About Senior Youth

Bible studies for older youth, aged 14-18 years old.

Family Feud

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland, 10 July 2017

Explore the power of forgiveness in this third study on Joseph's Story.
family feud
Play a game of Family Feud (optional)
JOSEPH’S STORY: FORGIVENESS
If you played Family Feud, explain that Joseph’s own ‘family feud’ is at the root of his whole story.
Ask the group to... 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

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

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

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

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

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

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