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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Friday
Nov142014

December 7, 2014

Teacher Prep  |  Youth & This Session

There isn’t a lot that our students have to wait for. The world is flying at them at a break-neck pace. They have answers to questions in the palm of their hand. Amazon Prime has made waiting for a package take no less than two days from across the country. Our students are addicted to an instant gratification culture but we don’t have an instant gratification faith. What do you do to help your students practice waiting? How can you incorporate the idea of sabbath into the routine of your group? Our students need to practice waiting; and waiting in such a way they aren’t wasting time but preparing for what is to come.

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Video

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“This is Sportscenter - Stephen Gostokowski” by ESPN via www.youtube.com


Additional Links/Resources

Read Scripture online:  2 Peter 3:1-15a

FaithElement for December 7 — (additional teaching resource)

Friday
Nov142014

December 14, 2014

Teacher Prep  |  Youth & This Session

Our students have a lot of choice in what they do. This is good as students begin to explore and experiment with who they are and what God has called them to be. This can be bad when students don’t have a choice in the matter and they have to do what they’ve been told. Entitlement can set in and students can become overly stubborn. One way to help combat this is lead in a way where students get to make decisions and where they have choices in what happens. Then, when you do need to make some declarations, they know the importance of them. If you always lead from a declarative point of view, when you really need something, it can be like the boy who cried wolf. It might seem backward, but if you want students to follow your declarations, allow the students to have more choice.

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Video

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“Lt. Dan Makes His Peace” from Forrest Gump via www.movieclips.com

Additional Links/Resources

Read Scripture online:  1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

FaithElement for December 14 — (additional teaching resource)

Friday
Nov142014

December 21, 2014

Teacher Prep  |  Youth & This Session

I once had a coach tell me that potential is the worst thing you can have as a player, because your talents are never realized. As I minister with students I realize that my coach was onto something. Our students have so much potential, but sometimes they get stuck on potential and don’t move into action. The first thing for our students to do to move from potential is to accept the calling that God has placed on their life. This is hard, because many times we have a glimpse of what this is before the students does. We know if we push to hard it may be pushed out and if we don’t push at all, it may never be realized.

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“I Want to Go into Space” from October Sky via www.movieclips.com

Additional Links/Resources

Read Scripture online:  Luke 1:26-38

FaithElement for December 21 — (additional teaching resources)

Friday
Nov142014

December 28, 2014

Teacher Prep  |  Youth & This Session

Our students have a lot of labels for who they are. Sometimes these labels overwhelm them. Sometimes these labels confuse them because they don’t know which one to wear when. Sometimes they don’t even know that they wear a certain label. In our groups we have to remind our students, that at the core of who they are is a child of God. All the other labels that are worn are superficial and may come and go, but the label that gives them their meaning is that they are a child of God.

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“Real You” from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs via www.youtube.com

Additional Links/Resources

Read Scripture online:  Galatians 4:4-7

Monday
Dec152014

January 4, 2015

Teacher Prep  |  Youth & This Session

Each of our students possesses a gift that they have been blessed with by God. Some of these gifts are very obvious to students and they accept them and run with them. There are other times, when students suppress their gifts because they might not be the popular thing to be or do. At other times, students will know what their gifts are but deny them because that isn’t the image of themselves that they had in mind. It can be frustrating for adults to see a gift that a student possesses that the student hasn’t yet realized. As we minister with our students, we have to allow them to discover their gifts and then give them opportunities to use these gifts. This process isn’t always neat or tidy. Create an atmosphere for the Holy Spirit to move, and then watch with wonder as gifts are realized.

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Video

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Additional Links/Resources

Read Scripture online:  Matthew 2:1-12