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The students of CORE Youth Ministry have been studying Nehemiah alongside the members of Manchester United Methodist Church body.  Instead of being a traditional youth group that develops lessons independently from the church body, we have decided to become radical.  Our students (6th-12th grade) meet after church on Sunday mornings to discuss how Pastor Mike’s sermon on Nehemiah applies to our life today.  The students are studying the passage during the week, discussing take-home questions with their parents, taking notes during the sermon, and discussing areas of their life where they can apply biblical principles from Nehemiah, as well as other areas of scripture.  We believe this radical step in youth ministry will foster discipleship at home, with families, and develop strong disciples for Jesus.

Follow our journey through Nehemiah with our take-home questions, adapted from The Village Church’s Nehemiah series study guide.




holy week

Here we are in Holy Week, the most life-changing events for God’s people.  We have spent seven weeks preparing our hearts for what is about to take place.  Last night Manchester United Methodist Church taught on Matthew 26:1-4, 14-16, which is the plot to kill Jesus:

When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples, “As you know, the Passover is two days away—and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.”  Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, and they schemed to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him….14 Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests 15 and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. 16 From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over. (NIV)

What a slime-ball, right?!  Judas was in Jesus’ posse, did everything with Him for 3 years, witnessed miracles, heard teaching, knew Jesus to be the Savior King…

…and he betrays Him?  For 30 piece of silver?!  REALLY?!

I can’t believe that’s all it took for Judas to betray Jesus.  It breaks my heart.  It makes me mad.  How could he do that to Jesus?!  How could he?!  I asked this question to the students of CORE Youth Ministry and realized the cold, hard truth:

I am Judas.  And I’m willing to bet you are, too.

You see, this Sunday is in danger of becoming jussanothaday if we don’t see ourselves as sinners in need of saving.  Otherwise, what is there to celebrate?  If we are “good enough,” we don’t need Jesus to break the curse of sin.

But we do need him.  Desperately.  We are just a despicable as Judas.  We betray Jesus with our words and actions.  We rebel against our Heavenly Father with our heart and mind.  We grieve the Holy Spirit with our sin.  We will never be “good enough” on our own.  We.Need.A.Savior.

And our Creator God knew this.  His love for us is so deep–so unfathomably wide–that He implemented the most scandalous rescue mission of all time.

Enter: Jesus.

This Easter, as you reflect on the betrayal of Maundy Thursday (Matthew 26:17-75), the perceived hopelessness of Good Friday (Matthew 27:11-66), and the celebration of Resurrection Sunday (John 20-21). I invite you to fully engage with the events of Holy Week.  Let the realization of your sin remind you of your desperate need of a Savior, and let your desperate need for a Savior make your celebration that much sweeter on Sunday.

He.Is.Victorious!  Oh happy day!

This lesson was based on the Lenten sermon on March 27, 2013 from Senior Pastor Mike Druhl of Manchester United Methodist Church.

Lent: 6/7

Posted: March 21, 2013 in Action, Christ, CORE, Easter, Lent, Love, Luke, Pursue, Worship, Youth Ministry


I asked the students of CORE Youth Ministry what they found significant from our bible lesson from Pastor Mike of Manchester United Methodist Church.  The conversation was quite interesting.  What do you find significant?

36 One of the Pharisees asked Jesus[a] to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and took his place at the table. 37 And a woman in the city, who was a sinner, having learned that he was eating in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster jar of ointment. 38 She stood behind him at his feet, weeping, and began to bathe his feet with her tears and to dry them with her hair. Then she continued kissing his feet and anointing them with the ointment.39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw it, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what kind of woman this is who is touching him—that she is a sinner.” 40 Jesus spoke up and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” “Teacher,” he replied, “speak.” 41 “A certain creditor had two debtors; one owed five hundred denarii,[b] and the other fifty. 42 When they could not pay, he canceled the debts for both of them. Now which of them will love him more?” 43 Simon answered, “I suppose the one for whom he canceled the greater debt.” And Jesus[c] said to him, “You have judged rightly.” 44 Then turning toward the woman, he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has bathed my feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. 45 You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. 47 Therefore, I tell you, her sins, which were many, have been forgiven; hence she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.” 48 Then he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” 49 But those who were at the table with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” 50 And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” (NIV)

Many students shared a kinship with the key players in this story.  Like the Pharisee, there are times in our life where we pass judgement on those who seems be be living a messy, unholy life.  Their sin seems to be far worse than ours.  “At least we don’t do that!”  The reality is, though, that no sin is worse (or better) than another.  We were challenged to love Jesus as deeply and desperately as this woman did.

One observation made by a student was, “How interesting it is that the woman knew who Jesus was…that he could save her from her sin.”  Digging more deeply, I wonder how interesting it is when we know who Jesus is–that He can save us from our sins–and yet we do not display the same adoration that the woman did.

As we prepare our hearts for Holy Week (Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Resurrection Sunday) the reality of who Jesus is, what He did, and what He’s all about becomes powerfully clear.  Are you prepared to worship Him as this “sinful woman” did?  She is leading the way for us.  How will you respond?

Inspired by the Lenten Service at Manchester United Methodist Church on March 20, 2013. [Senior Pastor Michael Druhl].

Click here to hear CORE students’ experience at Acquire the Fire 2012.

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