As teenagers, it is crucial to deepen our faith and understand the significance of different aspects of our Christian journey. One such aspect is the anticipation of Christ’s return. In Mark 13:24-37, Jesus talks about His second coming and urges us to be watchful and ready for that day. This passage serves as a powerful reminder of our role in God’s Kingdom and the need to live with an eternal perspective. Today, let’s dive into this topic and explore its relevance for teenagers like us.
Bible Reading: Mark 13:24-27
“But in those days, following that distress, ‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’ At that time people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens.”
- This passage portrays the dramatic signs preceding Christ’s return.
- It emphasizes the power and glory with which Jesus will come back.
- It assures believers that God’s angels will gather His chosen ones from all corners of the world.
Youth Group Discussion Questions
- How does this passage make you feel about Christ’s second coming?
- What do you think it means for the sun to be darkened and the stars to fall from the sky?
- Why is it important for us to have an eternal perspective in our daily lives?
- How can we stay watchful and ready for Christ’s return amidst the distractions of this world?
- Share a time when you felt a strong sense of God’s presence or experienced His guidance.
Bible Reading: Mark 13:32-37
“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with their assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch. Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!'”
- Jesus reminds us that no one knows the exact timing of His return.
- He urges us to be vigilant, just as a servant is expected to be watchful for the return of his master.
- We are called to be ready at all times, as Christ can come back unexpectedly.
Youth Group Discussion Questions
- How does the uncertainty of the timing of Christ’s return impact your perspective on life?
- Why is it easy to become complacent and “fall asleep” spiritually?
- What are some practical ways we can stay awake and watchful for Christ’s return?
- Share an example of a time when you were caught off guard by something unexpected. How did you respond?
- How can we encourage one another to remain watchful and ready for Christ’s return?
Youth Group Game: “Watchful Eyes”
In this game, players will form pairs and sit back-to-back. One person is blindfolded while the other serves as their guide. The guide will whisper instructions to help the blindfolded person navigate around obstacles and reach a specific destination. This game illustrates the need to stay alert and rely on guidance, reflecting the anticipation of Christ’s return.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for reminding us of the importance of anticipating Christ’s return. Help us to live with an eternal perspective, staying watchful and ready for His coming. Guide us in our daily lives and keep us faithful to You. May we be a generation that eagerly awaits and prepares for Your glorious return. In Jesus’ name, we pray.
Note: This comprehensive Sunday school lesson aims to provide a starting point for teaching teenagers about the topic of Christ’s return. Feel free to adapt and modify it according to your specific ministry needs and the preferences of your students.