Want to be the Greatest? Matthew 18:1-4, Mark 9:33-37, Luke 9:46-48 Youth Bible Study Lesson

Use this free Youth Group lesson in your Teenage Sunday School or Youth Ministry meeting time. It’s perfect for Middle School Students or any High School Bible Study group. Lesson Resources: Scripture Passage: Read one or all Matthew 18:1-4, Mark 9:33-37, Luke 9:46-48 Note:  It’s always good for one of the youth to read the scripture.  It helps bring it into their world.  The word spoken by one of their peers. Jesus defines greatness differently than the world often does.  By pursuing humility and hopefully being humble.  Like a child. A child in Jesus time was without status and rights, dependent on the good will of others. Jesus wants us to be dependent on who? Jesus sees beyond human limiting … Read more

Halloween Youth Group Ministry? Handling Controversy and Autumn Youth Activities

As October rolls around, many youth leaders, as well as parents, begin to wonder how to address the topic of Halloween. Children and teens will inevitably encounter celebrations and conversations about the holiday, but how do we handle it in church? Should we ignore it all together, and hope no one asks about it? Are we to shun and decry any recognition of Halloween? Can we discuss it? The approach of Halloween is actually an excellent opportunity to open conversation with teens about culture, tradition, and the danger of the occult. The season is also a great time to celebrate autumn or harvest. Use some of the following activities to talk about Halloween and, if desired, to have fun with … Read more

A New Way of Thinking (Identity Study 3 of 3) Bible Lesson for Teenagers

A New Way of Thinking (Identity Study 3 of 3) Bible Lesson for Teenagers

This Bible lesson is part 3 or 3 for teenagers on the topic of identity. This lesson builds on the previous two weeks and you should plan extra time for youth group discussion. Identity Series Lesson 3: A New Way of Thinking! Pass out the 5 x 7 envelopes from the previous week. Using how God sees you as your mirror (the worksheet answers), go back and add to the positive and maybe cross out some things (that were negative) on the notecard list you wrote when you originally looked in the mirror. Now create a new and expanded list of “I am ____________” statements about yourself on the front (other side) of the note card. E.g. I am creative.  … Read more

Who Does God Say You Are? (Identity Study 2 of 3) Youth Group Bible Lesson

Who Does God Say You Are? (Identity Study 2 of 3) Youth Group Bible Lesson

This Bible lesson is part 2 or 3 for teenagers on the topic of identity. Finding your identity is such an important part of life, and nowhere is that more true than for teenagers. The teenage years are a time when young people are really figuring out who they are and what they believe in, and it’s so important that they have a strong foundation to build on. That’s why we’re so passionate about youth Bible study. We believe that getting youth into God’s word and helping them to find their identity in Christ is one of the most important things we can do as youth leaders. Identity Series Lesson 2: Who Does God Say You Are? Ask the youth … Read more

Who are You? (Identity Study 1 of 3) Youth Ministry Lesson

Who are You? (Identity Study 1 of 3) Youth Ministry Lesson

This Bible lesson is part 1 or 3 for teenagers on the topic of identity. When it comes to faith formation, there is no time like the teenage years. It is during this time that young people are exploring who they are and what they believe. As youth pastors, our job is to help teenagers find their identity in Jesus Christ. This 3-week youth Bible study will help you do just that. Each week, your group will explore a different topic, including who God is, who we are in Christ, and what our purpose is in life. By the end of the study, your group will have a better understanding of their faith and how it fits into their everyday … Read more

Connected? Bible Study for Youth Ministry

Connected? Bible Study for Youth Ministry

Use this free Youth Ministry Bible lesson to help teenagers understand what it means to be connected to God and to others. This material is ideal for a High School or Middle School lesson in Sunday School. It could also be used in a Youth Group retreat or Discipleship mentoring time. Click here to download a word doc version to customize it for your own ministry. Connection with God is so important in finding acceptance in your life.  Your youth leader has passed out this lesson so you can work through it together.  Hopefully together you will find additional ways and practices to connect with God, your Youth Group community, and others in your greater community.  Know that Christ’s love … Read more

Your Sabbath Day: Youth Ministry Bible Study

Your Sabbath Day: Youth Ministry Bible Study

This lesson helps the youth understand the Sabbath and how they can remember it and honor God. Resources: 30 minutes Bibles or cell phones to look up the scriptures The set of questions about the man made well on a handout (See below, “What did Jesus do on the Sabbath?”) Pencils or pens What is Sabbath?           Anyone willing to share what they think Sabbath means?           Read a Definition           Let’s talk Bible history so we can have some context for the discussion           of what Sabbath can mean for you           Sabbath observance was one of the things that was required by religious                       leaders for the Hebrews in the Old Testament and New Testament to belong … Read more

Back to School Youth Group Activities & Bible Lessons

By the teenage years, most students do not find themselves particularly thrilled at the prospect of returning to early morning alarm clocks, homework, and teacher talks. Going back to school might come with mixed feelings in middle and high school. Getting back to the books might not sound appealing, but it’s a great opportunity for re-focusing on the most important book of all, God’s Word! Back to school season is also a great time to discuss things like witnessing to friends, using our minds for God, and enjoying the season we’re in. Consider capitalizing on the start of an academic year for a Bible study or special fall activity afternoon. Use this “event builder” to select various concentrations for games, … Read more

Youth Bible Lesson (John 5:1-15) Do You Want to Be Made Well?

Youth Bible Lesson (John 5:1-15) Do You Want to Be Made Well?

Use this free Bible lesson for teenagers in your Youth Group or Sunday School Ministry at church. The discussion and teaching will help High School and Middle School students realize how they are part of Jesus’ plan to invite them youth group or Sunday School. As time allows, add a fun group game to begin your teaching time. Lesson Introduction This lesson is about Jesus healing a man that had been disabled for 38 years.  Jesus asks an interesting question and the man’s response should cause us to reflect on what we should do to see and help each other.  Jesus also tells the healed man to not sin anymore to speak to his spiritual health. TEACHING RESOURCES Lesson time … Read more

Seed and Plant-Themed Youth Lessons & Activities

It Starts with a Seed…Plant-Themed Youth Activities The Word of God is full of agrarian references. From Old Testament to New, seeds and harvests are a prevalent theme. Plants were a significant element of daily life in the Ancient Middle East, so Jesus used numerous farming analogies in His teachings. In our modern age of fast food chains and xeriscape yards, some of these seed ideas might not be as readily appreciated, but are still well worth exploring. Whether it’s harvest season, a church garden day, or just an occasion needing fun themed elements, consider a plant-based focus for your next youth activities! Use this “event builder” to select various concentrations for games, Bible passages, and more. Choose a few … Read more