Does It Matter?

Teen Bible Study. Teen Bible Lesson. Self-image.

“For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.” – James 1:23 – 25 (New American Standard Bible)

It is important that we have a realistic view of who we are. The Bible clearly describes who we are created to be. We are special. We have been created with a nature that is godly. By the grace of God we have been chosen to have this nature.

Study these two profiles.

Then answer the questions that follow.

Eric

Eric was always a brilliant student. However, in junior high his reputation for “weirdness” grew. Sullen and withdrawn, he would not start a conversation. Those who tried to talk to him would have been met with a tirade on how the ever-expanding universe shows that life is empty and hopeless. Or that humans are the only animal who has the intelligence to know that he is insane. Eric is now in high school. He refuses to use his given name and signs all his papers, “X”.

Danielle

Danielle is the school party animal. “Animal” is a description she would gladly accept. Whatever she feels like doing, she does without questioning. She has a reputation for being sexually promiscuous and using drugs and alcohol. She is also willing to take the most outrageous risks. Her carefree life is secretly envied by some. But on the inside, Danielle feels that she is a slave to her drives and in contemplating suicide.

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1. Summarize the basic problem (challenge) each teen faces.

2. How is their problem related to a false understanding of their value as a human being?

3. How could information and application from these two Scriptures (Genesis 1:26 and Psalm 8:1 – 9) help them? What other counsel would you offer?

It does matter what we believe ourselves to be. Failure to see ourselves as God created us can lead to tragedy. We are missing out on what God desires for us if we do not understand who we are.

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