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Discussion in 'Youth Forum' started by Scott J, Dec 13, 2004.

  1. Scott J

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    I am trying to build a teen group in our church. We are about to finish our first Bible study booklet. We used the "Milk" study from PositiveActionforChrist. The material wasn't necessarily over their heads but it involved more time than they are used to devoting. Most haven't been exposed to family or personal devotions at all.

    Our group didn't respond to it as well as I had hoped. Does anyone know of a lesson series or Bible study that can ease young teens into personal daily devotions? It really needs to be pretty basic.

    Our church uses the KJV as its official text. We are pretty conservative on music and other practices. I could use a NKJV based series but the NIV is not acceptable. Ideally, the material would be translation neutral.

    Any ideas?
     
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    Devotional materials never did it for me.

    I would encourage you to have your teens read a passage, either one they pick themselves or one you pick, and then use a notebook to record observations. You can help them with this by giving them some pre-defined questions -- what does this passage say about God? What does this passage tell me to do? Do I need to adjust my way of thinking to this passage? Etc.

    You can practice this with them in class and then send them off to do it by themselves during the week. You could even have them share some of their observations during a testimony time the next week. You will probably need to spend several weeks practicing with them before they really get it.

    Andy
     
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    Thank you both.

    I am familiar with RBP- good stuff.

    Thanks Andy. That might work with this group. Any ideas on encouraging participation?
     
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    Accountability is key.

    One of the devices we used when I was in youth ministry was to ask if they were doing their devotions, and track "points" for them. One of the things we used the points for was to qualify to go on the summer missions trip- which, in our case, the church would cover the basic travel and accomodation expenses for. I found the teens to be quite honest in telling me when they did and didn't do them.

    Similar to what Andy said, we used to schedule a teen to give a two-minute devotional at every Wednesday night meeting. That also might be a way to encourgae your teens to begin studying the Word for themselves.

    Positive Action has some good things to do here. You can teach through Frank Hamrick's "Mighty Through God" (link) series written for teens that shows them how to practice Biblical meditation. I found it to be helpful with our teens.

    Ken Turner, a friend of mine, also has a devotional program called High Impact Teens that I've heard good things about. (link)

    The Iowa Regular Baptists also produce monthly devotionals that you could download and print for free. They are pretty good as well, and follow and inductive bible study method (link).
     
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    Some years ago, the BC to which I belonged at the time hosted a college group that (at least in the SS class I attended) tried this "trick" to get us out of our comatose state:

    Take a well-known verse or passage (let's say John 3:16), self analyze each word (or phrase) by itself, and then tell the group what that word/phrase means to you personally AND how it fits into the context (textual and/or topical) of that verse.

    Naturally there'd have to be some "ground rules" established (and enforced!) prior to launching out on this, but it's an interesting thought.
     

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