Bible Study & Prayer

Lose Your Marbles

– First go to a toy store and buy a sack of marbles and a fish bowl. The amount of marbles depends entirly on the size of your youth group.
– Next, contact a glass company and ask them to build you a large plexi-glass box (this step can be disregarded if you don’t have the funds to get a box built.)
– Next prepare a sermon focusing on ‘things’ in the youth’s lives that are not sin outright, but are things keeping them from Jesus. These ‘things’ can be anything… I focused on secular music, video games, attitudes, rebellion, etc.

At the end of the sermon, I passed out one marble to every person, put on worship music, and had everybody examine their lives. I instructed them that that marble represents something or someone in their lives that in comming between them and the Lord. After a serious prayer time, I passed around the fishbowl and instructed them to drop their sin in the bowl and leave it there. One by one the sound of the glass marble hitting the glass bowl went through the silent room.

Next, I instructed them to bring all their junk from home and put it into the “Junk Box.” I am pleased to report that the box is filling with secular music, N-Sync posters, and handwritten notes confessing attitudes. The end result has been overwhelming and the Lord has begun a mighty revival in our youth. Parents are coming into the youth to get their kids, who are worshiping (go figure), because they don’t want to leave God’s presense. That’s it… God bless

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Love Letter

Usually when someone gets a “love letter” in the mail from someone that they really love, they can’t wait to rip it open and see what their loved one has to say. If it was from someone very special to them, they wouldn’t just toss it in a drawer and forget about it. Most people I believe, would want to hear the words that their loved one had written. Of course, if it was personal, they might hide it after they had read it to keep others from seeing it. I also know that many people keep love letters and read them over and over again. I’ll bet that there are some ladies here this morning that have love letters that were written to them many years ago. Maybe some that were sent to them from Europe during World War II.

Well, it just so happens I have a love letter here that I found in the hall. It’s rather interesting but I don’t know who it belongs to. Do you think maybe I should just read it out loud? Well……OK, but I hope it’s not yours.

Dear ___________ How are you? I just had to send you this letter to tell you how much I love you and care about you. I saw you yesterday as you were walking with your friends. I waited all day, hoping you would walk and talk with me also. As evening drew near, I gave you a sunset to close your day, and a cool breeze to rest you. Then I waited, but you never came. Oh yes, it hurt me, but I still love you because I am your friend. I saw you fall asleep last night, and I longed to touch your brow, so I spilled moonlight upon your pillow and your face… Again I waited, wanting to rush down so we cold talk. I have so many gifts for you. You awakened late this morning and rushed off for the day. My tears were in the rain. Today you looked so sad, so alone. It makes my heart ache because I understand. My friends let me down and hurt me many times, but I love you. I try to tell you in the quiet green grass. I whisper it in the leaves and trees, and breathe it in the color of the flowers. I shout it to you in the mountain streams, and give the birds love songs to sing. I bathe you with warm sunshine and perfume the air. My love for you is deeper than the oceans and bigger than the biggest want or need you could ever have. We will spend eternity together in Heaven. I know how hard it is on earth. I really know, because I was there, and I want to help you. My Father wants to help you too. He’s that way, you know. Just call me, ask me, talk to me. It is your decision… I have chosen you, and because of this I will wait… Because I love you. Your friend, Jesus.

Like I said, I hope that letter doesn’t describe you, but then I think we all see ourselves in that letter at times. Do you know that God has sent us all a love letter? And I’m not talking about this one. (Hold up the love letter from Jesus) I’m talking about this one. (Hold up the Bible) He expresses His love to us in here. It say things like “For God so loves us, that he gave His only son.” I am amazed at how many people, who call themselves “Christians” , that will say “Oh yes…I believe in God… I believe in Jesus… I believe everything the Bible says. Have I read it? Well… a little bit once a week at Sunday School. I’m just too busy.” How can we say that we believe something that we’ve never read? It’s not only our right but our duty as Christians to read God’s love letter to us. We wouldn’t throw anyone other loved one’s letter in a drawer and forget about it. And this is a love letter that you don’t hide after reading it. It’s addressed to everyone, so we want to share it with anyone who will listen.

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Love Letter from Christ

For all of those people in your group that do not feel that they are loved or appreciated, have them try this activity. Give each person within your group (small or large) a piece of paper and a pen/pencil. Tell them that they have just received a letter from Christ Himself! And what’s even more special is that this letter is a love letter especially assigned to them. Have each student write a letter to themselves, pretending it’s from Christ. Have them think long and hard about what Christ might say to them. This could be words of adoration and love, words of encouragement, or words of accountability. This makes them think about how important their relationship with Christ is.

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Making a Difference (Children)

This quarter in Kid’s Church we have 13 weeks to study the Twelve Disciples…Each biography of our Disciples is put into a book for the children along with Disciple songs like “Fishers of Men” “The Disciple song-He has called us too”,etc,printed out so they will have a treasure to keep after the studies are over. Their own biography and photo included. The 13th week we always have a party…this quarter we are having an upper room party (thanks to ideas from your site). It will include singing the twelve disciples song “He has called us too” while lighting tea candles that surround a large white candle in the center of the circling little candles. We also plan to play the TrainWreck2 game because we have been talking about how we have a lot of things in common.
Also Jesus uses us (just the way we are, as He used His Disciples) to share the Good news with others.Two large tables for the kid’s to sit at while they share rice krispies treats and punch. And a Pentecost Skit to watch, filmed by home camera. The format is like a reporter in Jerusalem interviewing people in the street, Peter explaining what is happening, and mockers. There is an anchorwoman and reporters telling the world that the whole city is turned upside down with the baptism of the Holy Spirit sweeping through the lives of the new believers. We also make up invitations for the children to give to their friends to come to the party. It is a lot of work but we have a lot of fun and the children are really getting the Truth out of the lessons God has given us to share.

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Marshmallow Porcupine

The more people you have the better. Form as many lines as you want, but have at least 15 per line, 10 will work, but more is better. Give everybody a toothpick, good round pointed ones,and have them put it in their mouths. Put a large marshmallow on the pick of the first one in line. On go, that person must turn to the next in line and that person stabs the marshmallow with his pick. NO HANDS ALLOWED. Once he has stabbed it, the first person must let go of their toothpick. Now the second person turns to the third person who now has a toothpick coming at them and they must stab it and the second person lets go of their pick. As you get down the line, there are alot of toothpicks coming at the last people. This is a great sight game watching the last peaople trying to find a place on the marshmallow to stab without getting poked too bad up the nose. If someone drops the marshmallow, it goes back to the previous person. Have fun.
[Ed. Note: I don’t think the toothpicks would reach the eye level, but watch out for that possibility. Use your own discretion as to how safe this activity is for your group.]

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Matthew 25 & Michael Jordan

Have one person in your group be Michael Jordan. He then chooses three investors to spend his money. He gives one 10,000 of play money, another 5,000 and another 1,000. He calls them in after a hard season to see what they did, if they are good enough to handle some serious money. Both the 10,000 and 5,000 have doubled their money. The biggest money maker gets Michael’s NIKE account, the other doubler gets his Salary account (Mark envelopes and stuff with money for these accounts.) The just returns the $1,000 and gets tossed.
What did Michael Jordan provide to his investors?
– start up money
– reputation and fame
– basketball skill
What was the investors job?
– to spend someone else’s money to make more
Jesus has done the same
– He gives us talents
– He did the dying
– He did the rising again
What are we to do?
– spend our talents given by him and backed up by him.
– care about others through whatever resources he has given.
– pray for direction

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Memory / Inspirational Verses

You can use either post-it notes, index cards, or even one of those magnetic boards that you write on with markers. Write on them short verses you want to memorize or even long verses you want to have for inspiration. Put the verses somewhere in your home where you will see them often. Example: on the fridge, on your bathroom mirror, on your computer, etc.

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Ministering to those in Need

Choose a song (it can be gospel or secular, but make sure it is appropriate for all children to hear) about someone going through a tough time. Music is a wonderful way to begin your study. Have the students listen to the song and imagine the person going through the trial is a friend of theirs. Then have them use their bibles and find scripture appropriate for this person based on their specific situation. Have each child read their chosen scripture and tell why they chose it. This teaches your students to apply scripture to real life situations, how to use their bibles effectively and how to be a witness for the Lord. Each student although listening to the same song will have different scipture. You can even have students choose songs for later classes (Warning: make sure you listen to the songs prior to class. Some of your teens may not always choose the most appropriate songs.) Enjoy.

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My Soul Worth

Purpose: We often do not appreciate the value of things such as possessions. Often teens do not realize the value of character and the role their parents take in protecting their character. In this lesson you will discuss the importance of the parental role in protecting their valuable character. Teens complain about overbearing parents and lack of freedom often saying their parents are just “Old fashioned”.

Tools needed: Bible, pencil, paper, cell phone, and money

In opening the class, ask the students to list in order their 10 most valuable things. Ask the students to share their responses and ask why the items listed are important to them. Ask them if they know the cost of each item they listed. Share some of your important things (cell phone, driver’s license, and car keys) and briefly explain what they mean to you and their value.

More than likely no one will list valuable things/possessions as being their character, virtue, trustworthiness, Christianity, or family. We often only place a value (monetary) on inanimate objects and have a hard time placing a value on our own self worth.

Ask the students who is responsible for the protection of the items they listed. Ask them ways they protect their possessions (keeping it locked up, keeping it in their pocket or within arms reach, and insurance). Ask a student who listed their cell phone as a valuable possession and if you could keep it for a couple of days, if the response is no, ask them why. Ask your students to consider ways their parents protect them (as a valuable possession) and how that can come across as being overbearing or overly possessive. Would they just leave their possessions in the parking lot over night and expect it to be there the next day unharmed. We take care of what we love.

There are many scriptures that can be used such as: “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it”, Titus II talks about the teaching of good character, Noah is a great example of a fathers protection (most children today would think their parents were crazy to do such a thing as Noah did)

Explain to your students that their parents lock their valuables up, some have home alarms, insurance but all of those things are corruptible/temporal. Explain that each one of them is far more valuable, to be exact “priceless”. Express that their parents should and will protect their most valuable possession, them. Christ also paid a price for them, and they are equal to the price that was paid (Mathew Henry).

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Name That Spiritual Gift

This is a study, understanding and development game. The leaders or orchestrators of the game must have a clear uderstanding of the gifts to lead the game. First write as many of the spiritual gifts and there definitions on different scrap sheets of paper. Ball them up and put them in a hat or bowl. Then each student picks out a spiritual gift. then the leader will read a scenerio and choose one of the students to dramatize there spiritual gift and how they would use in the situation. Once they have figured out the gift that is being represented, another student who feels that there gift would best help support the situation they would raise there hand and dramatize their gift. This will continue until the scenerio changes. It is a very deep game that students seem to take very seriously, it also gives better understanding for those who might not be to clear on the subject.

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