To help youth understand that there Sin and shame is not greater than the forgiveness Jesus freely offers
Go around the room and have everyone share one high point (best thing) and one low point (worst thing) about this past week
if you could be great at one thing what would be? why that skill?
what is a bad thing that you have gotten trouble for? what did you do? what happened?
In our lives there will be times when we don’t feel good enough or skilled enough but Jesus Is telling a diffrent story.
- is there something you wish you have done but haven’t? what stopped you
- do you relaize that Jesus has already accepted you if not whats stopping you from accepting that?
In Spencer’s talk, he talked about how how we often feel like our sin and shame can hold us back from entering into Jesus’ presence. but the truth is that Jesis offer Forgivness for that shame and sin freely and desires for us to enter into his presence
- Do you agree with what Spencer is saying how in life we can feel like our sin and shame can hold us back but the truth is we can expierence Jesus freely?
- During the times when it feels like you sin and shame is holding you back what can we do to push forward?
- What kind of power does it have on our lives when we let go of our sin and shame?
Read Luke 7:41-48
It’s a story about two men who were deeply in debt. One owed the bank one hundred thousand dollars, and the other only owed ten thousand dollars. When it was obvious that neither of them would be able to repay their debts, the kind banker graciously wrote off the debts and forgave them all that they owed. Tell me, Simon, which of the two debtors would be the most thankful? Which one would love the banker most?”
Simon answered, “I suppose it would be the one with the greatest debt forgiven.”
“You’re right,” Jesus agreed. Then he spoke to Simon about the woman still weeping at his feet.
“Don’t you see this woman kneeling here? She is doing for me what you didn’t bother to do. When I entered your home as your guest, you didn’t think about offering me water to wash the dust off my feet. Yet she came into your home and washed my feet with her many tears and then dried my feet with her hair. You didn’t even welcome me into your home with the customary kiss of greeting, but from the moment I came in she has not stopped kissing my feet. You didn’t take the time to anoint my head with fragrant oil, but she anointed my head and feet with the finest perfume. She has been forgiven of all her many sins. This is why she has shown me such extravagant love. But those who assume they have very little to be forgiven will love me very little.”
Then Jesus said to the woman at his feet, “All your sins are forgiven.
- What stood out to you in this passage? Do you agree with what the author is saying here?
- What do you think the author is trying to say about overcomingour sin and shame?
- How would your life be different if you truly believed what the author is saying?
ACT IT OUT:
Ask you’r kids if they want to be prayed over to be forgiven for there sin’s and shame
Ask your group/child if there are any prayer requests or praise reports that they would like to share. Take a moment and pray over all the requests.