Alive Middle School Update: God's Glory Defined

GodsGlory_ppt1Dear Parents,

God’s glory can be one of those “church” words students think they understand. Until they actually try to define it. Then, they realize they really don’t have a good grasp on what God’s glory is. After this study, they won’t have any problem knowing what God’s glory is, and how it affects their lives.

We are about to kick off a new study called “elements|God’s Glory.” This study will help your teenager understand this concept of God’s glory and how it impacts their lives.

Over the course of this study, your teenager will come to understand that God’s glory speaks primarily to the honor and awe due to God simply for who He is, the role Jesus played in physically demonstrating God’s glory on this earth, and that God is given glory as our students live out their everyday lives, especially during tough times.

You’ll be receiving follow-up reminders from me as we teach each of these topics. I’ll provide you with an overview of what we studied, as well as some follow-up questions you and your teenager might use to continue this important conversation.

Below you’ll see some tips on what you can be doing to help your teenager better understand the concept of God’s glory and why it’s so vital to our faith.
  • Pray for your teenager each week, and for the others in our Bible study.
  • Watch for follow-up posts and engage your teenager in conversations about what he or she is learning.
  • Look for ways to improve the communication between you and your teenager, especially as it pertains to spiritual matters.

This week we started our study of God’s glory. It was a great time of learning and discussion. I hope your teenager enjoyed it.

Our first lesson was entitled “Glory Defined,” and it focused on helping students understand that God’s glory speaks predominantly to the honor and awe due to God simply for who He is. It challenged our students to both look for God’s glory and respond to it in their daily lives.

We looked at the following Scripture passages:
  • Exodus 24:15-18
  • Luke 2:8-10
  • Revelation 21:22-25
  • 1 Chronicles 16:23-29
  • Psalms 19:1-3
  • Romans 1:18-20

You’ll enjoy reading these passages and how God’s glory speaks to us in our every day lives.

Next Steps . . .

During the next week as you have time to talk with your child, consider asking the following questions:

  • If God’s glory speaks through His creation to us, what are some of the words which describe God and who He is?
  • Where are some of the places you see God’s glory displayed? What places near here, or have we travelled to that display God’s glory.
  • God is powerful and mighty. How is it possible to have a healthy fear of such a big God? Is it healthy to fear God? Why? Why not?
  • What are some of the ways you are learning to help keep focused on God’s glory?

Thank you for all you do. If you have any questions about anything, please don’t hesitate to call me.