Developing Godly Leadership Skills: A Teenage Bible Study 1 Samuel 16:1-13

Why Leadership Matters for Teenagers

Welcome, amazing young leaders! In today’s Sunday school lesson, we’re diving into the exciting world of biblical leadership. You might be wondering, “Why is leadership important for teenagers like us?” Well, that’s a great question!

Leadership isn’t just about leading others; it’s about influencing the world around you. As young Christians, you have the incredible opportunity to make a positive impact on your schools, families, and communities. Developing godly leadership skills not only strengthens your faith but also equips you to be a light in a world that desperately needs it.

So, grab your Bible, an open heart, and let’s discover how to become God-honoring leaders!

Bible Reading 1: A Teen with a Heart for God’s People

Read: 1 Samuel 16:1-13

Explanation: In this passage, we meet Samuel, a prophet chosen by God to anoint the next king of Israel. God doesn’t look at outward appearances but at the heart. He saw a leader in David, a young shepherd boy.

  • Youth Group Discussion Question 1: Why do you think God chose David to be the future king despite his young age and appearance?
  • Youth Group Discussion Question 2: What qualities in David’s character do you believe made him a good leader?

Becoming a Godly Leader

Lead with Humility

Read: Philippians 2:3-5

Explanation: True leadership begins with humility, considering others above ourselves, just as Jesus did.

  • Youth Group Discussion Question 3: How can practicing humility improve your leadership skills?
  • Youth Group Discussion Question 4: Can you think of a modern-day leader who exemplifies humility?

Servant Leadership

Read: Mark 10:42-45

Explanation: Jesus taught that true greatness comes from serving others, not seeking power for personal gain.

  • Youth Group Discussion Question 5: What does it mean to be a servant leader, and how can you practice it in your daily life?

Integrity in Leadership

Read: Proverbs 10:9

Explanation: Godly leaders are people of integrity, living in a way that reflects their faith.

  • Youth Group Discussion Question 6: Why is integrity important in leadership, especially for teenagers?
  • Youth Group Discussion Question 7: What challenges might you face in maintaining integrity in leadership roles?

Youth Group Game: “Leadership Scenarios”

In this game, we’ll present various leadership scenarios and discuss how to respond with godly leadership. Split into teams and brainstorm solutions for each scenario. Share your ideas with the group and learn from each other’s perspectives.

Example Scenario: You’re leading a school project, and a team member is struggling. How do you encourage and support them?

Bible Reading 2: Wisdom for Young Leaders

Read: 1 Timothy 4:12

Explanation: Timothy was a young leader in the early church. Paul encouraged him to set an example in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity.

  • Youth Group Discussion Question 8: How can you apply Paul’s advice to Timothy in your own life as a young leader today?
  • Youth Group Discussion Question 9: Share examples of how your faith can be a positive influence on your peers.

Closing Prayer

Let’s close our study with a prayer, seeking God’s guidance in our journey to become godly leaders.

Dear Heavenly Father,

We thank you for this time of learning and reflection on leadership. We pray that you would guide us as we strive to become leaders who reflect your love, humility, and integrity. Help us to be servants to those around us, just as your Son, Jesus, exemplified. Grant us the wisdom to lead with grace and courage, always pointing others toward you. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

Remember, young leaders, your faith and leadership journey is just beginning. Keep seeking God’s wisdom and growing in your leadership skills as you continue to impact the world around you. You are all capable of great things!

Have a blessed week, and may your leadership shine brightly for God’s glory!

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