Wednesday, 20 June 2012

TFTeen Lesson 5 for 3rd Week of June

Lesson 5 for 3rd Week of June
5th Meeting
Biblical Reference:
Psalms 25.14, John 11.1-46
Purpose of the meeting:
Teach teenagers that Jesus is our friend and will always take care of us
Key verse:
“The LORD confides in those who fear him...” (Psalms 25.14)
Initiating the meeting:
Start by asking: Who here has a friend? How is your relationship? (Wait for their participation). True friends are together at all times, right? In good times and especially in bad times. In the meeting today, let's talk about friendship with God.

 Edifying message:

Jesus, the eternal friend

        When Jesus was in this world many people always surrounded Him.  There were the disciples, those who sought Him for a miracle, the Pharisees who always sought a reason to arrest him, and followers who wanted to hear His teachings. Lazarus, a resident of Bethany, was different. He was not a disciple, was not Pharisee, and not following Jesus for a miracle. Lazarus was a friend of Jesus, and the fact that he was His friend did not stop him going through a hard time. The Bible says that Lazarus was very ill and his sisters, Mary and Martha sent word to Jesus: “Lord, the one you love is sick. When he heard this, Jesus said: This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” (John 11.3-4).
        They were friends of Jesus, loved Him and knew they could count on Him on any situation. If you give your life to God, we have the assurance that He is with us at all times and will hear us, even if the answer seems to be taking long. God knows when the right time to act is, the Bible continues saying: “Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days, and then he said to his disciples: Let us go back to Judea…Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up. His disciples replied: Lord, if he sleeps, he will get better… So then he told them plainly: Lazarus is dead.” (John 11.5-14).
        Teenagers, What would glorify the name of the Lord more? A cure or with the resurrection of Lazarus? Obviously the resurrection, right? That's why the Lord Jesus remained two days before going to Lazarus, for His name to be glorified in the death of his friend. Suddenly you're going through a problem in your home, but believe that God will solve this situation so you can glorify Him!
        When Jesus arrived at Bethany, it had been four days since Lazarus had died and many people were comforting his sisters. Knowing that He had come, Martha went to meet Him and said: “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.” (John 11.21-22). And Jesus said: “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.” (John 11.25). After these words Martha went to call Mary, who crying, said to Jesus the same words. Jesus went to the place where they had buried Lazarus, and cried (John 11:35). Then He ordered them to remove the stone sealing the tomb and said: “Father, I thank you that you have heard me…When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” (John 11.41-43). And Lazarus came alive!


      “The LORD confides in those who fear him...” (Psalms 25.14).  When we fear and obey God, we become His friends. Imagine having God as a friend. This is His desire, because when we go through trials and troubles He will be with us and never forsake us. Jesus loves us, gave Himself for us, He is our true friend.
If we ask something, He will answer us, so that His name is glorified; just as He did when He raised His friend Lazarus. Amen!


Activity for the 5th Meeting

Self Evaluation

According to today’s meeting make an evaluation about your level of friendship with God.

1. Do your attitudes correspond to what has been taught in the meetings of the TF Teen?
yes (      )            sometimes (      )           no (      )

2. Have you been reserving a "little time" to seek the Holy Spirit?
yes (      )            sometimes (      )           no (      )

3. Between the will of your friends and obeying the Word of God, have you chosen the second option?
yes (      )            sometimes (      )           no (      )

4. Have you been concerned about your spiritual growth?
yes (      )            sometimes (      )           no (      )

5. Have you been striving to please God?
yes (      )            sometimes (      )           no (      )

6. Before making an important decision do you pray for God's guidance?
yes (      )            sometimes (      )           no (      )

7. When you pray, are you sure that God is listening to you?
yes (      )            sometimes (      )           no (      )

8. When facing the problems you do not despair for you know that Jesus is with you at all times?
yes (      )            sometimes (      )           no (      )

9. Now write down what you have learned with today’s study:

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