Learn About The Bible

Our Jr. High OTTAGETTU wrapped up their two-week series Wednesday, March 2nd, looking at the life of Jesus-specifically, words that he spoke. We examined several of Jesus’ “I Am” statements from the New Testament: I am the Bread of Life, I am the Light of the World, and I am the Good Shepherd. Each of these images that Jesus uses about himself holds some powerful truth that helps us understand who he is and what he came to do.
When Jesus described himself as the “Bread of Life,” he was emphasizing his role as the one who nourishes our souls. God wants us to hunger and thirst for him. Just like physical hunger and thirst, we are satisfied-yet then we want more. As the “Light of the World,” Jesus brings illumination into a darkened world. He exposes and reveals sin; he also guides us along our journey of faith. And as the “Good Shepherd,” Jesus leads us, protects us, and provides for us just like an earthly shepherd cares for a flock of sheep. Jesus knows the pitfalls and dangers and ahead, so he can help us safely navigate our path.
Here are some questions that might fuel dialogue:
  • How can you know if your friends are spiritually hungry?
  • Why do you think Jesus called himself the “Light of the World”? What does that say about his role in our world?
  • Why might we as followers of Jesus need him to be our shepherd? What would that look like in our lives?
This week in Jr. High OTTAGETTU, we will launch a three-week series focused on the Bible. In this first lesson, we will talk about foundational topics-in other words, learning facts about the Bible.

We will focus on 2 Timothy 3:14-17, which encourages us to recognize and remember that the Bible is inspired by God, helps us know what is right and what is wrong, and is used to prepare and equip us to do good things.

The message in these verses isn’t too difficult to understand, but it can be challenging to build our lives on its truth. These verses paint an accurate picture of what Scripture is and why we ought to embrace it. Are we embracing the Bible in our daily lives? Do we believe that the Bible is inspired by God and has authority in our lives as followers of Jesus?

Here are some questions you might want to ask your teenager:
  • If you could sit with God over lunch at your favorite fast food restaurant, what would you ask? What would you like to know about God?
  • What role do you believe the Bible plays in the lives of people who follow Jesus?
  • How might your life look different if you “leaned” more on the truths you find in the Bible?

About Gene Reineman

Gene has been on staff @ CFCOG since 2006. He & his wife, Joey, have two children, Josette & Gabriel. Gene enjoys watching the Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Phillies, & UNC Basketball. He also enjoys running, swimming, & playing golf. Gene’s approach to ministry, is in part, drawn from 1 Thessalonians 2:8, “We loved you so much that we shared with you not only God’s Good News but our own lives, too.” – NLT

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