4/1-4/22 Finding Truth - Lesson Series

Teens today face all kinds of challenges when it comes to understanding who they are and what they’re meant to do. There’s no shortage of options that claim to offer “truth.” If we’re not careful, we can find ourselves chasing after popular opinion, celebrity opinions, or the tug of our emotions all the while neglecting the unchanging truth found in Scripture.

In this four-session series, pastor and author Francis Chan invites students into the power and confidence that comes from anchoring their identity, purpose, and relationships in the truth of Scripture. Students will walk away with practical steps toward building their lives on the firm foundation of the Bible.

*Lessons are on Rightnow Media. If you need access, please contact us.

1 - Who has the answers?

04/01/20

Scripture Passages: Isaiah 55:8-9, Romans 12:1-3
Main Point: The Bible is the source of truth. And Jesus is the one who can help us walk in it.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
  1. Have you ever been asked hard questions about your faith? How did you handle that?
  2. What ideas or concepts have caused you to doubt the truth of scripture?
  3. What is the point of an anchor? How can God being your anchor be a benefit when you’re confused about what to believe?
We have to remember that the word of God is the only firm foundation we have. We saw how a weak foundation affected Maddie and Ricky. When we set our feet on the solid ground of God’s Word, we won’t be able to sway from the different opinions thrown at us daily.
  1. How do you define truth? Why is having the truth so important?
  2. Read Isaiah 55:8-9 - What’s comforting to you knowing God’s thoughts are much bigger than yours?
  3. What can this verse teach us about our relationship with God and how we rely on him? (We have to trust him when we don’t understand, because we know he understands.)
  4. How does Jesus’ death on the cross define us?
  5. Read Romans 12:1-3 - What does it mean to renew your mind? What are some practical ways you can renew your mind daily?
  6. Do you feel like you lack faith at times? How could this Romans 12:3 help you in those moments?
  7. In what areas have you been living on your own terms? How can you begin to trust God’s Word in that area of your life this week?

2 - Finding Identity and Purpose

04/08/20

Scripture Passages: Ephesians 2:1-10, Matthew 28:18-20
Main Point: The Bible is the source of truth. And Jesus is the one who can help us walk in it.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
  1. How would you describe yourself? What do you typically think of when you think about your identity? 
  2. Why is it tempting to want acceptance from other people? What does being accepted feel like for you?
    In the video, Francis summarized the words of Paul in 1 Corinthians 4 by saying Paul couldn’t care less that people judged him. He didn’t even care how well he judged himself, because he knew that God was the ultimate judge who saw everything and would rightly judge everyone. The truth will all come out in the end.
  3. How could Paul’s perspective on caring about the opinions of others help you in your current life?How do you define truth? Why is having the truth so important? 
  4. Read Ephesians 2:1-10 — How does it feel to know that we were dead before Christ saved us?
  5. Is there any part of verses 1–3 that is hard to accept? Why or why not?
  6. What part do we play in contributing to your own rescue?
  7. According to verse 10, what is a major part of our identity? How can this verse help you when you are struggling with your identity and purpose in life
  8. Read Matthew 28:18-20 - What do these verses have to say about our purpose in life?
  9. How can you be more proactive in sharing your faith and showing the love of Jesus while you are at home?

3 - Source of Confidence

04/15/20
THIS WEEK WE ASK “WHAT IS THE SOURCE OF OUR CONFIDENCE AND IF WE HAD CONFIDENCE IN WHAT GOD WAS DOING, HOW WOULD THAT CHANGE THE WAY WE LIVE?”
Scripture Passages: 1 CORINTHIANS 12:12–31
Main Point: God and His Word are the sources of our confidence for truly living.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
  1. Why do you think it’s so easy for people to walk through life alone? Do you seek out help when you have problems? Why or why not?
  2. In the video about Sydney, How did living for God change Sydney’s confidence?
  3. Read 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 — 
    Paul is pointing out that, in the same way our bodies have many different parts, Christians (or the church) represent different parts that make up the body of Christ. We need all of our body parts. Our entire body benefits from each. Our hands help in ways that our feet cannot, but our feet help in ways that our heart cannot. No part is more important because they all add their own unique value.
  4. Which words are repeated multiple times throughout this passage? What is the significance of each word? (There is only one body, the body has many members, the members are different people.)
  5. Have you ever felt like an unwanted part of a team? How did it make you feel? What value do you feel as a result of reading through this passage?
  6. What is the Holy Spirit’s role in the body of Christ and why is this important? (See v. 13.)
  7. What level of teamwork should be apparent among Christians based on the verses we read? Do you consider yourself teammates with your Christians friends? Why or why not?
  8. What might it look like to use your gifts for someone else?

4 - A Changed Life

04/22/20
THIS WEEK WE ASK “HOW DOES GOD CHANGE OUR LIVES AND WHY WOULD HE WANT TO CHANGE THEM?”
SCRIPTURE PASSAGES: JOHN 15:1-11
MAIN POINT: GOD CHANGES YOU THROUGH YOUR CONNECTION WITH HIM SO YOU CAN HELP CHANGE OTHERS.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
  1. Who in your life is rooting for you? Who are you rooting for?
  2. Have you ever had a Scripture hit close to home? How does it feel to know that the Bible can be helpful for your personal problems?
  3. Read John 15:1-11 —
  4. Who is the vine and the vinedresser in this passage? Who are the branches?
  5. What must the branches do in order to remain in the vine? (Bear fruit.)
  6. It’s tempting to think that being a Christian is just about believing in God and attending church every once in a while. But this passage describes how deeply connected we are with the Lord. What is the key to producing fruit in the lives of Christians?
  7. One thing about bearing fruit is that it is visible proof that something special is happening inside of us (thanks to the Holy Spirit). How could bearing fruit be a benefit to other people? How can bearing fruit be a cause of someone coming to Christ?
  8. If growth and change are not happening in our lives, what can that possibly say about our “attachment” to Christ?
  9. What habits do you need to begin to practice to more fully align your life with the truth of Scripture?

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