Things You Can Use / Apr 22, 2019
Listen to Me
Note to the Teacher
Historically, Lent was used as a season of preparation and discipleship for interested Christians, and they would be baptized at the Easter vigil service. The season after Easter was focused on teaching Christian doctrine. Our “Living” and “Loving” series both come out of this historical understanding of the Easter season. They follow the gospel texts in John, where Jesus is trying to teach the disciples how to live as his followers. You can ask the same questions in your worship: “What does it mean to live as a follower of Christ? What does it mean to believe in Jesus?”
Times are based on a 50-minute lesson period but can be adjusted as is necessary.
1. Ice Breaker:
Get this lesson started with a hilarious icebreaker from the YouthWorker Collective called Whisper Challenge. Available at youthworkercollective.com/whisper-challenge
2. Read Scripture & Discuss
Have students take turns reading John 10:22-30 aloud.
Spend some time discussing one or all of the following questions:
4. Activity and Discussion
Say something like:
“Hearing God’s voice in world full of constant noise and constant motion can be challenging, but there are a few things we can do to make it easier for us to recognize and listen to the voice of our Good Shepherd. First, we should get in relationship with Him. We need to make sure we are intentionally making space in our lives to spend meaningful and purposeful time getting to know our Savior. Second, we need to ask Him to speak to us. We need to let Him know that we are ready to hear His voice. We also need to make sure we structure our lives in a way that will allow us to stay close to Him. The closer we are to Jesus the easier it is to hear His voice, which definitely makes it easier to listen to Him.
Considering the suggestions we just discussed, what changes could you make in your own life to make it easier to hear and listen to Jesus?
Be Still: Say something like, “We are going to take some time right now to practice listening to God and hearing His voice. Psalm 46:10 says, ‘Be still and know that I am God.’ Our minds can be so busy and noisy that we can’t hear God’s gentle whisper. It’s impossible to empty our minds of all thoughts and we should not try to make our minds blank. What we need to do is focus on Jesus. Express your love for Him – more with feelings and desire and less with actual words. It’s like sitting quietly with your best friend. Just being together is enough.
“So, find a place alone somewhere and just sit and be still with God. Listen for His voice and try to clear your mind of any other distractions. If your mind starts to wonder, bring it back to focusing on Him. Come back in 10 minutes and we will discuss how it went.”
Close in the manner that is typical for you. Consider taking joys/concerns from the students, then asking for a volunteer to close in prayer.
Earphones and a phone or other device to connect to and play music.