Youth Lesson Recaps
Follow-up with your Teens from Wednesday Night's Lesson at Home
At Bethel, we are committed to help parents fulfill their role in being their teenagers' primarily spiritual discipler by encouraging and equipping them. One way we want to do that is letting parents know what we are teaching and practical ways to continue the conversation at home. Our hope is that this "recap" from Wednesday Night is helpful for parents to engage their teenagers in meaningful and purposeful ways to follow Jesus. Make sometime throughout your week to recap with your teens.
Wednesday, October 13, 2021: James 3:1-12 | Taming the Tongue
As we move through the letter of James, we will cycle back around to themes that are familiar to us but just with a different emphasis. This week’s passage (James 3:1-12) we revisit the theme of our speech (1:19, 26). We can sum it up in 3 major points: (1) There is a warning to teachers and aspiring teachers in the church, verse 1; (2) Even though the tongue is small, it can have a big impact [the negative impact is emphasized in this passage], verses 2-8; and (3) our words come from inside of us, verses 9-12. Spend some time together as a family by reading, discussing, and praying through this portion of Scripture.
- Read through James 3:1-12. What is James’s diagnosis of our tongues? What does this say about us as people?
- Some sins of the tongue are mentioned in this passage. What are they? What other sinful speech could we add to this list? How do you think social media could be misused to sin with our words?
- What is a Christian’s only hope to tame the tongue if it is in fact true that, “…no human being can tame the tongue”? (v. 8; for a hint see Luke 18:27)
- Allow God to search your heart. What does your speech tell you about your heart? Do you need a new heart altogether – trusting in the person and work of Jesus to make you a new creation? Is there a sin you need to confess? Do you need to rely on God to grow in maturity in controlling your tongue and using it for him and impacting others for His glory? Spend some time in prayer responding to God humbly and dependently.
Wednesday, October 6, 2021: James 2:14-26 | Faith Without Works is Dead
This week’s passage is the underlying theme of the entire book of James. Genuine faith in Jesus Christ is evidenced by the way someone lives – whether it is how someone handles trials (1:2), how someone faces temptation (1:12-15), how someone responds to the Word of God (1:22), or how someone treats others (2:1). Review the lesson by reading the passage and work through the following questions.
- What theological tensions or questions arise in your mind after reading a passage like this?
- Knowing that God cannot lie or make a mistake help you think about apparent contradictions? What is the difference between contradicting claims and complementary claims?
- What evidence do you see that James is describing 2 different kinds of faiths? Compare them with each other.
- Discuss the following quote: “Faith alone saves, but faith that saves is never alone but is accompanied by living deeds.” – perhaps first articulated this way by John Calvin
- Honestly, which faith that James describes resembles your faith? How should you now respond? Examples: Thank God for genuine faith and keep trusting Him to produce more fruit of righteousness in your life. Ask God for His help to start to live out your faith.
Wednesday, September 29, 2021: Philippians 3:7-14 (Fields of Faith @ West Central High School)
Bethel Bible Youth joined many other students from the area to gather in our common faith and purpose at West Central High School for the annual Fields of Faith rally (put on by Fellowship of Christian Athletes). The speaker, Ryan McCarty, challenged us from Philippians 3:7-14. The big idea was that Christians are not to settle with just good intentions; rather, they are to be intentional about their relationship with Jesus. Some follow-up questions you can discuss as a family are...
- What stood out to you from the Fields of Faith event?
- What is the difference between having good intentions and being intentional?
- What would it look like for you to be intentional about your relationship with Jesus? This involves throwing off what is slowing you down (Hebrews 12:1) and looking and running toward Jesus (Hebrews 12:2, Philippians 2:14). Be specific for how this applies to your life.
- Pray and ask God for wisdom and strength to strain forward to what lies ahead in your Christian walk (see Philippians. 3:13-14).
Wednesday, September 22, 2021: James 2:1-13
As James continues to tackle the question, "what does living faith look like?" he addresses the sin of partiality - that is, treating someone better based on man-made distinctions with the hopes of getting a favorable outcome for oneself.
Read James 2:1-13 and discuss...
- Based on the example that James gives (2:2-4), how would you define partiality?
- What are some other ways we could sin in showing partiality in our context today?
- In verse 8, what does James say the "royal law is?" How does that relate to showing pariality?
- What does it make you think or feel when you read verses 10-11? How does the Gospel of Jesus relieve the tension that our lawbreaking deserves?
- Is there a sin you need to repent of (turn from)? Have you been showing partiality to only people who can benefit you? Have you been neglecting people who can't return the favor? Confess it to God. You may need to ask others you have hurt for forgiveness. Ask God to help you for help to turn from self-love and self-service to loving others as God in Christ has loved you.
- Who is an "outcast" you can show love? Is there someone who we can show love to as a family? How can you/we practically do this?