As teenagers, you are at a crucial stage in your faith journey. It is a time when you are shaping your beliefs and making choices that will impact your future. In this Sunday school lesson, we will delve into the powerful words of Titus 2:11-14, exploring the importance of God’s grace in our lives.
Bible Reading: Titus 2:11-14
“For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.” (NIV)
Understanding God’s Grace
- God’s grace is a gift freely given to all people.
- Through His grace, we are offered salvation and redemption from our sins.
- God’s grace teaches us to live according to His will, turning away from ungodliness and pursuing righteousness.
- We are called to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives, reflecting the character of Christ.
- How would you define “grace”? What does it mean to you?
- Why do you think God’s grace is important for teenagers as they navigate their faith?
- In what ways can God’s grace help you overcome worldly temptations and live a life pleasing to Him?
- What are some practical ways you can demonstrate God’s grace to others?
Bible Reading: Ephesians 2:8-9
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” (NIV)
Unpacking Salvation by Grace
- Our salvation is not earned through good works or personal merit.
- It is a gift bestowed upon us by God’s grace alone.
- This gift is received through faith in Jesus Christ.
- Why is it important to understand that our salvation is a gift of God’s grace and not based on our own efforts?
- How does knowing that our salvation is not dependent on our works impact your relationship with God?
- How can we share the message of God’s grace with others who may feel burdened by the idea of earning their salvation?
Youth Group Game: “The Grace Race”
Materials needed: Two buckets, several small balls (ping pong balls work well), masking tape.
- Divide the youth into two teams.
- Create a start line and place a bucket for each team at the finish line.
- Use masking tape to mark a path between the start line and finish line.
- Each team member takes turns balancing a ball on a spoon while racing to the finish line without dropping it.
- If a ball is dropped, the player must return to the start line and try again.
- The team that successfully completes the race with the most balls in their bucket wins.
This game encourages teamwork, perseverance, and demonstrates the concept of receiving God’s grace even when we stumble.
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for Your incredible grace, which saves us and teaches us how to live for You. Help us to embrace Your grace fully and to allow it to transform our lives. Give us the strength to say no to ungodliness and to pursue righteousness in all that we do. May Your grace shine through us as we seek to share Your love with others. We pray all these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.