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青少年教程 (属灵习惯1*第1课) | 与神建立关系

Updated: Aug 2, 2022


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这是一套在美国很受欢迎的教材,按年龄共分三部分:0-6岁学龄前儿童教程,6-12岁学龄儿童教程,和12岁以上青少年教程。我们将陆续翻译成中文,分享给大家。
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课程目的

1. 向学生介绍属灵操练的做法

2. 帮助学生渴望与神建立更深的关系

3. 教学生建立深层关系的技巧


主题

操练, 习惯, 认识神, 关系


背诵经文

诗篇42:2


开头的祷告(5-10分钟)


团队建造(5分钟)


******* 活动 *******

四个人


在你们的作业本上(如果不使用作业本,则在一张纸上),写下你们生命中最亲密的四个人的名字。他们可以是家人、朋友,不管是什么,只要写下四个你最亲近的人。


在这些人的旁边,写下三个数字。- 第一,你每周有多少天见到这个人?- 第二,你每天和那个人在一起多少个小时(闲逛、交流等)?- 最后,你花多少时间默想那个人,即使你没和他/她在一起?


尽可能的诚实。完成后,收好这些。下面我们会用到。

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课堂起头(10分钟)

******* 可选活动 *******

陈旧的饼干


这个活动的目的是将陈旧的食物与和神陈旧的关系相比较,而将新鲜的食物与和神新鲜的关系相比较。


在聚会时间之前的几天,摆出一包饼干或一袋薯片。带这些不脆了的饼干或薯片-足够每个人享用-到课堂上。也带一些新鲜的饼干或薯片。


说:"在我们开始今天的课程之前,我想和你们分享一点小点心。每个人都可以吃一些。"


递出陈旧的零食,邀请学生吃一口。他们很可能会有反应。之后,让他们知道,它们已经放了好几天了。


接下来,拿出新鲜的零食。让他们知道,这些零食是新鲜可口的,而不像另一批那样陈旧难吃。


完成后,说:"你们可能想知道这与我们今天的课程有什么关系。让我解释一下。" (继续下面的 "课堂起头"部分)。

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理查德-福斯特(Richard Foster),一位多年来在属灵操练上有服事的基督徒这样说。

"今天迫切需要的不是更多的聪明人,或有天赋的人,而是更有深度的人"。


我今天想挑战你,思考你与神的关系。正如理查德-福斯特所说,你是一个 "有深度的人 "吗?让我们用不同的方式来表述。如果神观察你的生活(当然,祂也正在这么做),祂会觉得你与祂的关系是陈旧的,还是新鲜活泼的?


深入学习(30分钟)

读:诗篇42:1-2

问题讨论

1. 诗篇的作者是如何表达他对与神的关系的需要的?他渴望,渴求)

2. 这种对神的热情在你的生活中明显吗?

3. 你认为要怎样做才能使你也以这种方式渴望与神建立关系?


四个人(继续)


刚才让你们列出最亲近的人。现在拿出那份名单。谁愿意分享你名单上的一两个人的情况?(如果他们愿意,让大家分享一两个人。问他们以下的问题)。


- 为什么你觉得你和这个人关系密切?

- 你和他/她在一起的时间有多少?

- 在一个星期里,你有多少天见到这个人?

- 一天中你与他/她交流的频率如何?

- 你发现自己和这个人交谈的次数有多少?


我们与人相处的时间,与人关系的深浅,这之间是有关联的。如果丈夫和妻子从未见过对方,这对婚姻是不利的。如果朋友搬走,友谊就会受到影响。这并不是说这段关系会结束--只是会难像以前那样亲密。


如果我们要成为跟随耶稣的人,我们需要努力成为一个有深度的跟随者,而不仅仅是他的粉丝。我们要渴求与祂亲密的关系,就像诗人那样。如果诚实的话,我们会承认我们与神的关系并不像应该的那样强烈。事实是,我们都需要成长。


应用(10分钟)


在我们进一步讨论之前,要先说一下,神爱我们现在这样,但这并不意味着祂希望我们留在原地,祂希望我们成长。



接下来的几周,我们将讨论一些习惯--我们生活中那些有助于加深我们与神关系的活动。属灵操练,是我们与神和其他基督徒相处的方式,可以加强我们与神的关系。我们会谈到很多东西--学习圣经、祷告、成为教会的一部分、在生活中有责任感等等。


起点

今天,我们需要认识到我们正处在一个旅程的起点上。


问题讨论:

1. 如果你要列一个朋友的名单,耶稣会在名单上什么位置?现在谁是比祂更亲近的朋友?

2. 如何衡量你与耶稣的 "亲密程度"?

3. 你花了多少时间与神交流?

4. 你每周有多少天与神在一起?

5. 你有多长时间在默想神?


读:利未记 26:12

属灵操练的重点是在我们生活中培养那些可以加深我们与神关系的习惯,使我们能够与神同行,正如我们所期望的那样。


神同在是我们应该渴望的。这不是说祂是我们生活的一部分,而是说祂就是我们的生活。我们的生活以祂为中心。在创世纪第三章中,我们被告知神与亚当和夏娃一起在园中行走。神命令以色列人建造一个帐幕,以便祂可以在那里居住(出埃及记40)。后来又建了一座圣殿,里面有神的圣所,神的同在就在那里(列王纪上5章)。最终,通过耶稣基督,神来到了人间,与我们同住(约翰福音1)。


神愿意与你建立关系。这不是问题所在。问题是:你是如何渴望与祂建立关系的?


在你花时间学习属灵操练--帮助你更接近神的习惯--之前,你必须决定你是否想要这样。因此,让我们来谈谈这个问题,我想听听你们每个人的意见。请坦诚相待。你有多想与神建立关系?足以为之付出努力吗?


结束祷告(10分钟)


(请每个学生分享他们认为自己离主有多近。然后挑战每个学生,让他们回家后更多地思考这个问题。在学习与神有更深的关系之前,必须先有这种愿望,这样操练才能起到作用。最后,挑战他们每个人现在就花时间来祷告)。


允许每个人静静地祷告几分钟,然后在结束时向神祷告:让你的学生恳切地渴望与基督有更深的同行关系。


**** 英文版 *******


Spiritual Habits (Part 1)

Lesson 1: Having a Relationship With God

LESSON OBJECTIVES

Goals

1. To introduce students to the practice of spiritual disciplines

2. To help students crave a deeper relationship with God

3. To teach students skills to form deep relationships


Topics

Discipline, Habits, Knowing God, Relationships


Scripture Memorization

Psalm 42:2

OPENING PRAYER (5 to 10 minutes)

GROUP BUILDING (10 minutes)

Workbook Activity

FOUR PEOPLE

In your workbooks (or on a separate sheet of paper if not using the workbooks), I want everyone to write down the names of four people in your life to whom you are the closest. They can be family, friends, whatever—just write four people to whom you are the closest.Next to those people, I want you to write three numbers:

• First, how many days a week do you see that person?

• Second, how many hours a day do you spend with that person (hanging out, communicating, etc.)

• Last, how much time do you spend thinking about that person, even if you’re not with him or her?Be as honest as possible. When you finish, hold onto this information. We will use it later.

GETTING STARTED (10 minutes)

Optional Activity

Stale Crackers

The purpose of this activity is to compare stale food with having a stale relationship with God, and fresh food to having a fresh and active relationship with Him.


Set out a pack of crackers or a bag of chips for three or four days before your meeting time. Bring some of those crackers or chips—enough for everyone to share—to your meeting. Also bring some crackers or chips that are fresh.Say, "Before we get started on our lesson for today, I want to share a little snack with you guys. Everyone can have some."


Pass out the stale snacks and invite students to take a bite. Chances are they’ll react. After they do, let them know that those are snacks that you decided to bring last week but then forgot about it—go ahead and tell them they sat out for a few days.Next, pass out the fresh snack. Let them know that they are fresh and tasty—not stale and gross like the other batch.


When finished, say, "You may be wondering what this has to do with our lesson. Let me explain." (Continue with Getting Started below.)

Richard Foster, a Christian who for years worked in the area of spiritual disciplines (not discipline like getting in trouble, but discipline like practice or exercise), says this:“The desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people.”


I want to challenge you today to think about your relationship with God. Are you, as Richard Foster put it, a “deep person"? Let's phrase that differently. If God looked at your life (and He does, of course), would He find a person who is stale in his or her relationship with Him, or fresh and active?

DIGGING IN (30 minutes)

Read Psalm 42:1-2Discussion Questions:

1. How does the author of that Psalm express his need for a relationship with God? (he longs, thirsts)

2. Is that kind of passion for God evident in your own life?

3. What do you think it would take for you to desire a relationship with God in that way?


FOUR PEOPLE (Continued)

Earlier I asked you to list the people to whom you were closest. Get out that list again. Who would like to share few things about one or two of the people on your list? (Let everyone share one or two people, if they're willing. Ask them the following questions.)• Why do you think you are close to this person?


• How much time do you spend with him or her?

• How many days in a normal week do you see this person?

• How often do you communicate with him or her during the day?

• How much do you find yourself talking to this person?


There is a correlation between how much time we spend with people and how deep our relationship with them is. It would not be good on a marriage if a husband and a wife never saw each other. A friendship would suffer if one of the friends moved away. It’s not to say the relationship would end—it would just be harder to be as close.If we are going to be people who follow Jesus, we need to try to be deep followers, not just fans of His. We need to thirst for a relationship with Him, like the psalmist did. I think if we’re honest, we’ll admit that our relationship with God is not as strong as it should be. The truth is, we’ve all got growing to do.

MAKING IT REAL (20 minutes)

Before we go any further, let me say this—I’m not trying to lay down a guilt trip. God loves us right where we are. But that doesn’t mean He wants us to stay there. He desires for us to grow.



The next few weeks, we’re going to talk about habits—activities in our life that can help deepen our relationship with God. Spiritual Disciplines, as they’ve been called, are ways that we can relate to God and other Christians in a way that strengthens our relationship with God. We’ll talk about a lot of stuff—studying the Bible, praying, being a part of the Church, having accountability in our life, etc.


Starting Points

Today, we need to realize we’re at the starting point of a journey.


Discussion Questions:

1. If you were making a list of friends, where would Jesus fit on the list? Who is a closer friend to you than Him right now?

2. How do you measure your “closeness” with Jesus?

3. How much time do you spend communicating with God?

4. How many days a week do you hang out with God?

5. How often do you find yourself thinking about Him?


Read Leviticus 26:12


The point of spiritual disciplines is to foster relationship-strengthening habits in our lives that allow us to walk with God, as we were intended to.


God’s presence in our lives is something we should aspire to. It’s not that He is a part of our life—but that He is our life. Our life centers around Him. In Genesis 3, we’re told God walked in the Garden with Adam and Eve. God commanded ancient Israel to construct a tabernacle so His presence could dwell there (Exodus 40). Later, a temple was constructed, and in it was the Holy of Holies, where the presence of God would dwell (1 Kings 5). And ultimately, in the person of Jesus Christ, God came to earth to dwell with us (John 1).


God wants a relationship with you. That is not in question. The matter that remains unsettled is this—how badly do you desire a relationship with Him?


Before you can spend any time learning about spiritual disciplines—or habits that can help you become closer to God—you have to decide if you want that. So let’s talk about it—I want to hear from each of you. And please—be honest. How badly do you want to have a relationship with God? Enough to work at it?

CLOSING PRAYER (10 minutes)

(Ask each student to share how close they believe they are to the Lord. Then challenge each student to go home and think about it more. The desire has to exist before learning about relating to God can do much good. Last of all, challenge each of them to spend some time right now praying about it.)


Allow a few minutes of prayer for everyone in silence, then close by praying to God for your students to earnestly desire a deeper walk with Christ.


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