Christians struggle with sin. When someone becomes a Christians they don’t stop struggling with sin. In fact, before someone is a Christian there isn’t really a struggle at all. They are dead in their sins and live in rebellion against God. However, when someone becomes a Christian their sins are forgiven and they receive a new nature (Ephesians 1:7; 2 Corinthians 5:17). This new nature in Christ is what starts the struggle with sin. The old nature remains. Until Christians get to heaven that old nature will still be with them. This old nature is at war with the new nature (Paul shares this struggle in Romans 7). The good news is God has revealed in His Word how Christians can deal with sin. We are not to continue in our sin but strive to put off our old man and put on the new man (Ephesians 4:22-24).
Below you will find a link to a three week teaching series I wrote and taugh on the topic of dealing with sin. In this series, I cover three ways the Bible tells Christians to deal with sin – confession, repentance, and war. Each week focuses on one of these things. This series includes three teaching manuscripts, small group questions, and the series graphic.
The link below will take you to Download Youth Ministry where you can purchase the entire series or individual messages from this series. While you’re there check out some of the other resources DYM offers.
Note: Please keep in mind this series was originally written for and taught to students. However, it’s a great series for other audiences as well so feel free to tweak it and use it how it best fits your context. I hope this series is a blessing to you and your ministry.
This week in our high school ministry we had what we call a Coffee House. Basically we meet in a smaller room than normal and create a coffee house atmosphere. We offer free coffee, hot chocolate, and tea. Our band also goes acoustic for the night and leads in worship. It’s always a great time and our students love it! I’d encourage you and try this with your high school students. There is something about the coffee house style that attracts high school students.
We also did a coffee trivia game that I want to share with you. We simply called it “Coffee Trivia” and it went over pretty well. I searched the web for facts about coffee and put together ten questions for this game. Below is the PowerPoint presentation for this game as well has a folder with just the image files. Download and use this game sometime with your students. If you do, let me know how it goes.
I love seeing students coming to Christ! It’s why I do what I do. I love it! But when a student comes to Christ, that is only the beginning. Yes, it’s awesome and should be celebrated, but we must then start the process of making sure that student get discipled and they learn the basics of walking with Jesus.
There are tons of great resources out there to help youth pastors and youth workers do this important task. However, I have yet to find one I am 100% sold on. Not that they are not good and helpful, but I just haven’t been able to stick to with one resource. So I figured I would make my own. I sat down and asked myself, “What are the basic topics (or conversations) I would have with a student who has just come to Christ?” What I came up with was eight conversation topics that I believe are vital for a student who has just come to Christ to have with another believer.
I don’t claim to have the best resource for discipling students who have just come to Christ, but I have been seeing it work in my context. It’s simple and easy to use. I also don’t claim to be that good at graphics so don’t expect anything to flashy with the look of this resource. Just a simple, easy to use resource to help youth workers disciple students. Click the link below, download it, and use it if you’d like. If you do use it, I’d love to hear what you thought so feel free to leave a comment below.
It has been awhile since I have done a freebie so today I wanted to make sure I highlighted a freebie that my friends over at LeaderTreks have put together for you to use this Easter season with your students. It’s a two-part lesson called “The Why Behind Jesus Death and Resurrection,” which includes a facilitator’s guide, student handouts, and parent resources. Below is what LeaderTreks has to say about this great resource.
This Easter season as you celebrate Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, have you stopped to ask why? Why did Jesus have to die for humanity? Why did he have to rise again? This free two-part lesson will help your students answer these weighty questions. They’ll learn about sacrifice in ancient Israel and how it relates to Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice. Then they’ll discover some of the most important promises Jesus made during his life and how his resurrection proves his trustworthiness.
All you need to do is click the link below to go to LeaderTrek’s website and download this free resource. Be sure to look around at their website for other great resources as well.
Being a parent of a teenager is hard. I am not there yet, but from my observations and conversations with parents of teens, I know it’s not an easy task. Teenagers are in a stage of life where they are questioning everything and trying to figure out who they are. They are asking tough questions and parents need to be ready to answer them. The good news parents, there are resources available to help you out! I want to share one of those resources with you today that is totally free!
Roland Boyce has written an eBook called Issues and Answers: A Handbook Providing Biblical Answers to Questions of Children and Youth. In this book, he gives parents the tools they need to answer questions regarding topics such as homosexuality, abortion, dating, divorce, pornography, and many more. What I love about this book is the how the writer addresses each topic and gives parents the tools they need to talk to their teenagers about it. For each topic, he gives a Biblical synopses, modern reasoning, responses, resources, fact, and a life lab. Click here to see more details about this book from Tim Schmoyer.
If you are a parent of a teenager, or any age child really, do yourself a favor and download this eBook. It’s free and will be a great resource as you talk to your teenager about tough topics. All you have to do is click the link below to view and download this great resource for yourself.