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We have bought a lie. In our society, we tend to believe that our decisions are our own, personal choices, and the don’t affect others. In our study on holiness, the youth will investigate 1 Peter 2:9-12 to see that God’s call for our obedience impacts the world around us. It is actually an evangelism tool.
Take the time to discuss holiness with your teen, and even talk about how your family can be a light to your own neighbors! Here is a discussion sheet to get you started.
Sometimes we do not share our faith because we’re worried about what people will think…but what will they think if we DON’T share a message that be believe is so important? If you don’t know Penn Jillette, he is a magician/entertainer who is also an outspoken atheist. He even has a license plate on his car that says “DOG ON” (“no God” backwards). In this video he recounts his reaction to a man who gave him a Bible. For a person who does not believe in God, he sure does have a good handle on what we Christians should do if we take the Great Commission seriously…
I found some additional questions to ask yourself or to go through with your family. You can access them at http://thesource4ym.com/outreach/topic.aspx?id=189.
Recently a video has gone “viral” online. It is of Jonah Mowry, an 8th grade student who simply sits in front of the screen shares his message by flipping index cards with pre-written messages on them. How does something so plain go viral? Because of Jonah’s message and the emotion he shows as he reveals it. Jonah “comes out” as a homosexual (though he doesn’t fully spell it out in the video), shares that he has been bullied, cut himself, done things he’s ashamed of, and attempted suicide. It ends with a hopeful note that Jonah is “not going anywhere” because he’s “stronger than that” and he has “a million reasons to be here.” Watch the video here:
To me, the most important thing we need to realize from this video is not about homosexuality or bullying or cutting or suicide. Those are extremely important, but I see that the pain Jonah shares in this video is similar to a pain shared by many other teens who haven’t been bullied and who aren’t gay. They have day to day struggles that weigh them down and make them feel alone and hopeless. How do we respond to that?
It’s no surprise that as our society continues to drift away from its Christian heritage that people are losing their sense of identity and in the process losing hope. We have an incredible hope to share with people! That is the hope of the gospel. The Apostle Peter says this: “Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it” (1 Peter 3:15). Are you sharing hope with people? We have a God who loves us. He doesn’t ignore our sin or sweep it under the rug; what He does is much more powerful. He makes it clear that sin is very costly, and then let’s us know He paid the price for it so that we can be fully accepted by Him. Wouldn’t Jonah benefit from this truth?
Some have accused Jonah of lying. That may be true, but I don’t know that it matters in this case. Walt Mueller says that it is not a big deal whether Jonah’s story is “real or not in this case,” because “the story is all-too-real in all-too-many real cases. Jonah speaks for a growing percentage of our population.” (Read the rest of Walt’s blog here).
What are YOU doing to share the hope of the gospel with people? This time of year you have an even easier opportunity to do it!
This is our final Sunday School lesson for 2011, and it finishes our short series in Isaiah, “Bridging the Gap.” This week’s discussion sheet reminds us of the need for a subsitute through an example of our favorite green ogre, Shrek.
Acess the sheet by clicking here.
Remember, each link will be active for about a week.