What does it mean to be a Christian?: Confirmation Lesson 7

We were off this week because of the Winter Retreat, but so we stay on schedule I have recorded a quick video covering what we would have talked about. Check it out here:

Homework:

Weekly Scripture to Memorize:

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.”  Romans 12:2

Have them write their Scripture on a note card. Put this card somewhere that they will see it at home all week.

Spiritual Gifts Assessment:  You can do this either this week or next.  It will take about 30 minutes of your time and you will need to do it all at once and print out and bring it with you to class to share.  Go to this link: www.westmarketfamily.org/confirmation   You will find the Assessment button on this page.

Journaling:

1. Read The Apostles’ Creed from pg. 5 of your book and John 11:25-27.  What parts of it are easy for you to believe?  What parts of the Creed are you still struggling with?

2. Answer these questions in your journal:  Have I given credit to myself for things that have been good in my week instead of giving the credit to God?  Have I admitted this week that I was wrong or said I was sorry to someone I hurt this week?

3. Read the Beatitudes in your Bible in Matthew 5:3-12, then look over pg. 63 of your book. These are Christian spiritual qualities.  Which three do you think you do well with?  Which three do you have trouble with?

Read John Chapters 16 & 17.  Write down in your journal one thing you learned from These Chapters.

The Journey Continues next week:  Lesson 8 What Does God expect of me? In preparation for next week read over “How we are to look and act differently” on pg. 69.  Write in your journal Which ways do you think you look or act differently because you are a Christian?

 

Family Homework:  Since Christians are examples of Christ’s love in the world.  Have your family pick something you can do for others.  Some examples might be:  visit a nursing home, mow a neighbor’s lawn, make a meal for a family, take food to a local food shelter or donate clothing items to the Connection Point here at Resurrection.

Students: After doing this with your family answer these questions in your journal:

How did this action benefit someone else?

How did this action benefit you and your family?

 

 

Homework Supplement Sheet:

What are the Beatitudes?

From Matthew 5:3-12  The Beatitudes –eight spiritual qualities that should be reflected in the lives of Christians.

1. Poor in spirit – “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”.  This reminds us of our helplessness to save ourselves.  It calls us to put our whole trust and hope in God – or on God.

2. Mourn – “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted”.  This calls us to be compassionate, to grieve over the cruelty and pains of the world, to be moved by the helplessness and suffering of others and to offer them comfort rather than passing by.

3. Meek – “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth”.  This calls us to be gentle and even-tempered, to care deeply for and about others, to be humble and thoughtful.

4. Righteousness – “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled”.  This calls us to hunger to be “right” with God, to thirst after His will and His desires, to be morally upright and acceptable in His sight.

5. Mercy – Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy”.  This calls us not to repay evil with evil but with love, to show kindness and mercy and to be willing to forgive and forget our grievances.  “Then Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.’ “ (Luke 23:34)

6. Pure – “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see [be near to] God.”  This calls us to pray for an inner purity of heart, to have motives that are genuine and sincere, to think about and serve others rather than ourselves.

7. Peacemakers – Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God”.  This calls us to strive for peace and for right relationships and to be peacemakers between those who are enemies with one another.

8. Persecuted – “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  This calls us to be willing to suffer for the kingdom, to speak out against social injustice, to defend Christ’s name before others.  Jesus said to His disciples, “You will be hated by all because of my name.  But [those who endure] to the end will be saved” (Mark 13:13).