Friday, 15 June 2012

TFTeen Lesson 3 for 2nd Week of June

3rd Meeting

Biblical Reference:
Proverbs 15.3
Purpose of the meeting:
Teach teenagers that God sees and knows everything we do.
Key verse:
“The eyes of the LORD are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.” (Proverbs 15.3)
Initiating the meeting:
Take to the class a picture of: a news anchor, a teacher teaching and a scientist in the lab. Stick it on the wall or board and ask: Has anyone here ever thought which occupation each of these people have? (Wait for their participation). All occupations require effort, study and dedication. I have here three occupations (point to the pictures) that, besides what have mentioned, also take lots of knowledge and a constant need of learning. However, even with so much knowledge, these professionals do not know everything, for only God has the power to know all things. We will talk more about it in today’s class.


Edifying message:

God knows and sees everything

         “The eyes of the LORD are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.” (Proverbs 15.3).  Reading this verse we can realize how great is our Lord. Imagine being watched all the time, knowing that there is someone taking care of you. How wonderful is that? As a father in the middle of a crowd makes sure he does not lose sight of his son; so is our God, caring and protective. He sees when you seek Him with sincere heart, going against the pressure of the world; denying sin…God sees you taking effort to please Him and that’s why He has been at your side in times of tribulation.
         Now, imagine God looking at you in a moment you are making an injustice with someone, when you are telling a lie, this is, when you are doing something that goes against His Word. Can you imagine? How do you think He will be, and how will you feel? The truth is that God looks at each one of us and there is nowhere we can hide from His Presence. “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.” (Psalms 139.7-8). Therefore, we must take care of our Salvation; watch our attitudes to live always with a pure conscience before God.
Take the case of Jonah. The Bible says that he wanted to escape from the Presence of God (Jonah 1:3), and ended up in the belly of a huge fish. Even refusing to preach to the Ninevites, Jonah could not prevent the will of God to be done. And inside the fish in the sea, Jonah repented and accepted the mission that God had appointed to him.
         The prophet Elijah also went through something similar, after praying that God answered with fire on the altar of sacrifice. Jezebel, the wife of the King in revolt with the defeat of her prophets, began to threaten Elijah who fearing death, escaped to Mount Horeb. After walking for forty days, Elijah hid in a cave in that mountain, but God looked at him and said: “What are you doing here, Elijah?” (1 Kings 19.9). God needed Elijah to anoint two kings and a prophet who would be in his place and, while he was hidden it could not happen!
     Young people, let’s be like Noah who firmly stood on his belief. He caught the eye of God when he said no to the life of sin and lived right before God. He is an example of faith, determination, strength and resistance to everything that displeases God, a true example of a son of God, just as we should be.

 Activity for the 3rd Meeting

Debating the theme

Arrange the room in a semi-circle and discuss with the class the subject studied (Omniscience and omnipresence). Give teenagers the opportunity of showing what they think about the theme. After that, read the verses cited in the study and ask some teenagers to explain what they understood.

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