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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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

New (Bible Thought ABC for Teens)


New
There a several different meanings like having been made or come into being only a short time ago; never used before; just discovered; different from the former or the old or changed for the better. (emphasis mine; http://www.thefreedictionary.com/new)

Story: (You can change the name of the persons in the story)
Karen was from an average family in a small town. Her life was ok, but she had one big challenge - she felt angry. It was difficult to explain, everywhere she went (school, local church, sports club...) she had the feeling that people underestimated her. In sports she was usually picked last, in school she struggled to write good marks and at youth she was not in the cool group. Her self-pity was so bad that people started to avoid her. Karen tried to with all her strength to change, but she realised that she needs help. One day she met with Linda, a friend she had not seen for a long time. They used to be best friends because both had the same challenge, they felt like they do not belong anywhere. But now as they met again Linda seemed so different, happy and excited. “What happened? Why are you so different?” Karen asked. “I met Jesus” Linda replied. “But I go to Church too,” Karen said with an irritated voice. “The Thing is that I realized that all I need is to love and trust Jesus, as he died for all the things I am not happy about in my life. Since then I am like a new person,” Linda said with a smile.

Questions:
- Why was Karen so surprised?
- Is it possible for a person to change so radical like Linda?
- Have you experienced a change like that in your own life?

Understand:
To receive a new life does not mean to get a new physical body. It means to lay down your old bad habits (life) and to develop a new God-honouring lifestyle (become new).   
While you maybe make once a clear decision in your life to follow Christ, you will need to decide daily not to continue with your old (bad) habits.

Bible passage:
Anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person. The past is forgotten, and everything is new. (2 Cor. 5:17)
 
Think about:
Jesus expects us to love God with everything we've got and not to be selfish. How does that compare with the way we actually live? More often than not, we are totally focused on our own interests, without a thought either for God's will for our lives or for the harm we do to others in the pursuit of our own interests. What Jesus is recommending for our lives is essentially a shift of focus, from self to God and to others. This shift is not just something you do alone, but the Holy Spirit will guide you as you become a new creation. (http://ezinearticles.com/?A-New-Creation-in-Christ-%282-Corinthians-5:17%29&id=2323566)

Game: Old and new present (optional)
Tell all your teens a week in advance to bring one old (used) and one new gift (worth no more then 3€/4$/30R) with to your meeting. The gifts can, but don not need to be wrapped in paper. (It is actually more fun if some gifts are wrapped and others are not. No one is allowed to open a gift as long as the game is still on.) Sit in a circle on the floor, each player needs to put his/her new gift to the right and the old one to the left. Put a dice in the middle and set the alarm/time on 30min. The youngest participant is allowed to start the game, he/she throws the dice first. If the first player throws a 1 it means that the person can choose an old gift from any other player and swap it with your old gift. If he/she throws the Number 6 it means that the person can choose a new gift from any other player and swap it with his/her new gift. If the player throws the numbers 2 – 5 he/she just passes on the dice to the next person. No one is allowed to swap and old gift for a new one (or vice versa). The game continues to unfold, when the time has elapsed (after 30min) the game stops and each player receives the old and new gift which stands in front or him/her.

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