Youth Bible study lessons are essential - not only in our churches, but also our homes. We need creative youth ideas to help us successfully compete with the world for our teens' interest and time.
This is a crucial time to continue planting those seeds of God's Word into their lives. Youth ministry is vital to our homes, our churches and our world!
God never meant for His Word to be boring! Sometimes the "distractions" of the world may seem more desirable, but they're NOT!
The Psalmist says, "How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!" (Psalm 119:103).
Honey has a pure, natural sweetness that artificial sweetners can't conterfeit. The same can be said for God's Word. Nothing can replace the pure sweetness it can bring into our lives.
Or how about youth Bible study lessons based on popular movies like "Catching Fire" or "Mockingjay" -the Hunger Games movies! Whether you are a teen yourself or someone that works with teens, check out these free resources at Dare2Share. They offer "Soul Fuel" - free youth Bible study lessons that answer key questions of the Christian faith.
Dare2Share also has put together a free youth Bible study lessons curriculum to go along with the movie "The Passion of the Christ."
Choose Life! is a lesson that begins like a game of "Would You Rather" that will capture students attention and includes the Gospel laid out beautifully for teens!
Gospel illusions that teach are a great way to capture youth's attention too!
Discipleship for our teens - making sure they get the basics - is crucial! Elle Campbell from Stuff You Can Use shares 5 Faith Skills every believer needs to develop to know Christ and also to live for Him and share His love. They include free downloadable & editable activities to disciple youth in these 5 important areas of faith!
Teen Sunday School:
Bible Basics includes eight youth Bible study lessons on how we got the Bible and know it's true, how it's organized, and how to study the Bible.
It's also important that teens understand the continuity and consistency of God's Word by taking time to walk through a complete book of the Bible as in this series lessons covering the books of James and Philippians.
Our youth don't just need to "hear" a lesson, they need to experience it. Ken Sapp offers suggestions for leading effective youth Bible study lessons. Youth ministers are great about sharing their creative ideas of how to teach quality free teen Bible study lessons as well as how to relate to youth on a personal level. Youth ministers from various U.S. states, as well as Canada, contributed these sixty-one lessons.
It's the Song that Matters is a twofold lesson. It teaches how are lives can be praise songs to God, but it also addresses the issue of how the type of music we listen to can affect our life song. Begin with a game of "Name that Tune" and have fun!
Still another way to capture our youths' interest while planting seeds of faith in their hearts is to use Bible object lessons. Use games with a point to change up Youth Bible study lessons. "Fun" keeps them wanting more, but these games still teach Bible truths that are important for us all to learn.
For a really innovative Bible lesson, try this cell phone scavenger hunt from Group Publishing called "Grappling with Guidance" that teaches how important it is for us to follow God's guidance. This would be a great youth activity to use at a lock-in! They also include previews of ten other great Christian object lessons from their book - Faith Metaphors: 50 Interactive Object Lessons for Youth Ministry.
We all know the old adage - "You give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, or you can teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime." This is so true in teaching our youth about living for God! They need to be fed, but they also need to learn to spiritually feed themselves and then become disciples of others - "fishers of men!"
It is vitally important that teaching them how to share their faith is not neglected.
Watch the new Dare2Share video "The Cause Circle" and find out how to lead your youth in sharing their faith!
You can also print the Gospel Journey Steps.They use the word Gospel in an acrostic to help youth (and others) remember the Gospel message to share in easy steps. The Gospel Journey takes you through the Bible as the Good News unfolds from Genesis to Revelation.
These Five Lessons on Evangelism are great tools and offered free by
It's also important to teach teens how to study the Bible for themselves. Grahame Knox has provided several creative Bible study methods for youth leaders to use to teach teens how to enjoy studying God's Word through a variety of techniques.
Still another "out-of-the-box" method to get your teens inspired to engage in Bible study is to use Christian books for teens. Both fiction and non-fiction Christian books can be used as tools to stimulate youth's interest in God's Word.
Youth devotions can give scriptures and topic ideas around which a lesson may revolve. These also may be used for short youth talks or even discussion starters for a lesson.
Youth Bible study lessons need to be upfront and honest, as well as unique and fun. With over 100 creative teaching ideas ,including free youth Bible lessons revolving around games, Christian object lessons, or other unique Bible activity, you will be equipped to do just that.
Use Scripture to create a Bible "Treasure Hunt" for a fun way to get youth into searching the Scriptures.
And don't miss this great collection of over 1500 absolutely free youth ministry games and resources!
Whether you are a youth minister, volunteer youth worker, youth Sunday school teacher, or parent, the following free Christian e-book by Tim Schmoyer has some really great practical and creative ideas about youth ministry just for you.
Another free Christian ebook full of youth icebreaker ideas is
available too! It's written by Christian youth minister, Grahame Knox,
and is called
40 Icebreakers for Small Groups
Knox brings 27 years of youth ministry experience to the Internet for free; make sure to check out all his other ideas on his
youth ministry blog!
If you still need more fun ideas, try over 800 games to stimulate even more high-energy encounters with youth.
Christian websites are another tool we can use to spark interest in
Christian growth for teens. Many are designed for just that purpose.
Prayer for teens is another essential part of ministry. We need to let our youth know someone cares and wants to pray with them and for them.
All four of our children have now crossed the threshold from childhood to the teenage years; our youngest recently turned fourteen!
I remember James Dobson's advice in one of his books to "just get them through the teenage years."
These years can be somewhat trying, but what a joy it is to see them grow in their knowledge and love for the Lord.
We've learned that communication during these years is a must! Many times it's just being there and listening to what they have to say that nurtures their relationship with you as well as their relationship with the Lord.
One of the greatest gifts we can give kids, at any age, is our time.
Whether you're a parent, grandparent, youth teacher, or friend, invest your time in nurturing their spiritual lives. Be there for them; they need to know that someone is on their side.
They need to know that Jesus is on their side.