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You've probably seen this in your students: Junior high kids "try on" various identities the way high schoolers try on prom outfits. One week Kaylee shows up wearing workout clothes and a hat; the next week she's wearing a sequined dress, high-heeled shoes, and lots of makeup. Josh is a quiet guy who sits in the back and never participates; after your church Christmas program, he suddenly decides he's headed for Broadway.
The most important task in this stage of life is finding identity. And in the process, young people explore lots of questions about who they are. They experiment to discover what works socially for them. They learn from experience what makes them feel good about themselves. And each builds an identity.
In this book, teenagers will examine how to build identity based on what the Bible says about them. In the first study, they'll explore how to live out God's purpose for them rather than to seek popularity.
Next your students will learn that comparing themselves with others is destructive. They'll discover strategies for dealing with competitive situations.
In the third study, teenagers will discover that the only way to find true identity is by developing a relationship with Christ.
The last study will help students learn that as members of the body of Christ, they have the power of the Holy Spirit within them-and that with that power, they can contribute special gifts to the church.
When your teenagers understand what the Bible says about identity, they'll be better equipped to build their identities on God's truth-and to become the kind of people God wants them to be.
Faith 4 Life: Junior High Bible Study Series helps young teenagers take a Bible-based approach to faith and life issues. Each book in the series contains these important elements:
Life application of Bible truth-Faith 4 Life studies help teenagers understand what the Bible says, then apply that truth to their lives.
A relevant topic-Each Faith 4 Life book focuses on one main topic, with four studies to give your students a thorough understanding of how the Bible relates to that topic. Youth leaders chose these topics as the ones most relevant for junior high students.
One point-Each study makes one point, centering on that one theme to make sure students really understand the important truth it conveys. This point is stated upfront and throughout the study.
Simplicity-The studies are easy to use. Each contains a "Before the Study" box that outlines any advance preparation required. Each study also contains a "Study at a Glance" chart so you can quickly and easily see what supplies you'll need and what each study will involve.
Action and interaction-Each study relies on experiential learning to help students learn what God's Word has to say. Teenagers discuss and debrief their experiences in large groups, small groups, and individual reflection.
Reproducible handouts-Faith 4 Life books include reproducible handouts for students. No need for student books!
Tips, tips, and more tips-Faith 4 Life studies are full of "FYI" tips for the teacher that provide extra ideas, insights into young people, and hints for making the studies go smoothly.
Flexibility-Faith 4 Life studies include optional activities and bonus activities. Use a study as it's written, or use these options to create the study that works best for your group.
Follow-up ideas-At the end of each book, you'll find a section called "Changed 4 Life." This section provides ideas for following up with your students to make sure the Bible truths stick with them.