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Jesus and Mean People: A 4-Lesson Bible Study will teach your students that they’re called to treat mean people with grace, and in so doing, identify themselves with God, that they can have courage when facing mean people because the Holy Spirit is always with them, and that Jesus modeled how we’re to treat the meanest the mean of people in our lives.
Everyone has experienced them. Everyone knows how it feels to be on the receiving end of their special brand of attention. Of course, we’re talking about mean people. No one is safe from their meanness, especially not teenagers. For so many reasons, mean people are a part of our teenagers’ lives. And the biggest thing about mean people is that very rarely does one do anything to deserve their wrath. How should teenagers act in the face of the mean people who inhabit their worlds? Good thing Jesus had a lot to say about this.
That when people are mean to us for no reason, we should see it as a blessing, not a bad situation
That they’re called to treat mean people with grace, and in so doing, identify themselves with God
That they are to have courage when facing mean people because the Holy Spirit is with them, always
That Jesus modeled how we’re to treat the meanest the mean of people in our lives
Teach Jesus and Mean People to equip students to deal with the mean people in their lives with a Christ-like response.
Jesus Studies 52-Week Strategy
Lesson 1: Thankful For Mean People?
Learning Objective: Students will learn when people are mean to us for no reason, we should see it as a blessing, not a bad situation; and will be challenged to identify a time when someone has been mean to them, even though they did nothing wrong, and to see if they can see where something positive might have come out of it. (Matthew 5:10-12)
Lesson 2: Love Those Who Are Mean To You
Learning Objective: Students will learn they’re called to treat mean people with grace, and in so doing, identify themselves with God; and will be challenged to evaluate their own actions in light of Luke 6:31, especially as it pertains to any “mean people” in their lives. (Luke 6:27-36)
Lesson 3: Don’t Be Afraid
Learning Objective: Students will learn they are to have courage when facing mean people because the Holy Spirit is with them, always; and will be challenged to commit to listening for the Holy Spirit with they find themselves face-to-face with a mean person. (Luke 12:4-6, 11-12)
Lesson 4: Forgiving Those Who Are The Meanest
Learning Objective: Students will learn Jesus modeled how we’re to treat the meanest the mean of people in our lives; and will be challenged to extend forgiveness to the mean people in their lives who’ve hurt them the most. (Luke 23:26-34)
Interactive Leader Guides
Jesus and Mean People features a biblically solid, highly interactive Leader's Guide. PDF and DOC versions included.
Jesus and Mean People features 12 short devotions, provided in image form to post to social media, as well as printable versions.
Empower your parents to lead their teenager's discipleship journey through weekly parent pages, available in PDF and DOC versions.
Social Media Suggestions
Jesus and Mean People comes with social media suggestions to help you make connections via social media outside of your group time.
Presentation Background Images
Jesus and Mean People comes with three background images sized to fit ProPresenter, PowerPoint, or any other presentation software you use.
Jesus and Mean People comes with a printable poster file and web banners.
Teacher Prep Videos
Each lesson features a short video that guides your teachers in how to prepare their lesson.
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You don’t need to be reminded of the issues teenagers deal with as they try to live out their faith in a world that’s often opposed to their core beliefs. Navigating these issues can be rough. Teenagers get so many mixed messages; the world says one thing, their friends may say another. And we hope they know enough about their faith to know how to make sense of it all.
The Jesus Studies, a 52-week Bible study strategy, cut through the confusion, teaching your students a Christ-centered look at the major issues they deal with in their lives.
These are not watered-down, topical Bible studies. These studies reveal how Jesus weighs in on the very issues your students are confronted with on a daily basis. Your students will learn to see life through the person of Christ.
Your students will journey through the following concepts: Jesus and Identity, Your Faith, Jesus and Culture, Jesus and Loving Others, Jesus and Tough Times, Jesus and Your Image, Jesus and Stress, Jesus and Forgiveness, Jesus and Influence, Jesus and Relationships, Jesus and Your Future, Jesus and Mean People, and Jesus and Stuff.
Teach The Jesus Studies to equip your students to see the relevant issues of their lives through the words of Jesus.
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