Music and Faith

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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.

“Music and Faith”

Regardless of the style, the music that teens enjoy seems to express their feelings, verbalize their thoughts, and identify common experiences. The Bible contains poetry and lyrics that once served as hymns and confessions of faith in Old and New Testament worship settings. This unit highlights Scriptures where hymns were quoted to teach important beliefs, pass along significant faith stories, and provide hope in the midst of adversity.

Session One: Teenagers are affected deeply by the music they hear and it helps to shape them. Every generation finds meaning in the music of its era, something that speaks their thoughts and helps them encounter the challenges for youth. Though written hundreds of years apart, Psalm 8 and Colossians 1:15-20 have much in common. Both were familiar hymns to the early church. These two passages illustrate the way the church used hymns to help believers reflect on their relationships with God and express their understanding of God.

Session Two: Although many young people may be able to think of songs that encourage us to “love one another,” they might be hard pressed to name religious hymns that do the same. Christians have a basic responsibility to love one another and to treat other people with kindness and respect. A study of Psalm 15 reveals the significance of how individuals are to treat each other. Session Two pairs Psalm 15 and the music to which teenagers listen to help young people examine their relationships.

Session Three: Some people find Psalm 23 a wellspring of comfort and assurance when they encounter the valleys of life. In a similar way, many people have faced a difficult experience and found encouragement in certain songs or special hymns. Music has a certain therapeutic value and can be a primary outlet for deep emotional expressions. Session Three guides young people to consider ways music can help them express powerful emotions.

Session Four: In times past and present, poets and composers have combined words and music to tell important stories about life. Singing these songs often helps us see the similarities between our lives and the experiences of others. The rhythmical pattern of Psalm 77 and Exodus 15:1-21 was very likely set to music or chant in order to help the people of God memorize a significant story. By examining and analyzing the stories of their lives, Session Four helps young people recognize how God is working in their lives.

by Mark Lawson

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