Forgive me, but it’s been WAY too long. I wanted to use this as an avenue for in home discipleship. And, well…its funny how things can slip through the cracks. But without further ado: here’s what was discussed in SS as well as Sunday night.
- Sunday School this past week was about sifting through the ideas, attitudes, and views that come at us. These ideas and attitudes from the world need to be tested. So, the verse we really gave our attention to was 1 Thess. 5:21: “But test everything, hold fast to what is good.” I used the image of Thomas sifting through his sandbox with his toys looking for toy treasure. That is our call as believers, particularly teenagers. We are called not believe everything that reaches our ears. Test everything! And how do we test these ideas? Allow these attitudes, views, and other things to pass through the lenses of Scripture. This goes for the teenager who has the Ipod earbuds in 24/7 as well as the non-teenager who can’t seem to switch the TV off of Fox news 24/7. We need to be a people who are sifters, keeping what Scripture aligns with and rejecting that which it doesn’t.
- Sunday night, we discussed Mark 8. This is the classic passage where Peter makes that triumphant declaration, “You are the Christ!” (Mark 8:27-38) What do we learn from this passage? Well, you simply cannot place certain expectations on Jesus. If you are expecting Him to direct your life in ways which bring you more comfort, more temporal happiness, more popularity, you will be REALLY disappointed. Also, it is worth noting that Jesus immediately spoke of suffering right after talking with Peter about his expectation of the Messiah. Also, we wound up talking about what true forgiveness looks like. The truth is this: whenever there’s sin, there will be a person/ group paying for that sin. Ever see the trial where the guy gets off scot free? The victim’s family is stuck with the emotional cost. That’s what I mean. So, we follow a Savior who suffered, and then tells us to suffer!
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