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Bible Study: Whose Space Is It? MySpace!

Explore four concepts of "my space" that we often struggle to release: MyBody, MyLife, MyAttitude and MyLove. With discussion questions that can be tailored to your style of youth group, this study leads students to think differently about "whose" space their life really is.
 
Topic: Christian Life
 
You can download a PDF version of this study HERE. If you use it, let us know in the comments!
 
Excerpts:
 
Part One: My Body
Are you an artist or architect? Do you enjoy drawing, painting, or creating something from scratch? Or do you prefer finishing an already started project?
 
At school do you take as many art classes as possible or do you avoid them at all costs? I must admit that I did not take an art class throughout my entire high school years...and it shows by the simplicity of the stick figures I draw!
 
If you're in a position to do so, take a few minutes to go outside and look at God's awesome creation. Now, look at the people in your group, and then think about the people in your life. You are in the presence of God's awesome creation.
 
God made you in a unique way. He wired you in a unique way. He has gifted you with certain passions, skills and abilities. There is no preferred personality, calling or God-given gifts. The section from Scripture that we're going to focus on says, "There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit" (1 Corinthians 12:4). Before you can engage your mission in this world, you have to accept that the way God made you is not just okay--it is AWESOME!
 
But here's a key question: is it MyBody, or someone else's body?
 
Verse of the Week: "Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good." 1 Corinthians 12:7
 
Part Two: My Attitude
"You have a bad attitude."
 
Anyone ever said that to you?
 
This week will help you begin identifying specific attitudes that will come as an outflow of Christ living in you. When Christ lives in you, your life is different. Your actions are different. Your words are different, and your attitude is different.
 
The practical decisions that you make, whether in the classroom, on the field or at home, are the result of your internal values. But from where do you get those values?
 
Culture? Technology? School? Church? Family? Your relationship with Jesus Christ?
 
Verse of the Week: "Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus." Philippians 2:5
 
Part Three: My Life
 Growing up, my dad often said to me, "Don't settle for second best!" He may have been talking about my basketball team, my school work, or a girl I was dating. Regardless, the message was clear - don't settle! Anyone ever say that to you?
 
The apostle Paul (before he was Paul - when his name was Saul) had everything going for him. In fact, he writes, "I was advancing in Judaism beyond many Jews of my own age and was extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers" (Galatians 1:14). Sounds like he didn't settle...until God made him realize he was heading in the wrong direction.
 
Ever feel like you're heading in the wrong direction? Or maybe YOU don't think you are, but a parent, pastor, youth leader or close friend hints that you might be playing with fire?
 
Take the time and discipline this week to let God's Word sink into your mind and spirit. Keep the  others in your group accountable and incorporate it into your youth group every week!
 
Verse of the Week: "I did not receive it (the gospel) from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ." Galatians 1:2
 
Part Four: My Love
This is the final Bible study for this series. I hope you have enjoyed the chance to discuss, ask questions and dig into Scripture with the others in your youth group. In this final study, we want to think about love and its role in Christian living.
 
I love peanut butter. I love Snickers. I love biking. I love the mountains. I love my wife. And oh
yeah, by the way, I love Jesus too.
 
Isn't love the most overused word in the English language?
 
Verse of the Week: "Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another." 1 John 4:11
 
 



Ryan Peterson

Ryan Peterson serves as associate pastor of St. John Lutheran Church, Ellisville, Missouri.  Prior to receiving a call to St. John in May 2007, Ryan worked at St. John part-time while attending Concordia Seminary – St. Louis.  He completed his undergraduate work at Concordia University Wisconsin and then received his Masters of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary in 2007.  Ryan is married to Kristy, and they have a beautiful baby boy named Andrew (born in July 2007).  If you’re in St. Louis, you may find Ryan biking, hiking, reading while enjoying a coffee at a St. Louis Bread Company or Starbucks, and all while hanging with his family.  Ryan’s passion is to creatively communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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