Confusing the Gospel

Twitter seems to be the social media outlet where teenagers express their opinions more than any other platform.  I often observe teenagers who strongly profess being a Christ follower, portraying a completely different message on social media than the message Jesus gives to people.  They are confusing the message of the gospel.

There are two things I think we can attribute this confusion to.  The first is the adult examples being displayed for teenagers.  The second is our desire to combine the gospel message with the messages portrayed by our nation.  We want a Christianity that makes sense, and is accepted by media, but Christ calls us to a life removed.  Different.

This is the topic I covered in a Bible class I taught at a youth conference.  The only preparation work I did was I had one of the teenagers in my local youth group make me a big poster with the following quote written on it:

“People aren’t confused by the Gospel. They’re confused by us. Jesus is the only way to God, but we are not the only way to Jesus. This world doesn’t need my tie, my hoodie, my denomination or my interpretation of the Bible. They just need Jesus. We can be passionate about what we believe, but we can’t strap ourselves to the Gospel, because we are slowing it down. Jesus is going to save the world, but maybe the best thing we can do is just get out of the way. ”   – Casting Crowns

This quote was posted on the wall as students came in the room.  For the rest of the lesson, please refer to the attached google doc or you can access it in PDF Form.

Also included in this lesson: Luke 7:36-50, Ephesians 3:1-14

This class is suggested for High School or Adult ages

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