Dear Parents & Guardians,
Last year we introduced a study dealing with questions related to God and faith. The meaningful discussions over the course of 6 weeks our High School Ministry on Sunday Night, reached a new depth of understanding in our relationship with God and those around us. I’m excited to introduce another set of questions we will be studying on Sunday Nights!
We will be using a resource titled Can I Ask That? Vol. 2, a Sticky Faith curriculum from Fuller Youth Institute (fulleryouthinstitute.org), which is designed to lead teenagers in critical conversation about their faith. This study will invite students to look at topics like the existence of hell, why bad things happen to good people and sex outside of marriage. It raises hard questions that don’t have easy answers, and helps students think about them from a biblical perspective.
We have convictions that high youth should wrestle with challenging topics now, with adults who know them and care about their faith, rather than on their own later. Some research suggests that about 50 percent of youth group participants will leave their faith when they graduate from high school (see stickyfaith.org for more research and resources addressing this concern). We don’t want young people to leave faith in Christ because we haven’t had real conversations with them about topics that matter.
These studies are written to intentionally encourage students to consider many sides of these issues and help them begin to form their own opinions based on dialogue around scripture, different Christian and non-Christian perspectives, and the tradition of our church. If you are interested in a copy of the curriculum, please let me know. I always welcome your questions and input.
Along with encouraging your student to attend our weekly HSM Sunday Night meetings, you can also keep up with our HSM Blog for families. Each week we will post the highlights from the topic of the night. We will post links to other resources for your family to consider as well. We hope you will take this opportunity to explore your own understanding of the topics being discussed and have follow up conversations throughout the week.
We are excited about this series and hope you will encourage your high school youth to attend throughout the coming months. HSM Sunday Night is a time and place for youth to belong, question and connect.
Director of Teen Ministries
First Lutheran Church
Share a high and low from the week.
Mark 11:1-11 (NLT)
Jesus’ Triumphant Entry
11 As Jesus and his disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to the towns of Bethphage and Bethany on the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent two of them on ahead. 2 “Go into that village over there,” he told them. “As soon as you enter it, you will see a young donkey tied there that no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 3 If anyone asks, ‘What are you doing?’ just say, ‘The Lord needs it and will return it soon.’”
4 The two disciples left and found the colt standing in the street, tied outside the front door. 5 As they were untying it, some bystanders demanded, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” 6 They said what Jesus had told them to say, and they were permitted to take it. 7 Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their garments over it, and he sat on it.
8 Many in the crowd spread their garments on the road ahead of him, and others spread leafy branches they had cut in the fields. 9 Jesus was in the center of the procession, and the people all around him were shouting,
Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
10 Blessings on the coming Kingdom of our ancestor David!
Praise God in highest heaven!”
11 So Jesus came to Jerusalem and went into the Temple. After looking around carefully at everything, he left because it was late in the afternoon. Then he returned to Bethany with the twelve disciples.
The people were waiting for a messiah to come and lead them out of the repressive government. They had expectations of a king coming in like a warrior and destroying everything, taking back power. Is this how Jesus entered Jerusalem?
If you were one of the disciples, how would you have felt as Jesus approached Jerusalem?
How do you remember Holy Week from past years? Do you come to worship on Thursday, Friday and Sunday? What do you remember from those worships?
Use the Lord’s Prayer to end your time together.
The Lord of peace give you peace at all times and in all ways. Amen
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