If/Then

Week 1

We all have opinions about people, whether we realize it or not, and the problem is that these assumptions affect the way we respond to people. We may even have assumptions or opinions about Jesus, which can determine our response to Him as well. We all need to decide for ourselves who we believe Jesus is. But if Jesus is God, how do we respond to Him? We can respond the same way the people did in Jesus’ time: We can pay attention to His actions, listen to His words, and follow His instructions. Doing so may change the way we see God, make us curious about our own faith, and help us treat others with love. If Jesus is who He said, then He’s worth following and changing the way we see the world.

The Point – If Jesus is God, you should follow him.

Scripture –

“Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am” (John 8:58 NIV)

Ask –

 

  • Who are some people a lot of middle school students “follow”? 

  • How can following someone be a good thing?
  • Why does it matter what we think about Jesus?
  • How is believing Jesus is God different than following Him?

 

 

Week 2

When we don’t know what to do it can be scary and upsetting, and can leave us feeling vulnerable, nervous, and at risk. So to avoid these feelings, we often try to protect ourselves. But maybe we aren’t meant to protect ourselves or feel the pressure of making decisions alone. If Jesus is the Good Shepherd, then you can trust Him. And in any decision or difficulty we face, He’ll lead and guide us—we just need to stay close to Him. We can stay close and find guidance and comfort by pursuing God, reading the Bible, and seeking wise mentors. God was willing to give His life for us, so He can be trusted. We can go to Him whenever we feel uncertain, vulnerable, or at risk.

The Point – If Jesus is the Good Shepherd, then you can trust him.

Scripture –

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (John 10:11 NIV).

“My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand” (John 10:29 NIV).

Ask –

 

  • Why is it sometimes difficult to trust that God knows what He’s doing? 

  • How does knowing that Jesus wants to take care of you, protect you, and 
guide you change the way you view Him?
  • When you’re looking for wisdom, do you have a favorite Bible verse to 
go to? If so, what is it?

 

Week 3

We sometimes feel unsatisfied in life. Like there are improvements to be made: We hunger for something more. Jesus knew that we’d hunger for something more than just food or stuff. It’s natural to feel dissatisfied, but when we accept Jesus as the bread of life, we no longer focus on what we don’t have, but instead on what we do have. And only God can provide the fullness and satisfaction we desire. If we believe Jesus is who He said He is, and if we’re willing to follow Him, we’re promised eternal life both now and forever. And Jesus loves us exactly as we are right now . . . whether we feel close to Him or distant from Him. Jesus came to offer life now, but He also wants to offer us eternal life. Since Jesus is the bread of life, we can be satisfied.

The Point – If Jesus is the Bread of Life, then you can be satisfied.

Scripture –

Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty”

(John 6:35 NIV).

Ask –

 

  • Why do you think it’s easy to become dissatisfied? 

  • Does it change your view of God to know He gave His people exactly 
what they needed to keep going and to keep living?
  • Why is it sometimes difficult to trust that God will give us exactly what 
we need?
  • If you really believed that God could satisfy you, how would it change 
the way you thought about your hunger?