Youth | Teaching Resources

This page offers youth teaching resources written by Jeremy Colliver supporting the core lessons found in Baptists Today. To get the core lessons, click here.

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Thursday
Sep112014

October 5, 2014

Teacher Prep  |  Youth & This Session

How do you communicate with your students? Do you communicate with them in ways that you are comfortable or ways that they are comfortable? There are good arguments for both; you have to be who you are and youth won’t hear you unless you speak in a way that they can understand. The biggest difference in how we communicate with youth is the platforms that we use. We used to only have to worry about face-to-face, writing a note, and calling on the phone, but now we have to think about Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Vine, and texting. I’m sure youth would even laugh at this list because there are so many other platforms through which youth communicate. What hasn’t changed is that you need to be consistent with your communication. Whether you have an online presence once a week or every day, make sure you are there regularly. Your youth will come to expect it.

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Video

Encourage youth to check out this video ahead of the lesson.

 

 

“Talking to the Dog” from The Meteor Man via www.movieclips.com


Additional Links/Resources

Read Scripture online:  Psalm 19

FaithElement for October 5 — (additional teaching resource)

Thursday
Sep112014

October 12, 2014

Teacher Prep  |  Youth & This Session

If you asked your students what they idolize, they probably wouldn’t give you much of a response. Some of the students might mention a person that they strive to be like, but not much beyond that. Idol is a loaded word that our youth, if they have been around church long, have come to understand in a negative context. Because of this, our students use other words to declare what has the first priority in their life. However they answer this question will lead you to what they focus their thoughts and actions through. As we minister with our students, we have to keep God at the center of our own lives and our ministries. If we don’t start there, how are we going to ask our students to put God first?

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Video

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“Idol Worship” from The Skit Guys via www.youtube.com


Additional Links/Resources

Read Scripture online:  Exodus 32:1-14

FaithElement for October 12 — (additional teaching resource)

Thursday
Sep112014

October 19, 2014

Teacher Prep  |  Youth & This Session

Because of the way our students are blessed, many times they begin to rely on themselves and their own gifts and talents and forget about God. We have to remind our students that they do need God. Maybe this is because God empowers us with gifts and talents to create on our own, instead of God doing everything for us, that we rely on ourselves and inadvertently push God away. Maybe our original sin is that we each try and be like God, and thus don’t rely on God, and try and do it all ourselves. Whatever the reason, most of our students will begin to rely on themselves instead of God. We have to continue to be present, and remind our students, that what they do is because of God.

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Download the PDF for youth teaching resources. This PDF contains the FIT Teaching Guide for this lesson.

Video

Encourage youth to check out this video ahead of the lesson.

 

 

“God Reveals Himself” from Oh, God! via www.movieclips.com


Additional Links/Resources

Read Scripture online:  Exodus 32:12-23

FaithElement for October 19 — (additional teaching resource)

Thursday
Sep112014

October 26, 2014

Teacher Prep  |  Youth & This Session

Most of what our students do revolves around the image that they are trying to create for themselves. It has never been easier to create one’s own image than it is now. Social media allows someone to portray themselves how they want to be portrayed. This doesn’t mean, what is portrayed is the way someone really is, but what they want you to see about them. But isn’t adolescence a time for youth to discover who they are and they gifts that they have? My answer would be yes, but there is a difference in discovering who they are and creating who they are. Each of our students is created in the image of God. That is they image they should portray. Our students should be discovering who they are, not creating someone from scratch. We need to remind our students whose image they are created in and then allow them all the opportunities in the world to discover what this means for themselves.

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Download the PDF for youth teaching resources. This PDF contains the FIT Teaching Guide for this lesson.

Video

Encourage youth to check out this video ahead of the lesson.

 

 

“Remember Me, Kate” from The Family Man via www.movieclips.com


Additional Links/Resources

Read Scripture online:  Deuteronomy 34:1-12

FaithElement for October 26 — (additional teaching resource)

Wednesday
Oct152014

November 2, 2014

Teacher Prep  |  Youth & This Session

Our students are trying to figure out who they are. One way they do this is by watching the people around them. They try out things that they see around them and see if it fits who they are. Sometimes they only do this through their thoughts and dreams, but at other times they physically act these things out. We can help our students better understand who they are by letting them know who we are. They look to us as models, and what we teach them is important. And we teach with what we say and how we act. All of our students won’t turn out to be like us, nor do we want them to, but we do need to reflect the light of Christ to our students.

Teaching Resources |  Download

Download the PDF for youth teaching resources. This PDF contains the FIT Teaching Guide for this lesson.

Video

Encourage youth to check out this video ahead of the lesson. 

 

“I Am Not a Role Model” from Nike via www.youtube.com


Additional Links/Resources

Read Scripture online:  Joshua 3:7-17