Bible Study & Prayer

Don’t Forget Your Spoon

I constantly have to remind and pressure my teens to bring their Bibles to church. One Wednesday afternoon, I sent out text and Facebook messages to all the teens asking for their favorite cereal. Before class, I went to the store and bought the top 4-5 choices of cereal, milk, foam bowls, and plastic spoons. I then setup everything in the teen room, but I hid the box of spoons.

When the kids came in to class, I announced the number of votes for each cereal. I let them all fix a bowl, but did not provide any spoons. Several kids asked if there were spoons, but I ignored them until everyone had cereal. Then I asked them why they did not bring spoons to class, which they all gave me puzzled looks. I said that I had asked them about cereal earlier in the day, so they should have known we would have it and class and brought a spoon.

I then applied the lesson to how we need to bring our Bibles to class. Coming to eat cereal without a spoon is like coming to church Bible study without a Bible. I then pulled out the spoons and let the teens eat. Now, almost every week the kids tells one another “Don’t forget your spoon!” meaning to bring their Bibles to class. It was a simple but effective lesson, and I hope it works for you.

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Draw a Proverb

I am always thinking of ways to get our young people in the Word. One of my desires is to see them empowered to make good decisions in life. While preparing a lesson on wisdom I was looking for a way to get the youth involved with the scriptures.
Our study was in the book of Proverbs and I decided to test their creativity. I had a preselected list of Proverbs and had them take turns drawing things like “As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool returns to his folly.” I told the rest of the group what chapter the Proverb was in and they had to guess what the person was drawing. If they stood up first and got it right then they got to draw next. It worked well and they really liked it. Now they ask me “are doing the Draw a Proverb tonight?” Some times we do just for fun.

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Easter Egg

Great for the outdoors around Easter time. You give everyone in your group an easter egg. You tell them to go around and put things in it that have to do with God and or Jesus. You tell them then to come forward and present what they found and what it has to do with Jesus and or God. Finally, the Youth Leader comes forward and presents what they put in the egg. They show that your egg is empty. This is to represent that Jesus’ tomb was empty.

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Elements of Love

I hope that I am not wasting your time but this worked really well with our small youth group of about 15 to 20. We read through I Cor. 13 (the love chapter) then we split them into groups of 3 or 4. I passed out grocery bags full of the weirdest stuff that I could find at Goodwill or around my house. Then gave them a piece of paper that had one of the elements of love in that chapter (ex. love is kind) each group had to take the time allowed and make a skit that used all of the props and that told a story of their phrase. Afterwards we made each group explain why they showed love and why they chose it. It was a big hit, we had a lot of fun and it really made them work together, which showed love and have fun too. This could work for other subjects to.

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Everything I Do

Obtain a video with the Crucifixion on it, as well as the Song “Everything I Do” by Bryan Adams. Play this song while Jesus is being led to the cross, if you time it right the efffect can be breathtaking. We did it in March at our Lock In and left the entire crowd speechless. It’s amazing how you can take something worldly and use it for God’s purpose.

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Family Circles

Family Circles is an activity that encourages youth to talk about their families and think critically about their future family (as a spouse and parent). You begin by creating circles with words of fundamental aspects of a typical family – good and bad in them. For example:

SPORTS
PRAYER
MEALS
MOM
DAD
ABUSE
DIVORCE
LOVE

I created nearly a hundred different circles the kids could cut out. The objective was to use the circles that applied to their family and use them to symbolically represent realities within their family structure. Each student was given a large poster board to be the base of their picture. I gave them colored construction paper, scissors, glue, and markers as well. After their creation is finished they are to give a presentation describing their art. I was amazed how quickly the kids opened up, and how creative they were. You get a quick, but very deep look at who they are and where they come from. Because all of us are a product of our family, whether we like it or not.

Each youth is then given two charts to glue to their family circle. One chart is entitled “Take It”. The other chart is entitled “Leave It”. They are to then list things they would like to take and leave from their current family structure and apply to their future family structure. We emphasized the importance of planning. Nothing good happens from poor planning. It is a good activity to encourage discussions on choosing the right spouse as well.

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Feeding 5000

Ask the group who would like some bubble gum (hopefully everyone). Ask one of them to come up and hand them one piece of bubble gum and tell them to give everyone some gum. Of course they will not understand or think it is possible (the disciples reaction to Jesus when he told them the same thing). Then you can say “Let’s Pray”. While you are praying have a bucket of bubble gum hidden and grab it and when you finish the prayer toss out the bubble gum. Its a good parallel and attention getter for the start of a bible study.

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Find The Books Of The Bible II

An expansion of find the books of the bible with 37 books instead of 16.

In the following story, there are thirty seven books of the Bible hidden (and some not so hidden). Can you find them all?

Hi, my name is Zechariah Jo Naharahjoe (pronounced Nah-ha-rah-joe.) I once made a remark to my cousin Joshua Joe Loho about the hidden books of the Bible. He passed it on to our cousin Joe Jimmi Cahillamojo who is a big gossip. It spread like wildfire and was a lulu… kept people looking so hard for facts and for others it was a revelation. Some were in a jam, especially since the names of the books were not capitalized, but the truth finally struck home to numbers of readers. To others it was a really difficult job. My uncle, Timothy Joe Obadiahoe, even ask me if he could count nicknames like “Tim” or “Dan”. I eliminated all the nicknames so the answer is “No, Joe!” But still, we want it to be a most fascinating few moments for you. Yes, there will be some really easy ones to spot. In other cases, you may need judges to help you out. Or, you might want to get the whole family involved. I asked for help (and got none) from my cousin Joseph Eugene, sisters Judey Jo and Ezralino Jo, uncle Johnny Joe, and Isaiah Joe, my bro.

“Man should always keep going when the going gets rough” and other clichés like “Keep on keeping on” was about all I got out of the whole family crowd! So don’t give up. I promise that just when your efforts seem the most anemic, a host of new names will start jumping off the page. I will quickly admit it usually takes a minister to find one of them and there will be loud lamentations when it is found. In fact, I have a singing aunt named JoAnna Hummerjo who says she brews a cup of “joe” just so she can concentrate better on the game. You should write your answers on a note pad or, if you’re at the dinner table, try writing them on a napkin or a place mat. The way you keep notes is really up to you.. unless, of course, you’re at the dinner table eating a messy seafood dish such as shrimp, salmon, lobster or crab legs. In that case, the napkin will probably be too dirty to write on. (No yucky fish from Boston or Seattle for me, though… in fact, my nickname is “Land-Ho!” – Seafood is just too slimy for me. Ha, that’s funny! You’d think my nickname would be “Land Joe” instead of “Land Ho”. I prefer a good lean steak or a good lean slice of ham, [ala’ Chicago or Kansas City] over some smelly bottom feeder.) But enough about me… Suppose you’re really good at this game – I mean a real “word-combo-pro!” Verbs, nouns, adjectives and adverbs can all be combined to spell out books of the Bible. You might even find more than thirty seven. At any rate, let’s see how well you can compete. Relax now, for there really are thirty seven names of books in the Bible in this story. ** (One preacher found 36 books in 30 minutes but it took him three weeks to find the 37th)

Solution:

Hi, my name is ZECHARIAH JO NAHarahjoe (pronounced Nah-ha-rah-joe.) I once made a reMARK to my cousin JOSHUA JOE Loho about the hidden books of the Bible. He passed it on to our cousin Joe JimMI CAHillamojo who is a big gossip. It spread like wildfire and was a lulu… KEpt people looKING So hard for fACTS and for others it was a REVELATION. Some were in a JAM, ESpecially since the names of the books were not capitalized, but the tRUTH finally struck home to NUMBERS of readers. To others it was a really difficult JOB. My uncle, TIMOTHY Joe OBADIAHoe, even ask me if he could count nicknames like “Tim” or “DAN”. I ELiminated all the nicknames so the answer is “No, Joe!” But still, we want it to be A MOSt fascinating few moments for you. YES, THERe will be some really easy ones to spot. In other cases, you may need JUDGES to help you out. Or, you might want to get the whole family involved. I asked for help (and got none) from my cousin Joseph EuGENE, SISters JUDEy Jo and EZRAlino Jo, uncle JOHNny Joe, and ISAIAH Joe, my bRO. “MAN Should always keep going when the going gets rough.” and other clichés like “Keep on keeping on.” was about all I got out of the whole family crowd! So don’t give up. I promise that just when your efforts seem the most aneMIC, A Host of new names will start jumping off the page. I will quickly admiT IT USually takes a minister to find one of them and there will be loud LAMENTATIONS when it is found.

In fact, I have a singing aunt named JoAnNA HUMmerjo who says sHE BREWS a cup of “joe” just so she can concentrate better on the game. You should write your answers on a note pad or, if you’re at the dinner table, try writing them on a napkin or a place MAT. THE Way you keep notes is really up to you.. unless, of course, you’re at the dinner table eating a messy seafood dish such as shrimP, SALMon, lobster or crab legs. In that case, the napkin will probably be too dirty to write on. (No yucky fish from Boston or Seattle for me, though… in fact, my nickname is “Land-HO!” – SEAfood is just too slimy for me. Ha, that’s funny! You’d think my nickname would be “Land Joe” instead of “Land Ho”. I prefer a good lean steak or a good lean slice of haM, [ALA’ CHIcago or Kansas City] over some smelly bottom feeder.) But enough about me… Suppose you’re really good at this game – I mean a real “word- combo-PRO!” VERBS, nouns, adjectives and adverbs can all be combined to spell out books of the Bible. You might even find more than thirty seven. At any rate, let’s see how well you can comPETE. Relax now, for there really are thirty seven names of books in the Bible in this story. ** (One preacher found 36 books in 30 minutes but it took him three weeks to find the 37th)

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First Night

A New Twist for the Watch Night Service

The scripture says that when the Lord returns the earth will be business like usual (I’m paraphrasing of course) Try pausing your January first activities for a silent moment and opening all the doors and windows in the place that you meet. Allow the youth to hear the sounds of partying in the area and let them consider momentarily what it will be like when the Lord returns. Read Matthew 24:38 Have students discuss what they think it would be like if the Lord were to return this night. Have student in the group pray from friends or relatives that do not yet know the Lord.

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Flying Security Guards

Have a music night. Select 5 different secular artists/groups. Place one artist/group per room. Give the youth autograph books. Tell them they need to get every artist/groups autograph. Get your Sr. High group involved, have them play the artists/groups (Spice Girls, Backstreet Boys, etc) The security guards take the autographs from the youth. In order to win they must have all the autographs, which will be impossible, because you will take one or more away from them as they run from room to room. Build your devotional around what is good music, and have them come up with the criteria, but you may have to guide them. Then play a song from each of the artists/groups you had present, and discuss if it fits the criteria you have listed. You can make this as big an event as you want, we used two youth group meetings for this topic. Get your actors to really play the roles of the artists well, etc. Expand and mold this to your group. Its a great way of discussing this all important area of the life of a youth.

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