Unit 1 Questions:

7th Grade

1.1
  • What is your favorite part of nature?
  • What is something you have made that you are proud of?
  • What is your favorite part of yourself?
  • Do you know your birth story?
1.2
  • When you were little, did you like storms or were you afraid of them?
  • What is a rule that your parents have for you because they love you?
  • Have you cared about a person or a pet in a way that changed you or limited you?
  • What does the flood story show us about God’s love?

1.3: God is Promise Keeper

Scripture: Abraham   Genesis 18:1-15

  • Large group questions:
    When you are surprised, is it your response to laugh? What makes you laugh?
  • Can you think of an example of something your parents promised you that you had to wait a long time for? Did they come through?
  • Are you currently waiting on any promises that have not yet been fulfilled? Do you trust that they will be?

Take Aways: God keeps God’s promises. Sometimes it takes awhile, sometimes it doesn’t look exactly like we thought it would, but God is faithful. God uses unexpected people like Abraham and Sarah to do extraordinary things. God has the ability to surprise us with goodness to the point of uncontainable laughter.

1.4: God is Boundary Eraser

Scripture: Jeremiah 31:31-34

Large Group Questions:

  • How do you know when you’re in? What does it feel like to belong? Why is it so important?
  • When God says, “I am your God and you are my people,” do you feel belonging there?
  • God says God’s covenant is with the least to the greatest—everyone. Yet sometimes religion is used to exclude. Can you give examples of people not living out God’s covenant that includes everyone?

Take Aways: God does not exclude, dismiss, or isolate. God wills us to work to erase hurtful boundaries that divide us. We have the power to include another. All humans want to belong. We belong to God. We are loved by God, all of us, all the time. And with joy in that truth, we can work toward unity on earth.

8th Grade

Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these. – Mark 12:29-31

Unit 1: Respecting My Digital Story and my Neighbor

Truth: Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor
(Psalm 8).

1.1 Who is behind the screen?

  • Technology is our tool. How are we using those tools?
  • What are some good things that come from using technology?
  • What are some of the negative things?
  • How can we balance the good and the bad?
  • What are some things we can do to remember that there is a human being on the other side of the screen?

1.2 What story are you telling?

  • If someone were to look at your social media accounts what would they think?
  • It is said that through social media, we can only see 10% of your true self. What are some parts of yourself that aren’t on social media?
  • What things about yourself do you share on social media?
  • What story about yourself are you trying to tell with your social media?

1.3 Unplugging, Platinum Rule

  • What are some boundaries you have set for yourself?
  • Do your friends and family respect those boundaries?
  • Why are boundaries helpful?
  • Have you ever tried “unplugging” from social media? Why? How did go?
  • The Platinum Rule: Treat others the way they want to be treated.
  • Why is the Platinum Rule different than the Golden Rule?
  • Why is that important?

1.4 Innocent Bystander and Love Languages

  • Have you ever been an innocent bystander?
  • How did that feel?
  • How did you react?
  • What are some strategies to use if you are an innocent bystander?
  • What is your love language?


9th Grade

1.1

  • When people ask, “Can you believe in God and science?” what are they actually pitting against what?How is that limiting to both God and science?
  • Where do you see the value of certainty show up in society?
  • What is problematic about excluding wonder from science and excluding logic from religion?
  • Where do you see God in the knowable world?

 

1.2

  • What is the difference between believing in the Bible and believing the God of the Bible?
  • What are some good things and some bad things that have happened in the name of God or with the supposed support of the Bible.
  • Do 2 creation stories and 4 Gospels make God and Jesus bigger and more interesting or do you find it frustrating?

 

1.3

  • What is your favorite genre to read? Why? What genres do you see in the Bible?
  • What was your favorite children’s book/song lyric/movie? Did the story happen? Is it true? What is the difference?
  • The creation stories are often what gets pitted against science. If we look at them like myth and not science, what truth can you find in there about who humans are and who God is that could be helpful?


1.4

  • What are some music groups/movies/stories that have stood the test of time? Why do you think we keep going back to them?
  • What Bible stories seem to bubble to the surface in our community as important over and over again? Why?
  • If we are truth seekers, where outside of the Bible can we find truth? God?


10th Grade

Where in your life do you earn points, respect, affection? Are you good at the points earning game?

What is an institution today that you would like to reform? How?

What do you think happens during communion?

Is it harder to admit that you are a saint or that every single other person is a saint?

Unit 2

7th Grade

2.1
We Are Not Alone

Scripture: Adam          Genesis 2:7-9, 15-25

Questions

  • Adam wanted a human companion to become more whole himself. Who in your life does this for you? How do you celebrate that you are a social person?
  • At first, Adam and Eve were not ashamed of their bodies. How do you see shame in our society around bodies? What is your favorite part of your body? How can we celebrate that God gave us bodies to live in?
  • God entrusts creation to Adam and Eve. How are we doing today with that trust?
  • God engages Adam in the garden, lets him name the animals. Do you see God trying to engage with you?
  • What power has God given humans in the world? What power has God given you?
  • What do we learn about God from this story? What do we learn about God’s people?


2.2 – We Are Free

Read Scripture: Moses            Exodus 14:10-16

Questions

  • Which is better— being comfortable in slavery or being scared in the wilderness?
    In order to gain freedom, the Israelites had to deny slavery. What are we enslaved to? How can we break free?
  • Before reaching the promised land, the Israelites had to wander. In what way do you feel like you are wandering? How does it feel? Does God let you know God is there?
  • Being in the wilderness was uncomfortable for the Israelites. They complained to Moses constantly, even wanting to go back to the slavery they knew. In what ways is God calling you away from comfort into the wilderness?
  • The Israelites kept asking for a sign from God. Why do we require a sign? What does this look like today?
  • God gave Moses the law of the Ten Commandments when the Israelites were in the wilderness to help them find freedom. We often think of rules as taking away our freedom instead of giving us freedom. What rules do your parents, teachers and politicians have in place that are good rules? How do they ultimately help you be more free instead of less free?
  • To help the Israelites stop complaining and turn from a crowd to a community, God asks them to build the tabernacle. What do you enjoy working on in a group? Do you believe that what you do matters to God?

 

2.3 – We Are Human

Scripture: Jacob               Genesis 25:19-34

Questions

  • Where do you fall in birth order?
  • How do your parents/guardians do at being fair with you and your siblings?
  • Is there any sibling rivalry in your family?
  • Jacob steals Esau’s birth rite, showing greed and competitiveness. Do you think it is human nature to be greedy? Where do you see examples of this?
  • When have you been chosen unexpectedly?

 

2.4 – We Are Forgiven

Scripture: David               2 Samuel 11:14-17, 26-27

Questions

  • Despite all the power God gives David, he sins greatly by taking what is not his. What is something you really want but don’t have? Do your peers compare themselves to each other? What do they use to measure who is lucky?
  • God wants David to know he is free and forgiven and to do great things and be a great man from that joy. If you lived every day knowing you are free and forgiven, what great things do you wish to accomplish to please God?
  • What does this story tell us about God? About us?

 

8th Grade: Love God by Loving My Neighbor & Myself

Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these. – Mark 12:29-31
Unit 2- Respecting my Body

Truth: God knit you together in your mother’s womb. (Psalm 139)

2.1 Body Image

  • What are society’s standards for our bodies and beauty?
  • How do these standards affect us?
  • What can we do to live into the body God gave us?


2.2 Gender and Sexuality

  • Sex, Sexuality and Gender as a spectrum
  • What did you learn from the Gender spectrum game?
  • What does the Genesis text have to do with Gender and Sexuality?


2.3 Race vs Ethnicity vs Culture


2.4 Play as Prayer

  • Why is play important?
  • How can it be prayer?
  • What are some games we can play together as a family?


9th Grade Confirmation questions:

2.1

  • Why Does God Allow Suffering? What questions are embedded in that question? What assumptions are hidden in the question?
  • Would the world be better without suffering? Would you prefer a perfect world?
  • What is your image of God? Where did this image come from? Does your experience of the world support your view of God?
  • Where is God? When is God?

2.2

  • Where do you easily experience God? (worship, nature, laughter with people, The Bible)
  • Is it easier for you to see God in good moments or in hard moments?
  • Is it easier for you to see God in dramatic moments or mundane moments?
  • If it’s true that God is everywhere all the time, where and when will you have to look a little harder to see God?

2.3

  • Is any suffering good? Does any suffering aid life? Part of becoming? Bind people together? Is there suffering that is free from sin?
  • Do you pray more when things are good or when things are bad?
  • Is it God’s fault that we are born into a broken world? Is freedom worth the price?
  • What is God’s role in suffering?

2.4

  • If you were encountering the Christian worldview for the first time what would be your reaction?
  • What do you embrace?
  • What do you have doubts about?
  • What aspects of other faith traditions are you drawn to?

10th Grade

Do you like the music at church?

What is the church’s role in the secular world? Should the church be speaking out about anything in particular today?

Have you ever tried in any way to earn salvation/make a deal with God?

Does it help, hinder, or both help and hinder that the body is specific to the US?

Unit 3 Questions:

7th grade

“Who is Jesus”

3.1 – Jesus is Boundary Eraser

Scripture: Luke 2, Matthew 1-2, or John 2

  • Walk through three birth stories- Matt, Luke, John What did you notice? Why do we have three?
  • What do we learn about Jesus from them?
  • Why do you think God became human?
  • How does God choosing to come to earth as a baby erase boundaries?

3.2 – Jesus is Restorer and Story Teller

Scripture: Mark 8: 22-26

  • If you became blind, what would you miss seeing?
  • The man is brave enough to tell Jesus it doesn’t work the first time. Have you ever had to be brave and tell the truth like this?
  • Do you believe in miracles? Why or why not?
  • What other miracle stories do you remember? How is Jesus restoring people through those miracles? **Come back to large group with one example
  • In what way do you need Jesus to forgive you? Heal you? Restore you?

 

3.3 – Jesus is Lover

  • We are really obsessed with the thread of Jesus’s story- we see these themes of dying for a bigger cause in movies and books all the time. Can you name some? **Come back with one example
  • Does anyone in your life love you enough to die to save you?
  • Which do you prefer- Mark or John’s version? Why?**Come back with a favorite and why
  • Is it helpful or confusing that we have multiple accounts? Why? **Come back with answer

3.4 – Jesus is Promise Keeper

Scripture: Mark 16

  • How do you tell the Jesus story? Do your friends know you come to church?
  • How do you live the good news of everlasting life? Do you think about how you get to live forever when you die? How does that good news change this life?
  • There is The Resurrection, and then there are little resurrections. Every inhale, every morning is a fresh chance at life. We are always experiencing little bursts of new life after little deaths. What little resurrections have you had? **Record a few answers
  • What does this teach us about Jesus? **Record one answer

 

8th grade: Love God by Loving My Neighbor & Myself

Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these. – Mark 12:29-31

 

Unit 3 – Respecting my Mind

Truth: You are precious in my sight, and honored, and I love you (Isaiah 43)

3.1 Multiple Intelligences

  • When do you feel smart or confident?
  • What are some of your strengths?
  • What are some of your weaknesses?
  • What are some tools you can use to help those weaknesses?

3.2  Color Test for Personality

3.3  Mental Illness

  • What are different types of mental health issues?
  • What are some resources that you have access to, if you feel like you are suffering any of these issues
  • How can you support friends and family who are suffering?

3.4  Brain Teasers and Covenant

  • How is our mind like a door way to the divine?
  • How can you best respect your mind?
  • What about your mind makes you uniquely you?

9th Grade

Where do you see a lack of interfaith dialogue leading to hatred in the US? World?
America is a place where legally church and state are supposed to be separate. All religious expression is welcome. Why is that important? How are we doing at keeping them separate? Where do you see politics and church mixing?

What myths about Islam and Judaism were debunked for you by the speakers?

If you were to go to their community, what would you say about your faith to them?

 

10th Grade

So if confirmation is affirming your baptism, what are you affirming? How do you feel about the promises you are making?
What is something that you believe?

What is something that you doubt?

What did you takeaway from your section of the small catechism?


Unit 4 Questions:

7th grade

4.1: God is _________

During Unit 1, we asked the question, “Who is God?” We are answering that question with the following answers:

  • God is Creator
  • God is Lover
  • God is Promise Keeper
  • God is Boundary Eraser

This list is incomplete. Your small group will come up with another “God is…” statement.

  1. Think, how else do you see God? Where do you see God? What role does God play in your life?

4.2: God’s People are ________

During Unit 2, we asked the question, “Who are God’s people?” We are answering that question with the following answers:

  • We are not alone
  • We are human
  • We are free
  • We are forgiven

This list is incomplete. Your small group will come up with another “We are…” statement.

  1. Think, how else does God see you? What role do you play on earth? Who did God create you to be?

4.3: I believe, I wonder

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart…
Try to love the questions themselves…
Do not seek the answers which cannot be given.
Because you will not be able to live them,
And the point is to live everything.
Live the questions now.
Perhaps, you will gradually, without noticing it,
Live along some distant day into the answers.
–Rainer Maria Rilke

  • Do you enjoy the feeling of mystery/not knowing/being confused, or does it bother you?
  • Why is it scary to ask questions?
  • What types of things do you like to wonder about?
  • What is hard about claiming what you believe?
  • What is exciting about it?
  • Who is someone in your life that you respect for their beliefs?
  • How do you show what you believe?

Unit 4.4: I believe, I wonder

  • What are you willing to claim that you believe?
  • What do you feel comfortable saying is true?
  • Is God creator? Lover? Promise keeper? Boundary Eraser?
  • Does God want us to be human? Free? Not alone? Forgiven?
  • Was Jesus a lover? Restorer? Storyteller? Boundary Eraser? Promise keeper?
  • Does God delight in our laughter? Were you created good? Did Jesus come to show us how to live?

Take some quiet time to write I wonder statements on your sheet (peer leaders too!) You don’t have to believe everything you hear. What are the God questions that keep you up at night? What still doesn’t make sense to you? If you could ask God a question, what would it be?

8th grade

8th Grade Year Theme: Love God by Loving My Neighbor & Myself

Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these. – Mark 12:29-31

Unit 4: Respecting my Spirit

Truth: The Spirit of God dwells in you (Romans 8:9)

4.1 Forms of Worship and Panel

  • Why do we worship?
  • What are some forms of worship that you enjoy?
  • What are ways we can worship every day, not just on Sunday?

4.2 Spiritual Intelligence

  • What are some components of spiritual intelligence?
  • What components do you have?
  • How does that affect how you worship?

4.3 Values and Covenant

  • What are values that you hold deeply?
  • What values were less important to you?
  • How does this affect you?

4.4 Listening as a Form of Worship

  • What does it mean to listen to your heart?
  • What are some songs that you listen to your heart with?
  • How can we listen to God with our heart?

9th grade

Is Jesus really God?

Is Jesus really human?

If God were here today, would God be male or female? In what country? Hanging out with who?

Who do you think Jesus is?