Christ’s Example: Imitating Jesus in Daily Actions Matthew 14-16 Youth Group Lesson

In the fast-paced and ever-changing world we live in, being a teenager can sometimes feel like a rollercoaster ride. As young believers, you face unique challenges, pressures, and opportunities. In the midst of this, it’s crucial to anchor your faith and actions in the example of Jesus Christ.

Today’s lesson, “Christ’s Example: Imitating Jesus in Daily Actions,” will help you explore why it’s essential to follow in Jesus’ footsteps and how doing so can strengthen your faith, character, and impact on the world around you.

Why It’s Important For Teenagers

Teenagers often grapple with identity, peer pressure, and the desire to fit in. These challenges can make it difficult to consistently live out our faith. However, imitating Jesus’ daily actions is pivotal because:

  1. Jesus Set the Perfect Example: Jesus lived a life of love, compassion, humility, and servitude. By following His example, you can become more like Him.
  2. Impact on Others: When you imitate Christ, you become a light in the world, influencing others positively, including your peers, family, and community.
  3. Spiritual Growth: Imitating Jesus leads to spiritual growth and a deeper relationship with God.
  4. A Life of Purpose: As you mirror Christ’s actions, you’ll find purpose in serving others and advancing God’s kingdom.

Now, let’s dive into Scripture to see how we can practically imitate Christ’s daily actions.

Bible Reading 1: Matthew 5:14-16

Explanation For Teenagers:

  • In these verses, Jesus compares His followers to a city on a hill and a lamp that gives light. He emphasizes the importance of shining brightly in the world to bring glory to God.

Youth Group Discussion Questions:

  1. What does it mean to be a “city on a hill” in our context today?
  2. How can your daily actions reflect the light of Christ to those around you?
  3. Share an example of a time when someone’s actions showed you the light of Christ.

Bible Reading 2: Mark 10:45

Explanation For Teenagers:

  • Jesus describes Himself as a servant who came to give His life as a ransom for many. He exemplifies humility and sacrificial love.

Youth Group Discussion Questions:

  1. How can you demonstrate humility and servitude in your daily life?
  2. In what ways can you put the needs of others above your own?
  3. Why is it important to understand that following Jesus means serving others?

Youth Group Game: “Imitating Jesus Scenarios”

In this game, split into groups and act out real-life scenarios where imitating Jesus’ actions is challenging. Discuss how you can apply His principles in these situations.


  1. Someone is being bullied at school.
  2. A friend is struggling with a difficult family situation.
  3. You witness someone in need on the street.

Bible Reading 3: Luke 6:27-31

Explanation For Teenagers:

  • Jesus teaches about love for enemies, doing good to those who hate you, and treating others as you want to be treated.

Youth Group Discussion Questions:

  1. Why is it challenging to love our enemies or those who mistreat us?
  2. How can you apply the “Golden Rule” in your daily interactions?
  3. Share an example of a time when showing love to someone difficult made a difference.

Bible Reading 4: John 13:12-17

Explanation For Teenagers:

  • Jesus washes His disciples’ feet, demonstrating servant leadership and setting an example of humility.

Youth Group Discussion Questions:

  1. What does it mean to be a servant leader?
  2. How can you lead by serving in your school, family, or church?
  3. Why is humility an essential quality for imitating Christ’s daily actions?

Closing Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, we thank You for the example of Jesus Christ. Help us, as teenagers, to imitate His daily actions of love, humility, and service in our lives. Strengthen our faith, guide our actions, and use us to make a positive impact on the world around us. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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