Who is God?

Dear parents,

Our students have begun a new study focused on three big questions that we must ask as we journey toward greater freedom in Christ.

In this first conversation, we talked about who God is. We all carry some kind of picture of God in our minds. Some people might see God as a kind, old, grandfather type who has slowed down and is a bit boring, but he still pays attention. Others might picture God as an angry guy in the sky who’s waiting to stomp out trouble. Still others try to relate to God the way they relate to their earthly father (both distant and involved). Some might see God as a co-pilot type who doesn’t get in the way; God pretty much goes along with life and is there when you need him.

Our goal is to give students an accurate view of God, which is more than just knowing facts about him. We wrestle with the concept of the Trinity and how it’s found throughout Scripture. We also talked about character traits of God, and how God wants to be known personally. All of this provides a solid foundation for growing closer to Jesus and experiencing greater freedom.

As you go throughout the week, help reinforce this teaching in your teenager’s life by asking and giving your own answers to these kinds of questions as you have the opportunity:

  • It’s a simple but profound question: Who is God? If a friend asked you that question, how would you answer it?
  • Tell me about some of the characteristics of God. What makes God God?
  • How can knowing God more deeply help lead you toward greater freedom in your life?
  • If God is all of the awesome truths we’ve talked about, what does this mean for your everyday life? How does this stuff impact your life—your thoughts, words, and actions?
  • Which of the attributes of God talked about at youth group do you find most significant? most meaningful? most difficult to understand?

This Weeks Challenge: Try to read your Bible 3 different days this week. Write down what you learn about God from what you read. Recommended passages: John 1:1-18, Romans 1:19-20, 1 Peter 1:15-16, Isaiah 46: 9-10, Psalm 90:2, John 16:13.

Memory Verse:

“After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy’ ” (Matthew 3:16-17).

Have an amazing week!