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Youth Ministry Devotional

Posted in Uncategorized by 100x on March 29, 2007

Youth Ministry Devotional

 

Life in the Spirit: Joy

Open:

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What is the difference between joy and happiness?

Personal definition of Joy:

Joy is a smile on your soul.

Happiness is when your circumstances bring a smile.

Study:

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JOY STEALERS:

1. Legalism. Galatians 4:15

What happened to the Galatians joy?

Why did their servant attitude disappear?  (Legalism always makes you want to do the least – to do only what is required. Grace, on the other hand, takes the law out of the way and lets us serve without restriction.)

2. Sin. Romans 3:23

How does sin rob us of our joy? (Guilt, bitterness, insecurity.)

Have a time of prayer in class where teens can ask God silently for forgiveness of specific sins.

 JOY HEALERS:

An awesome aspect about God is that He wants us to have joy.

1. The Holy Spirit. Romans 14:17

Because joy is a fruit of the Spirit, it only makes since that he wants us to be filled with joy.

How does the Holy Spirit put joy in our lives?

2. The Father. Romans 15:13

It gives God joy to give us joy.

Have you ever thought of God as someone who is out to get you? Someone who can’t wait for you to make a wrong move? Where do we get that idea?

As a child of God what are some ways he has put joy in your life?

 3. The Son. John 16:22-24

Jesus said that the disciples would weep, but then they would have joy? Why?

Why does Jesus say NOTHING will be able to take our joy away?

Since joy is not based on circumstances, what are some unalterable aspects of our life in Christ?

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Sing “The Joy of the Lord.”


 

 

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Youth Ministry Easter

Posted in Uncategorized by 100x on March 26, 2007

Youth Ministry Easter

 

Many of today’s youth did not grow up with an Easter tradition beside hunting for eggs. That means that Easter works great for adults, but not so great for youth ministry.

 

Unchurched teens don’t do too well at sunrise services. They don’t understand the the emblems or symbols or resurrection sermon.

 

So what can we do to reach teens at Easter?

 

One option would be to host a “Night of the Living Dead!” If that sounds too over the top, “What’s a Bunny Got to Do with Easter?” Have the event prior to Easter and share the basics of the faith. Share what they will see at your church and the meaning behind it. Sing some of the same songs that will be sung at the Easter service and explain what they mean.

 

Several of things will happen…

 

1. Teens will get to hear and understand the good news of Jesus.  Some may accept him at the event.

 

2. Those who decide to come to a service will actually know and understand what is going on.

 

3. Many of your teens are wondering what certain aspects of service are about and this will help them as well.
 

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Lesson of the Week: Romans Lesson 8: Alive!

 

 

Youth Ministry Zone 3rd Year! (Mar 21, 2007 at 12:15 PM) – Teen Life Ministries “It’s a Passion – Not a Game”     It’s hard to believe, but The Youth Ministry Zone has been serving youth ministers for almost 3 years! April will be our 3rd anniversary!!!  

Directors Cut (Mar 23, 2007 at 11:01 AM) – For teen listening. Short MP3 about what to cut out of out lives.   Members Download Here

A Logo for Life (Mar 23, 2007 at 10:19 AM) – A LOGO FOR LIFE    OPEN:  What is your favorite logo, or if you feel like being negative, what is your least favorite logo?  Why?

Reaching Teens for Jesus (Mar 23, 2007 at 9:44 AM) – At Teen Life Ministries we are constantly being asked how to reach teens for Christ. Youth workers are looking for new and improved ideas for outreach programs. We want to share with you a few techniques that we think will help.

10 Difficulties of Being a Teen in a Single Parent Family (Mar 21, 2007 at 2:45 PM) – If your youth ministry is like most, and I’m sure it is, then you have teens who are in single parent homes. We need to try to understand what they are going through and how we can help them handle it. Listed below are a few things that will help us along the way of understanding their view point.

 

 

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Youth Ministry : Family Communication

Posted in Uncategorized by 100x on March 22, 2007

Youth Ministry : Family Communication

 

1. Learn To Listen Attentively.

 

It has often been said that God gave us one mouth and two ears so we could listen twice as much as we talk. The Lord puts it like this, “Be slow to speak and quick to listen.”

 

Before you say, “Now you listen to me, young lady,” hear your teen’s side of the story. Let him or her have a complete say so you can speak clearly and respond to the details appropriately.

2. Be Consistent.

 

Consistency in communication patterns will help open the gate to your teen’s heart. If we scream one time, and are pleasant the next, they won’t know what to expect. That type of temperament will drive a teen to silence.

 

If you struggle with consistency, chart your communication pattern. On a sheet of graph paper place the #1 on a low line and the #10 on a high line. “1″ = calm. “10″ = volcanic. Keep a record for three months then evaluate and make any needed corrections.

3. Remove Distractions.

 

Close the book, turn off the television, fold up the newspaper and take care of any other distraction so you can give full attention to your teen. When we refuse to focus on the conversation our children perceive us as uninterested. Once we establish that thought in their minds it will be difficult to change the attitude.

 

Make it obvious that you want to listen. Say, “Hold on a minute honey. Let me turn off the radio, I don’t want to miss a word.”

 

 

(Feel free to reprint the above and send it to the parents of the teens in your group.)


 

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Youth Ministry

Posted in Uncategorized by 100x on March 19, 2007

Transforming the Teen World View Through Discipleship Part 4

 

World View > Values > Observable Behavior

 

Part One, Part Two, Part Three

 

Last week we discussed how once the heart changes, values change. This week we look at behavior changes.

 

Think about the disciples. Think about their before and after pictures.

 

Because of the heart change that took place their actions changed. Peter changed from speaking without thinking to speaking under the influence of the Spirit. John changes from a “son of thunder” to “the apostle of love.”

 

Too often we want or demand change without a change of heart. We want behavior to change, but forget the soul.

 

Jesus makes it clear “Nothing outside a man can make him ‘unclean’ by going into him. Rather, it is what comes out of a man that makes him ‘unclean.’ “ Mark 7:15

 

If we want behavior to change, it comes from the inside out.

 

The most powerful change that can take place is the through the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said that he would not leave us alone, but would send a helper. Romans 8 talks about the Spirit being IN us. That’s how real change takes place.

 

We also give the Spirit room to work through the spiritual disciplines. By encouraging bible study, fasting, prayer, etc. We provide opportunity for growth and change.
 

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Easter Backgrounds (Mar 18, 2007 at 5:13 PM) – 7 backgrounds to use in your youth ministry for Easter.     Members Download Here

Praying for Others (Mar 16, 2007 at 6:00 AM) – Perhaps the two most powerful words in the English language are “I’m sorry.” Surely the three most powerful words are “I love you”. In my opinion, the four most powerful words are “I’m praying for you.”

Just a Thought (Mar 14, 2007 at 5:08 AM) – I was recently asked by one of my student’s if I would answer a few questions for Bible class credit at her school? I agreed and so the process began. As I read through the questions my first thoughts were, “this is going to be a piece of cake” or “I think I can do this pretty quick.”

 

 

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Youth Ministry Tips

Posted in Uncategorized by 100x on March 15, 2007

Youth Ministry : Teen Commitment

 

1. Commitment Contracts. We are so afraid people might walk away from our ministry that few of us are willing to demand commitment. We act like Jesus formed the “Let’s just hang out together” club. He didn’t. He formed the “I gave my life for you” club—better known as the church.

               

You may want to provide varying levels of commitment for your group. Membership demands certain commitments such as attendance and spiritual growth, while leadership may require commitment to leadership growth principles that are tested and evaluated.

         

Whatever you choose, have each individual sign it so you know they know the standard.

 

2. Regular Spiritual Checkups. Signing a card doesn’t guarantee commitment, so take it a step farther by holding regular spiritual checkups. If your group is small you may be able to meet with one teen at a time and ask about their devotional habits, worship habits, etc.

           

With a larger group you may want to design a spiritual check up sheet that will allow them to evaluate themselves. I like using the “Spiritual Wheel”. It’s simple but effective. Have the teens grade themselves in different spiritual areas and assign a rating. “1” = poor, “10” = perfect. When they connect the dots, have them circle the high points as strengths, and the low points as weaknesses.

 

3. Service Projects. “Six Flags? Yeah!!!” “Football? You bet!!”  “Visit old Mrs. Mathers? Is this a joke?”

 

Someone said, “You can tell how popular the church is by who comes Sunday morning. You can tell how popular the preacher is by who comes Sunday night. You can tell how popular Jesus is by who comes to the prayer meeting.” In our case, you can tell by who comes to the service project. These activities keep kids committed by allowing them to live Jesus, not just talk about Him.


 

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Transforming Teens for Christ – Part 3

Posted in Uncategorized by 100x on March 12, 2007

Transforming the Teen World View Through Discipleship Part 3

 

World View > Values > Observable Behavior

 

Part One, Part Two.

 

Last week we discussed how we plant the seeds and God changes lives. Once the heart changes, values change.

 

Values = standards and principles

 

Often we want teens to “act” differently. But that’s hard if it’s not coming from the inside out. Without God being at the core, values and principles become skewed.

 

What are some of the values worldly teens?

  • Acceptance

  • Immorality

  • Selfishness

  • Anti-authority

  • Distrust of adults

  • High trust in friends

  • Secrecy

Think about someone with that set of values. What type of actions will they produce?

 

What are some of the values godly teens?

  • Love

  • Service

  • Patience

  • Trusting God

  • Faith

  • Honesty

Think about someone with that set of values. What type of actions will they produce?

 

Luke 6:45 - The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.

 

That passage is not surprising is it? Haven’t you heard someone say, “I just don’t understand why he acts that way”? It’s because there is a value that is not being met.

 

Godly values can be created intentionally through discipleship. Worldly values are often created intentionally or through neglect.

 

Next week, we’ll look at desired behavior and some ways to get there.

 

Your Partners in Ministry,

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Lesson of the Week: Romans Lesson 6: Celebrate!

 

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When Your Teen Rejects Your Values (Mar 12, 2007 at 10:11 AM) – It is not uncommon in their quest for identity and independence for teens to reject some of the values of their parents, their church, and society. And to a degree this is not unhealthy. Young people need to develop their own convictions about life. And part of the process may involve challenging the values and convictions they have been taught.
 

What Does It Mean To You? (Mar 9, 2007 at 11:49 AM) – Our great-grandfathers called it the holy Sabbath; our grandfathers, the Sabbath; our fathers, Sunday; but today we call it the weekend. Copy and paste this and send it to your teens.

The Glorious Middle (Mar 7, 2007 at 11:12 AM) – As a child I got to travel a lot with my family. One summer we ended up at The Grand Canyon. I remember getting to the rim of the canyon about sunset and thinking it was the most amazing thing I had ever seen.

A Beautiful Mind (Mar 7, 2007 at 11:00 AM) –   Video Clip: A Beautiful Mind, PG-13, 2002, Universal Main Point: When things are going well, when we are blessed, or when we make accomplishments, we must remember to give God the credit that is due.

 

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Youth Ministry Tips

Posted in Uncategorized by 100x on March 8, 2007

Youth Ministry Sudden Impact

 

The following is from Teen Life’s Sudden Impact Series. You can copy the story/ study and email it to your teens, or print and hand it out…

 

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When I was in the sixth grade I started a new school. I sat across the isle from a guy who was about twice my size. He was a little over six feet tall and had the biggest arms I had ever seen. He was intimidating just to look at. You would think that at any time he could chew you up and spit you out.

 

As the weeks went by we became close friends. I soon learned that not only did he have a big body but he had an even larger heart. All the way through jr. and sr. high school we were the best of friends. If I was not at his house, he was at mine. One thing I soon learned about this friendship was that it was not just a surface type friendship. It was the kind of friendship that if I needed help at the spur of the moment, he was there.

 

There were times when I wanted us to do something mischievous or get into something that I shouldn’t and he would stop me. There were times when I would say something about someone and he would correct me. I soon learned that only a true friend would try to make me a better person.Proverbs 28:23 says, “Those who correct others will later be liked more than those who give false praise.”

1. How do your friends help you in your walk with God?

2. How do you help your friends with their walk with God?

3. How do you determine whether a person is a good friend?
 

4. How do you choose your friends?

Proverbs 13:20 “Spend time with the wise and you will become wise, but the friends of fools will suffer.”
 

Proverbs 14:7 “Stay away from fools because they can’t teach you anything.”I Corinthians 15:33 “Do not be fooled: Bad friends will ruin good habits.”
 

John 14:18 “I will not leave you alone like orphans; I will come back for you.”John 15:12-14 “This is my command: Love each other as I have loved you. The greatest love a person can show is to die for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you.”

Today pray that God will give you the strength and wisdom to choose the right friends. Pray that He will put people in your life that will help you get to heaven and also someone you can help get to heaven.
 

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Teaching Teach to Worship

Posted in Uncategorized by 100x on February 22, 2007


Teaching Teens to Worship

 



1. Worship Creates Hunger.
“As the deer pants for streams of water, so
my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the
living God. When can I go and meet with God?” (Psalm 42:1-2).


                       


When is the last time you heard a teen say, “When can I go and meet with
God?” When you hear that phrase you know you’ve met a worshiper. Entering
the Lord’s presence through worship creates satisfaction and hunger
simultaneously.

 


2. Raise Your Praise. “
Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God
with cries of joy. How awesome is the LORD Most High, the great
King over all the earth!” (Psalm 47:1).


                       

In
the blank provided write the name of the last professional football event
that you attended that was quiet: __________________________. Is the blank
still blank? Do you know why? Because the people in the stands are
worshipping what’s happening on the field (at least one group of fans). When
God is active in our field of life we respond with praise.

 


3. Let God Find You.
“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the
true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are
the kind of worshipers the Father seeks” (John 4:23).


                       

God
is looking for us. He is seeking us. Will He find us? If we had a special
pair of glasses that revealed true worshipers, how many people would be in
the pews Sunday morning? How many would God find?

 

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Youth Ministry Myths

Posted in Uncategorized by 100x on February 12, 2007

Youth
Ministry Myths

 

1. All Play and No Work. Whoever believes this one has never hosted a Junior High Lock-In. As in any ministry, working with youth has many unaccounted hours that the members never see. They see the cookout, but miss the 1 a.m. call from the police station. They see the beach retreat, but miss the flat tire along the way. They see the pizza party, but miss the 10 hour drive back from the work camp.

                       

Tip: Combat this myth by keeping the congregation more informed about mission trips and service projects and less informed on the “fun” activities (since that’s all they think you do
anyway).

 

2. Keeping the Church Informed Will Solve Any Misconceptions. Don’t use this as an excuse to keep people in the dark, but there will be some who think the worst of you and your ministry no matter how hard you try to explain it. Some will think the lock-in is a sex-in. Some will think the contemporary praise is Satan’s tool.

                       

Tip: Combat this myth by thoroughly explaining the purpose behind each event.

 

3. Working with Christians Is Easy. Christians can be some of the most unforgiving, harsh, and judgmental people you will ever encounter.

                       

Tip: Combat this myth by being like Christ no matter how unChrist-like some of the people you work with may seem.

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Lesson of the Week:
Romans Lesson 3 : God’s Sovereign Choice


Living Art
(Feb 9, 2007 at 1:09 PM) – Have you ever
considered yourself a work of art? Genesis 2:7 says, “The LORD God formed
the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the
breath of life, and the man became a living being.

What Does It Mean To You? (Feb 7, 2007 at 1:39 PM) -
Sudden Impact is designed for you to cut, paste and e-mail to your teens.

Valentine’s Games (Feb 7, 2007 at 10:53 AM) -
Valentine’s Day can lead to talks about love, dating, purity, or even lust
and pornography. Some of the discussions will open the door to talk about
the “junk” that we’re allowing in our life that doesn’t belong there

10 Bible Images (Feb 5, 2007 at 9:00 PM) – Preview of
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Youth Ministry

Posted in Uncategorized by 100x on February 10, 2007

Don’t
of Teen Counseling

 

1. Don’t force a teen into counseling.
Want a quick way to shut teens down? Make them come to you for counseling.
If it’s not their idea to come, or at least partially their idea, little
will be accomplished. By nature teens like to have control, and when pushed
into a corner they feel trapped and unwilling to share.

                       

We need to let teens know that we are
available for any problem they may have.  Listening to them well in casual
conversations will make them more likely to come to us for private
consolation. Encourage, but don’t force, teens to visit you for counseling
if you notice a problem that may call for it.

 

2. Don’t act shocked. If a teen tells
you that he has a sexually transmitted disease and he thinks he has given it
to three girls, remain calm and resist saying, “You think?”  Be
prepared for anything. A teen may enter your office with anything from
suicide to homicide on his or her mind. When we act shocked and give one of
those of all the people, I never would have thought looks, it makes a
teen feel very small.

 

3. Don’t be too professional. Is the
office the best place to meet with teens? Perhaps walking around a park
would work better, or meeting at a fast food place near their school. If you
have a close relationship with a teen, an informal setting may work best. No
one likes being called to the office.

                       

Do you wear a tie as part of your daily
attire? Ditch it and take off your coat. The more serious you look, the more
serious a teen may perceive their problem to be. On the other hand, if
you’re rubbing tanning lotion on when a teen comes to talk, she may feel
that you don’t take anything seriously. You’ll be professional enough for a
teen if you’re dressed casually, and tuned into their needs.

 

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