Love is in the air! And youth will love what we have lined up this weekend!
All youth will cover the Core Belief of “The Bible,” God’s love letter to humanity. We’ll learn that the Bible is God’s Word, completely accurate and trustworthy for our daily lives. See more on our resource page: http://www.redlandbaptist.org/youth-resources/.
Youth will cover separate lessons for middle and high school for the next 5 weeks.
This week, our small groups begin a three-lesson series on the changes junior high students experience. In this first lesson, we’re tackling what is potentially the most awkward of the topics – physical changes.
Using Psalm 139:13-16, we’ll talk about how God values our students as people with purpose. As our teenagers go through this intense process of puberty and physical change, God deeply loves the person in the mirror-whether they like it or not. God’s love remains constant no matter what changes are taking places on the inside or outside of their bodies. God’s love is individual, intentional, and intimate.
The passage from Psalm 139 shows us that God put us together with a very intentional purpose. God designed every part of our physical being. God loves us as we are because we are exactly what he wants us to be. God saw us from the very beginning and has loved us since that moment. He knows every part of us and created a plan for us.
I’d encourage you to talk with your teenager about this week’s lesson. Here are some questions you might want to incorporate:
- How do you feel knowing that God-creator of the universe-created you?
- What are some of the physical changes that might take place during your junior high “season” of life? Are there any changes you’re really looking forward to-and any that you’re really dreading?
- Why is it important for you and your friends to have grace for one another knowing that you are all going through some sort of physical change? What might happen if you aren’t graceful?
We’re launching a new six-part study on sex and dating, a critical topic to discuss as we help teenagers understand and experience freedom in Christ.
Our first lesson examines the point of dating, a conversation built around Romans 12. We will challenge our students to examine our culture’s views on dating, where and how they developed their individual views on dating, and how their views can affect whether they experience Christ’s freedom.
I encourage you to find a time this week to talk with your teenager about our group’s conversation. Consider asking these questions:
- How do you know or decide which ideas about dating are crazy, and which ones might be good or reasonable?
- How can transformed thinking change your view of dating?
- How can you build healthy relationships with members of the opposite sex without falling into all of our culture’s attitudes about dating?
- How can we encourage you to pursue God’s ways in the midst of our culture’s crazy messages about dating and relationships?