Jesus and Tough Times: A 4-Lesson Bible Study will teach your students that when they experience tough times, they should express their emotions to God in real, honest ways, that faith in Jesus and His ability to lead them through trials is what will get them through tough times, and that Jesus stands ready to offer comfort to them in the midst of their tough times.
What teenager doesn’t experience tough times? Whether it’s the relatively run-of-the-mill relational issues that plague high schoolers or bigger issues such as divorce, or the death of a loved one, teenagers have their share of struggles. Knowing where to turn in troubled times can be a challenge. How refreshing, then, to know that Jesus spoke extensively on the challenges we face, and how we can bring our cares to God in trying times.
That when they experience tough times, they should express their emotions to God in real, honest ways
That faith in Jesus and His ability to lead them through trials is what will get them through tough times
That Jesus stands ready to offer comfort to them in the midst of their tough times
That when Jesus ultimately delivers them from tough times, their response should be thankfulness and praise
Teach Jesus and Tough Times to your students and help challenge them to seek God out when life gets tough.
Jesus Studies 52-Week Strategy
Lesson 1: The God Who Listens
Learning Objectives: Students will learn that when they experience tough times, they should express their emotions to God in real, honest ways; and will be challenged to reconsider the way they communicate with God, challenging them to embrace a more honest dialogue with Him. (Matthew 26:36-46)
Lesson 2: Faith In Tough Times
Learning Objectives: Students will learn that faith in Jesus’ ability to lead them through trials is what will get them through tough times; and will be challenged to express faith in God’s ability and desire to help them persevere through tough times. (John 11:1-3; 17-27; 38-44)
Lesson 3: Comfort In Tough Times
Learning Objectives: Students will learn that Jesus stands ready to offer comfort to them in the midst of their tough times; and will be challenged to commit to turning to Jesus and accepting the comfort He offers. (John 14:25-27, John 16:33, Matthew 11:28-30)
Lesson 4: What To Do When It’s Over
Learning Objectives: Students will learn that when Jesus ultimately delivers them from tough times, or provides them with the strength to persevere, their response should be thankfulness and praise; and will be challenged to acknowledge a time when God either removed a tough time from their lives, or helped them persevere through one, and to communicate a message of thanks and praise to Him as a result. (Luke 17:11-19)
Interactive Leader Guides
Jesus and Tough Times features a biblically solid, highly interactive Leader's Guide. PDF and DOC versions included.
Jesus and Tough Times 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 Tough Times comes with social media suggestions to help you make connections via social media outside of your group time.
Presentation Background Images
Jesus and Tough Times comes with three background images sized to fit ProPresenter, PowerPoint, or any other presentation software you use.
Jesus and Tough Times 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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