Just Like Me?

Last week in Sr. High OTTAGETTU we began a series Living Like Jesus, based on the Book of Luke. We’ll continue tonight @ OTTAGETTU with a passage (Luke 2:41-52) that talks about the 12-year-old Jesus traveling to Jerusalem with his family & others from Nazareth to celebrate the Feast of the Passover. This passage describes the journey & gives us insight into how much Jesus valued studying & understanding God’s Word. Jesus stayed behind @ the temple when his family left, & was listening to the teachers there, asking questions, & sharing his own understanding.

Tonight we’ll discuss several ways that Jesus grew, as described in the last verse: Jesus became wise, & he grew strong. God was pleased with him & so were the people.” We will talk about how Jesus was dedicated to God’s Word from a young age, & the effect that had on all the areas of his life.
When the opportunity presents itself this week, get your teenagers talking with these questions:
  • How do you think Jesus become so knowledgeable by the time he was 12 years old?
  • What are you doing right now in your life to strengthen your friendship with God?
  • How have you, or someone you know, exercised wisdom in the last week?
  • When in the last week do you wish you’d exercised greater wisdom?

You also might also ask if he/she is facing any obstacles to becoming a student of God’s Word, & how you can support him/her overcome those challenges.

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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