Photo by Erik M. Lunsford/The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod.
Bible study is a vital element in congregational youth ministry. Gathering together to study God’s Word can be an activity for Sunday morning, during an organized event, or off site in small groups. Regardless of the setting, Bible study helps young people to deeply understand their Baptismal faith, develop a resilient identity in Christ and live out their unique vocation.
The teen years are unlike any other time in a person’s life. Youth live in a fast-paced, constantly changing, high-energy world. For young people, high school is a time when they begin to transition their understanding of faith from one of childhood and often encouraged by parents to an adult understanding they own themselves. Studying God’s Word with peers and alongside supportive adults helps them to allow their understanding of God and His work to grown.
As you choose Bible studies, be sure to include the insight of young people on topics and verses to study. Take time to prepare the study in advance and collect any supplies needed. Pray both in your preparation and during your study for the Holy Spirit to be with you and guide your learning. Ensure that you use a variety of teaching techniques to help encourage greater understanding and engagement. God’s living and active Word will help both teacher and students to better understand the faith we have been given.
Timeless Truth: An Essential Guide for Teaching the Faith helps faith leaders focus on equipping students for lifelong learning as they ask the big questions throughout life and look to the timeless truth of God’s Word for answers.
This page highlights many of the Bible studies that have been written for use in youth ministry. These have all been doctrinally reviewed and designed for easy use by lay leaders. They have a variety of topics, lengths, and Scriptural basis.
Concordia Publishing House has a variety of studies for youth available on their website.
The “Joy:fully Lutheran” Bible study is based on the 2019 convention theme verse: “See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus” (1 Thess. 5:15-18 ESV).
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