Category Archives: Sunday School

Lesson for Weatherford PCA Youth: Mother’s Day, May 9

“Love for God is accompanied by joyful obedience.”

Memory Verse:

John 14:23

Jesus answered him, ‘If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.’

Bonus Verse:

1 John 5:3

For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.

Passage for Meditation:

1 John 2:3-6

3 And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. 4 Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, 5 but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: 6 whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.

And don’t forget that Sunday is Mother’s Day!

 Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth (1 John 3:18).

Lesson for Weatherford PCA Youth: May 2

Memory Verse:

1 Timothy 1:15

The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.

For Reflection:

“Preach the gospel to yourself….continually face up to your own sinfulness and then flee to Jesus through faith in His shed blood and righteous life….appropriate, again by faith, the fact that Jesus fully satisfied the law of God, that He is your propitiation, and that God’s holy wrath is no longer directed toward you,” Jerry Bridges, The Discipline of Grace.

Lesson for Weatherford PCA Youth: April 25

Memory Verse:

John 15:4 (Jesus speaking to his disciples):

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you, in me.

For Reflection:

Read Exodus 16:13-21. Why did God make the manna spoil when it was kept for more than one day?

Lesson for Weatherford PCA Youth: April 11

“The Covenant Community”

Memory Verse:

Colossians 3:11–Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.

Bonus Verse:

Ephesians 2:19-20–So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone…

For Reflection:

Colossians 3:11-15–Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all. Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body.

More Preparation:

Read the article, “What is a Gospel-Centered Community,” by Brian Hedges.

Lesson for Weatherford PCA Youth: March 14

Memory Verse for the Week:

Deuteronomy 7:6

For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.

Bonus Passage:

1 Peter 2:9-10

9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

For Reflection:

God has chosen the godly out of the rest of the world to be nearly related to him, to stand in the relation of children, to have a property in him, that they might not only be his people, but that he might be their God; he has chosen these to bestow himself upon them. He hath chosen them from among others to be gracious to them, to show them his favor; he has chosen them to enjoy him, to see his glory, and to dwell with him for ever. He hath chosen them as his treasure, as a man chooses out gems from a heap of stones, with this difference, the man finds gems very different from other stones, and therefore chooses. But God chooses them, and therefore they become very different from others,

Jonathan Edwards, “Christians a Chosen Generation, a Royal Priesthood.”

Lesson for Weatherford PCA Youth: February 28

Note to my regular readers: Each week I hope to post content that is meant to supplement my youth class at church. Feel free to read, comment, participate, or ignore.

 Memory Verse for the week:

Romans 5:1-2

5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we [1] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith [2] into this grace in which we stand, and we [3] rejoice [4] in hope of the glory of God.

Bonus Passage:

Romans 5:6-9

6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.

Note: The above is taken from the English Standard Version. You may memorize from any version that you choose. I prefer, however, that you use one of the following: ESV, NASB, NKJV, KJV, NIV.

There will be a new journal awarded to one student who does the best job with these verses next week.

Parents:

You can view samples of our curriculum, Abiding in Jesus, here.

Advice to Church Leaders From a Youth Sunday School Text

In the past, I have not had a high opinion of Sunday school curriculum; at least, not the ones that I have been exposed to. But I am very pleased with the material our church is using for the youth class.

John Piper’s ministry, Desiring God, is well known. But have you heard of Children Desiring God? Take a look at their resources.

The curriculum being used by our church is titled Teach Me Your Way, by Sally Michael. It is, by the way, published by Children Desiring God.

In reading through the introduction, which is written for teachers, I found several quotes that demonstrate how this material is different from other popular Sunday school material.

As I was highlighting and taking notes, it occurred to me that these bits of advice, if followed, would improve church services as a whole. Many pastors and church leaders would do well to take heed.

Here are some quotes. I have added any italics.

“While it is certainly possible to learn while being entertained, entertainment is not the goal of this study. Activities that have fun as their primary goal have been omitted.”

During worship time, “Songs should be chosen that focus on the majesty and character of God and should not encourage irreverence or silliness.”

“Always use your Bible to look up the passages…teach with an open Bible before you.”

“The key verses (of each lesson) have been carefully chosen to give students a strong, Bible-based, theological foundation.”

“Instead of using confusing terminology like ‘ask Jesus into your heart,’ we suggest using the phrase, ‘trust in Jesus.’”

“The majority of the lesson time should be spent presenting and explaining the biblical text, not in making the illustrations.”

“Keep in mind that your class most likely includes unbelievers as well as believers. Be careful not to use ‘inclusive’ language that communicates to unbelievers that they are Christians….For example, instead of stating, ‘After we die, we will go to heaven to be with Jesus,’ qualify your statement with, ‘Those of us who are trusting in Jesus as our Savior will go to heaven to be with Him when we die.’ Although we do not want to deny true saving faith, we also do not want to provide false assurance.”

“In order to have a fruitful time of heart application, both mentors and students need to train their minds to think God’s thoughts after Him by studying His word; only after transformation of the mind can renewal of the heart take place.”

“Surrendering to Christ in salvation involves the mind, heart, and will of the person and true saving faith results in submission to the will and ways of Jesus.”

Note: Teach Me Your Way uses the English Standard Version text.