Viva! 1 John

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Week 1: Light

Light and darkness are concepts we are all familiar with. Each and every day we see them at work as day turns into night and back into day again. The apostle John uses these concepts to help us understand true fellowship with God and to recognize the ways we fail at that fellowship. This lesson will help us see that a life spent walking in the light is a life of confident living—because it’s a life we know is full of the love God calls us toward.

Week 2: Abide

The concept of “abiding” in God is a common theme throughout John’s writings. But while “abiding” may be a fairly common word in church contexts, what does it actually mean for the lives of the kids in your community? This lesson will take a look at what John means when he calls followers of Christ to “abide,” and how abiding will help us remain with Jesus, experiencing the light and love John speaks of.

Week 3: Love

Love is a common theme when it comes to studying the life of Jesus, but John offers a fresh take on this expected word. He calls us to fill our lives up so completely with love that there is little room left for anything else. This lesson will help you and your students to recognize, as John did, that God and love are one and the same.

Week 4: Confidence

Throughout his letter, one of John’s key points is that when we abide in Christ’s light and love, we can lead a confident life. Despite times when we may have to deal, as John writes, with the hate of others, false things said about Jesus, or even the temptations of our world, ultimately we can still be confident because of Christ’s saving grace. In this lesson, we will look at how allowing ourselves to abide with God, full of light and love, also allows us to claim a lasting and deep confidence in who we are as Christ’s followers.

About Viva

Includes 4 lessons, instructions, and two slide templates for PowerPoint, Keynote, MediaShout, ProPresenter or another display system.

Viva is a series of short, downloadable, curriculum resources. Whether you are looking for a last minute lesson plan or ideas to add into your teaching, Viva is designed for youth workers leading the revolution.

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