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Old Made New

Introduction to the New Testament

Edge Night Outline

Goal of this Night

The middle school youth will be introduced to the New Testament as a fulfillment of the Old Testament. The youth will identify the books and writings in the New Testament as well.

About this night

The Old Testament comes to fulfillment in the New Testament. The New Testament is comprised of 27 books from eight different authors. The New Testament contains the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John), Acts of the Apostles, 13 letters from St. Paul, a letter to the Hebrews, seven Epistles addressed to the faithful and the book of Revelation. It is important to know that the New Testament was not written until after the Resurrection and Ascension of Christ. The life of Christ and the faith of the Church was passed on through Tradition. As the apostles began to die, believers began to record what they had seen and heard – giving us the written text of the Bible as we have it today.

The flow of this night is easier so as to allow more time for Adoration. Having finished the Old Testament and learned about the covenants God established with His people, the middle school youth will see that Jesus Christ is the final and lasting covenant. The youth will explore the New Testament, become familiar with its contents and then have a time of Adoration. Live music during Adoration can help the youth to enter into prayer and be less distracted. If possible, have the words to the song projected or available for the youth so they can participate.

Parental Notice

Tonight’s session was an introduction to the New Testament. For several weeks we looked at the stories and covenants of the Old Testament and their promise of a savior for God’s people. The New Testament is a fulfillment of the prophecies and covenants in the Old Testament. We can better understand who Christ is, his teachings, and the development of the early Church in light of what we read in the Old Testament.

Our closing prayer tonight was a time of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. We are called to adore Jesus Christ each week by receiving Him at Mass. In addition to Communion, we have the gift of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “To visit the Blessed Sacrament is…a proof of gratitude, an expression of love, and a duty of Adoration toward Christ our Lord” (#1418).

Questions for the ride home (or throughout the week):

  • What was Adoration like tonight?
  • What did you thank God for during Adoration?
  • Would you like to visit the chapel for Adoration again?

Environment

Have signs on the walls with expressions indicating the middle school youth must wait. “Prepare the Way!” “Wait for It!” “Hold, please!”  “Please form line to wait, here”  There should be an environment of waiting and anticipation from the Core Team. Have the youth wait at the door before they can enter to sign-in.

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