• 4 Teaching Guide Sessions
• 4 Youth Page Sets
1. Acts 9:36-42
2. Judges 4:4-10
3. Acts 18:24-28
4. Esther 4:4-17; 9:29-10:3
Intersection includes complete resources for teaching both younger and older youth, including learners materials, teaching guides, and handouts. The teaching guide is options-based, so teachers can customize sessions to match their favorite approach.
This unit presents the stories of eight incredible role models of faith. From the oldest scriptural song in the Bible, to early church leaders, to saints of the Middle Ages and freed slaves in America, women have left indelible marks upon the Christian faith. In such persons, youth can find role models worthy of their admiration and emulation.
Tabitha understood the call to serve others. She showed it in her care for the widows of her community. Upon her death, she was remembered as a disciple of Christ and a true servant of others (Acts 9:36-42). Tabitha got a second opportunity in life, as did a fourth-century teenager named Olympias. When Olympias was stripped of her wealth and privilege, she realized it had been a burden. She felt she could better serve the poor of her community if she were unencumbered by material wealth and possessions. As a result of her spirit of servanthood, she eventually became a respected church leader. Youth, whose lives are far too often privileged and self-absorbed, can learn from these two women the joy of serving others.
Deborah, one of the more notable women of faith in the Old Testament, was a leader among leaders, serving in Israel as a prophet, a military strategist, a judge, and a mother (Judg 4:4-10). Hildegard of Bingen was an equally gifted leader in the tenth and eleventh centuries. She was a healer and physician, a songwriter and preacher, a visionary and advisor to world leaders. The lives of these two women can inspire youth who are trying to find their own place and style of leadership.
Priscilla and Mother Ann Lee were both pioneers. Priscilla and her husband Aquila were befriended by the apostle Paul and entrusted with knowledge of "the Way of Christ" to share with Jews and Gentiles alike. Through their ministry in Ephesus, they became mentors to the young preacher Apollos (Acts 18:24-28). Ann Lee was the founder of the Shakers, remembered for their simplicity and beauty in music, furniture, dance, and spirituality. This session involves youth in both the teaching and learning processes.
Queen Esther and Sojourner Truth were women whose circumstances demanded that they speak the truth despite the risks involved, even when the risk entailed giving up their own lives. Queen Esther became the instrument of salvation for her people, the Jews living in Persia (Esther 4:4-17; 9:29-10:3). Sojourner Truth was born a slave in the state of New York. When she was freed, she became a champion for the cause of abolition, education, and property ownership for black Americans. She received her name and her calling from God. Youth can find encouragement to speak the truth in difficult situations from the lives of these two courageous women.
by Eileen Campbell-Reed