What is Jesus' favorite song
With Pastor Behrens' departure there is currently no online confection hour.
Instead, on May 21. and on June 25th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.Block lessons for the pre-confirmants in the Lavelsloh parish hall. The confection hour is led by the Springer pastor Burkhard Westphal.
Welcome to digital confectionery lessons. For this we will use everything that our digital age has to offer: KonApp, Youtube, E-Mail ...
Here are some tasks that you should do one after the other. You will need your Bible for this, but you can also look up the texts online (bibelserver, Volxbibel). There you will also find other translations.
Please send the results to me via KonApp or by email. Some can then also be published here.
Unit 1: Do not be afraid ...
- Find 3 sentences from the Old Testament and 3 sentences in which the words "Do not be afraid" appear. Write down the sentences with their passages (e.g. Jeremiah 8:13).
- For each sentence from the OT and NT, write two short sentences about who shouldn't be afraid and why not. It is also a good idea to read the surrounding verses carefully.
- Use your mobile phone to take a picture of what you have written down and send it to me via the KonApp group.
- Choose one of the selected sentences that you like best. Present it in a creative way (with chalk on the street, paint a picture, a graphite, with lipstick on the mirror ... come up with something!).
- Take a picture of it and send it to me. I would like to publish a few of them here.
Unit 2: Media Power
- Check out this clip.
- How did you like the clip?
- How would you have felt if this had happened to you?
- Sort yourself on a scale from 1 (not at all) to 10 (total) and explain in short sentences:
- The media today has a power that no one can break.
- I believe everything I see in the media.
- My image of my environment is absolutely shaped by the media.
- Media help me in my daily life.
- Compare this clip with the story in Mark 14: 53-62. What similarities can you find?
- To what extent does the media influence your beliefs?
- What is "music"? What is music? Write down bullet points that come to mind.
- What does music mean to you?
- What is your favorite song / music clip at the moment?
- Who is this from?
- What is the song about? What is the clip about? Do both contents match?
- Why is it one of your favorite songs?
- Do you also have favorite songs that are in another language (German / English / Spanish ...)? If so, what are they and what is it about?
- Which Christian songs do you know?
- Here are three Christian songs from very different times, version 1 is traditional, version 2 is more modern:
- You command your way (Paul Gerhardt; Version 1, Version 2)
- From good powers (Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Otto Abel / Siegfried Fietz; Version 1, Version 2)
- 10,000 Reasons (Matt Redman; Version 1, Version 2)
- I briefly explain the circumstances of the respective songs in this clip.
- Which song or songwriter are you most likely to identify with? Why?
- Do you find similarities between your favorite song and one of these (or other) Christian songs?
- Have trust, what is it actually?
- Trust that: I am convinced or I believe that the other person is honest with me and has good intentions for me. So want to help me in my life or with my life.
- There are certainly many whom we trust: family, friends, teachers, neighbors ... but maybe also people you only know via the Internet ...
- A question that you don't have to write down, but can only answer for yourself: Is there currently a person whom you completely trust? If so, who is that for you? What makes this person so trusting for you?
- Gaining trust in, believing in family, friends, etc. comes with time. But sometimes there is also an "instant trust" that is there for each of us immediately, as it were with a ready-made (instant) meal:
- E.g. to the many bus drivers who drive us to school and whom we trust to make it. Or to the employees in the power plant who do their work and you have electricity for your lamp, heating, PS5 or mobile phone. Can you think of any other examples? Write three down ...
- How is it with you and God? Do you have "instant trust" in him or does that still take time and some work on his part? And what do you think: What would help you to get such trust in him ...?
- Let's take a look at Gideon. He also had a great job that God had entrusted to him, but he wasn't so sure. So he asked God for a confidence test ... Here is the text.
- Do you think God would give you a sign too if you asked him to? Or maybe he already has ...?
Unit 5: Worship Service - Worship Service
What is worship? Sunday after Sunday we come together in our church and celebrate worship. But what is it actually that we are doing together as a church? Please answer the following questions:
- How does it work? What is happening with us?
- What is God's ministry? For us? or we for him?
- Check out the clip “Jumps for joy”, stop at 3.5 minutes ... What do you think the skater wants in church?
- Check out the rest of the clip. What did the skater do in church?
- Was that service? And if so, what form? What did he celebrate with, what did he serve God with?
- How do we do that in our church? In our church? You in your life
Unit 6: loneliness
- Loneliness ... that is something that is taking on a completely different, maybe even new meaning for all of us right now at this time. Some of us have seen it before, especially if we are not one of the popular or the cool ... But now have to we all experience them and certainly suffer them too. How can we react to that? And to what extent can God, the Bible, etc. be of help to us?
- There is an exciting clip about it here. ("In short" I can recommend you to many other things)
- But how is it for us Christians? Is there anything else in particular that can help us?
- Already in the Psalms, the large collection of songs in the Bible, loneliness is a recurring theme: Psalm 142
- And earlier there was also the tradition of the hermits, who voluntarily withdrew into the wilderness, mostly the desert, in order to live there all alone and lonely. They then devoted all of their time to prayer or understanding God. Jesus had himself
- It is definitely worth taking a closer look at Jesus, because he was sometimes even looking for solitude:
- Before he started working, he retired to the desert and experienced a lot with the devil there!
- When everything got too much for him and he just wanted to talk to his father (God) ... Then he could go back to the people, looked forward to his friends and could endure encounters with unpleasant people.
- And of course there is still the loneliest moment for Jesus: on the cross, because his family and friends had left him there, nobody understood him anymore, and God had also left him at that moment. (Exciting question: Because Jesus was completely human, but also completely God, did God tear himself apart at that moment?)
- We all have to deal with loneliness, because it can be comforting to know that Jesus was lonely too. But that he always kept his connection to God (through prayer) and was able to recharge his batteries again and again. And luckily we never have to go through a moment like Jesus on the cross: Because he was there, we now have free travel to God! We will never be separated from him, he will always be in front of us, behind us, next to us, in us and with us! This can also be seen in these verses:
- “Do not be afraid, for I am with you; don't be afraid cause i'm your god I will help you, yes, I will make you strong, yes, I will hold you with my helpful right hand. ”(Isaiah 41:10)
- “Don't let your heart get confused. Believe in God and believe in me ”(Jesus in John 14: 1)
- "And Jesus said: See, I am with you every day until the end of the age." (Matthew 28:20; Elberfeld Bible)
- "I will not let you fall and I will not forsake you" (Hebrews 13: 5)
- “He heals broken hearts and binds up their aching wounds” (Psalm 147: 3)
- “For the Lord your God is a merciful God. He does not let you fall and does not give you up to ruin ... "(Deuteronomy 4:31)
- "For I am the Lord your God, who takes your right hand and who says to you: Do not be afraid, I will help you." (Isaiah 41:13)
- "Neither death nor life, neither angels nor powers, neither present nor future, neither powers of height nor depth, nor any other creature can separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." 39)
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