Youth Sunday School
Lessons for September 4th and 18th 2022

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.

 Do You Like Basketball? Shooting Hoops?

Watch

 What in life reminds you of the challenge associated with shooting free throws from different lines?

 For which life situations would you choose to shoot a less challenging free throw? 

A more challenging free throw

 

***Keep your thoughts about these questions and our discussion in mind as we Read and Explore the Bible story for today about Jesus from the Gospel of Luke.

PRAY

God of all creation, you have gathered us today to be your holy community. Challenge us with your Word today and always.

 Amen

READ

Luke 14:25-33 – New International Version

The Cost of Being a Disciple

25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. 27 And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.

28 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? 29 For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30 saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’

31 “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 32 If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. 33 In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.

WATCH

How do you react to Jesus’ statement that if you refuse to let go of your family, you cannot be his disciple?

 Other Bible versions say: unless you “hate” your loved ones. How do these two versions help you interpret Jesus’ words? 

What do you think Jesus intended to convey to the disciples?  To the crowd?


Based on the readings, what do you assume a disciple’s cross to be?

 

World Trade Center (clip) (2006, PG-13)

The first responders risk their lives to save victims of the 9/11 attacks. Watch “World Trade Center: The Police and Fire Fighters Arrive at the Scene”

 

 

What factors would help you decide to risk your life for others?

 How is following Jesus like volunteering to risk your life?

 

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

 At the heart of discipleship is transformation. . . . [We] are called to live lives of complete devotion to God. Jesus reminds us in today’s passage from Luke that following him means that we cannot be shallow or uncommitted believers—

Which priorities would you be able to put behind following Jesus?
Which priorities would you identify with following Jesus?
Name one thing in your life that you will make a secondary priority to follow Jesus.

 

PRAY

Dear Father, help us to Go into the world as followers of Jesus Christ, looking for ways to take up the cross. 

Amen.

REMEMBER THIS

ACTING SHREWDLY

Back from Summer
And
Back to SCHOOL

(As students gather) You have been out of school this summer tell us some of the new and different things that you’ve:
seen
smelled
heard
felt
experienced
wondered
about during your break in the world around you.
Are there new things that you have noticed that make you question them?

 

PRAYER

God of wisdom, thank you for this group and for this church where we can learn about you. Help us as we discover how to be “streetwise” disciples.

 

    StreetWise    

WHAT DOES “STREETWISE” MEAN to you?

Are you streetwise about things that you, see?

This week’s Scripture, Jesus encourages the disciples to be “streetwise” when responding to certain situations.

 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE STREETWISE?

 

Possessing the skills and attitudes necessary to survive in a difficult or dangerous situation or environment; surviving by your wits.

Is a streetwise person “shrewd”?

QUESTION

What is a parable?

A simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual truth or message, as told by Jesus in the Gospels. It challenges people on how God wanted them to live.

Today’s passage is a parable about a manager who gets into big trouble and does something surprising to get out of it!

 Luke 16: 1 – 13

New Revised Standard Version

(Read out loud)

The Parable of the Shrewd Manager

16 Jesus told his disciples: “There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. So he called him in and asked him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.’“The manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I’m not strong enough to dig, and I’m ashamed to beg— I know what I’ll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.’

“So he called in each one of his master’s debtors. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’

“‘Nine hundred gallons[a] of olive oil,’ he replied.

“The manager told him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred and fifty.’

“Then he asked the second, ‘And how much do you owe?’

“‘A thousand bushels[b] of wheat,’ he replied.

“He told him, ‘Take your bill and make it eight hundred.’

“The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light. I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.

10 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. 11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? 12 And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?

13 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

NOTE: A Manager’s Role in Jesus’ time

In Jesus’ time, just like today, absentee landlords have managers to look after their properties. These managers had the authority to collect rent and settle debts. Rent was paid with food or goods and managers took a portion as commission.

 

What do you think surprised the rich man? Why?

What do you think surprised the manager?

Does the manager make some shrewd deals? Why?

What do you think surprised the merchants? Why?

What surprises you about this parable?

 

Is the manager “streetwise”?

Why do you think Jesus praised the actions of the manager?

Ask:  Have you ever been in a tricky situation and had to work it out or act shrewdly?

In verse 13, Jesus says “You cannot serve both God and money”. What do you think this means?

 

STREETWISE AND HONEST

While being “streetwise” Jesus also stressed the importance of being honest and faithful

What does this mean in the choices that you make every day?

 

How Can YOU be Streetwise and Faithful in these Scenarios?



CLOSING PRAYER

 

Faithful God, help us make wise choices that show that we are faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

ENHANCEMENT

In modern times efforts of Debt Forgiveness is important work. There are Organizations are working to help with such debt cancellation particularly in developing countries.  One of these is an organization known as the Jubilee USA. In biblical times there was a “Jubilee” year when slaves were set free and debts cancelled.  jubilee.org/home

In today’s very current times do you know of any programs where similar efforts being made for debt reductions? 

One response: Solutions for students facing increasingly burdensome student loan debts

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