Summary: It’s tough to be a teenager today. I wrote this series of messages for our new 7th graders graduating into teenage life. Teenagers today are very relational. In this lesson we take a contrast what the Bible and the World have to say about relationships

Opening thoughts: Relationship websites, everyone wants to be in a relationship

I. Introduction

a. God made us to be relational people

i. Our relationships should honor God

ii. Broken relationships can hinder our relationship with God

23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there

rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; 24 Leave there thy gift before the

altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy

gift. – Matthew 5:23-24

b. You only get out of a relationship what you put into it

i. You have to be real all the time

ii. Our relationship with God should be the most important of all

II. Your Relationship with Your Parents

a. The World’s View – Parents are friends not authority figures

b. The Bible’s View – Honor your parents because that’s what God wants you to do

1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. 2 Honour thy

father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) 3 That it may be well

with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. 6 Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers;

but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart – Ephesians 6: 1-3, 6

i. Parents aren’t perfect – Allow them to fail occasionally

ii. We must honor our Parents and Bible says we will have a long life.

III. Your Relationship with Your Siblings

a. The World’s View – Hate each other

b. The Bible’s View – Love One Another

This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. –

John 15:12

IV. Your Relationship with Others

a. The World’s View – Friends are disposable

b. The Bible’s View – Our relationship with our friends should not compromise our

relationship with God

14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what

fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with

darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth

with an infidel? 16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the

temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I

will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and

be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord

Almighty. – 2 Corinthians 6:14-18

Final Thought: The secret to trying to change your relationships is to make attempts to

love them just like Jesus loves you.

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