Learning to Share Grace

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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.

“Learning to Share Grace”

Youth are led to consider the ways they can and do share their faith with others. When we speak of “sharing grace,” we refer to the ability to give away the goodness we enjoy as followers of Christ. How Christians share their faith cannot be defined by any particular method, Scripture plan, or personal testimony. Scripture indicates that Jesus did not limit himself when it came to sharing his love. Our opportunities for “sharing grace” with others are unlimited.

Session One: During Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, many were found celebrating and praising God. There were, however, detractors who stood to the side offering criticism that was not constructive. Youth are led to consider their place in the crowd and how they are currently proclaiming Christ. What are they saying? How is it constructive and helpful for those who need to hear about Christ?

Session Two: For Mary, belief and understanding come neither from seeing the empty tomb (she thinks someone stole the body) nor talking directly to Jesus (she thought he was someone else), but from hearing Christ call her name. This demonstrates how deeply personal the experience of faith can be. Excitement and hope is generated when we realize that God knows us individually by name.

Session Three: Giving away our faith is not as complicated as some would lead us to believe. In our Scripture passage, sharing faith is simply a part of following Christ. Sharing grace is made easier by the fact that it occurs within a faith community. It is also an ongoing learning process that involves times of sincere belief punctuated with moments of genuine doubt. This, too, is experienced in the midst of a supportive community.

Session Four: Jesus challenges us to go places and offer gifts, which broadens our vision as followers of Christ. Truly loving Christ means caring for those whom Christ loves. We note the purpose of our spiritual lives and our growing faith when Jesus says, “Feed my sheep.” Young people are led to struggle with difficult questions such as “What am I doing because I love God?” and “Am I sharing grace with those whom God loves?”

by Carol Younger

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