What does God expect of me?: Confirmation Lesson 8

What we have talked about so far

So far in confirmation we have talked about scripture being part of our tradition and a lens through which we can see God and can learn something about God's character. We talked about the three parts of the trinity, the roles they play in our lives and how the trinity is made up of three entities, separate but equal. We talked about how sin separates us from God but Jesus offers us salvation through his death on the cross and that he wants a relationship with us. We can grow closer in our relationship with God through prayer and reading scripture, and we said the purpose of scripture is to tell us something about God. Then last week we said in order to be a Christian you must believe in God and accept Jesus as your savior. As a Christian you then grow in your faith, and hopefully you exhibit some of the Christian characteristics and virtues that are named in scripture.

What we talked about this week

This week we asked the question, "What does God expect of me?" If we were to boil it down to two things God asks of us we find it in the two greatest commandments that Jesus tells us in Matthew 22:36-40

  1. Love God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength.
  2. Love your neighbor as yourself.

St. Augustine would take it a step further and say "love God and do as you please," because if you truly love God then you will also love others. 

Scripture tells us that Jesus' followers should be known by their fruit (Matthew 7:15-16). So what does that look like? Galatians 5:22-23 tells us that the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. We recognize that this is by no means easy because we are asked to do this even in the face of difficult circumstances and even to treat our enemies with love and kindness. Following Jesus isn't alawys easy, but it can be world changing.

Homework

Homework:


Weekly Scripture to Memorize
“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all of it’s many parts form one body, so it is with Christ..” 1 Corinthians 12:12

Complete Spiritual Gifts Assessment: 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: http://www.westmarketfamily.org/confirmation/ You will find the Assessment button on this page.

Journaling:
Read James 2:8- 9 from your Bible. What does James say is the one thing that might get in the way of us loving our neighbor? (prejudice or racism)
Jesus was the example of how to love others no matter what their race or background. Read the story of the Good Samaritan. Luke 10:25-37 Who do you have in your class or school that you might not be loving to because of the way they look, dress or act? How would Jesus want you to act toward them? Think of one way you can show your faith to others by your works or actions this week. Write down what you did and how it made you feel.

Read John Chapters 18-19. Write down in your journal one thing you learned from these chapters.

The Journey Continues: check out Lesson 9: “What is a United Methodist?” In your Journal write down a question you have about being a Methodist.

Family Homework:
What activities does your family spend time doing? What does each family member enjoy most? Take the time as a family to do the ACTIVITY: Make God a Priority: on pg. 64 of the student book. Your student can lead you though this activity but instead of doing it as an individual student, do the activity as a family. After you are done

Ask: Does each member of the family like these activities equally?
How do you feel about how much time as a family you spend doing these? Are some more important than others even if you don’t like them as well?
As a family, Do you ever get tired of some of them?
Did each member of the family choose to do all these things?
Asking each member of the family, If you could get rid of some of these which would it be?

Now take your cards and stack them in the following categories family, school, friends, fun, physical, spiritual. God wants you to have a balanced life. He doesn’t want you to spend all your time doing one thing. So, pick an activity or two from each category that as a family you want to continue doing. When you are looking at your priorities in life they should be God, Family and then Others.