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MAINTAINING OUR FAITH 

Scriptures: Philippians 3:1-4

Memory verse: Philippians 3:3
"We who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh...."

Lead—In

Our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is a wonderful treasure. It is very precious and meaningful to us. It is of great value. Consequently, we want to maintain our faith and keep our relationship with Jesus up-to-date.

Maintaining our faith means that we want to keep it in existence—never to lose it. We want it to function at peak performance. God helping us, we will defend and support our faith in Jesus, making sure that the relationship with our Saviour is healthy and secure.

Hearing God's Word

The apostle Paul wrote the Philippians to encourage and affirm them in their walk with the Lord. He said, "My brothers and sisters...It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you" (Philippians 3:1). There are some things worth repeating. We call them "basics" or "foundation truths" that produce a vibrant faith in Jesus. Thus, it is good to review them and keep them fresh in our mind.

Paul understood that reviewing the basics not only kept the believers' faith alive, but it also protected them from the attacks of the enemy. The attack may come from an unbeliever or it may come from someone within the church who is teaching false doctrine. Reviewing the basics guards us from being deceived by false teachers.

(Ask the students to say the memory verse with you.)

Believers in Christ Jesus who continual review the basics know that salvation comes through faith in Jesus' sacrifice upon the Cross, not by cutting the body. They understand that their work for God is to be led by His Spirit. Their confidence is not in human effort, but in what Christ has done for them. Real believers are those whom the Holy Spirit leads to fulfil His purposes and always give God praise while they are doing it.

Reviewing GO...TEACH

GO...TEACH is a youth teacher's guide. It is a 12-book series presenting basic youth discipleship material with a missions emphasis. There are 16 studies in each book giving a total of 192 biblically based studies. If taught on a weekly basis, it provides 3 1/2 years of biblical material written for secondary school students.

This is the last study of the series. Thus, it seems like a good idea to discuss a number of questions about which youth are concerned. Their answers will reveal what they have gained from these studies.

(Give time for response to each question. Allow the students to express themselves in their own words.)

1. How does a person get saved?

2. How does a believer go about introducing Jesus to an unbeliever?

3. Is it important to read the Bible on a regular basis? Why?

4. Is it important to pray every day? Why?

5. Does God have a plan for the world, for the 21st century? Explain.

6. Does God have a specific plan for each person's life? If so, how does one discover it?

7. Is every believer to be God's messenger, God's representative?

8. In what way does God work with His messengers to achieve His purpose that none should perish?

9. Why is it important to present the gospel to people in every tribe, who speak a different language?

10. How important is it to give our tithes and offerings to the Lord through the church?

11. Should we pray about serving the Lord as an evangelist, pastor or missionary? Why?

12. How does a true believer go about pleasing the Lord in every way?

Editor's Prayer for Teachers

Lord, thank you for teachers who are willing to invest in the lives of young people. May Your Holy Spirit carry them along as they prepare each study. Each week remind them of their dependency upon the Holy Spirit to make the study of lasting value.

Grant them favour with the students. Give them a clear mind as they make each presentation, and sensitivity to the students needs. Speak to them and guide them to a successful conclusion to every session. May they walk away from the study knowing that you have used them to touch the lives of young people—to make an impact that will help to determine their destiny.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with your spirit. May the Lord bless you, bless you indeed. May His hand be with you in all your efforts for Him. May many young people rise up to thank you for the impact you have had on their lives.

May your testimony be "All we have accomplished you (Lord) have done for us" (Isaiah 26:12). Amen!

REMEMBER TO PRAY!
Pray for Members of Our Youth Group

1. Each young person to develop a deep love and respect for the Bible,
2. Everyone to review and reflect on truths taught in GO...TEACH studies,
3. The Spirit of Jesus to open the mind of each young person so they can understand the Scripture and walk in obedience to its instruction.

Prayer Promise

"Then he (Jesus) opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures" (Luke 24:45).

Remember: MAINTAINING OUR FAITH

Memory verse: Philippians 3:3
"We who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh...."

1. I treasure my relationship with Jesus. I will maintain it.
2. Reviewing the basics will be a regular part of my devotional life.
3. God's Word, the Bible, will always be the foundation for my faith in Jesus.

Pray for Members of Our Youth Group.

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