What'd You Teach This Sunday?

High School:

This week Zeb launched a dialogue with the High School students. We broke into smaller groups and he asked three difficult questions:

1) what the heck is Christianity?

2) has growing up in church made it difficult for you enter into a robust relationship with Jesus? If so why?

3) if your answer was yes: what should we do differently?

After talking seriously about Jesus, church, and faith we looked at Jesus’ teaching to “the crowd.” It was comprised of people with various motives for followed him around (Luke 14). He turns to them and begins to lay out a shockingly provocative teaching about what it costs to follow Him. It’s apparent that it’s deeply important to Jesus that you count the cost of following Him before you choose to follow Him.

Then we looked at John the Baptist in Luke 3. John says to the crowds who are intrigued with him (and who believe that God is real) that they need to

“Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God. Don’t just say to each other, ‘We’re safe, for we are descendants of Abraham.’ That means nothing . . .”

Similiar to how the crowd responded then, we responded, “What should we do!?” And John, being the practical, amazing man that he was, gives them tactile, simple, challenging, doable tasks they can do that will reflect the heart of God.

We ended by encouraging them towards two things:

1) mentorship. Find someone you see who is plainly following Jesus’ way of life and ask them to meet with you once a week for a month. See where it goes.

2) read the Gospel according to Mark through the lens of what it was like to be a disciple of Jesus / how Jesus, as a Rabbi, dealt with his disciples.

Middle School:

This week we wrapped up a conversation about a question that was asked a few weeks ago:

”How do we invite people? Doubly, how do we invite people we see are hurting and we think this can be a place of safety and healing for them?”

We zoomed into Jesus’ life, then we zoomed into how Jesus ‘gained’ followers. There was two primary ways:

1) people saw the crazy crap he was doing and they wanted to see more. They also heard his teachings and were blown away by the way that He taught and the substance of His teachings. They were intrigued. They began investigating Jesus.

2) he invited a few—very few. In fact, even out of the 12 closest people to Jesus, only around half of them were invited. The other half he hand picked out of the crowd that was following Him around. The few He did invite, He invited by saying “follow me” or “come and see.”

Jesus was invitational. The beauty of invitation is the freedom you allow the other to say ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ Jesus didn’t force anyone to follow Him. If you read His biographies enough, you get this picture of a non-anxious, Ancient Mesopotamian man who invited people freely, but respected people enough to allow them the authority over their own life to say ‘no.’ He didn’t shoulder the burden of responsibility that didn’t belong to Him: another person’s decision. How freeing! We too can freely invite people to “come and see.”

 

We ended with this reflective question: If we do invite people to “come and see,” is there anything to see here? Is there anything to see in this community? Is there anything to see in me?

Questions? Reach out to Zeb Fenimore at zebf@nview.org