As we continue to move forward in this season, there are many tensions, worries and concerns. I continue to take every day at a time and I am grateful for every opportunity to meet with students in person in this season and build relationships and find a life rooted in Jesus together.
In youth group so far we have gone over Psalm 23 and how it shows us the picture of a life following Jesus. We talked about the whole Bible pointing us to Jesus. We see that when the Psalmist refers to the Lord as shepherd, we experience Jesus as our shepherd in this life. Christ proclaims this parallel in John 10 when Jesus tell us He is the good shepherd. So just as David proclaims the Lord, we proclaim Christ, who is the Lord of all.
So for middle school students we talked about life with Jesus as our shepherd, as you work through the Psalm we saw in Jesus we find rest, comfort, peace, support and love forever.
Now, we begin to make a shift in conversation, and last night I posed the question, why would we follow Jesus and let him be our shepherd, and how do we experience all the things Psalm 23 mentions? I find many middle school students begin to ponder this question and sometimes it begins to confuse them, and so it is my conviction to make the gospel explicit to students, rather than assumed. So we asked the question last night. We discussed that Jesus came to the world with good news. And now we will move forward in weeks to come to discuss what exactly is the "good news" Jesus talks about.
Grace and peace friends,
My name is Josiah from Grand Rapids Michigan and I follow Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Also middle schoolers are cool.