Youth Sunday and finishing up our first series
Yesterday was Youth Sunday at West Market Street UMC. Our students lead worship in all three services. Brooke Sanders, Ethan Cullis, and Eleni Hull preached an inspiring message from 1 Samuel 3. Check out their sermons below.
What we talked about this week
Middle School Small Groups
We’ve wrapped up our series focused on the book of Genesis. Starting at the beginning of the Bible allows us to see how God intended things to be, what went wrong, and how God launched a plan to make things right.
In our final week together, we discussed God’s plan to make things right in this world. When God created the world in Genesis 1, he described it as “good,” even “very good.” That perfection was tarnished when the serpent convinced Adam and Eve to disobey God and eat the forbidden fruit. Sin entered the world, and Adam and Eve were forced from the perfect garden. The world was broken—but God graciously provided a solution through Jesus.
This week, I encourage you to spend a few minutes talking with your teenager about our lesson. Here are some questions you might want to ask:
- It’s not often we hear God’s audible voice, so what are you listening for? How can you tune in to God’s voice?
- God doesn’t force us to follow Jesus—it’s a decision we must make. What are some good consequences of our freedom to choose, and what are some hard consequences?
- I’d love to share some of the ways I’ve learned to hear God’s voice—would you like to hear my story?
Thanks for all your prayers for our teens and our ministry. Next week we start a series asking the question "Who is God?" Have an amazing week!
High School Small Groups
We’ve wrapped up our series focusing on the theme “Friends and Family.” Through studying various Scripture passages, students have been learning about their life-giving relationships with other people and with God.
In this third lesson, we read John 13:34-35 and discovered the new commandment Jesus gave his disciples right before he died on the cross. This was a simple commandment: to love each other the way Jesus had loved them.
This week, I encourage you to spend a few minutes talking with your teenager about our lesson. Consider building your conversation around these questions:
- What are some traits of Jesus’ love? What does his love offer us that nothing else in this world can offer?
- What obstacles might hinder us from carrying out Jesus’ new commandment?
- Think of a time you struggled to love someone close to you. How did you overcome that struggle? What did Jesus’ love look like in that moment?
Thanks for all of your prayers for our students and our ministry. Have an amazing week!