Youth Sunday School
Lessons for January 2023

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.

Youth Sunday School
Lesson for January 1

For many people, the Christmas season is a happy time, full of celebrations, songs, and peace on earth.

For others, Christmastime can be filled with grief and emotional pain. The general expectation that Christmas should be a time of joy and fun tends to accentuate the pain of grief.

Today is the first Sunday of the Christmas season, which ends on Epiphany Day.

Think about this question:
What difference might the Christmas message make to those who suffer?

Talk about your thoughts…….

 Christmas is about good news,

but it still comes with some bad news mixed in because of the kind of world in which we live.

Pray:
Grant us faith, O God, to see your presence among us, so that all of creation may sing new songs of gladness and walk in the way of peace.
Amen.


WATCH

READ
Matthew 2:13-23
New International Version
The Escape to Egypt
13 When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”
14 So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, 15 where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.”[a]
16 When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. 17 Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:
18 “A voice is heard in Ramah,
weeping and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children
and refusing to be comforted,
because they are no more.”[b]
The Return to Nazareth
19 After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt 20 and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child’s life are dead.”
21 So he got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee, 23 and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets, that he would be called a Nazarene.

Imagine people who were poor making these trips in the ancient world.
What would be some of the challenges?
What was God’s role in this journey?

What is your reaction to this part of Matthew’s Christmas story?
What might this story mean to people who are suffering today or who are refugees?
What does this suggest to you about ministering to these people?

How will YOU think differently about helping those who suffer because of this Bible Story, Matthew 2:13-23?

In 2023, How will you seek to help others?

Pray
Loving God, who suffers with people in need, we ask for your continuing
love and care.
We too go through difficult times and are comforted to be assured of your
love and care. In Jesus’ name, we pray.
Amen.

 

Youth Sunday School January 15, 2023

BLESSED COMMUNITY
1 Corinthians 1:1–9

Youth will claim the church as a grace-filled and Spirit-gifted community that partners with Christ in ministry
YOUTH are called into a fellowship of a forgiving and loving community where their spiritual gifts are revealed and utilized.

 

OPENING PRAYER 

As we gather around your holy Word,

O God, silence the distractions around us so we can be transformed. Amen.

COMMUNITY
“A group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.”
OR
“A feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.”

 

WHAT GROUPS or

community DO YOU BELONG TO?

Formal OR Informal group?

What are the unique gifts that you bring to this community or group? 

How would this community be diminished without that gift?

Are you a part of a community of faith?

The community of faith

A Community of people centered around Jesus

Today’s Scripture passage lifts up the

Christian community as a creation and gift of God.

 

EXPLORING THE SCRIPTURE

1 CORINTHIANS 1: 1-9

(From the English Standard Version)

Greeting

Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother Sosthenes,

To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Thanksgiving

I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge— even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you— so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

 

NOTE:

  • Corinth was a Greek city of social, cultural, and religious diversity. Romans, Greeks, and Jews lived there. 
  • Paul helped establish the church in Corinth ca. 50–52 CE. He wrote to the church after hearing that divisions and factions had developed in the congregation.

Read 1 Corinthians 1:1–2.  

What do these two verses tell us about the book of 1 Corinthians?

Read 1 Corinthians 1:3–9. 

  • How would you react if someone said to you, “I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus”?
  • In what ways did Paul believe that the Christian community in Corinth was blessed? What do you think Paul means when he speaks of “grace”? 
  • What does it mean to be “called into the fellowship of Jesus Christ”? In what way does Jesus call a community of friends?

Read 1 Corinthians 1:3–9. 

  • How would you react if someone said to you, “I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus”?
  • In what ways did Paul believe that the Christian community in Corinth was blessed? 
  • What does it mean to be “called into the fellowship of Jesus Christ”? In what way does Jesus call a community of friends

Activities

Stranded

 

 

Participants are to imagine that they are all about to be whisked away to a deserted island where they will be stranded for an unknown period. Without discussing anything with others, rank the items they would like to take with them to the island from 1 to 5 and explain his or her choices.

(In addition, find ways to improve your chances of survival by combining various objects. Objects may be important, but if no one knows how to use them, they aren’t much use.)

What unique things do you feel that you bring to this community?

 

CLOSING PRAYER

God of love, whose goodness knows no end, help us put our faith into action that points to your amazing love and work. Be with us, Holy One, as we go from this place to show your love that comes through Jesus Christ. Amen.  

 

 

Enhancement (OPTIONAL)

What is the message of the sermon?
How does the sermon’s message connect with 1 Corinthians 1:1–9

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