Being Servants

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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.

“Being Servants”

This unit, focusing on servanthood and what it means to be a Christian servant, offers an unexpected word about how we are to live as “doers” of the word of God.

Session One: We humans are inextricably connected to each other. What one person does inevitably affects someone else. We are not alone. This session is the introductory session for a six-week study entitled, “Being Servants.” The texts inform the readers about the “servants who have gone before” and provide insight into the nature of servanthood. In an age and culture where individualism is proclaimed as an ultimate value, these texts have much to say.

Session Two: The scripture passage for this session tells the story of Naaman, who was led to God and healed of leprosy with the help of many different people. An Israelite servant girl, living and working in Naaman’s home, provided the link that led Naaman to salvation and recovery. In many ways, youth are like this servant girl. They share a common age, personal power, and stature in society. By studying this story and examining all the characters and their roles, youth may be able to identify with the characters and recognize ways they can help with problems.

Session Three: Today we examine Joshua 2 and learn the story of Rahab and the spies. We see the way that hearing of God through tales of God’s people created an ally from a prostitute. We see how people of God had to take risks and trust God’s leadership. The key elements to emphasize for younger youth are: 1) God can use anyone who is willing to be used by God, regardless of social status or qualification, 2) as Christians seeking God’s ways, we sometimes find help and direction in unexpected places, 3) behaving with integrity can bridge many differences between people.

Session Four: The text for today was written to a young Timothy, encouraging his servanthood and affirming his role of service. It has much to say to younger youth about their opinions of others and their call to be examples of service. It encourages youth to participate in the public life of the church. It calls youth to devotion and discipline–to paying attention to their gifts. It even charges youth to participate in their salvation and the salvation of others. Essentially, to youth it says, “The time for serving is now; the one for serving is you.”

Session Five: We have often looked to Martha and Mary for their examples of Christian servanthood. There is little doubt about their love and loyalty or about their commitments to further the message of Christ. Both of these women serve, yet the ways in which they serve are very different. Whether their styles of service were shaped by personality, desire or interest, we don’t know, but we can say with some certainty–their service to Christ shaped their lives. This session will allow young people to “meet” Mary and Martha and discover how these sisters can help each of us as we seek to define ourselves as servants of Christ.

Session Six: Sometimes the realities of Bible times seem very strange and odd to those of us living in this day and time. We try to communicate gospel truths but sometimes the biblical illustrations speak of a time and place very far from where we live. Today’s session involves just such a situation. Washing feet is a significant symbol of servanthood from Bible times but in our daily living, it is a fairly private hygiene practice that has little or nothing to do with our time here together. Yet the model of service that it illustrates is one that is integral to the Christian life. To learn to serve as Jesus served is a measure of faith maturity and an act of obedience to God. The challenge is to translate the symbol into something that can be understood by younger youth in a way they can learn about the message of Christian servanthood. This session uses familiar TV images, readers’ theater and a game to communicate the message of Christian servanthood.

by June Hardy Dorsey

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