There are patterns in the Bible. There’s a pattern of rebellion in the history of Israel. There’s a pattern of forgiveness and grace on God’s side. There’s a pattern of God picking some highly unlikely candidates for important jobs. There’s a pattern of sacrifices being made to atone for mankind’s sins. There’s a pattern of love. Unbelievable, indescribable, unimaginable love.
These patterns are important, because they show the bigger picture of God’s redemptive story. They’re important because they show why certain stories are in the Bible. They’re important because they show God’s consistent character and the depth of His love.
But do your teens see these patterns? Do they recognize them in your sermons, in the small group materials you use, in their private Bible reading? [Read more…]