Youth Group Lessons
How do you take youth lessons from ordinary to exciting (and life changing)? Here are six tips, plus list of our most popular lesson ideas.
Select your topic
It is always important for speakers to consider their audience when selecting a topic. Maybe your youth group is going through something collectively. Or maybe your group has been asking questions on a specific topic or you've overheard them talking about a specific issue. Whatever your youth lesson is about, help your students see how it applies to them.
Start with Scripture
The goal of a youth Bible lesson is to help students engage with the Word of God. You want to teach them God's truths and how the Bible can relate to their life today. Once your topic has been narrowed down, find the verse(s) that speak to that topic. If you're having a difficult time, try an online Bible topical reference such as Biblegateway.com or Biblos.com.
Show cultural relevance
The Bible is a timeless, living work inspired by God. Many students wonder, “Does the Bible have anything to say about eating disorders, divorce, or sexting?” The Bible may not have verses that contain the word sexting or casual sex, but there are verses that speak directly to purity, our body as a temple, and guarding our hearts. Take those Biblical principles and tie them into what your students are experiencing today.
Add interesting stories
Jesus was the ultimate story teller and used countless parables to teach the masses. Stories are a great tool because they are memorable and relatable. When you can, use personal stories that tie in to your main topic. Telling your students a story from your past and the lessons you learned is a great way to bring home any concept in your youth lesson.
Conclude with a challenge
Believe it or not, students don't just come to a youth lesson to feel warm and fuzzy. They want to feel challenged, and they want a call to action. They want to know that they can change their world and they are looking to you for direction. Give them a challenge, whether for the next week, month, or year. Give them goals and help them live up to the challenge. Have them commit to something on paper or give them a reminder of their decision. It will help make the commitment tangible and confirm that yes, everyone has the potential to change the world.
Pray, pray, and pray some more
We are nothing without Christ, and our youth group lessons won't go far without the help of the Holy Spirit ;). Pray to ask the Lord for direction while you are planning, and for inspiration while you are teaching. God's heart is to have a deep, personal relationship with each of them, and give them the forgiveness and hope they are hungry for. We are just the vessle of His transforming love!
Most Popular Resources on Youth Lessons
There are lots more great resources on preparing lessons for youth available on Called to Youth Ministry. Take a look at the most popular ones below!
I can see why some people believe in the theory of evolution. I’m sure it sounds like a semi-plausible explanation to people who have been taught to think that way. Some of us, however, believe that there is a Creator who is all-powerful and all-loving. Give me God over primordial soup any day.