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 fail-safe approach that will engage young people and show them a God who is relevant, interesting and interested in them.
Use something from the young people’s world that they already relate to: e.g. music videos, movie clips, stories or current events. Choose something that you can draw a Christian theme from.
Take a close look at the lyric, script, text etc…. Highlight things that relate to a passage in the Bible, to Biblical teaching and/or Jesus;
Look up the relevant scripture(s). Read it aloud once or twice, or have young people read it. Show how it connects with the hook;
Discuss the “how then shall we live” point i.e. the practical thing young people can take away from the talk.
Here’s an example of this method using Linkin Park’s Song: What I’ve Done as the “Hook” .
Look: the song is about admitting guilt and asking for forgiveness – “Let mercy come.”.
Book: This lyric echoes Psalm 51 and the story of the Lost Son in Luke 15.
Took: Even if you think you’ve done bad things – God will forgive us when we confess and ask for ‘mercy to come’, because of his great love.
You can download a PDF version of this training resource here. Feel free to print and hand out these notes to your youth leaders.