The Face in the Mirror | UMC YoungPeople
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July 2018

The Face in the Mirror

By Betsy Marvin

The people mistook Jesus for John the Baptist or Elijah in Mark 6:13-16 because the incredible things he was doing. The miracles were making Jesus known, yet his real identity is more than the miracles: he is the Christ the Son of God.

Hand out little hand mirrors or have students pull out their phones and turn the camera to selfie mode. Have them take a good look at themselves.

  • What do you see?
  • What are you known for?
  • Does anyone ever think you are someone else? How did that feel?

Give students time to think and then share. It might be helpful to have them share what they see in each other, more like an affirmation circle.

There are things we can see, the facts: eye color, hair color, shape, size, etc. There are also things we can’t see but make us who we are: personality, strengths, gifts, family, and character.

  • Who are you known as?
  • What about your church? If your church were to leave your community tomorrow – would it be missed? What do you think people would know about your church?

Take a group picture – as you look at the picture – discuss – how can this group become known? How can we make an impact in the church and community? What can we do?

Betsy has worked with students for over 26 years and has served at Cornerstone Church in Caledonia, MI for nineteen of those years. Currently, Betsy is the Director of Family Ministry while still holding the high school ministry hat. Betsy also teaches women’s ministry at Grace Bible College as an adjunct professor. Betsy has been married for 29 years with a son in college and daughter in high school. In her free time, she enjoys reading, laughing with her family, and date nights!