Intersection Summary

January–April 2018

Unit 1: Nehemiah—Rebuilding the Faith

Many youth have likely memorized some of the more popular Bible stories: Noah and the flood, Moses and the exodus, Esther and King Xerxes. Nehemiah, however, usually doesn’t stand out among these heroic examples of faith from their Old Testament studies. This first unit leads youth to rediscover the daring man who called on God’s children to rebuild their faith, and whose story still calls us today.

Unit 2: Ethical Issues

How does power influence the difference between right and wrong? What resources should we share with others? What is the right way to respond to conflict? Youth may not realize it, but they confront these and other ethical dilemmas every single day. Scripture texts in Mark, Luke, and 2 Corinthians will encourage youth to ask questions and seek answers to some of their most pressing political, social, and individual ethical concerns.

Unit 3: Champions of Faith

Three sessions devoted to Christian icons. Three powerful questions. Three approaches to finding and developing a stronger, more active faith. This unit touches on common struggles youth may experience with their faith journeys. The stories of Francis and Clare of Assisi, Jude and Job, and Teresa of Ávila prompt youth to seek love, hope, and peace in times of isolation and hopelessness.

Unit 4: Learning to Share Grace—Giving Away Your Faith

After exploring their own faith, youth can use this unit to discover endless ways to share that faith with others. Each session asks youth a new question about their relationship with Christ and others—What am I saying? What do I hear? What am I learning? What am I doing?—while Gospel texts provide powerful examples of Christ’s love and guidance.

Unit 5: New Testament Basics

Youth will close out their study with two sessions, each covering a major section in the New Testament: the Acts of the Apostles and the Letters. Just as these pieces provided guidance and sustenance to young churches in their time, these words can give hope to young Christians today with their timeless and persistent instruction.

May–August 2018

Unit 1: The Future Was Then

Apocalyptic stories are about a lot more than gloom and doom. In this unit, youth will study excerpts of biblical apocalyptic writings in search of messages of hope, comfort, and God’s loving power. Sessions will lead young learners through passages in Isaiah, Zechariah, Daniel, Matthew, and Revelation. Accompanying session activities and discussion questions will guide youth to see beyond chaos and doubt in the texts as well as in their own lives.

Unit 2: Finding My Way

Not quite children and not yet adults—teenagers in your youth group often find themselves in a confusing transition period. They are learning to navigate their adolescent period and rarely have clear instructions. This unit explores stories of Jesus as an adolescent, Paul as a mentor, and the four young men in Daniel as examples of faithful followers of God. Through them, your teenagers will come to recognize their own capabilities and identities as believers.

Unit 3: The Sermon on the Mount

In this unit, teens can encounter Jesus through his own words. The Sermon on the Mount in Matthew contains themes central to the gospel and urges youth to examine their relationships with God as they seek an authentic life of faith. Each session in this unit allows youth to see their religious life as much more than simply following a list of “do’s and don’ts.”

Unit 4: Ephesians

Paul’s brief, yet powerful letter to the Ephesians is written to a group of somewhat new believers. In studying the book, you and your youth won’t discover long-winded or heavy theological treatises. Instead, youth will find messages of comfort, a call to examine their gifts, and tools for finding the resources to handle any problem they face in life. Each session in this unit will encourage teens to ask difficult questions and empower them to find the answers.