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Jesus, Be My Everything


Conversion Stories
Objective

For teens to see how Jesus can transform them, bringing them into true freedom


Key Scripture

John 8:32

and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”


Supplies

  • Snacks and drinks

  • Pens and markers

  • Music

  • Yarn

  • Drawing and writing paper

  • Popcorn


Opening Prayer

Set up a prayer space with bible, candle and variety of pictures/statues of Jesus. Read opening prayer.



Prayer for a Clear Mind and an Open Heart

Most Precious Lord Jesus…


Gentle and Wonderful God…
Truly Awesome and Ever-present Holy Spirit…
Give me a clear mind and an open heart to see you and know you.
Give me a clear mind and an open heart to take in your love.
Bestow upon me a quiet humility.
Let me never be proud or arrogant.
Let me own up to my failings and mistakes
in your love and in your grace, may my faith be everlasting.
In your love and in your grace, may I always stand

secure in knowing you love me and you gave your life for me.


All these things I humbly pray in the name of my most Blessed Lord Jesus Christ,

my Mighty God, and my Ever-present Holy Spirit upon whom I can rely.


Amen
Ice breakers

The Super Human Knot

Teens will stand in a circle holding hands, there will be a piece of yarn tied to each teen making them all tied together in this circle. When the teens start, create this human knot and are completely tangled. At least 5 more teens will say two truths and a lie. When the truth is guessed, a leader will go around and cuts pieces of yarn, until they are completely untied. The message is that the truth will set you free!

Popcorn Race

You will need a bucket full of popped popcorn and an empty bucket for each team, plus a dessert-sized paper plate for each player. Divide the youth group into two or more. The first player scoops their plate into the full bucket of popcorn. Then they hop on one foot to the finish line and pour whatever is left on their plate into their empty bucket. Then they run back and tag the next person in line, who then does the same process. The team who has the most popcorn in their bucket at the finish line wins! No message, just lots of fun



Welcome and Theme

Leader will explain: What does conversion mean? What does it mean to convert? To convert is to change in form, to have a change of heart. In order to have a conversion you have to discover the truth and the truth will set you free! Jesus said, “I am the way THE TRUT H and the light”


Activity

In small groups, create cheers, chants, or rhythm moves (like clapping and/or stamping) to these words. The group can reorder the sentences (ex: lines 4 & 5 first followed by 1, 2 & 3) and repeat any lines, however they cannot change the words within each line.




  1. Teens: “I will know the truth and the truth will set me free!”

  2. Leader: “Who is the truth? Jesus!”

  3. Teens: “I will know Jesus and Jesus will set me free!”

  4. Leader: When I say Jesus, you say truth! “Jesus” - “Truth”

  5. Leader: When I say Truth, you say Jesus! “Truth” – “Jesus”

Activity Small groups

Each teen will pick a name from a hat. The names will be St. Augustine, Woman at the Well, St. Paul and Apostle Matthew. The teens will split into group by the name. The leader will have a brief story about the conversion story of this person. The group will answer small group questions together. After each group will briefly tell the large group the conversion story of their person and briefly explain how their story relates to today. To finish we will play music and move into the closing prayer.

Testimony

Have a teen or adult, or both, share their testimony of how their life has been changed by Jesus. Advance work: Working with the individuals or the adult volunteer team and/or the teen leadership team spend time writing out personal testimonies. Each person’s testimony should be 3 to 5 minutes in length and be composed of 3 sections; life before Christ, encounter/conversion with Christ, and life with Christ. The 3rd section should be the longest. Be sure the first section does not glorify sin or justify it. The youth minister should listen to these testimonies in advance before sharing them with the teens.


Closing prayer

Play song: Jesus, My Everything

By Matt Maher
Teens will listen to song and begin to write their conversion story. Teens can even use this time to draw and reflect. As a large group, we will quietly gather and in a circle, hold hands and we will say, “I will know the truth and the truth will set me free. I will know Jesus and Jesus will set me free.” Amen!

Small Group Questions



  1. What lies and sin did this person have in their life before meeting Jesus?

  2. How did this person have their conversion?

  3. What actions did they do after discovering the truth?

  4. What surprises you about this person and their conversion?

  5. When in our life or in the life of a friend have you seen a true conversion?

  6. Do lies and sin lead us to Christ? What are some things that are fun for the moment but it’s really just a cover-up and lie to hide pain and loneliness we have on the inside?

  7. What is a truth of Jesus sets your spirit free that can help lead you to Christ?

Conversion Story of Saint Paul

Saul kept on threatening to kill the LORD'S followers. He even went to the high priest and asked for letters to their leaders in Damascus. He did this because he wanted to arrest and take to Jerusalem any man or woman who had accepted the LORD'S Way. When Saul had almost reached Damascus, a bright light from heaven suddenly flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice that said, "Saul! Saul! Why are you so cruel to me?"

"Who are you?" Saul asked.

"I am Jesus," the LORD answered. "I am the one you are so cruel to. Now get up and go into the city, where you will be told what to do."

The men with Saul stood there speechless. They had heard the voice, but they had not seen anyone. Saul got up from the ground, and when he opened his eyes, he could not see a thing. Someone then led him by the hand to Damascus, and for three days he was blind and did not eat or drink.

A follower named Ananias lived in Damascus, and the LORD spoke to him in a vision. Ananias answered, "LORD, here I am." Ananias left and went into the house where Saul was staying. Ananias placed his hands on him and said, "Saul, the LORD Jesus has sent me. He is the same one who appeared to you along the road. He wants you to be able to see and to be filled with the Holy Spirit."

Suddenly something like fish scales fell from Saul's eyes, and he could see. He got up and was baptized. Then he ate and felt much better.




Conversion Story of Saint Augustine

Saint Augustine was born in Africa and spent many years of his life in wicked living and in false beliefs. Though he was one of the most intelligent men, who ever lived and though he had been brought up a Christian, his sins of impurity and his pride darkened his mind so much, that he could not see or understand the Divine Truth anymore. Through the prayers of his holy mother and the marvelous preaching of St. Ambrose, Augustine finally became convinced that Christianity was the one true religion. Yet he did not become a Christian then, because he thought he could never live a pure life. One day, however, he heard about two men who had suddenly been converted on reading the life of St. Antony, and he felt terrible ashamed of himself. "What are we doing?" he cried to his friend Alipius. "Unlearned people are taking Heaven by force, while we, with all our knowledge, are so cowardly that we keep rolling around in the mud of our sins!"

Full of bitter sorrow, Augustine flung himself out into the garden and cried out to God, "How long more, O Lord? Why does not this hour put an end to my sins?" Just then, he heard a child singing, "Take up and read!" Thinking that God intended him to hear those words, he picked up the book of the Letters of St. Paul, and read the first passage his gaze fell on. It was just what Augustine needed, for in it, St. Paul says to put away all impurity and to live in imitation of Jesus. That did it! From then on, Augustine began a new life.

He was baptized, became a priest, a bishop, a famous Catholic writer, Founder of religious priests, and one of the greatest saints that ever lived. His conversion from a former life of loose living, which included parties, entertainment, and worldly ambitions and complete turnaround and conversion has been an inspiration to many who struggle with a the same sin or habit they long to break.



Conversion Story of Apostle Matthew
After this, he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” And leaving everything behind, he got up and followed him. Then Levi gave a great banquet for him in his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were at table with them. The Pharisees and their scribes complained to his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus said to them in reply, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do. I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” Luke 5: 27-32

St Matthew was first called Levi. He worked for the occupying army – Rome. And like most tax collectors of his day, he cheated. If someone owed $50, Levi might charge $100 and keep $50 for himself. So to many it was amazing that Jesus called him, not just to repentance, but into a deep relationship. The change in Levi was so complete he changed his name; he left his old life and became Matthew. And that is just the beginning of his adventures. Matthew became an apostle, and he wrote down much of what Jesus said and did. Eventually he was inspired by the Holy Spirit and wrote the Gospel of Matthew, which we read in our bibles.

After Jesus ascended into heaven, Matthew travelled to northern Africa in the area of Ethiopia and brought many people to know and love God. And because of his faithfulness to God and writing the gospel, you and I can hear and know the Lord.

Conversion Story of the Woman at the Well
A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” His disciples had gone into the town to buy food. The Samaritan woman said to him, “How can you, a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?” (For Jews use nothing in common with Samaritans.) Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God and who is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”[The woman] said to him, “Sir, you do not even have a bucket and the cistern is deep; where then can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us this cistern and drank from it himself with his children and his flocks?” Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again; but whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I may not be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.”

Jesus said to her, “Go call your husband and come back.” The woman answered and said to him, “I do not have a husband.” Jesus answered her, “You are right in saying, ‘I do not have a husband. For you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true.” The woman said to him, “Sir, I can see that you are a prophet... She ran and told the people in the town. Many of the Samaritans of that town began to believe in him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me everything I have done.” When the Samaritans came to him, they invited him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days. Many more began to believe in him because of his word, and they said to the woman, “We no longer believe because of your word; for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the savior of the world.” – John 4:1-42

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Saint Paul Saint Paul
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Additional Scripture Verses and Catechism of the Catholic Church
Matthew 24:13

But the one who perseveres to the end will be saved.


Matthew 24:42

Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.

Matthew 28:19-20

Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.* And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”

Mark 16:16

Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned.


Acts 2:37-39

Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and they asked Peter and the other apostles, “What are we to do, my brothers?” Peter [said] to them, “Repent and be baptized,* every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is made to you and to your children and to all those far off, whomever the Lord our God will call.”


Acts 3:9-21

Repent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away, 0and that the Lord may grant you times of refreshment and send you the Messiah already appointed for you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the times of universal restoration* of which God spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old.


Acts 8:12

but once they began to believe Philip as he preached the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, men and women alike were baptized.


Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.


James 4:8

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you of two minds.

1 John 1:1-3

What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we looked upon and touched with our hands concerns the Word of life—for the life was made visible; we have seen it and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was made visible to us—what we have seen and heard we proclaim now to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; for our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.


CCC 1427

Jesus calls to conversion. This call is an essential part of the proclamation of the kingdom: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel.”16 In the Church’s preaching this call is addressed first to those who do not yet know Christ and his Gospel. Also, Baptism is the principal place for the first and fundamental conversion. It is by faith in the Gospel and by Baptism17 that one renounces evil and gains salvation, that is, the forgiveness of all sins and the gift of new life.


CCC 1896

Where sin has perverted the social climate, it is necessary to call for the conversion of hearts and appeal to the grace of God. Charity urges just reforms. There is no solution to the social question apart from the Gospel.


CCC 1423

(Reconciliation) It is called the sacrament of conversion because it makes sacramentally present Jesus’ call to conversion, the first step in returning to the Father5 from whom one has strayed by sin.


CCC 1432

The human heart is heavy and hardened. God must give man a new heart.25 Conversion is first of all a work of the grace of God who makes our hearts return to him: “Restore us to thyself, O LORD, that we may be restored!”26 God gives us the strength to begin anew. It is in discovering the greatness of God’s love that our heart is shaken by the horror and weight of sin and begins to fear offending God by sin and being separated from him.



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