AMPLIFY: Knowing God

Lesson 42: Knowing God

 

Lesson 42, Devotion 1

 “’You do not want to leave too, do you?’ Jesus asked the Twelve. Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.’” - John 6:67-68

One of the passages we looked at in this week’s lesson was John 6:66-69. It is the story of the crowds walking away and the disciples sticking with Jesus because they believed He was God. As a Christian teenager, you face peer pressure for following Jesus. The crowd is going one way and to take a stand for Jesus means you may be standing alone.

 

Re-read John 6:66-69. Take a moment and answer the following questions:

  • How do you think the disciples felt when people walked away from Jesus?

  • What separated the disciples from the crowds?

  • What are some ways that you may have to take a stand for your faith this week?

 

When you take a stand for Jesus, you may feel like you are standing alone. But you’re not alone. Jesus is there with you.

 

This week, remember the truth that Jesus is the true God and that He is for you even though crowds may stand against you.

 

 

Lesson 42, Devotion 2

In Hebrews 1:1-3, we saw the power of the Gospel, which Jesus who was powerful, great, and God came and took our place. He became sin so that we can become like Him.

 

The problem is that many times we as Christians think that we are to try our best to follow Jesus by looking to Him as our example. Several years ago, there was a Christian fad of bracelets called “WWJD,” which stood for “What Would Jesus Do?” This was the question you were supposed to ask before you did something. The problem with all of this is that we are not God and we cannot perfectly live like Jesus – that is why He came and took our place on the cross.

 

So how does living for Jesus work? Turn in your Bible to Ephesians 2:10 and read the verse. It says that we are Jesus’ “workmanship” and that we were created for good works. “Workmanship” is a weird word to us, but in the Greek, it means “poem.” We are God’s artistic expression on the world.  God is making broken people like us into beautiful works of art that point people to His power to change a life.

 

Following Jesus is a lot less about wondering what Jesus would do and a lot more about surrendering your life to Jesus as He makes you into an artistic expression of the beauty of His Gospel to a watching world.

 

Think about this:

  • Come up with a few ways this practically fleshes itself out in your world.

  • Commit to living out this truth today in your life.

 

 

Lesson 42, Devotion 3

 

One of the ways that we can experience Jesus is through worship. As we worship Jesus, we thank Him for who He is and what He has done for us. 

 

Today, we are going to do something different for our devotional time. Think of your favorite praise and worship song and find a place where you can get alone with God. Spend a few minutes listening to and singing the song and praising Jesus for who He is.

 

Then make sure to pray to Jesus and simply respond to Him with how the song makes you feel.