About Studies

Bible studies to help your youth go deeper with God for junior youth (11-14s), senior youth (14-18s) and Young Adults (18yrs+) .

Also check out our Bible study resources including a guide to using the ‘Hook, Look, Book, Took’ framework and this simple method for doing a Bible study one on one.

Light of the World

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland, 26 June 2017

'Light of the World' is the second session in a teaching series called ‘Light/Dark’. Throughout this series, your youth will discover more about Jesus as the Light of the World, his victory over darkness on the cross, and the transforming power of his light in our lives… all through... See more

God in the Ups and Downs

Contributed by: Emily Paterson, Diocese of Auckland, 12 June 2017

When we are in the thick of difficult situations, it can be hard to see what God is doing. Often it’s not until later on that we are able to step back and see the bigger picture. Then we are able to recognise how God has been at work in us and through us. Take your youth deeper with Joseph's... See more

Light & Dark in the World

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland, 22 May 2017

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1v5
This is the first in a teaching series called ‘Light/Dark’. Throughout this series, your youth will discover more about Jesus as the Light of the World, his victory over darkness on the cross, and... See more

Joseph’s Story

Contributed by: Emily Paterson, Diocese of Auckland, 8 May 2017

Joseph’s life was full of all sorts of ups and downs. It is a powerful story for helping young people journey with God through the ups and downs of their own lives. This Bible study divides Joseph's story into six key acts and will help your young people become familiar with his... See more

Genesis to Jesus 7: Isaiah & The Prophets

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland, 13 March 2017

This is the final study in the Genesis to Jesus series, exploring the key people and stories of the Old Testament, and how they point the way to Jesus. This study looks at Isaiah's prophecies about Jesus.
You will need: Bibles, charades ideas, laptop, projector, speakers, Isaiah 53... See more

Genesis to Jesus 6: David & the Kings

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland, 10 October 2016

This is the sixth study in the Genesis to Jesus series, exploring the key people and stories of the Old Testament, and how they point the way to Jesus.
You will need: wrapped clues with verses (see 'King David's highlights & lowlights' below), wrapping paper/newspaper, tape, scissors,... See more

Genesis to Jesus 5: The Israelites & Sacrifice

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland, 10 October 2016

This is the fifth study in the Genesis to Jesus series, exploring the key people and stories of the Old Testament, and how they point the way to Jesus.
You will need: rolls of toilet paper, large sheet(s) of paper, pens, tape/blu-tak
Beforehand, draw brick shapes on the paper to make it... See more

Genesis to Jesus 4: Moses & the Law

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland, 12 September 2016

This is the fourth in a series exploring the key people and stories of the Old Testament, and how they point the way to Jesus.
weird laws game show
Divide your youth into teams, and get each group to decide on a noise which they will use as their buzzer.
Round One
They need to be... See more

Genesis to Jesus 3: Abraham & Faith

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland, 12 September 2016

This is the third in a series exploring the key people and stories of the Old Testament, and how they point the way to Jesus.
Introduction: Waiting Game
Play a game that requires speed or patience.
Have a discussion about how we like things to happen quickly (for example, fast food... See more

Genesis to Jesus 2: In the beginning

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland, 8 August 2016

"In the Beginning" is the second in this series which explores the key people, stories and themes of the Old Testament, and how they point the way to Jesus.
Introduction: Story Time
Over the next few weeks, we’re going to be looking at the big picture of the Bible: the people and... See more

Genesis to Jesus 1: Introduction

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland, 8 August 2016

This is the first in a series exploring the key people and stories of the Old Testament, and how they point the way to Jesus. The aim of this session is to introduce the topic and help get your group familiar with the books of the Old Testament.
Finding our way around the Old... See more

Young Leaders Training: Shepherds and Sheep

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland, 7 September 2015

'Shepherds and Sheep' is a training session intended to be used with a group of young leaders. By looking at Jesus, the Good Shepherd, they will discover more about Christian leadership and how to care for their own 'sheep'.
Introduction
If appropriate, you could share briefly about how... See more

Bread of Life

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland, 17 August 2015

'Bread of Life' is a Bible study on John 6:25-40, based on the key idea that Jesus is essential for life.
Key scripture: "Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty." John... See more

Topics Ticker – Stories, People, Places and Miracles

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson, 13 July 2015

Ever asked your youth group what topics they'd like to cover and just been met with a big silence... because they just don't have any ideas?
Help them figure it out with this ‘Topics Ticker’ by the Nelson Youth Unit. Invite your youth to tick the boxes of the stories, people, places... See more

Hospitality

Contributed by: Spanky Moore, Diocese of Christchurch, 22 June 2015

Hospitality – How we welcome guests and new people says a lot about who we are. How could we recover the art of great hospitality in our groups and create regular times to eat and hang out together over food?
A study on Genesis 18:1-8 and Matthew 25:34-40 for young adults from the Society... See more

Keeping It Local

Contributed by: Spanky Moore, Diocese of Christchurch, 18 May 2015

Keeping It Local - What does Christ’s incarnation teach us about engaging in our local neighbourhoods, committing deeply to the people around us, and transforming our communities? What would happen if we committed to our churches, each other and to our neighbours for the long haul?
A study on... See more

Identity

Contributed by: Spanky Moore, Diocese of Christchurch, 13 April 2015

Identity - The personal identity we have as followers of Jesus, and the group identity we have by being part of a Christian community.
What makes us who we are and what makes us different from the people and culture around us?
A study on Genesis 17:1-16 and Acts 9:1-16 for young adults... See more

Flying Solo

Posted on: 16 March 2015

The Bible suggests that some people will be called to singleness, while others might be currently single but still on the prowl for Mr or Mrs Right Enough. How can our faith communities embrace and make space for single people? And what qualities should followers of Jesus look for in a future... See more

Temptation

Contributed by: Spanky Moore, Diocese of Christchurch, 9 February 2015

Sometimes it can feel like the world is full of temptations pulling us away from God - and it seems almost impossible to resist. How do followers of Jesus deal with a world that seems to encouraging us to act on our immediate desires?
A study on Luke 4:1-3 for young adults from the Society of... See more

Lent

Contributed by: Spanky Moore, Diocese of Christchurch, 2 February 2015

Lent is the season when we remember Jesus’ 40 days of testing in the Wilderness and his victory over the evil temptations. Why is Lent so important that I’d want to give up coffee for it?
A study on Luke 4:1-3 for young adults from the Society of Salt and Light, in Christchurch.
THE... See more

Six Symbol Study

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, 8 December 2014

The Six Symbol method introduces young people to Bible Study in an interesting and engaging way. It gives them a tool to explore a Bible passage and develops the skills of looking for meaning, understanding and application in Scripture. It can be used individually or together in small groups which... See more

Lonely Planet

Contributed by: Spanky Moore, Diocese of Christchurch, 13 October 2014

Many young adults can feel lonely and isolated, even when they seem to have plenty of friends. How do we help our faith communities to be places that embrace the lonely, while also encouraging deep and honest friendships?
A study on 1 Corinthians 11:17-22 for young adults from the Society of... See more

Amigos

Contributed by: Spanky Moore, Diocese of Christchurch, 8 September 2014

Friendship is one of the most important relationships we’ll have as adults, but it’s something most people hardly give any thought. How do we cultivate deep friendships that stay true to what God had in mind for them?
A study on John 15:9-17 & Romans 6:8 for young adults from the... See more

The Meaning of Life

Contributed by: Spanky Moore, Diocese of Christchurch, 11 August 2014

For followers of Jesus the Meaning of Life isn't so much what, but who. How do we live a new life of meaning in light of who Jesus is?
A study on Colossians 3:1-17 for young adults from the Society of Salt and Light, in Christchurch.
THE STORY
A quick introduction to the week’s bible... See more

The Theory of Everything

Contributed by: Spanky Moore, Diocese of Christchurch, 14 July 2014

Humans have been searching for the Meaning of Life since the dawn of time. How do Christians make sense of the Big Question, and how does Jesus fit into that?
A study on Colossians 1:15-23 for young adults from the Society of Salt and Light, in Christchurch.
THE STORY
A quick... See more

The Works

Contributed by: Spanky Moore, Diocese of Christchurch, 2 June 2014

Followers of Jesus have often wrestled over what it is that allows humans to maintain our relationship with God - having faith in Him, or doing good works inspired by that faith. As Christians, how should faith and good deeds relate to each other?
A study on Romans 3:27-4:12 for young adults... See more

What’s that got to do with Easter?

Contributed by: Susan Baldwin, 26 March 2014

Learn more about the story of Easter through the objects named in the Bible.
Split the group into teams of 5-8 (for fun ways to do this see our Team Forming Games).
Step 1: Make the Connection
Place the selected objects (e.g bread, nails, towel, sword - see list below) in... See more

The Answer

Contributed by: Spanky Moore, Diocese of Christchurch, 17 March 2014

For followers of Jesus, his death on the cross and resurrection is seen as the most important moment in the history of the universe, and God’s ultimate answer to the problem of sin and evil. But how and why was Jesus’ death the solution?
A study on Romans 3:21-26 for young adults from the... See more

Jesus Stopped: A Bible Study on Mark 10:46-52

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, 12 March 2014


Big Idea
Jesus is the compassionate king, distracted even from his biggest mission by one man in need.
Launching Questions
1. What stops you in your tracks? For example if you’re on your way to something, or have something important to do, what distracts you from... See more

Angry God

Contributed by: Spanky Moore, Diocese of Christchurch, 3 March 2014

Throughout the Bible there are plenty of references to both the love of God, and the wrath of God and the final judgement of all humans before Him. How do followers of Jesus make sense of these two very different impressions of God?
A study on Romans 2:1-11 for young adults from the Society... See more

What the Hell?

Contributed by: Spanky Moore, Diocese of Christchurch, 10 February 2014

Hell is a topic not many of us know much about, but one that also puts plenty of people off following Jesus altogether. What do Christians believe about hell and how should it impact the way we live our lives?
A study on Matthew 25:31-46  for young adults from the Society of Salt and Light,... See more

Man of Steel Mirrors Jesus

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, 18 November 2013

Since his creation, it has been said that Superman is a type of Christ figure. For example, his heavenly Kryptonian father sends his only son to earth as a baby. Also, Superman is 33 years old when he finally reveals his great powers to the world -- the same age as Jesus when he went to the... See more

Sin City

Contributed by: Spanky Moore, Diocese of Christchurch, 9 September 2013

Sin doesn’t just impact us personally on a moral level, but also responsible for the problems at a wider level in society. How should followers of Jesus respond to the overwhelming injustices and suffering in the world?
A study on Romans 1:24-32 for young adults from the Society of Salt... See more

The Bad

Contributed by: Spanky Moore, Diocese of Christchurch, 12 August 2013

At the heart of the problem of sin is what happens when humans put other things above the first place of God in our lives. How do we make sense of The Bad in our own lives & make sure we keep God as our first priority?
A study on Romans 1:18-25 for young adults from the Society of Salt... See more

Shame

Contributed by: Spanky Moore, Diocese of Christchurch, 16 July 2013

Followers of Jesus can cop plenty of flack for what they believe, Christian culture, and wrong doings of the church. How do Christians move from feeling timid or defensive about our faith, towards being confident?
A study on Romans 1:8-17 for young adults from the Society of Salt and Light, in... See more

Ashamed of What?

Contributed by: Spanky Moore, Diocese of Christchurch, 15 July 2013

Lots of people feel a sense of embarrassment or shame for being a Christian. How much of that comes from the actual content of what followers of Jesus believe, and the fact we don’t know how to talk about the gospel?
A study on Romans 1:1-7 for young adults from the Society of Salt and Light,... See more

Peace in the Storm

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, 29 January 2013

Years ago, a major art gallery sponsored a competition for painters and they were offering prizes for the best painting on the subject of "Peace." The painting that won was a real surprise. The scene was the ocean in a violent storm. The sky was ominous, the lightning was cutting across the sky,... See more

The Two Towers – Romans Style

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, 29 January 2013


Bible Study on Romans 7:14-25
Big Idea: Jesus sets us free to do the good we want to do and overcome the sin that holds us back
Opener
Romans 7 describes an internal battle we all face between our good and our dark sides.
Think about yourself. What good thing do you want to do... See more

Depression

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, 29 January 2013


Opener
Share a time when you were really down or depressed (the goal is to show how common and normal depression is.)
OR
Show the YouTube clip Like Minds campaign: You make the difference (John Kirwan) (1m 2secs).
Depression in the Bible
EITHER: Introduce (or play) the... See more

The Secret to Being Perfect

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, 29 January 2013


Opener: My Perfect Person
Invite everyone to draw a stylised picture of their perfect human being (e.g. with big ears because they’re a great listener)
OR
Write a personal column advert for the “perfect human being” (50 words or less)
Be Perfect
In Matthew 5:48 Jesus... See more

Relationships and Sex in the Bible

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, 29 January 2013

God’s Word has a lot to say about sex and relationships. Use the verses below to help discussion on the questions attached to each heading.
No Shame
Genesis 2:18-2
Who created sexuality?
The Big Picture
Matthew 19:4-6
What are the two other important ingredients to... See more