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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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Quick (to listen) - (Bible Thought ABC for Teens)

Quick (to listen)
Means something that is over or completed within a short interval of time; proceeding or immediate; swift or rapid (emphasis mine; http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/quick)

Story: (You can change the name of the persons in the story)
Let me tell you three very quick, true stories:

On a very cold Sunday, only the pastor and one farmer arrived at the village church. The pastor said, "Well, I guess we won't have a service today." The farmer replied: "If even only one cow shows up at feeding time, I feed it."

Here is the second story: A mother went to the beach with her children. Her four-year-old son ran up to her, grabbed her hand, and led her to the shore, where a sea gull lay dead in the sand. "Mommy, what happened to him?" he asked. "He died and went to Heaven," she replied. The little boy thought for a moment and then said, "And God threw him back down?"

And the third story: A student was asked to list the 10 Commandments in any order. His answer? "3, 6, 1, 8, 4, 5, 9, 2, 10, 7". (emphasis mine; http://halife.com/church/stories01.html)

- What do you think of these stories, where they too short?
- Can some of you retell at least one of the stories?
- Would you tell them differently?

Those stories probably sounded like funny or stupid jokes to some of you, but they are not. It might have been better to think a bit more about what I want to tell you before I started. I could have filled in some more details in order that the stories make more sense to you.

Bible passage:
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. (James 1:19)

Think about:
James gives good advice on what we should do when we communicate with each other. Firstly, we should listen carefully, too often we only listen with one ear (even though we have two) or what has been said enters one ear and immediately exits at the other ear. Secondly, think before you speak. Often we just say things as they are without thinking them through first and therefore we might hurt the other person with our words. And thirdly, don’t get offended quickly. First try to understand what the other person said before you come to quick snapshot conclusions.   

Game:  I Am (optional)
This is a game which tests both the vocabulary and helps people to learn about each other. It's very simple and non-competitive; everyone has to think of adjectives to describe themselves. But here's the catch: the adjectives must start with the same letter as their name. For example, "I am troublesome Tom" or "I am elegant Emily". Depending on the average age of your group, you might be surprised at the ingenuity and the word power of the people playing this ice breaker. It can also be good to test the memory by playing again at the end of the session; instead of coming up with new names, ask each player to try to remember someone else's adjective and name. This really helps to familiarise people with others in the group. (http://www.youthgroupgames.co.uk/icebreakers-for-large-groups-1030-people.html)

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