Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us. – Titus 2:7-8
Our Purpose & Goal
- Point teens to Jesus and encourage families in training their children to follow Jesus.
- Sunday Mornings: Teens are separated into grade level classes and taught by adults
- Wednesday nights: Small Groups led by students, balanced of all grade levels and adult in attendance
|7th Grade||Men and Women of Faith||Lessons from Timothy & Titus||Jesus Sermon From The Mount||Now That I’m a Christian What?|
|8th Grade||A Study of The book of James||A Study of The book of Acts||I II &III John||Old Testament Survey|
|9th Grade||Pearl’s From Proverbs||Lessons From I&II Peter||John’s Gospel||Paul’s Letters to Corinth|
|10th Grade||Parables Jesus Taught||Galatians (Freedom in Christ)||The Life of Moses||Dating & Marriage Gods Way|
|11th Grade||The Psalms||Lessons From Hebrews||God’s Gift ‘His Spirit’||A Study in Philippians|
|12th Grade||4 Letter Words||A Study of Ephesians||Highlights From Romans||Worship|
The Beatitudes and the Sermon on the Mount
Jesus begins by listing keys to happiness. He follows these with a call to live at a higher level than following a set of rules. Jesus talks about what is truly important. He gives an example of how we should pray. He concludes with the story of wise and foolish builders.
Pastoral Epistles (1/11 Timothy and Titus)
Take a close look at what the Spirit guided Paul to tell these two younger men. As Paul was nearing the end of his life he gave them instruction, encouragement, and assurance. He repeatedly tells them that there is truth (sound doctrine or knowledge) and God has given it to us. We have been entrusted with this gift (the truth) and we are expected to tell others about it.
Men and Women of Faith
Study various characters from the Bible who lived lives of faith. Look at the struggles they went through, their attitude, what helped them remain faithful, and how we can become like them.
Ephesians (Put on the Whole Armor of God)
God has redeemed us. By his rich mercy and love he has made us alive in Christ. We are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit. We become a new person, an imitator of God. We eliminate some things from our lives. Becoming like Christ affects our relationships with others. Using God’s armor we can stand firm.
God’s Plan for Salvation
Salvation was not God’s “Plan B”. Before the world was created God had a plan to save us. But why does God’s plan matter to me? What is so good about the “good news”?Look at the way God showed us His love and how it is so much greater than we deserve. Our response to that love should be a life of gratitude.
Acts – The Church/The Family of God
See the church as it begins and follow it through as it spreads throughout the world. How did it spread? How did they support each other? How did they deal with conflicts and questions? When did they meet? What did they do when they met for worship? How often did they take the Lord’s Supper? What was the purpose of the spiritual gifts?
This letter is full of practical application. James teaches the importance and value of faith. Hearing alone is not enough; we must put what we hear into practice. James compares faith with works and shows the importance of both. He concludes with advice, admonitions and exhortations
to be wise in our speech, action, and use of God’s blessings.
One of the most important factors in whether or not a teenager focuses on spiritual growth is what kind of friends they have. Their closest friends have a huge impact on their attitudes. God intended for relationships to be a significant element in our life. Look at the example of Jesus sending out the disciples in pairs and not individually. See examples of friendships from the Bible. How did good friends support each other and how did poor choices lead to downfall? What made the friendship of David and Jonathan so great?
Pearls from Proverbs
Wisdom from the book of Proverbs. What are some of the great mistakes that we are warned about? What are the secrets to having a good life and good relationships? How can you have a life that you will one day look back on without regret? What is important and what should be avoided? See comparisons between wise and foolish, wicked and righteous, etc. What are the characteristics of the Worthy Woman in chapter 31?
1 & 11 Peter
Peter follows Jesus’ instruction to “feed my sheep” by reminding us of many things God wants us to know. He puts great emphasis on growing. We are to be holy because God is holy. He gives specifics on what that means; some things to stop doing and some other things to start doing. He says we are to share in Christ’s suffering. He gives assurance that we have a hope that we can count on.
John writes his summary of the ministry of Jesus so that we might believe and have I.’. L.i life (John 24: 18). He gives a picture of Jesus that is unique from the other gospel writers. He records many of the “I am” phrases Jesus used such as the vine, the resurrection, good shepherd, the way the truth and the life, bread of life.
Highlights from Paul’s Letters to Corinth
The church is made up of imperfect people. Sometimes we have to deal with sin within the church. Sometimes we have issues to resolve because people are different. We need to keep things in perspective. Without love whatever we do is worthless. God has given us an indescribable gift!
Parables Jesus Taught
Select various parables to see what Jesus taught his disciples. What was the main point Jesus wanted us to get from his stories? Look for lessons that will help teens with Y their daily lives and struggles today. What do the parables show us about who God is and what his kingdom is like?
Galatians (The Fruit of the Spirit)
Paul deals with misunderstandings and false teaching about the law. He explains that the law was used to lead us to Christ. We are adopted as sons. Christ has set us free. We no longer live for the flesh but we walk by the Spirit. Look at the Fruit of the Spirit – what are these traits and how do you get them?
The Life of Moses
What can we learn from Moses and the Israelites and their experiences with God? How can these lessons help us be what God intends for us to be? Look at Moses reaction to being called by God, the way he dealt with doubt, failure, criticism, opposition, frustration, and success.
Dating and Marriage God’s Way
What does God expect from us in our dating relationships? How will my dating habits be different if I am doing it the way God intends? God intends for marriage to be a lifelong relationship. What are some of the ways our world has tried to corrupt this plan? What can we do to be sure we do it God’s way?
This may be one of the most relevant Old Testament books for us today. The writer has access to everything the world has to offer. He tries it all and finds it meaningless. What does he tell us about the purpose of life? What has true meaning and what doesn’t?
This book gives a clear picture of how Jesus has perfected what was missing in the law. Animal blood does not take away sins but God’s Lamb does. The writer stresses the importance of faith and fixing our eyes on Jesus.
God’s Gift: The Spirit
Who is the Spirit? What does he do today? How is he different from the Father and the Son?
What is the purpose of this book? Why was it written and who was it written for? What did it mean then and how can understanding it help us today?
Having the Mind of Christ. It’s not about me. It is about coming to know Jesus and becoming like Him. Righteousness comes not through our own hard work but through our faith in Jesus. Focus on what Jesus did for us and how we can press on toward the goal of being like Him.
Freedom in Christ
Take a close look at what it means to be free. Does freedom mean no rules? Some things we are freed from are: the Law, fear, worry, condemnation and guilt of sin, although V not always the consequences of our actions. We are free to: love and serve others, seek Jesus, be transformed to His likeness, and live a more abundant life.
A study of the choices high school seniors face as their life transitions from a dependent teenager to a more independent young adult. Specifically, we will address current research pertaining to this transition phase for Christian teenagers while looking at the lives of Joseph and Daniel as biblical examples of teenagers who made a successful transition into young adulthood.
God’s Gift: The Spirit or Revelation
(See notes above. 11th and 12th grades are combined for this quarter. The topic will alternate yearly.)
Paul writes to the Romans clearly stating that all have sinned but God has provided a plan for salvation. He presents a comprehensive step by step explanation of how we are justified. We are justified by faith and Jesus blood. Eternal life is clearly a gift not something to be earned. How does baptism fit in and what is its purpose? We are freed from sin and the law but we become a living sacrifice. We are transformed by renewing our mind.
Graduate Class (Summer after High School Graduation)
Walking in the Light: Based on 1 ,John 1:7
Direction: How do you make choices? What do I use as a standard of right and wrong? Who or what is leading me? (My heart? My head? God’s word?)
Friends: How do I determine who will walk with me? What kinds of people influence me? How
do I influence others?
Struggles: When I know what is right but it is hard, how do I stay on track? What do I do when
I fall? When I feel lost how do I find my way?
Destination: Are you looking with a long range perspective ot just right now? You can avoid
many problems by asking the simple question, ‘Where could this path take me?’
Life Long Journey: Learn from your mistakes. Grow. Be transformed. Let God lead you where
He wants you to go. Don’t set limits on yourself or on God.