Our teaching should help students understand that the Bible is primarily about God and his plan to a redeem a people for himself.
Teaching Teenagers Biblical Context
If the gospel really is the good news that Jesus came to save people from their sin, we should help students understand how the entire Bible points to this truth.
Most likely, a student isn’t disrupting your group time out of malice. Take the opportunity to be curious about what’s going on in his or her life.
It is wise for us to be aware of our sin tendencies: are we more inclined to cut the speaker off to regain control, or are we more inclined to hide from confrontation?
When nonbelievers show up to your group, the most important thing you can do is to include them as part of your gospel ministry.
God’s life-giving presence is available to us through the baby born in Bethlehem. Remembering this quiets my guilt about leading a youth ministry that has yet to be “optimized.”
Each year Rooted curates a list of the best new books for youth ministers to read, and this year we have three to recommend.