Youth Sunday School
Feasting On The Word
Feasting on the Word provides opportunities for youth to explore
their personal and communal identity in Jesus Christ. Students will learn to approach God’s word in each lesson using the following:
- What is Important to know?
- Where is God in these words?
- So what does this mean in our lives?
- Now what is God’s word leading us to do?
Biblical stories will come alive in new and creative ways. In response to God’s amazing, unconditional love, youth will be challenged to put their faith into action as they grow to understand themselves as Christ’s disciples. Each session includes a media connection section that ties the week’s Scripture passage to a film, song, or Web site.
Think About This
What does it mean to be RESPONSIBLE?
What does it mean to be given AUTHORITY?
Open our eyes loving God, so we can see Christ in our midst. Amen
“In the first five chapters of Mark, Jesus puts his closest followers through an intense disciple training camp. After choosing them, he takes them on a mission trip through Galilee, to the Gentile-dominated Decapolis, and back. Mark 6 finds the group in Jesus’ hometown of Nazareth. Soon the disciples will be off again, this time without Jesus.”
New International Version
A Prophet Without Honor
6 Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples. 2 When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed.
“Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing? 3 Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph,[a] Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.
4 Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” 5 He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. 6 He was amazed at their lack of faith.
Jesus Sends Out the Twelve
Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village. 7 Calling the Twelve to him, he began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over impure spirits.
8 These were his instructions: “Take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. 9 Wear sandals but not an extra shirt. 10 Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town. 11 And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, leave that place and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.”
12 They went out and preached that people should repent. 13 They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.
Why did the people at the synagogue and the twelve react so differently?
Do you agree that a prophet is without honor only in his hometown? Why or why not?
What responsibility did Jesus have for his hometown?
What authority did he have?
Read Mark 6:6b–11 once more
Why do you imagine Jesus sent out the disciples in pairs?
Why do you imagine Jesus told the twelve to carry nothing on their journeys?
What kinds of responsibility did the disciples have to take on to do what Jesus asked of them?
What kind of authority did Jesus give the disciples?
Faith Brings AUTHORITY and AUTHORITY Brings RESPONSIBILITY
If faith brings authority, what authority do you have as a disciple of Jesus?
In what ways do you live a faithful life?
Who holds you accountable?
If authority brings responsibility, what responsibility do you have as a disciple of Jesus?
In what ways are you responsible for your own faithfulness? Who holds you accountable?
(start at 26:20 and stop at 30:47)
You can also watch the whole video later if you choose
What or who was authoritative for Pastor Joel before he accepted Christ?
How is he able to use his story to share the gospel?
How could you use your own story to share the gospel?
God, you call each of us to be true disciples. Help us this week to keep our commitment that we have placed before you. Give us the strength to follow in the way of your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ.
How do you celebrate when something special happens in your life?
What special things do you celebrate in your life?
Do you show pure joy and excitement when something makes you happy or when there is something to celebrate?
Creator God, unleash in me this week a new passion for sharing my love for you without limits. Amen.
Today’s Bible story relates an especially exuberant celebration. David moves the Ark of God to his new capital, the City of David, in order to place God back into the center of communal life. These scriptures cover two stages of the ark’s journey to the City of David.
2 Samuel 6:1–5, 12b–19
The Ark Brought to Jerusalem
6 David again brought together all the able young men of Israel—thirty thousand. 2 He and all his men went to Baalah[a] in Judah to bring up from there the ark of God, which is called by the Name,[b] the name of the Lord Almighty, who is enthroned between the cherubim on the ark. 3 They set the ark of God on a new cart and brought it from the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill. Uzzah and Ahio, sons of Abinadab, were guiding the new cart 4 with the ark of God on it,[c] and Ahio was walking in front of it. 5 David and all Israel were celebrating with all their might before the Lord, with castanets,[d] harps, lyres, timbrels, sistrums and cymbals.
12 Now King David was told, “The Lord has blessed the household of Obed-Edom and everything he has, because of the ark of God.” So David went to bring up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with rejoicing. 13 When those who were carrying the ark of the Lord had taken six steps, he sacrificed a bull and a fattened calf. 14 Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the Lord with all his might, 15 while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of trumpets.
16 As the ark of the Lord was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, she despised him in her heart.
17 They brought the ark of the Lord and set it in its place inside the tent that David had pitched for it, and David sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings before the Lord. 18 After he had finished sacrificing the burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord Almighty. 19 Then he gave a loaf of bread, a cake of dates and a cake of raisins to each person in the whole crowd of Israelites, both men and women. And all the people went to their homes.
What is the Ark of the God?
Tell us what you know about the Ark? What is in the Ark
(For additional information about the Ark, review Exodus 25:10–22)
Why was David celebrating?
Who was David celebrating?
How were David and all of Israel celebrating? What did they do?
What instruments and food did David use to celebrate?
Do you think David’s level of exuberance was appropriate?
Party On Parade
RE – Read 2 Samuel 6:1–5 and answer the questions at the bottom of the Resource sheet.
RE – Read 2 Samuel 6:12b–15 and answer the questions at the bottom of the Resource Sheet.
How do you think bystanders reacted to what they were seeing?
WALL OF JOY
Use the Resource Sheet and show how you express exuberance and joy in your life by creating a wall of joy.
Write reasons that you have for praising God on the Resource Sheets and decorate it!
Play some type of upbeat music as you work on this sheet.
Tape the resource sheet on a wall of your room. Add to your wall of joy in the weeks to come
REMEMBER: Joy is less about your circumstances than how you deal with your circumstances.
May this activity remind you to always look for joy.
Sing a joyful noise!
God, we have so much to be joyful for. Help us this week to live with unabashed exuberance. Amen
Think About This
Where does God live? Where is God’s dwelling place?
Where do you feel God’s presence?
Holy One, may our hearts and minds be opened as we dive together into your Holy Word. Amen
2 Samuel 7:1–14a
God’s Promise to David
7 After the king was settled in his palace and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him, 2 he said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am, living in a house of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent.”
3 Nathan replied to the king, “Whatever you have in mind, go ahead and do it, for the Lord is with you.”
4 But that night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, saying:
5 “Go and tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord says: Are you the one to build me a house to dwell in? 6 I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought the Israelites up out of Egypt to this day. I have been moving from place to place with a tent as my dwelling. 7 Wherever I have moved with all the Israelites, did I ever say to any of their rulers whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?”’
8 “Now then, tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord Almighty says: I took you from the pasture, from tending the flock, and appointed you ruler over my people Israel. 9 I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have cut off all your enemies from before you. Now I will make your name great, like the names of the greatest men on earth. 10 And I will provide a place for my people Israel and will plant them so that they can have a home of their own and no longer be disturbed. Wicked people will not oppress them anymore, as they did at the beginning 11 and have done ever since the time I appointed leaders[a] over my people Israel. I will also give you rest from all your enemies.
“‘The Lord declares to you that the Lord himself will establish a house for you: 12 When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 14 I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with a rod wielded by men, with floggings inflicted by human hands.
What are the different meanings of “house” in this passage?
Is there a “house” for David, the King of Israel?
Is there a “house” for God?
Is there a “house” for the Israelites?
Can God’s presence be found in a single place?
Read 2 Samuel 7:1–7
Why did David want to build a house for the Ark of God?
Does God want David to build the house for Him?
What is God’s response to David’s hope to build a house?
Why do you imagine God responded in this way?
Read 2 Samuel 7:8–14a
What promises does God make to David?
Who will build a house for God?
What does this passage teach us about God’s dwelling place?
REMEMBER: God dwells in the hearts of God’s people and is everywhere and invites us to practice the presence of God.
How does God’s presence impact your daily life and make you take the actions that you take? Think about 2 examples
Respond to these questions regarding God’s presence in your life
What words or images come to mind when you consider God’s presence in your life?
What prevents you from paying attention to God’s presence in your life?
How does God’s presence make a difference in your life?
What can you do to pay more attention to God’s presence in your life?
How can you help others connect with God’s presence in their lives?
After completing this Resource Sheet find ways to put your responses into action in your life in the coming week.
Holy God, who loves us more than we will ever know, help us to pay
attention to your presence in our lives. As we go into your world, may
your presence lead us to serve as your hands and feet in the world. Amen
What Do You Think?
What makes a miracle a miracle?
Do miracles happen in today’s world? How do you know?
If God does not operate in miracles (anymore), how does God work in the world today?
Loving God, we have gathered today in Jesus’ name.
Be with us, guide us, and enlighten us as we seek to be faithful followers. Amen
In this lesson you will explore Jesus’ miraculous feeding of a crowd of people and what that miracle might mean for their own lives as his followers.
New International Version
Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
6 Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), 2 and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs he had performed by healing the sick. 3 Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. 4 The Jewish Passover Festival was near.
5 When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” 6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.
7 Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages[a] to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”
8 Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, 9 “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”
10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). 11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.
12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” 13 So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.
14 After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.” 15 Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.
Jesus Walks on the Water
16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, 17 where they got into a boat and set off across the lake for Capernaum. By now it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them. 18 A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough. 19 When they had rowed about three or four miles,[b] they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were frightened. 20 But he said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.” 21 Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.
Let’s See What You Remember
How many people did Jesus feed?
How did the disciples suggest dealing with the crowd?
Where did the food come from?
What happened after everyone had eaten?
Read John 6:1-15 (Again)
What would have happened if the boy had refused to share his food?
How do you think his participation in this miracle changed his life?
What difference does it make that God uses the gifts we have to offer to achieve God’s
purposes in the world today?
Reflection on Gifts
What gifts do you have to share with the world?
What gifts have you discovered today that—like the boy’s basket of food—you never before thought of as gifts to share in service to God?
How will you go about using your gifts when you leave this place?
Thank you for sharing your God-given gifts with others and with the world!
How are those whom God gathers in, in the song, like the crowd who follows Jesus in John 6:1–15? How are they like us?
We give you thanks O God for the crowds who followed Jesus
to the mountainside and for their hunger. We give you thanks
for the disciples’ good intentions. We give you thanks for the
boy willing to share his loaves and fishes. And we give you
thanks, O God, and for your Son, Jesus, who fed the people long
ago and who continues to feed us today. Amen