Use this free Youth Bible lesson in your High School or Middle School youth group when teaching about the importance of faith. God’s Word has a lot to say about FAITH and teenagers need learn how to grow in their faith as they mature in Christ. Teach this Bible lesson in your Sunday School or in any Youth Group meeting that needs a devotional reflection on the topic of Faith.
Bible Study Topic: Faith
Scripture Text: Hebrews 11:1-3
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. 2:This is what the ancients were commended for. 3: By faith, we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.Hebrews 11:1-3 (NIV)
Lesson Introduction: What is Faith?
Faith is the conviction that God exists, and we have a blessed hope — His kingdom, where we will be for eternity. Nevertheless, our Scripture text is the most profound biblical definition of faith.
Meanwhile, faith remains one of the most crucial aspects of our relationship with God. Regardless of how far we have gone in our walk with Him, there will always be trying times for us. These challenging moments test our faith and trust in God. Our faith is tested daily — by troubles, our failings, and those of our family and friends. Yet the more we live out our faith, the better we learn to trust God and His purpose for us.
Additionally, faith makes us stronger, better, and braver. It equips us to go through challenges and allows us to assist others experiencing their own trials.
If time allows, choice a youth ministry game idea to break the ice and help the teenagers feel comfortable in the church group setting.
Bible Lesson Content: Five Major Types of Faith
There are five main types of faith. A believer can have all of them, but while they might overlap, there is usually a dominant one operating in that person’s life.
The following are the five major types of faith:
- Saving Faith – Saving faith is a faith that results from having believed and confessed that Jesus Christ died and God raised Him from the dead (Romans 10:9-10). The Holy Spirit makes it possible for you to operate in saving faith
- when you believe this.
- Justifying Faith is the conviction that you have been forgiven and cleansed by Jesus as you had never sinned. 1 John 1:9 (NIV) – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. In other words, we can live, move and have our being based on justifying faith.
- Doctrinal Faith – This is the type of faith a Christian has that’s based on God’s word (The teachings of the Scripture (See Jude 3).
- Indwelling Faith – Indwelling faith is placed in our hearts as we study the Scriptures. This is why Apostle Paul says, “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ” (Romans 10:17(NIV). The Holy Spirit uses the Bible to place faith in our hearts. As a carpenter uses his hammer to construct furniture, so does God use His word as an instrument of faith. He builds and strengthens us until we get to the point where we can trust Him without reservation, even amid severe trials (Psalm 23:4).
- Daily Faith – Daily faith is a firm belief that God is meeting all your needs daily. With this type of faith, you can focus on each day without worrying about how you’ll get through the next.
Our faith remains an essential part of our relationship with God as Christians. It is not only a prerequisite for conversion, nor a necessary step toward salvation. But something we must hold on to until our earthly sojourn is over.
Youth Group Discussion Questions
- What exactly is faith?
- What kind of faith do you have?
- Which of the five types of faith is believing that God is concerned with meeting your needs every day?
- What type of faith is based on God’s Word and the teachings of the Scripture?
Further Reading – Matthew 6:11, 17:20; John 6:35; Ephesians 3:16-17; Galatians 2:16, 20.
Lead the Teenagers in Prayer
Gracious God, the Scripture says that the entrance of your word gives light and understanding to the simple. Hence, we ask that you keep increasing our faith by building us daily through your word until we become grounded and firmly rooted in you.
In Jesus’ mighty name, we pray, Amen!