Posts Tagged ‘bible study’

Senior Youth: Endured

Contributed by: Emily Paterson, Diocese of Auckland

Paul endured through all sorts of hard times when following Jesus. This teaching session on Paul explores his inspiring endurance and will help young people to understand that our hard times can be an opportunity to demonstrate God's grace.
You will need: 'Paul's suffering' verses, Bibles,... See more

Senior Youth: Writer

Contributed by: Emily Paterson, Diocese of Auckland

Paul sent letters to help churches and individuals continue growing in their faith in Jesus and in their understanding of how to live as his followers. We too can grow in these matters and Paul’s letters continue to help us today. This interactive and engaging teaching session gives a good... See more

Developing Leaders: Discovering your Spiritual Gifts and Abilities

This third part of the 'Discovering Your SHAPE' series focuses on identifying what their natural abilities and skills are, as well as discovering what the Bible says about spiritual gifts and figuring out what theirs could be.
About the 'Discovering Your SHAPE' series
'Discovering Your... See more

Bible Engagement: The Journey – A Framework for Understanding & Interpreting Scripture

Contributed by: Emily Paterson, Diocese of Auckland

Being able to understand and interpret scripture is an important skill in Christian leadership - not only for our own personal growth as a disciple of Jesus, but also for teaching others. This is a training session on how to use the framework of a 'journey' for understanding and interpreting... See more

Junior Youth: Genesis to Jesus 5: The Israelites & Sacrifice

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

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

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

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

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

Young Adults: Flying Solo

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

Young Adults: Lent

Contributed by: Spanky Moore, Diocese of Christchurch

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

Young Adults: The Works

Contributed by: Spanky Moore, Diocese of Christchurch

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

Junior Youth: What’s that got to do with Easter?

Contributed by: Susan Baldwin

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

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

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

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

Young Adults: Angry God

Contributed by: Spanky Moore, Diocese of Christchurch

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

Bible Engagement: How to Prepare a Bible Study

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

The heart of a good study is the questions and personal study of the passage by the leader.
Well Beforehand:
Be well familiar with the passage; study it yourself, maybe using these notes.
Come up with a 'Big Idea' - a 1-sentence summary of what you think the passage is... See more

Young Adults: What the Hell?

Contributed by: Spanky Moore, Diocese of Christchurch

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

Senior Youth: Man of Steel Mirrors Jesus

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

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

Young Adults: Sin City

Contributed by: Spanky Moore, Diocese of Christchurch

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

Young Adults: The Bad

Contributed by: Spanky Moore, Diocese of Christchurch

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

Young Adults: Shame

Contributed by: Spanky Moore, Diocese of Christchurch

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

Young Adults: Ashamed of What?

Contributed by: Spanky Moore, Diocese of Christchurch

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

Hooks: What I’ve Done – Linkin Park

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Hand out copies of the lyrics for Linkin Park's song, "What I've Done" and play the video clip.
What I’ve Done
In this farewell
There’s no blood
There’s no alibi
‘Cause I’ve drawn regret
From the truth
Of a thousand lies
So let mercy come
And wash... See more

Senior Youth: Peace in the Storm

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

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

Senior Youth: The Two Towers – Romans Style

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

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
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

Senior Youth: Depression

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Share a time when you were really down or depressed (the goal is to show how common and normal depression is.)
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

Junior Youth: The Secret to Being Perfect

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

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)
Write a personal column advert for the “perfect human being” (50 words or less)
Be Perfect
In Matthew 5:48 Jesus... See more

Senior Youth: Relationships and Sex in the Bible

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

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