Missionary Stories: Learning from Those Spreading the Gospel Acts 13:1-3 Youth Group Lesson

Hey there, awesome teens of faith! Today, we’re diving into a topic that might not be as glamorous as the latest TikTok trends or gaming updates, but it’s incredibly important for your growth as believers in Christ. We’re going to explore Missionary Stories and how they can inspire and teach us valuable lessons about spreading the Gospel.

Why is this relevant to you, the vibrant youth of our small, Bible-believing church? Well, here are a few reasons:

  1. Inspiration: Missionary stories are filled with incredible journeys, faith, and sacrifice. They show us how ordinary people can do extraordinary things through God’s strength.
  2. Perspective: These stories remind us that there’s a world out there that needs to hear about Jesus. It’s easy to get caught up in our own lives, but missionaries teach us to look beyond ourselves.
  3. Faith in Action: As teenagers, you’re at a stage where you’re figuring out your beliefs and values. Missionaries exemplify what it means to live out your faith in a tangible way.
  4. The Great Commission: Jesus’ command in Matthew 28:19-20 to go and make disciples of all nations is not just for adults. It’s for all of us, and missionary stories can help you understand how to fulfill this mission.

Let’s dive into these stories, read God’s Word, discuss, play a fun game, and close with prayer. It’s going to be an exciting journey!

Bible Reading 1: Acts 13:1-3 (NIV)

Explanation For Teenagers:

  • This passage introduces us to Saul and Barnabas, who were set apart for a special mission.
  • The Holy Spirit played a crucial role in guiding and empowering them.
  • They were sent out to share the Gospel with different people.

Youth Group Discussion Questions:

  1. How do you think Saul and Barnabas felt when they were set apart for this mission?
  2. Why is it essential for the Holy Spirit to guide us in our mission to spread the Gospel?
  3. Have you ever felt a calling to share your faith with someone or a group of people?

Bible Reading 2: Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)

Explanation For Teenagers:

  • Jesus’ command to make disciples of all nations is often referred to as the Great Commission.
  • This commission is for all believers, including teenagers.
  • Missionaries play a crucial role in fulfilling this command.

Youth Group Discussion Questions:

  1. How can teenagers like us play a part in fulfilling the Great Commission?
  2. What are some practical ways we can make disciples in our daily lives?
  3. Can you think of any missionary stories that exemplify the Great Commission in action?

Youth Group Game: “Missionary Adventure”

Let’s put on our thinking caps and embark on a virtual “Missionary Adventure”! We’ll divide into teams and explore the world of missionaries through fun challenges and questions. It’s a race to see who can gather the most knowledge about different missionaries and their impactful stories. Get ready for some friendly competition and lots of laughter!

Bible Reading 3: Acts 16:6-10 (NIV)

Explanation For Teenagers:

  • This passage tells the story of Paul’s missionary journey into Macedonia.
  • Notice how the Holy Spirit guides their journey, opening doors and leading them to people who needed to hear the Gospel.

Youth Group Discussion Questions:

  1. How do you think Paul and his team discerned the Holy Spirit’s guidance?
  2. Have you ever experienced a situation where you felt God was guiding you or opening doors in your life?
  3. What can we learn from Paul’s willingness to adapt his plans to God’s leading?

Bible Reading 4: Hebrews 11:1-3 (NIV)

Explanation For Teenagers:

  • This passage discusses the concept of faith.
  • Missionaries often demonstrate remarkable faith in God’s calling and provision.
  • Faith is essential for anyone who wants to follow Jesus wholeheartedly.

Youth Group Discussion Questions:

  1. How does faith play a role in the lives of missionaries?
  2. Can you think of a time when you needed faith to overcome a challenge or obstacle?
  3. What are some practical ways we can grow in our faith as teenagers?

Closing Prayer

Let’s gather together in prayer, thanking God for the incredible stories of missionaries who have dedicated their lives to spreading the Gospel. Pray for our own faith to be strengthened and that we, too, may be inspired to live out the Great Commission in our daily lives. Remember, you are never too young to make a difference in God’s kingdom!

Dear Heavenly Father,

We come before you with grateful hearts for the stories of missionaries who have shown us what it means to live out our faith. Thank you for their dedication and sacrifice. Help us to be guided by your Holy Spirit in all that we do, just as you guided Paul, Barnabas, and countless others. Strengthen our faith and inspire us to share your love with those around us. In Jesus’ name, we pray.


Remember, you are part of a powerful generation of young believers who can make an impact for Christ. Keep these missionary stories in your heart as you continue your journey of faith.

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