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Gospels and the Life of Christ
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Goal of this Night
The middle school youth will become familiar with the life of Christ as it is written in the four Gospels.
About this night
Why did some people not recognize Jesus as the Messiah? The Israelites were expecting a savior in the form of another mighty king who would rescue them and unite the kingdom once again. However, as Philippians tells us, “taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross” (2:7-8). Jesus is the Revelation that God was pointing to throughout the Old Testament. Through reading and studying the Gospels, we come to know the intimate love of God through His one and only Son. The Gospels are the central focus of the Bible because they describe the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The Gospels reveal to us a relationship that our loving Father wants to have with us. The middle school youth will have a time to hear the message of the Gospel and then reflect on how it changes our lives. We cannot hear Christ’s message and be the same; He moves us! The Cardboard Testimonies are a powerful way for the Core to share their conversions as well as a chance for the youth to examine areas that need to be given to God.
Before this night
One of the activities will be a “Cardboard Testimony” put on by the Core Team. You will need to gather pieces of cardboard or poster board for the Core to write their testimonies on. The size of the cardboard pieces can vary, but should be big enough so that the testimony can be read depending on the size of your group.
Before the night, show the Core Team the clip “Cardboard Testimonies (CrossPoint Youth)” on www.youtube.com. John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” Have a time of prayer for the Core Team and ask them to write their own Cardboard Testimony. As seen in the video, the testimonies are a few words that capture the struggles and difficulties of life on one side and how the person has allowed Christ to enter into that situation. Be sure that the testimonies are appropriate for middle school youth ages.
Tonight’s session introduced the middle school youth to the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, & John). The messiah that was promised in the Old Testament is Jesus, the Christ. The word “gospel” comes from the Greek euangelion, which means “good news.” The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the Good News. The Good News that God sent His only Son into the world to redeem us. As Catholics, we are called to read and study the Gospels so that we can know the one who died for us. Knowledge of the Savior calls us into a deeper relationship with Him. Tonight your middle school youth was challenged to examine areas in his/her life to give to Jesus to experience His transformative love. Ask him/her to share with you his/her “cardboard testimony.”
Ask your middle school youth which Gospel they enjoyed hearing about tonight. During the week, read the Gospel together and discuss it together.
Think Christmas! With the Incarnation of Christ, God became man. Christmas is that time we celebrate the coming of Christ. Have a Christmas tree with “presents” under it. On the walls, have posters that say: “Jesus is the reason!” “Emmanuel has come!” “He is the Way, Truth, and Life!”
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