YM Quotes:

YM Quotes:

Youth ministry is always a challenge. Youth ministry is consistently changing. Youth ministry is regularly surprising. Youth ministry is fresh all the time. (Mark Oestreicher)

Although students need guidance from good leaders, we often take on too much of the responsibility for their knowledge about God. We want them to blindly adopt our opinions rather than work out their own understanding. Instead we must help young people learn how to think for themselves with God’s perspective as their foundation and the Word of God as their rule. (Sean Dunn)

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Friendship (Bible Thought ABC for Teens)

Friendship -
Is a relationship and concern between people and provides positive emotional support. Friends care for one another and look out for each other. A deep friendship requires openness about personal things, careful listening, and being loyal to one another (emphasis mine; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friendship).

Story: (You can change the name of the persons in the story)
Dipuo could always count on Lilly. If she was hurt, Lilly would be there to help. If she needed someone to talk, Lilly would listen for hours. If she was sad, Dipuo could cry on Lilly’s shoulder. If Dipuo was happy, Lilly was more then willing to celebrate with her. If she did not understand something, Lilly would explain it to her. If Dipuo needed a friend Lilly was there. Dipuo said to herself, “I am so happy that Lilly is my friend, with her life is much easier and more fun!”
So let me ask you: “Do you have a friend like that?”

Questions:
_ Why is it important to have friends like Lilly?
- What does friendship mean to you?
- What would you do if a good friend disappoints you?

Understand:
We all live in relationships, some people we know are close to us (parents, siblings, friends...) others are not (school- or work colleague, strangers...). It will change in your life over the years who is important (close) to you and who is not. Have you ever heard the saying: “Blood is thicker than water?” (Which means, family is more important then friendship). Often this is true, sometimes it can be different. (But, it does NOT mean that families are not important.)

Bible passage:
One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24

Think about:
If one person stands on a chair and the other on the floor, who can pull the other person easier to him/her? Usually the one on the ground, this means it is easier for a bad friend to influence the other badly. Therefore everyone needs good friends in life as you can talk with them about anything, you trust them with your life, they tell you the truth even when it is uncomfortable to hear and you challenge each other from time to time. Jesus can be your closest friend if you ask him. He wants to be closer to you then a brother or sister.  

Game: Control Tower (optional)
So called “Trust Games” are always helpful to display and encourage friendship. Divide your group in pairs of two, one teen gets blindfolded and their partner guides them through an obstacle course. When they have successfully reached the end of the course, roles are swapped and the course changed. This is very good for establishing communication and friendship, as well as creating a fun and competitive atmosphere. (You can time the runs to make it more competitive, or disallow them to communicate verbally.) Afterwards talk with the teens shortly what they experienced and how they felt when being led blindfolded or to lead. (emphasis mine; http://www.youthgroupgames.co.uk/friendship-building-games.html)

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