"The one who is coming after me is stronger than I am. I’m not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire."
Ministry of John the Baptist
3 In those days John the Baptist appeared in the desert of Judea announcing, 2 “ Change your hearts and lives! Here comes the kingdom of heaven! ” 3 He was the one of whom Isaiah the prophet spoke when he said:
4 John wore clothes made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist. He ate locusts and wild honey.
5 People from Jerusalem, throughout Judea, and all around the Jordan River came to him. 6 As they confessed their sins, he baptized them in the Jordan River. 7 Many Pharisees and Sadducees came to be baptized by John. He said to them, “ You children of snakes! Who warned you to escape from the angry judgment that is coming soon? 8 Produce fruit that shows you have changed your hearts and lives. 9 And don’t even think about saying to yourselves, Abraham is our father. I tell you that God is able to raise up Abraham’s children from these stones. 10 The ax is already at the root of the trees. Therefore, every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit will be chopped down and tossed into the fire. 11 I baptize with water those of you who have changed your hearts and lives. The one who is coming after me is stronger than I am. I’m not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 12 The shovel he uses to sift the wheat from the husks is in his hands. He will clean out his threshing area and bring the wheat into his barn. But he will burn the husks with a fire that can’t be put out. ”
This material helps junior high youth deal through faith with the tough stuff of living, some of which occurs in "big events" such as loss due to death or divorce; some of which is just day-to-day life hazards for young teens: rejection, failure, stress, doubt, and fear. FAITH IN MOTION is a Life-to-Bible topical series for junior high youth (ages 12-15). The leader guide includes step-by-step plans for seven sessions that explore different dimensions of a topic of interest or concern to younger youth. It also includes additional formats for exploring the topic: a retreat model, a worship service, and a quick field trip or service project (suitable for Sunday school class period or extension. The leader guide includes background material on how younger youth relate to the topic and on the topic in light of the Christian faith, plus direction for the leader's own spiritual growth. The separate student journal (ISBN 0687030358) will be used in class and at home for devotional times.
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