Stages of Life Development: High School

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WHO IS GOD? Teens know that God is a loving Creator, Counselor, and Savior. He is faithful and gives them eternal life through Jesus' death and resurrection. He is unchanging in His pursuit of them. Faith Questions WHERE IS GOD? HOW DO I INTERACT WITH HIM? God promises to be with teens always. Even when they doubt, He holds true to His promises. In Baptism, He gave the Holy Spirit that lives inside of them; and in Holy Communion, He physi- cally meets teens in their sin and forgives them through His own body and blood. He invites teens to talk to Him and hear from Him. High schoolers can be fully honest in their prayers to Him; and when they read Scripture, He speaks to them. WHAT HAS GOD DONE FOR US? High schoolers realize that God offered Himself to take their punishment for sin, bringing them back into a relationship with Him. Jesus came to earth, lived, suffered, died, and rose from the dead to bear all sins for all people. Their sin and brokenness is covered by Christ so that, ultimately, teenagers will someday spend eternity with Him in heaven. HOW DOES GOD WORK THROUGH THE CHURCH? The Church was given to everyone, including teens, by God. He enables His Word to be proclaimed there. He provides oppor- tunities for teens to worship Him. God also provides leaders that use their gifts to help teens study the Word. Fi- nally, God serves His people through the pastors, teachers, and volunteers at church and by meeting needs that teens may have through them. WHO AM I? WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR? Teens know that they are uniquely created by God and are loved by Him. Because of sin, teens are broken and separated from Him. Through remembrance of their Baptism, teens know they are children of God and sin no longer separates them from Him. Teens know their unique abilities, personalities, and experiences become ways God can show others that He loves them too. HOW DOES GOD WORK THROUGH PEOPLE? God works through teenagers in every vocation that they have, whether it is at home, school, church, or in the world. Teens get to love and serve the people around them using the gifts, abilities, and interests that God gives them. Examples of this might be a high schooler mentoring middle school students or welcom- ing people as they come into church on Sunday. "High school students are asking questions, solidifying their own moral codes, and defining their place in the world." High School • 3 • cph.org • Copyright © 2019 Concordia Publishing House

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