

Brief Description

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.

“What Jesus Teaches Us About God”

In this unit, young people will learn the basic lessons Jesus taught the disciples. From both parables and narrative stories, Jesus’ lessons explain how we experience God’s love, how God’s love includes us all, how God’s love seeks us out, how we find a home in God’s love, and finally how God helps us deal with our fears.

Session One is the first in a series about the extraordinary love of God for the extraordinary children of God–us. The series is based on both the stories Jesus tells us about God and also the stories about Jesus in the New Testament. Many are familiar to us and call us to look more closely at ourselves and our ideas about the love of God.

In Session Two, Jesus tells two parables that make us think beyond what our society considers impressive and important. Parables help us to think through situations, identify with the characters, and come to a deeper understanding of God’s message. These two parables tease our minds to think about who is really included in God’s love–who is “invited” to God’s party–and to recognize that we all are included in God’s love and grace.

Session Three focuses on the twin parables of the lost sheep and the lost coin. In many ways, this is the heart of the Gospel–that God in Jesus looks actively for the lost people of the world. This session helps us understand that we all are lost in one way or another—and that God’s love finds us—even when we are lost in adolescence.

Session Four explores the story of the prodigal son and his response to his father’s love. We all find things—like the far country—that call us away from the love around us. Then, like the prodigal, we realize that what we need is at home—in the love of God. We find that we are homesick for God’s love and that God is waiting to welcome us home and to rejoice.

by Anita Flowers

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