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Often during the teen years the majority of young people globally experience a time of strife and tension. Nevertheless being a teenager is also fun. As people called to work with this age group, facilitators have the wonderful privilege to help young people during a time where they try to find their place in society, by encouraging them to strengthen their walk with Christ. This can be done in ways which are appealing to young people. However facilitators often face the challenge of finding suitable material.  The aim of Joint Project for Sunday School Material is to prepare and publish Bible-based teaching materials for Sunday School classes and Bible Study groups within the church. Click the read more tab below for a sample from their collection.

 

Often during the teen years the majority of young people globally experience a time of strife and tension. Nevertheless being a teenager is also fun. As people called to work with this age group, facilitators have the wonderful privilege to help young people during a time where they try to find their place in society, by encouraging them to strengthen their walk with Christ. This can be done in ways which are appealing to young people. However facilitators often face the challenge of finding suitable material.  The aim on Joint Project for Sunday School Material is to prepare and publish Bible-based teaching materials for Sunday School classes and Bible Study groups within the church. Click the read more tab below for a sample from their collection.

 

God Has A Name!

Lesson 2

What is it all about?

By the time the group has finished this lesson, they should:

  • know the meaning of God's name "Adonai."
  • have a desire to truly let God be their Lord.
  • respond in obedience and able to use the name "Lord" in meaningful prayer.

 

What do I need?

  • Bibles
  • devotional note-books & biros
  • plan for the drama in the introduction.

 

A responsibility to obey

 Talk about it - 15 minutes  

Ask the three people you have chosen to act the following drama:

Scene 1: A contractor and two builders discuss in the contractor's office.

Contractor:  I need two houses built, one on the south side of Jos and the other on the east side. I am going to give each of you 70% of the money to start the work and the rest when you finish.

Here are the detailed specifications for buildings. Please make sure you put in solid foundations and use good quality materials all the way through.

Do you understand?

Builder A:  Yes sir, No problem.

Builder B:  Yes sir, I'll get it done just as you say.

The contractor leaves and the two builders think about the plans out aloud.

Builder A:  The rainy season is almost here so I will have to hurry to get the foundation laid. Let's see, if I get the materials the day after tomorrow, while I'm in Abuja, it should be no problem.

Builder B:  There's only two weeks until rainy season! I will never have time to get that foundation laid with all the other jobs I have going on. I'll just have to do the best I can. Anyway, who will ever know? I'll get the house finished in good time and maybe will have some extra money to buy myself a nice car.

 

What are the results?

Bible exploration- 20 minutes 

Scene 2:  5 months later in the contactor's office.

Contractor:  (to builder A):

The house you have built looks wonderful. A job well done. Here is the rest of your money plus a bonus because you did such good work.

Builder B:  Hey, how about bonus for me too. I finished your job early!

Contractor:  (to builder B):

Have you been back to the house to check that everything has been completed satisfactorily?

Builder B:  I have been rather busy with other jobs, but my foreman said it was OK and I'm sure it's just fine.

Contractor:  Well it's not fine! The walls have cracks and it's clear the foundation was not well laid. I am not paying you another kobo. In fact I'm calling my lawyer to take you to court for not obeying the specifications I gave.

How would you describe the character of these two builders?

Read Luke 6:46-49

  • How does Jesus explain the difference between the two builders in His story?
  • What two things do we need to do to show we understand what it means to call him, "Lord" (v. 47)?
  • Think how often you use this name and try to remember what it means!

 

A bond—servant of God

Read Exodus 21:1-6

Have you ever heard someone described as a bondservant? What does it mean?

In this Old Testament passage God was giving his people instructions for the way they should live in society at that time.

  • How long was a servant required to work for the Master who had paid money for him (v.2)?
  • What was to happen in the seventh year?  (In the Year of Jubilee, at the end 7x7 years that is every 50th year the slaves could go free and even received gifts from their master Lev. 25:10-13).
  • What happened if a servant, out of love or loyalty, chose to stay and work for his master (v. 6)?

This servant was then known as a bondservant because he now belonged to his master for life.

Think about your position as a Christian. If you have accepted Jesus as your Saviour, and call Him "Lord", you are really a bondservant to God.

But if you only call Him "Lord" when you pray, but live as you like, then you have not understood what it means for Him to be your Lord, the one you worship and obey!

Being a servant of the Lord is different from following after an earthly master who may deal with you harshly and unfairly.

Take a look at God as your Lord or "Adonai" and see what this name of God requires from you.

 

He is Lord of my life! 

 Application activities - 20 minutes 

Group 1

Read Exodus 4:10-17

What did Moses still need to learn about God?

Prepare a short five minutes drama using a modern day example of this story. For example: a teacher asks a very good student to represent the school in a competition that will be shown on television, but the student refuses because she/he is afraid.

 

Group 2

Read Romans 6:20-23

What are the different results of

  1. living as we like?
  2. living as a slave to God?

Ask two or three members to prepare a short drama as they discuss together at least two blessings of living a holy life.

 

After the drama

Pray

  1. Spend some time silently confessing areas of your life that you have not given over to God.
  2. Ask for help to trust God and to obey Him in every area of your life.
  3. Worship Him as the Lord of your life.
  4. Ask for help to seek Him and renew your commitment to Him each day.

 

Sing

"He is Lord ..."

 

This week's assignment

Evaluate how you are doing with your devotional notebook. Try and write in it at least five days this week.

Read and study as many of the following passages as you can about the other names of God:

Day 1

Read Genesis 16:13-14

Day 2

Read Exodus 3:14-15

Day 3

Read Exodus 17:8-15

Day 4

Read Psalm 23

Day 5

Read Isaiah 43:1-7

Day 6

Read Daniel 4:34-35

 

 

Article details

Title of book: Youth Bible Studies - Book 1

Published by: Joint Project of Sunday School Materials 

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