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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 Relationships  |   PARENT PAGE  

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At the center of every teenager’s life is the idea of relationships. The relationships they have with their friends dominate their daily landscape. The relationship they have with parents and siblings flavor every aspect of their personality and character. And relationships with other significant adults, such as coaches and teachers, impact their day-to-day wellbeing. Relationships are a vital part of what being a teenager is all about. Good thing Jesus had plenty to say about the subject. Jesus and Relationships will help you teach your students that understanding, and grace are keys to Christ-centered relationships; that there is no room for anger or hostility in Christ- centered relationships; that Jesus laid out the right way to deal with conflict in a relationship; and that their relationship with Jesus must be the number one relationship in their lives.

Jesus and Stuff  |   PARENT PAGE

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Our culture puts a tremendous value on having stuff. And not just on having stuff, but being emotionally attached to our stuff. This message is played out in so many different aspects of our lives. We’re told a certain car will make us happy. A certain brand will make us cool. A certain gadget will make us fulfilled. And so many of us buy into these messages wholeheartedly. Especially our teenagers. Good thing Jesus had a lot to say about this. Jesus and Stuff will help you teach your students that it’s impossible to both love their stuff and truly love God; that if their love for their stuff comes between their devotion to God, they’re doing it all wrong; that no matter how much stuff they have, it doesn’t add any real meaning to their life; and that they have to learn to see their stuff as God’s to be used as He sees fit.

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 Your Faith  |   PARENT PAGE 

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For a relationship that’s supposed to trump all others, our students’ relationship with Jesus can sometimes be hit or miss. This doesn’t make them wrong or bad. It simply makes them human. Part of learning to follow Jesus is learning what the faith that forms the foundation of this relationship looks like. The good news? Jesus had a lot to say about this faith. Jesus And Your Faith, part of The Jesus Studies, looks at four examples of Jesus’ teachings on faith. Your students will understand exactly what faith in Christ is supposed to look like; how this faith impacts their lives; and how their faith is a vehicle for impacting the world in Jesus’ name. Teach Jesus And Your Faith and help students discover what true faith in Christ looks like.

Jesus and Your Future  |   PARENT PAGE

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The future. For teenagers, it’s a concept that occupies a lot of their thoughts. Where will they go to college? WILL they go to college? Whom will they marry? What career will they choose? And so on. These are good, important questions. But there is a deeper way of thinking about their future, one that asks more complex questions: How can I allow God to use my future for His glory? What kind of life does God want me to live? What happens after I die? The good news? Jesus has plenty to say about the future. Jesus and Your Future will help you teach your students that a forever-future with God is found through faith in Christ; that Jesus came so that we may have a future that is abundantly awesome; that we have to see our future as belonging to God to use as He sees fit; and that committing our future to God is the pathway to experiencing God’s favor, both now and in eternity.