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It goes without saying that in many ways the issues our teens face today are more complicated than ever.  Our students are having to live out their faith in a world that’s increasingly opposed to the core beliefs we find in Scripture and navigating these issues can be rough. Teenagers get so many mixed messages; the world says one thing, their friends may say another. And we hope they know enough about their faith to know how to make sense of it all..

Cutting through the confusion requires a Christ-centered perspective.  As our teens dig deep into the life and teachings of Jesus, they will find that He has something to say about the issues they are encountering day-to-day.

Jesus and Culture  |   PARENT PAGE  

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Today’s Christian teenagers find themselves living in a culture that is antagonistic to much of what they believe. Against this backdrop, how do they know how to engage with culture in a way that keeps their influence intact, but keeps them from being negatively impacted by the world? The good news is that Jesus had lots to say about this.

In this study, our students will learn how to embrace being separate from the world but still living in it; how their lives as Christ-followers will be counter-cultural; how they are affected by what they consume of culture through media and entertainment; and that Christ’s ultimate goal for them is to embrace holiness in their interactions with culture.

Jesus and Forgiveness  |   PARENT PAGE

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If you had to choose the most important aspect of a teenager’s life, relationships would be near the top. Relationships are the threads that hold our teenagers’ lives together. Yet as we all know, there are no perfect relationships. When we live life with other people, we will inevitably get hurt. How do we deal with being wronged by others when it’s so difficult to address and the damage is so real? Good thing Jesus had a ton to say about this.

This Bible study will help our students understand what real forgiveness looks like, why their forgiveness is tied to how they forgive others, and how forgiveness dramatically impacts the lives of the forgiver and the forgiven.

Jesus and Stress  |   PARENT PAGE 

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Stress can a dominant part of teenagers’ daily lives. Stress over schoolwork, sports, jobs, and friends. Not to mention the stress that home life can cause. Teenagers juggle so many responsibilities and deal with so much pressure and expectations. How can we lead them to deal with stress in a godly, Christ-centered way? Good thing Jesus had a ton to say about this.

In this series, your teenager will learn to trust God with the stress of life; that he or she have a choice when it comes to dealing with his or her stress; that choosing to trust God with his or her stress is the right decision even if he or she don’t understand exactly what God is doing; and that the Holy Spirit is present in his or her life to give him or her peace and comfort.

Jesus and Loving Others  |   PARENT PAGE

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Your teenager is about to begin a four-week journey to discover what Jesus said about loving others. In the weeks ahead your teenager will learn about the greatest commandment in the Bible, how to love those who are hard to love, how Jesus said we are to treat society’s outcasts, and why living a life of Godly love is so important.

Advertisers and today’s celebrities are quick to get teenagers to buy into their image of love and relating to others, usually for financial profit and rarely in sync with what the Bible says about such issues. Jesus and Loving Others will help your student identify Biblical principles for living a life based on Godly love.