We're Teaching This:
After taking a break for GLOW, we're picking back up in our series called Continuum where we've been looking at how the Bible is one continuous story. When we left off, we talked about how God made a promise to the people of Israel, and he continued to pursue his promise even when the people failed to keep their end of the bargain. The Old Testament is full of peaks and valleys where the people of God would have moments of triumph and moments of failure. Each time, things got worse and the people eventually drifted so far away from God, that there was 400 years where he seemed to go silent...
That's where we pick up the story this week. We're going to be looking at when Jesus showed up on the scene and everything started to change. How God was pursuing his people by sending his own Son. Jesus came and started teaching some really counter-cultural ideas, and even opposed the religious leaders of his day. And in the Sermon on the Mount, he taught people a new way to live.
What we want your student to take away from tonight is that Jesus is the fulfillment to God's promise, even from back in the beginning. He taught a new way to live, and said that anyone who puts his teaching into practice is like someone who builds their house on a solid foundation (Matt 7:24-25). We want students to see following Jesus as a solid foundation to build their lives upon.
Bottom Line: Jesus was the unexpected fulfillment to God's unstoppable promise.
- Jesus' teachings were controversial in his time. Why do you think that was the case? What are some examples of his controversial teachings?
- Do you think Christianity is as countercultural today as it was in biblical times? Why or why not?
- What does Jesus' arrival have to do with God's promise? How was Jesus the fulfillment of what God promised? (Possible answers: God sent Jesus to be the Savior of the world. He was still pursuing his promise to his people)
- Read Matthew 7:24-25. Jesus said that whoever puts his words into PRACTICE is wise. Is there a difference between knowing and practicing?
- What are some ways we can put Jesus' words into practice this week?