What does it mean to be a Christian?: Confirmation 3.5.17

What we're talking about this week

So up to this point in Confirmation we have talked about who God is (all three parts of the trinity), who we are to him, and a little bit about our relationship with God (sin separates us but Jesus offers us salvation and we can grow in our faith through spiritual practices like prayer and reading scripture). This week we ask the question "What does it mean to be a Christian?" Being a Christian is about more than just belief in Jesus as the son of God. James 2:19 says, "You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that--and shudder." Being a Christian involves putting that faith into action and Philippians 2:5-11 gave us a framework of how we should put that faith into action with humility and service to others. 

Scripture also tells that God does not want us to be lukewarm Christians, just going through the motions, but to be committed to our devotion and relationship to God. Being a Christian means that we are saved from our sin, we have an intimate relationship with God, we have the care of a loving Father, we have the privilege of forgiveness, eternal life with God, the power of the Holy Spirit at work in us changing us into God's likeness, and we belong to God's family. All of this takes commitment and being a Christian will not always be easy. John 15:18-21 warns us that it will be hard to follow Jesus, people may hate us, or persecute us, but we must persevere with goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, mutual affection and love (2 Peter 1:5-12).

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

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 www.westmarketfamily.org/confirmation. You will find the assessment button on this page.

JOURNALING:
1.    Read The Apostles’ Creed from pg. 9 of your Guidebook 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. 79 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? Write in your journal what 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 or the Winter Emergency shelter, take food to a local food shelter or donate clothing items to Step Up Greensboro or the Goodwill. 
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?