A new 4-week small group Bible study series on the book of Matthew helping students understand the Gospel (or good news) of Jesus.
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EXCLUSIVE YOUTH CURRICULUM - YEAR 2
This series is one of many included in the Exclusive Youth Curriculum - Year 2. Get an entire year of teaching and small group Bible study curriculum plus four events and four youth ministry training sessions!
BIBLE STUDY OVERVIEW
Lesson 1: God’s Rescue Operation for the World
Bible: Matthew 5:13–16, 33-37, 43–47
Topics: made in God’s image, evangelism, faith conversations, honesty
Bottom Line: How do we live in God’s kingdom?
Lesson 2: What It Looks Like to Follow Jesus
Bible: Matthew 6:1-4, 25-33; 7:1-5, 24-27
Topics: generosity, worry, trust, accountability, following Jesus and His teaching
Bottom Line: Jesus’ strange teachings challenge us to live differently.
Lesson 3: Individuals Have Life-Changing Encounters with Jesus
Bible: Matthew 8:5-13; 9:9-13, 35-38
Topics: faith, following Jesus, spiritual influence, evangelism, ministry
Bottom Line: Jesus brings the kingdom into people’s lives.
Lesson 4: Passover, the Suffering Servant, and the Great Commission
Bible: Matthew 26:17-29; 27:45-54, 57-61; 28:18-20
Topics: Passover, sacrifice, crucifixion, burial, resurrection, Great Commission
Bottom Line: Jesus hands off the ministry to the Apostles … and us!
- Series artwork for promotional purposes (cover slide and blank text slide)
- Lessons in both Word & PDF format – edit as needed and easily share with volunteers
- Fun opening games
- Creative, relevant teachings
- Engaging small group discussion questions
WHAT MAKES OUR BIBLE STUDIES UNIQUE?
50% Teaching & 50% Discussion
All our small group Bible studies are discussion based. Each lesson is 50% reading the Bible/teaching and 50% student discussion. They’re not 90% teaching and 10% discussion, like other youth ministry series and small group studies you’ll find elsewhere.
The goal is for students to talk about the Bible, what it means to follow Jesus, their questions and doubts, what God is doing in their lives, and so on.
This format encourages group interaction and personal application, and it keeps students engaged. Getting students talking about their faith is the secret sauce to a small group, and all our small group Bible studies are formatted with that goal in mind.
The format is simple, but effective:
- Read a passage of Scripture.
- Make a point that students will remember.
- Ask questions and discuss it.
- Repeat 3-4 times per lesson.
THREE KEY COMPONENTS
Our Bible studies help students become Biblically rooted, provide a strategic path to discipleship, and give them the opportunity to form God-centered relationships.
The Bible, like the roots of a tree, brings life, nourishment and stability to your students’ lives. Scripture deepens their relationship with God, gives them the wisdom to make good decisions, brings clarity to the problems they face, and so much more. In each Bible study, students dive deep into a book of the Bible, which will firmly root them in God’s Word and provide a foundation to build their lives upon.
Strategic Path to Discipleship
We’ve created a strategic path to discipleship. Each Bible study focuses on key components of what it means to follow Jesus. Discipleship is the never-ending process of loving God and serving others. As students learn and grow in their walk with God, their thoughts, actions and lives are transformed. Throughout each Bible study, students will go on a journey to discover what it means to become fully devoted followers of Christ.
Our Bible studies provide students an opportunity to develop God-centered relationships with others. As we read throughout the New Testament, discipleship happens in the context of relationships. The goal is to create an environment where students know others and are known; accept others and are accepted; love others and are loved; and pray for others and are prayed for. We’re intentional about helping them grow in their relationship with God and others.
HOW TO USE
Online or In Person Youth Group
Use our curriculum for small groups when doing online youth group or in person. Each Bible study series is flexible enough for either option.
If your youth group has more than 12 students, then use our curriculum as a tool to disciple students in a small group setting.
Does your church have an active Sunday School program? Our curriculum is a good fit for you.
Does your youth ministry have less than 12 students? Our curriculum is specifically designed with you in mind.