Youth Sunday School

11 Nov - Hosea Chapter 10

Chapter 10

Covenants - A formal relationship that listed benefits and punishments.

Gibeah - Days of Gibeah’s sin: The story of a certain Levite’s visit to Gibeah (Judges 19-20) and the similarity to Lot’s hospitality to Angels in Sodom. More bad news.

Triiip didn’t see the connection between the luxuriant vine (v10:1) and the Parable of the rich man (Luke 12:16-21).
    •    Forgetting that it is God who responsible for our abundance.
    •    Wealth of this world is going to be taken away

Triiip seemed more willing to agree that Hosea 10:8 may be a description of Jesus’ crucifixion. Thorn and thistles on their altars similar to Jesus’s crown of thorns and crucifixion on the cross up on a hill.

Jesus quotes Hosea 10:8 on the road to gethsemane to the people following Him, after Simon of Cyrene tasked to carry His cross.
    •    Hosea speaks of elimination of Northern Kingdom as a nation and as a separate peopl

4 Nov - Hosea Chapter 9

Chapter 9

Paying for sex is cheap. A false relationship. A false security.

Peor- Where Balaam advised that the Midianite girls should make the young Hebrews fall in love with them and then make the Hebrew youths abandon their God.

The affair with Baal-peor, shows the moral decline that occurred in the wake of contact with idolaters. Allowing outside influences in.

Memphis, Egypt: False security.

Clean Vs Unclean Animals: Split hoof & chews its cud.

Are their similarities between the account fo the Fig Tree in Mark 11 and Hosea 9:15-17?

28 October - Hosea Chapter 8

Chapter 8

Now Animal Metaphors
    •    Vultures - circle the dead and dying
    •    Wild Donkeys - cannot be ridden
    •    Calfs - a long association with idols.

Word of God (Review)
    •    Living Word - Jesus
    •    Written Word - Scripture
    •    Visible Word - Sacraments
    •    Spoken Word - Preached

Worship god of our own making

21 October - Hosea Chapter 7

Chapter 7

Descriptions of our depravity:

Oven —Our lust/sins hangs on like the baker’s oven holds its heat

Treacherous Bow - Undependable and dangerous to those who use it

Cake - A disgusting mess. Half baked

Grey Hair - Past our prime

Dove - Bird brains. Doomed to get caught because we are brainless.

Weather Vane - blown in whatever direction.

14 Oct - Hosea Chapter 6

God desires a steadfast love and knowledge of Him, not mindless adherence to rituals.

More Places:
Adam - north of Jericho. At this spot the waters of the Jordan River were stopped to create a dry pathway for Israel to enter Canaan.

Gilead - Site of a rebellion against David. Idolatry

Shechem - Place where Abram received the promise. Location of Dinah incident. Capital city for Jeroboam. Site of more atrocities.

Oct 7 - Hosea Chapter 5 pt 2

When people forget God they look for salvation elsewhere.

A history of facing adversity, and frantically searching for earthly solutions.


Place Identity - The makeup of a people's identity. 1) The bond between people & places. 2) The symbolic meaning people have with places.


Gilgil - 1st Beachhead into the Promise Land and later HQ of Elijah and Elisha. Now referenced as a place of wickedness.

Beth-aven - House of idols… golden calves where worshiped there

Mizpah - A common noun meaning “watchtower, or guardpost”. Most frequently Mizpah refers to the town of Benjamin

Mount Tabor - Northern boarder marker. Place where the brothers of Gideon were slain

Gibeah - Saul’s HQ and execution place of Saul’s descendants.

Ramah - Home of Samuel where the elders ask Samuel to appoint a king over them.

Ephraim - Jeroboam I, First king of Israel was an Ephraimite, rebelled against Solomon’s son Rehoboam.

Benjamin - The history of the tribe contains a sad record of a desolating civil war in which they were engaged with the other eleven tribes. The first king of the Jews was Saul, a Benjamite.

30 Sep - Hosea Chapter 5 pt 1

You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink.
    
The Twelve Tribes of Israel:
    •    Reuben
    •    Simeon
    •    Levi
    •    Judah
    •    Issachar
    •    Zebulun
    •    Dan
    •    Naphtali
    •    Gad
    •    Asher
    •    Joseph (later Ephraim and Manasseh)
    •    Benjamin

23 Sept - Hosea Chapter 4


Chapter 4

No Faith. No Knowledge. Brings Grief & Death

The Church, Husbands, Wives, Fathers, and Mothers are culpable in the culture of faithlessness & ignorance

More geographic locations
    •    Gilgil - 1st Beachhead into the Promise Land and later HQ of Elijah and Elisha. Now referenced as a place of wickedness.
    •    Beth-aven - A Golden Calf location - “House of wickedness”

16 Sep - Hosea Chapter 3


Key Learnings

Capter 3

Unacceptable conduct example: A divorced woman who remarries and divorces could not then return to her first husband. And yet….

God saves us only out of his mercy and undeserved love.

Emphasis added: We are unworthy.

Messianic prophecy in 3:5 - The Northern Kingdom did not follow the Davidic Kingship.

9 Sep - Hosea Chapter 2

Key Learnings

Chapter 2

A family metaphor is used to describe the severity of our bad behavior

God is faithful

Valley of Achor - The troubled valley near Jericho; a consequence of the sin of Achan

Trouble will turn into Joy; Despair into hope.

A new relationship; Husband (Ishi), instead of Master (Baali)

2 Sept - Hosea Chapter 1

Key Learnings

Chapter 1

General Revelation - Evidence of God in Nature (Observations)
Special Revelation - God revealing Himself through his Word. (In this case, by speaking directly to Hosea and to us through His written word)

Blood of Jezreel - A rich history of murder.

Whore - immoral, unfaithful, unclean, unscrupulous, unlawful, unworthy, and corrupt

Hosea - “God saves” Children - God Scatters, No-Mercy, Not-my-people

The word picture given is ugly and bloody. Damaged

8 July - Augsburg Confession - Article 3


See screen shot of white board for key learnings from class discussion.

24 June - Lord's Prayer Revisited

Lord’s Prayer Key Learning’s

Matthew 6:9-13

The Lord’s Prayer in post Christian culture
    •    Pope Francis has suggested an updated translation to the 6th petition to avoid confusion. His suggest is in line with what we teach.
    •    Missed opportunities: On a good Sunday only 25% are in Sunday School

English translations examined (ESV, KJV, NIV, TNIV, TEV, NLT, Beck, NABRE)
    •    Each translation made different word choices
    •    The prayer version we use in corporate worship more closely follows the KJV

Lutheran hymnals examined (LH, LBW, LW, LSB)
    •    Subtle changes in the prayer were made over time concerning word choices and punctuation.
    •    The Lord’s prayer is spoken as the conclusion of the Prayer’s of the Church

The language of the church is criticized for being archaic
    •    Tradition and personal preferences

A class version of the Lord’s prayer (petitions numbered)
    
Our Father who is in heaven.
    1. Holy be Your name.
    2. Your kingdom come.
    3. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
    4. Give us today our daily bread.
    5. And forgive us our sins and help us forgive those who trespass against us.
    6. Do not let us fall into temptation.
    7. But deliver us from evil.
    For Yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

A different class version of the Lord's Prayer (Jun 2018)
    
Our Father in heaven.
    1. Keep Your Name holy among us.
    2. Your kingdom come.
    3. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
    4. Give us today our daily bread.
    5. And forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
    6. Do not let us fall into temptation.
    7. But deliver us from evil.

27 May - Hosea



Hosea Film - Amazing love (2012) Key Learnings Part 2

- Hosea is a love story

- Hosea’s relationship with his wife is an illustration of God’s relationship with us
    - Golmer was;
    -    unfaithful
    -    unthankful
    -    rebellious
    -    captivated by bobbles and trinkets
    - We are Golmer

- The movie's present timeline reflected the themes of the Prophet
    - Our criticisms of lack of character development was precisely the point the movie was making.
    - There are no quick fixes
    -    The Law does not change behavior, the Gospel changes behavior

20 May - Hosea

Hosea Film - Amazing Love (2012) Key Learnings

When a confrontation occurs amongst the youth group, Stuart takes the opportunity to share with the group the story of the Old Testament prophet Hosea.

Present time:
    -    Stuart - Youth leader
    -    Beth - Stuart’s wife
    -    Ashley - the reluctant girl
    -    Cooper - the insectophobia guy
    -    Carry - the other girl
    -    Steve - the other guy
    -    Gameboy - Yes, that’s his name


Old Testament Times:
    -    Hosea - Prophet
    -    Golmer - Unfaithful wife



13 May - 24toDouble

24ToDouble Key Learnings (First Impressions)
First Impressions
    -    Made within the first 7-11 minutes of arrival
    -    People need to connect with people
    -    Making the most of opportunities with people
    -    Feelings more important than the tangible
Front Door Teams (Greeters, Ushers, Parking Lot, Hospitality )
    -    Preferential treatment for non members
    -    We tend to stop when church starts
    -    In an effective Wow Ministry is where ushers and greeters are working together
Need for systematic change
    -    Parking
    -    Greeting
Team Clarity
    -    Under the Pastor’s span of control
    -    Clearly define team member roles
    -    Casting vision (why the team exists) before each event
Front Door Teams Followup
    -    24toDouble is inconsistent with their team names
    -    Website descriptions for 1 .Hospitality, 2. Parking, 3. Safety, and 4. Ushers
    -    Presentation talked about Parking, Greeters, and Ushers
    -    Our current Teams
    -    Greeters
    -    Ushers : Only Ushers have in house documentation
    -    Fellowship
Theological underpinning
    -    More questionable definitive theology statements
    -    Issues of adiaphora ignore

6 May - Ruth 4

Ruth Chapter 4 Key Learnings

- Boaz’s status
    - TLSB infers from v4:6 that the closer family redeemer had no family of his own and backs out because of inheritance concerns for his own heirs.
    - Boaz acceptance of the responsibility
        - Boaz already had heirs
        - Boaz made a sacrificial labor regardless
    - Scripture doesn’t say

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Rachel and Leah is a reference to the whole nation of Israel
    - Bilhan and Zilpah where handmaidens not wives

- Noami’s reentering the story at the end
    - The son of Boaz and Ruth was Noami’s family redemption
    - To give the book symmetr

29 April - Ruth 3

Ruth Chapter 3 Key Learnings

- Chapter 3 is the focal point of the Book of Ruth
    - Recognition
    - Respect

- Old Testament connections
    - Lot & his daughters
    - Judah and his daughter-in-law (Tamar)

- Restoration of boundaries
    - kindness
    - love

- Shavuot (Pentacost)
    - Acceptance of faith
    - Commitmen

22 April - Ruth 2

Ruth Chapter 2 Key Learnings

- The strangeness of an agriculture culture
    - Reaping and harvesting
    - Gleaning : gathering what the harvesters did not collect

- “Redeem, redeemer, or redemption”
    
- The World term usage is mainly in an economic context
    - Church/Scripture uses the terms to describe deliverance from bondage
    (Delivered, Ransom, Rescue, Advocate, Defender, Buy Back, Set Free)

- The theme of family redeemer foreshadows Jesus as our Redeemer

8 April - 24ToDouble

24ToDouble Key (Laity Involvement ) Learnings

Terms
FTA - First Time Attender. (The term visitor implies visitors eventually leave)
MTA - Multiple Time Attender


The Pastor’s Meal - A structure opportunity for FTAs/MTAs to connect with the church. People want to meet and interact with the pastor. It makes them feel special. Our pastor is our best “draw” we have to offer.

Meal Goals:
    •    To make friends
    •    To share the church’s statement of faith
    •    To share the Pastor’s vision
    •    To inform that God has a plan for their life and His desire to use them in His service

Curtis’ Notes:
    •    The good and gracious will of God: Name kept Holy; Word taught correctly; Sinners brought to faith; Lead godly lives.
    •    Goals of Confirmation: 1. Take ownership of faith 2. Live as a child of God. 3. Grow in the life & mission of the church.


Application of
Dr Weston’s 7 Laws of Growth can be summed up as relationships, relationships, relationships.

24toDouble uses Romans 12:4-8 as their
leadership model proof text. Concern was raised that they may have bent the meaning to make the text fit.

15 April - Ruth 1

Ruth Chapter I Key Learnings

Linage
    - Ruth - Not a Hebrew. A Mobite.
     - Mobites are related to the Hebrews through Lot
     - Lot was Abraham’s nephew
    - First mother-in-law is Naomi
     - Naomi and her husband were originally from Bethlehem before Moab
     - Moves back to Bethlehem after husband’s death
    - Ruth - Grandmother of Kind David
    -Ruth - One of four women mention in the genealogy of Christ

The importance of geography is to demonstrate scripture is rooted in reality.

Ruth was loyal to Naom

25 Mar - Lord's Prayer

Lord’s Prayer Key Learning’s

Matthew 6:9-13

The Lord’s Prayer in post Christian culture
    •    Pope Francis has suggested an updated translation to the 6th petition to avoid confusion. His suggest is in line with what we teach.
    •    Missed opportunities: On a good Sunday only 25% are in Sunday School

English translations examined (ESV, KJV, NIV, TNIV, TEV, NLT, Beck, NABRE)
    •    Each translation made different word choices
    •    The prayer version we use in corporate worship more closely follows the KJV

Lutheran hymnals examined (LH, LBW, LW, LSB)
    •    Subtle changes in the prayer were made over time concerning word choices and punctuation.
    •    The Lord’s prayer is spoken as the conclusion of the Prayer’s of the Church

The language of the church is criticized for being archaic
    •    Tradition and personal preferences

A class version of the Lord’s prayer (petitions numbered)
Our Father who is in heaven.
1. Holy be Your name.
2. Your kingdom come.
3. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
4. Give us today our daily bread.
5. And forgive us our sins and help us forgive those who trespass against us.
6. Do not let us fall into temptation.
7. But deliver us from evil.
For Yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

11 Mar - 24 to Double

24 To Double Key (Involvement) Learnings:


Dysfunctional Church Models

1. Staff Lead Model (Overworking the staff)
2. Desperate Volunteer Model (Filling slots with warm bodies)
3. Chaos Model (Whatever is in chaos gets attention)

Types of Gifts (Gifts are different that talents):

1. Ascension Gifts (Romans 12:4-5)
    -    Apostles
    -    Prophets
    -    Evangelists
    -    Pastors
    -    Teachers

2. Function/Motivation Gifts (Romans 12:6-8)
    -    Team Leader
    -    Prayer Leader
    -    Recruiter
    -    Encourager
    -    Trainer
    -    Worker
    -    Treasurer

3. Spiritual Gifts (1Cor 12:8-10

4 Mar - Philemon

Philemon Key Learnings

Sunday March 4, 2018

The purpose of the Bible is to point us to Christ Jesus. Our study is taking a closer look at those biblical books and letters that lack the verbosity of the others.

Puzzles:
Roman slavery is confusing for us today because it was different from the types of slavery we know best.
The greek word “Doulos” is translated as “slave” or “servant” and different translations made different choices

Relationship Motivations; Slave, Servant, Employee, or Family:
Slave - Obligation
Employee - $$$
Servant - Relationship
Family - Responsibility

Comforts:
We are all runways
Through Christ our relationship status with God is changed
Through Christ our legal status has change


25 Feb - Nahum

The purpose of the Bible is to point us to Christ Jesus. Our study is taking a closer look at those biblical books and letters that lack the verbosity of the others.

The Book of Nahum



Nahum Key Learnings:

Comforts:

Nature of God is: Justice; Slow to anger; Has authority; Shows mercy

God remembers his promises

God is at work in History

Imagery projected warnings:

The world, sin, and the devil are predators.

False teachings and worship of false gods

Natural protections and worldly alliances do not provide shelter from unbelief

22 July Augsburg Confession - Article 4


See screen shot of white board for key learnings from class discussion.