January 10, 2019
Last night we started off with our new youth group format, breaking up the middle school group and the high school group for different teaching times. I’m happy to report that, in general, it went really well! I’ll break up my summary of youth group into two (brief) sections below:
The middle school group started their first week of a three week series titled: God is. The focus is on the different character traits of God, and how those traits invite us to know and love God more. The students went through Genesis 39, focusing on the story of Joseph and how he experienced God’s presence in both the good, and the bad times. We related this to how God is everywhere, and yet He is also nearby. Although this seems contradictory, in God’s perfection and beauty, He does things far beyond what we can comprehend or know. Ultimately, we are encouraged that God is near to us when things are going well, and when things are going poorly, just as He was with Joseph. That is a marvelous reality.
The high school group will be doing an inductive Bible study together, going through the book of 1st Peter. Last night, we started by doing an overview of the entire book, reading it out loud together and pausing at every chapter to talk about what stood out and about the key themes/elements that Peter writes about throughout the whole book. Before we get into the nitty gritty, we have to understand the whole and the arguments that Peter is trying to make. The students did an awesome job of synthesizing the text and pulling out all of the pertinent information in the book. I’m really looking forward to seeing what God will do as we open His scriptures together and ask Him to help us see Himself more clearly, so that we would love Him more!
I gave the high school students some homework (very minimal and fun homework) for this week. They are to watch the Bible Project Read Scripture video on 1st Peter, which can be found here. I’d love it if you would remind your high school student to watch it before next Wednesday!
I’m praying that you are continuing to probe with your students about what they’re learning and how they’re growing in youth group. You are the primary spiritual shepherd for your kids, and I’m hopeful that youth group is a tool that you are leveraging to have deep conversations about God and life!