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AN OPEN MIND 

Scripture: Luke 24:44–49, Acts 2:1–4

Memory verse: Luke 24:47
"And repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations."

Lead—In

Today we will study another presentation of the Great Commission as recorded in the book of Luke. (Ask a student to read Luke 24:44-49.)

Jesus appears to his disciples after His resurrection, just before returning to heaven. He reminded the disciples of what He had previously told them about the necessity of fulfilling all the prophecies regarding Him. Yet they still had questions, so Jesus wanted to clear up any confusion before His departure.

"Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures" (Luke 24:45). The disciples had been unable to grasp His fulfilment of prophecy, so by the work of the Holy Spirit, He opened their minds. Now they could access the truth. The correct interpretation was available to them.

When we open something, it allows us to see what is inside and discover the available provisions and resources. For example, a book is contained by its front and back covers. A person must open the book to enjoy the content given on its pages.

Ask: Can you think of other things that need to be opened to discover what they contain? (Allow responses.)

Hearing God's Word

The Holy Spirit opens our mind to biblical truth, allowing us to access new insights and gain a fresh understanding of the Word of God. Jesus wants to reveal to you the meaning of today's study. Open your mind and let Jesus speak to you.

Sometimes access to our mind is blocked by external clutter, such as: school assignments, family responsibilities, cell phone texting, playing football, or just spending time with our friends. Excessive thought about these activities can be like a padlock on our mind and prevent the Holy Spirit from opening it to spiritual truth.

Sometimes the Holy Spirit cannot open our mind because it is blocked from the inside. Inner thoughts, hidden from the view of others, can be stacked against the door of our mind and prevent the Holy Spirit from pushing it open, such as: thoughts about cheating on an exam, engaging in sexual activity with another student, planning how to repay another person who has treated you badly, stealing seed-jam from your mother's storeroom, and participation in other sinful activities. 

Today let us remove the external clutter and push aside the negative inner thoughts in order to allow Jesus to speak to us. (Pray with the class for the Lord to grant each one an open mind to understand today's lesson.)

Open to the Message (Luke 24:46–47)

The Saviour has come: "The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day." The living Christ testifies to the fulfilment of this message.

Salvation is available through "repentance and forgiveness of sins." Repentance is the forsaking, turning away from sin. Forgiveness demands the prerequisite of repentance for one to be saved. These two elements are essential for a person to be truly transformed.

All nations are to be the recipients of the message: "Will be preached...to all nations (all tribes)." Jesus is concerned that everyone has an opportunity to hear the gospel message and be saved. This is why Jesus instructs His disciples to preach to all nations, tribes, peoples and language groups.

Ask: What tribes (nations) are living in your neighbourhood? (Allow responses.)

The messenger's authority is "in his (Jesus') name." When sharing the gospel with an unbeliever, it is important to make sure the message is based on Scripture and presented as Jesus' provision for the unbeliever.

The place to begin is at home: "Beginning at Jerusalem." The message is to be preached to our family, friends and those within our tribe. Then, there may be other language groups living in our community. It is good to give them an introduction to Jesus too.

Open to the Mission

Jesus explained to His disciples that they would make the best messengers of the gospel because they had personally known Him and watched the fulfilment of prophecy in His life, ministry, death and resurrection. (Ask a student to read Luke 24:48).

Ask: What is the mission, the purpose of a witness? (Allow responses.)

(Lead the students in saying today's memory verse.) The message of the gospel must be delivered by those who have personally experienced the saving grace of Jesus through repentance and receiving His forgiveness.

Accepting God's Word

It is apparent that every born-again youth is a disciple of Jesus. Consequently, each young person is commissioned to preach the gospel to the unbelieving world. It is both a privilege and a responsibility. It is good to know that we go out in the authority of Jesus, but something more is needed-- the enabling power of the Holy Spirit.

"I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high" (Luke 24:49). This promise was fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost as recorded in Acts 2:1-4. (Ask a student to read this passage of Scripture).

Jesus has given you, as His disciple, a big task—preaching to all nations. Yet, He does not expect you to do it in your own strength. He has promised to baptize you in the Holy Spirit as He did His disciples, "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you" (Acts 1:8).

Ask: How many of you have been baptized in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues—an unknown language? (Allow responses.)

(Perhaps it would be good to ask your pastor to set a time for instructing the students concerning the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Then, pray with them to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit.)

Present the information about the Tamajaq Tuareg tribe given below.

Meet the Tamajaq Tuareg in Mali

LOCATION

Mali 335,000

RELIGION

Islam: 99.99%    
Born-Again Believers: Less than 100

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Although the origin and early history of the Tuareg is obscure, these tribal nomads appear to have travelled down from North Africa in a series of migrations as early as the seventh century. By the end of the 1300's, Tuareg tribes had established themselves as far south as the Nigerian border. Salt, gold, ivory, and slave markets sprang up across Tuareg territory that stretched across North Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. During that time, the Tuareg became well known as stockbreeders and merchants in the Saharan and Sahelian regions. 

Many Tuareg, particularly those from the Negro classes, are now settled farmers living in villages surrounded by grain fields. Since farming is seasonal work, many of the young men also take jobs as blue-collar workers in the urban area.

The Tuareg wear clothing that is loose and lightweight. In direct contrast to Arab custom, all of the men wear veils called “tidjelmousts”; the women do not wear veils. The most preferred tidjelmousts are dyed indigo, though many men wear black. To show respect, the men always cover their mouths, noses, and foreheads while in the presence of foreigners or their in-laws.

ASSESSMENT

Though the Tuareg are virtually all Sunni Muslim, they have a reputation among other Muslims for being lukewarm in their faith. They practice a passive form of Islam, infused with local superstitions and magic. Most do not even celebrate the most important Muslim fast of Ramadan.

Most of the estimated 100 Tamajaq Tuareg born-again believers in Mali reside in Gao and Timbuktu. Others are scattered in various cities across the country. The response that has come has been through the observation of a believer's lifestyle and experiencing Christian acceptance and hospitality.

APPEAL

The Tamajaq of Mali are very tightly knit with the greater Tuareg tribal community. They too have desired a Tuareg Republic, yet their efforts have failed again and again. Their quest for political freedom has left them disillusioned. Now is the time for messengers to introduce them to Jesus who alone is able to give them true freedom.

Jesus declared in Luke 4:18, "He (God, the Father) has sent me to proclaim freedom...to set the oppressed free...." Messengers must go to the Tamajaq with the same anointing that was upon Jesus, "The Spirit of the Lord is on me..." (Luke 4:18). And proclaim the same good news that Jesus pronounced in John 14:6, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." True freedom is within the grasp of every Tamajaq Tuareg! They just need a messenger. Will you pray? Are you, as a youth, willing to be sent by God as a messenger to the Tamajaq Tuareg?

REMEMBER TO PRAY!
Pray for Tamajaq Tuareg Tribe

1. Tamajaq believers to stand firm in their Christian faith,
2. Political disillusionment replaced with freedom in Christ Jesus,
3. Messengers of the gospel sent to the Tamajaq.

Prayer Promise

"How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news" (Romans 10:15)!

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Remember: AN OPEN MIND 

Memory verse: Luke 24:47
"And repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations."

1. I want to repent of my sins and experience Jesus' forgiveness.
2. I want to preach the gospel using words.
3. I want all my friends to see Jesus living in me.

Pray for Tamajaq Tuareg Tribe.

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