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Living in a kingdom shattered under an oppressive power, the people of Malachi’s day had lost all hope. They no longer remembered their covenant with God, and they wondered if God even cared to remember His children.
But God used Malachi to remind Israel of the source of hope—their loving God. He alone would protect them, would restore them, would sustain them for 400 years before the coming of the Messiah.
Few people have so embodied the fruits of trust and virtue as Ruth. Through her, God demonstrated His love, sovereignty, and matchless grace. This study tells her story in the context of God's providential care, also highlighting the character displayed by this heroine and her redeemer, Boaz.
As time passes, Christians tend to forget the great blessing of being a Christian. Salvation is a life-changing event that should never be taken for granted. This study will help your teens understand salvation—the work God has begun in them, the work He promises to bring to ultimate completion.
God offers us His salvation for free, and He sustains us for the exact same price. Though pursuing a relationship with God is not without sacrifice, our efforts in no way merit special favor from Him. This study challenges students to stand in awe of God’s grace, to praise Him for His work in their lives, and to communicate that grace to others.
Do your teens understand God's purposes for the church? If the truth were known, many parents and youth pastors would be surprised to hear what teens really think of the church. This study seeks to present the biblical portrait of the church, inspire teens to value the church, and motivate them to serve God in their local church.
Our society has grown increasingly skeptical and unbelieving. Most people cynically assume that absolute truth does not exist. In their minds, everything is relative, based on circumstance or perspective. We must realize that the truths found in the Bible are just as relevant as they were millennia ago.
How do you measure maturity? In the life of Joseph, we find a series of tests that reveal his character—that quality which guided his thoughts, actions, and attitutes. Joseph, by God's grace, maintained direction, stability, and purpose through many trials.
Many teens have only a general understanding and knowledge of Jesus Christ. Though some are familiar with Jesus as a good man or dynamic leader, few realize that He is the pivotal figure in the history of the world, and that He is the key to mankind's redemption. This study teaches the basic truths of the deity of Jesus, His life on earth, His saving work on the cross, and His present work in heaven.
Leadership is not always glamorous. Rather, it's filled with hardship and service. Though Moses had many God-given strengths admired by all, he still had weaknesses with which we all can identify. This study examines Moses' life, revealing that the God who helped him overcome his personal inabilities can change our lives too.
A Christian's friends are eternal investments that require contstant nurturing. This downloadable legacy study introduces biblical principles that can help teens establish and maintain friendships that will encourage them toward Christlikeness. They will learn what true friendship looks like; they will understand why bad friendships should be avoided; and they will find joy in befriending the friendless.
Many teens wonder how they can connect with something bigger than themselves. They believe they were created for a purpose. But what is it? To do our part in God’s mission! Not only does God's plan stretch to the ends of the world, but it also affects the way we live each day. As God's children, we are part of something huge—the mission to seek and save the lost for His glory.
God wants us all to be ministers—extreme ones, humble ones. This study, which focuses on a handful of Christians serving in the early church, will help your students understand what a minister is, what a minister does, and how anyone can become a minister immediately. By studying the lives of ministers—and their ultimate example, Christ—your students will be challenged to serve however God leads them.
We live in an age of blameshifters, but God calls us to something higher. Whatever our state, whatever our burden, His grace can lift us to a closer walk with Him. There we can look at our circumstances the way He does—as opportunities to showcase His majestic work in our lives.
Teens face unique challenges today, and many young people look to their peers for solutions. This study confronts peer pressure head-on, challenging your students to discern how this influence is applied and encouraging them to resist it by God's grace. Our lives must be molded after Christ's example, driven by a love for Him—not subject to the ever-changing trends of today's culture.
There are few topics that sincere teens struggle with more than knowing God's will. Those of us who have grappled with major life decisions can sympathize. Fortunately, there is no need for your students to wallow in anxiety over their tough choices. By a thorough exploration of the truth of God's Word, they can have the confidence that comes from rightly understanding how to know and find God's will.
Lies, curses, gossip, bitterness, jealousy, hate—the tongue can communicate great evil. Too often we are bombarded with speech that mocks, tears down, or profanes. This study identifies the causes and dangers of ungodly speech, challenging young people to use their words to edify others. By God's grace, your students can model their speech after the example of Christ, submitting all of their words to His service.
Immorality is devastating the teen culture today. Survey data consistently shows that biblical standards of morality have been abandoned by today's youth—even among professing Christian teens. Thankfully, the Bible offers straight, solid answers to the dilemma teens face. God has a plan your students' sexuality, and it is a plan that results in blessing for those who follow it. This study will encourage your teens to value purity, guarding it like fine gold.
Forgiveness is a lost art. Many people have decided that it is better not to forgive—some out of spite, others to protect themselves. It is no wonder that people today are racked with guilt, or that they have a hard time understanding the concept of God as a forgiving Father. This study not only clarifies how God forgives us, but also explains why we must learn to forgive others.
Apathy winds itself into the very fibers of the soul, and few things are more disheartening than a Christian teen with no passion for Christ. This study exposes the ugliness of the apathetic heart, seeking to awaken new passion and zeal. Only Jesus can offer the radical transforming power that rekindles the fire.
Undoubtedly, one of the greatest needs of a Christian's life is to discipline ourselves in the area of godliness. But we can't do it alone. Thankfully, God gives us grace and strength as we yield to Him. Cross Training tackles the issue of self-discipline, providing practical ways to strive for godliness each day.