Jesus' Words for Teens--Obedience – Leader's Guide
Are today’s teens firmly rooted in God’s Word--becoming the Daniels, Shadrachs, Meshachs, and Abednegos of today? Will they be able to withstand the enemy and hold tight to God’s commands as those young people did, and will they live as God would have them in this challenging, ever-changing world?
Believing that teens need more in-depth Bible studies to help them mature well in Christ and become “rocks” in their faith, Candice Mary Thomas has authored the first in a series of studies, Jesus' Words for Teens--Obedience, to help teens "dig in" to God's Word. Although it is written for small groups, the study can easily be adapted for Christian schools and families. Teens will explore what Jesus meant by obedience and how He exemplified it in His life through both group and personal study. They will then be challenged to make “yes” choices: “Yes, Jesus is my Savior. Yes, I want to follow Him. Yes, I believe He loves me because He made Me and will stand by me forever.” Finally, they will be encouraged to form convictions out of which they will define for themselves “unshakable unbreakables”--commitments made now that will help them to do God’s will when they face tough choices in the future. Jesus' Words for Teens is written "for such a time as this.” [Esther 4:14]
The Leader's Guide edition provides answers for directing teen discussions.
About Candice Mary Thomas (Grants Pass, Oregon Author)
Candice Thomas was born and raised in the suburbs of Portland, Oregon. After receiving degrees in English Education from Oregon State University and Library and Media from Southern Oregon College, Candice taught sixth and seventh graders until having her first child. She then remained in education throughout the next fifty years, substitute teaching, homeschooling, working in in her church’s children’s ministry, then teaching or administrating in Christian schools and her church.
Now retired, Candice is a wife, mother, and grandmother who loves being with her family, playing on hands and knees or simply providing a listening ear. She enjoys reading, writing, walking, swimming, sewing, and knitting. She currently resides in Southern Oregon with her husband, Terry, and her very silly little mini-dachshund, Bentley.
At the age of thirty-two, life took an amazing change for Candice. She attended a non-denominational Christian service and learning the importance of having a personal relationship with Christ, committed her life to Him.
This began her forty-year journey with Jesus. Candice began studying the Bible, seeking God’s truth for her life and that of her family, and because she is passionate about children, she wanted that truth for them also. She began teaching Sunday school two weeks after accepting Christ, then continued in Christian education, teaching and directing children’s church and working with teens or college-aged groups.
In 1988, she began teaching in a Christian school, was asked to develop a middle school program for a high school, became a principal and administrator, helped found a preschool through the twelfth-grade program, and in 2015 through June 2017, directed a birth through the fifth-grade program at her church Candice began writing Jesus’ Words for Teens—Obedience when she felt God urge her to help teens dig into the Bible to develop a life devoted to Him, with lifelong convictions and unshakeable unbreakables that would lead them through life’s troubling times. This study took over two years to refine and is now ready for use by church small groups, families, and/or Christian schools. Candice is currently working on the second in the series—Jesus’ Words for Teens—Standing Tall.