This is one of several sessions in the Soul Fire curriculum that has been posted for YouthWorker Movement use.
Supplies: Camper Book, Bible, Pens, a recent newspaper & a recent magazine, poster board, (1) glue stick, scissors
“I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness.” Isaiah 42:6-7 NRSV
“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid.”
Matthew 5:14 NRSV
Open with Prayer
Open with a prayer of Thanksgiving for the Church of Jesus Christ.
Flip the Light Switch
“It is easy to think that the Church has a lot of different objects- education, building, missions, holding services….the Church exists for nothing else but to draw men into Christ….if they are not doing that, all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time.” C.S. Lewis
“The first goal he set forth for the early church was to use his all-encompassing power and authority to make disciples…” Dallas Willard
The Main Idea of this session is that the Church is GOD’S light in a world of darkness.
Sing a song together like “This Little Light of Mine” and add as many verses as your group can think up to say how to let God’s light shine on everywhere all the time. Be as creative as you can and have fun!
“Hey! What’s that?”
The Church has often been described in five basic ways:
- As a formal institution
- As a community of the Holy Spirit
- As an outward and visible sign of God’s invisible grace
- As people who believe in Jesus Christ assembled in one place
- As a fellowship of those liberated from the world
Talk about these 5 descriptions:
q Which one do you like best? Why?
q Which one sounds least like the Church you go to?
q Which one sounds the most like the Church you go to?
In your journal describe or draw your version of the perfect Church. What would it have? What would it do? How can you help to build that Church when you get home?
Cut out pictures and headlines from a recent newspaper and magazine those show the world as a place of darkness that needs God’s light. Glue these onto a poster board in scrapbook fashion.
Talk about how the Christian Church could be God’s light in these situations.
Have a discussion based on the two Key Scripture verses:
q Who is the Scripture talking to?
q What is the Scripture talking about?
q What can you learn from the verses that come just before and just after each Key Scripture?
q What do these verses say about God? About people? About the relationship between God and people?
q What are some action steps each Family Group member could take to make this Scripture come alive for their Church?
q How would the Church have to change for these verses to become real?
q How would people (us) who call themselves “Christian” have to change in order for these verses to become real for the world?
As a form of closing prayer, have one Group member speak for God the passage from Isaiah to the Group. The group should respond with a rousing “AMEN!”