Posts Tagged ‘Bible studies’

Senior Youth: Repentance – David

Throughout David's life, he demonstrated some key attributes of following God - being chosen, trust, worship, obedience and repentance. This study looks at how, even though he wasn't perfect, God loved his repentant heart. It is the sixth and final in a series for older teenagers, looking at the... See more

Senior Youth: Obedience – David

Contributed by: Karen Spoelstra, Diocese of Auckland

Throughout David's life, he demonstrated some key attributes of following God - being chosen, trust, worship, obedience and repentance. This study looks at how David demonstrated this trust in God through obedience. It is the fifth in a series for older teenagers, looking at the life of David - 'a... See more

Senior Youth: Worship – David

Contributed by: Emily Paterson, Diocese of Auckland

Throughout David's life, he demonstrated some key attributes of following God - being chosen, trust, worship, obedience and repentance.  This lesson looks at how David worshipped God. It is the fourth in a series for older teenagers, looking at the life of David - 'a man after God's own... See more

Senior Youth: Trust – David

Contributed by: Emily Paterson, Diocese of Auckland

Throughout David's life, he demonstrated some key attributes of following God - being chosen, trust, worship, obedience and repentance. As we get to know God more, and look at his track record, we should be able to trust him. This study looks at how David demonstrated this trust in God. It is the... See more

Senior Youth: Chosen – David

Contributed by: Emily Paterson, Diocese of Auckland

Throughout David's life, he demonstrated some key attributes of following God - being chosen, trust, worship, obedience and repentance.
This study looks at how David was 'chosen' by God to be the King over Israel. This is the second in a series for older teenagers, looking at the life of David... See more

Senior Youth: David’s Story

Contributed by: Emily Paterson, Diocese of Auckland

Throughout David's life, he demonstrated some key attributes of following God - being chosen, trust, worship, obedience and repentance. This introduction to David's story will give your youth a solid basis for exploring key themes and aspects of the life of King David. It is the first part of a... See more

Senior Youth: Joseph’s Story

Contributed by: Emily Paterson, Diocese of Auckland

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

Junior Youth: Genesis to Jesus 4: Moses & the Law

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

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

Junior Youth: Genesis to Jesus 3: Abraham & Faith

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

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

Junior Youth: Genesis to Jesus 2: In the beginning

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

"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

Developing Leaders: Young Leaders Training: Shepherds and Sheep

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

'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

Senior Youth: Bread of Life

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

'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

Senior Youth: Topics Ticker – Stories, People, Places and Miracles

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

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

Young Adults: Hospitality

Contributed by: Spanky Moore, Diocese of Christchurch

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

Bible Engagement: Head Heart Hands

Contributed by: Karen Spoelstra, Diocese of Auckland

Here is a simple method to use when reading scripture: respond with your head, heart and hands.
To make the most of this method, create a space that is quiet and free of distractions from the outside world or from your own busy mind.
Start by reading your chosen Bible passage, then ask... See more

Young Adults: Keeping It Local

Contributed by: Spanky Moore, Diocese of Christchurch

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

Bible Engagement: Kairos Method

The Kairos Method is a simple way to read the Bible, inviting readers to focus on a God thought, Life thought and Self thought that arises out of the passage.
To make the most of this method, create a space that is quiet and free of distractions from the outside world or from your own busy... See more

Young Adults: Identity

Contributed by: Spanky Moore, Diocese of Christchurch

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

Bible Engagement: Swedish Symbol Method

Contributed by: Karen Spoelstra, Diocese of Auckland

The Swedish Symbol Method is a straightforward Bible reading method with three helpful symbols to help you get into the passage.
Start by choosing a passage - this method is most suited to the teachings of Jesus and sections of the Epistles.
Read the passage, then use the following three... See more

Young Adults: Temptation

Contributed by: Spanky Moore, Diocese of Christchurch

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

Talks: Topics Ticker – Topical Talks

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Not sure what topics to cover this year?
Give your youth group the choice!
Just handout these 'Topics Ticker' which have been put together by the Nelson Youth Unit. Your youth just tick the boxes of the 15 topics they would most like to discuss at youth group.
There are two 'Topics... See more

Bible Engagement: Six Symbol Study

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

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

Bible Engagement: How to do Lectio Divina with a Small Group

Contributed by: Karen Spoelstra, Diocese of Auckland


Lectio Divina
Lectio Divina is an ancient form of seeking to hear God speak to us through the Scriptures, which is attributed to Saint Benedict (c. 480 – c.543). Here the basic form has been adapted for use by small groups.
Small Group Method
Start by choosing the text that you... See more

Young Adults: Lonely Planet

Contributed by: Spanky Moore, Diocese of Christchurch

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

Young Adults: Amigos

Contributed by: Spanky Moore, Diocese of Christchurch

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

Young Adults: The Meaning of Life

Contributed by: Spanky Moore, Diocese of Christchurch

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

Young Adults: The Theory of Everything

Contributed by: Spanky Moore, Diocese of Christchurch

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

Teaching Games: The Law: Exodus

Contributed by: Emily Paterson, Diocese of Auckland

Activities you can use to help your youth to explore and relate to the story of Exodus. "The Law" is part 4 of a series on Exodus.
The Big Idea: Being obedient, living the way he requires
Passages you could look at: Exodus 19:3-6, Exodus 20:1-17, Matthew 5:17-20, John 14:15
Game... See more

Teaching Games: Manna & Water: Exodus

Contributed by: Emily Paterson, Diocese of Auckland

Activities you can use to help your youth to explore and relate to the story of Exodus. "Manna & Water" is part 3 of a series on Exodus.
The Big Idea: God’s Provision & Trusting in Him
Passages you could look at: Exodus 16:1-27, 31, Exodus 17:1-7, Matthew 6:25-34
Whining... See more

Bible Engagement: How To Do A One on One Bible Study

Contributed by: Rev Peter Collier

A Simple Method for Studying the Bible One on One
It can be quite daunting meeting up with someone to look at the Bible together, especially if you have never done it before. However, even if you have never read the Bible with someone else before, it is possible to mine the riches of the... See more

Bible Engagement: Hook, Look, Book, Took

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Doing talks using the Hook, Look, Book, Took approach.
‘Talks’, ‘God-spots’, ‘devotions’, ‘up-fronts’ - whatever you call it, youth leaders often feel nervous about doing Christian input well on your main youth group night.
The ‘Hook, Look, Book, Took’ model is a pretty... See more