Looking to the Cross and Learning the Gospel

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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.

“Looking to the Cross and Learning the Gospel”

This unit addresses some of the challenges we face during our “in-between times.” Younger youth are just beginning to struggle with and question the meanings of biblical lessons they have heard all their lives. As their teacher, you have the unique privilege to struggle with them as they are beginning life in this “in-between time.” These sessions are designed to challenge youth to ask themselves what it means to have a relationship with Jesus through all types of experiences. This unit focuses on the cross and its impact on our lives.

Beginning with a definition of faith itself, youth are called in session one to consider their own faith as more than works, “something I do,” but as a response in belief and acknowledgment of the gracious and prior movement of God.

In session two, we move to a consideration of the hope that Christ engenders in those who follow him. Hope that endures, even flourishes, through pain and hardship is the aim of “taking up our cross” discipleship.

This discipleship or “followship” is no task to be underestimated. “Living in the Light” and following is the subject of session three. “God within us” is the focus of session four. Potentially a vague idea due to the over-familiarity of this language, youth are encouraged to consider what it “really means” to have the Spirit of God within.

Sessions five and six bring us to the Passion itself as we consider Christ’s choice to sacrifice and the action of the women at the tomb, whose faith overcame fear in their response to the risen Christ. Jesus reminds us to “not be afraid” in this “in-between time” because he is with us, as close as our breath. Celebrate and struggle as you teach this unit.

by Jennifer Smith

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