Youth Sunday School
Lessons for November 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.
WITHOUT LOOKING AT YOUR PHONE OR WATCH, FIGURE OUT WHAT TIME IT IS!!
SPECIFICALLY WHAT TIME DO YOU GUESS THAT IT IS NOW AT THIS MOMENT?
How important is it for you to always know the exact time? Explain.
What are the positives and negatives of being consumed with knowing the exact time?
What fear or confusion do you think could arise in you if you never knew the right time?
Today’s Scripture is a portion of an epistle (another way to say “a letter”) to an early Christian community in Thessalonica. In order to understand todays Scripture, we need to consider what difficult question prompted this letter as a response. Look at the description below and discuss what the concerns of the Community were
God, gather us as your people around your Word, that we would know
you better and live in your light. In Jesus’ name.
1 THESSALONIANS 4:13-17
Based on this message from Paul, what do you think the Christians in Thessalonica expected?
2 Thessalonians 2:1-5
New International Version
The Man of Lawlessness
2 Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers and sisters, 2 not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by the teaching allegedly from us—whether by a prophecy or by word of mouth or by letter—asserting that the day of the Lord has already come. 3 Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness[a] is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. 4 He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.
5 Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things?
2 Thessalonians 2:13-17
New International Version
13 But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as firstfruits[a] to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. 14 He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
15 So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings[b] we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.
16 May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, 17 encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
What kinds of fear and confusion does Paul identify because of the timing question?
How do fear and confusion affect a community of faith?
According to Paul, what must happen before Christ comes?
How reassuring do you think the Thessalonians found his teaching about Christ’s return?
What are possible reasons for Paul not naming the time of Christ’s return?
What Do You think?
Do you think Jesus will return in your lifetime? Why or why not?
Are you looking forward to Jesus’ return or are you worried about it?
Do you wish that you could know the exact date of Jesus’ return? Why or why not?
Who or what encourages you when you are afraid or confused about faith questions?
For whose encouragement are you grateful?
Name one thing you can do to show gratitude and
encouragement as you actively await Jesus’ return.
Lord, send us out into an uncertain world with certain hope,
letting noone rob us of the truth: We belong to you.
Youth Sunday School November 20, 2022
Youth will examine the image of a shepherd leader and envision what kind of leaders they are called to be
REFLECT ON - Leadership QUALITIES
How do you identify a leader?
What characteristics do you look for?
NAME SOME DIFFERENT TYPES OF LEADERS?
THERE ARE GOOD LEADERS AND BAD LEADERS
WHAT ARE CHARACTERISTICS OF POOR LEADERS?
God, open our ears to hear more clearly what you are saying to us today. Open our minds to understand more deeply what waits to be discovered today. Amen
This week’s Scripture reading comes from Jeremiah one of the prophetic books in the Old Testament, or Hebrew Scriptures.
EXPLORING – More about
the Prophet Jeremiah
- Jeremiah served as God’s prophet about 600 years before Jesus was born
- Jeremiah started when he was a young man, maybe a teenager.
- He warned the leaders that something awful was going to happen.
- That something awful turned out to be an invasion by the Babylonian kingdom, when many of the leaders were captured and taken into exile.
- Jeremiah stayed in Jerusalem and tried to help those who were left behind.
(From the New International version)
23 “Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of my pasture!” declares the Lord. 2 Therefore this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says to the shepherds who tend my people: “Because you have scattered my flock and driven them away and have not bestowed care on them, I will bestow punishment on you for the evil you have done,” declares the Lord. 3 “I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them and will bring them back to their pasture, where they will be fruitful and increase in number. 4 I will place shepherds over them who will tend them, and they will no longer be afraid or terrified, nor will any be missing,” declares the Lord.
5 “The days are coming,” declares the Lord,
“when I will raise up for David[a] a righteous Branch,
a King who will reign wisely
and do what is just and right in the land.
6 In his days Judah will be saved
and Israel will live in safety.
This is the name by which he will be called:
The Lord Our Righteous Savior.
In verse 3, what does God promise will happen?
In verse 5, Jeremiah Jeremiah’s prophecy spoke of the promise of a special leader. Do you think that Jesus Christ was that promised leader?
Remember: Jesus was more like a shepherd leader than a king.
A Reader’s Theater of Jeremiah 23:1–6
What is the tone of this message?
What does God accuse the leaders of doing?
WHAT QUALITIES OF A LEADER DO YOU HAVE?
Do you enjoy being a leader? Why or why not?
What are the best things about being able to be a leader?
What are some of the challenges of being a leader?
What kind of leaders do you think God is calling youth to be in the world today?
BRAINSTORM for YOUTH ACTIVITIES
How can you offer leadership here at Memorial during the coming season of Advent?
- Plan an Advent party for the children of the church?
- Lead a small portion of the service or a prayer?
- Lead a children’s Sunday School lesson during advent.
O God, as we go out into the world and prepare to enter a new season and church year, open our minds to new possibilities, open our hands to new ways of helping, open our hearts to dream new dreams. Amen.
ENHANCEMENT ACTIVITY (optional)
Music Video – “If Everyone Cared,”
(The video shows people who helped to change the world.)
In what ways do you think God is involved in changing the world?
How can Christians show leadership in making the world a better place?