Text: John 1:1-5; 10-18
Speaker: Joel Miller
Over the years I’ve taught a number of youth catechism Sunday school courses. We talk about the big ideas of Christian faith. Words and concepts that get used all the time in church, which can benefit from more focused attention. Little things like “God,” “Jesus,” “Creation,” “Bible,” “Church,” “Prayer.” You get the idea.
One of my favorite exercises is when we focus on Jesus. I ask them to imagine themselves in the place of the gospel writers. What those writers had to work with was a collection of stories and sayings and memories, some written down, some passed on through word of mouth. They’re trying to draw a picture of who Jesus was, and who he is for the people reading and hearing their gospel account, now several generations removed from Jesus’ life.
Now, here’s the question: Where do you start? Where does this story begin? What do you say in chapter 1 that introduces the story you need to tell, sets it on the trajectory it needs to go? How do you introduce Jesus?
The youth split up into four groups, each one reading through the first chapter of one...