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Age Group


Sessions Included
Friend Power
Word Power
Little Things Matter
Sticks and Stones
Ruth 1:1-18
James 3:1-12
2 Samuel 9
Genesis 12:1-9

Brief Description

Sticks and Stones

Even though they likely heard “Sticks and stones may break my bones…” as children, your teens know words have power and that they can hurt. The ancient Hebrews also believed in the power of the spoken word; blessings and curses were seen as being directly connected with fortune and destiny. This session will empower your youth to use their words to bless others as God has freely blessed them with the gift of salvation through Jesus.

Word Power

This session looks at the power of language through James’ New Testament writing. Your youth will examine the powerful metaphors in James 3:1-12 and have a chance to discuss the prevalence of put-downs and “talking trash” in our culture. Finally, they will have an opportunity to counteract those negative messages with an activity that builds up the members of the group, giving them a concrete application of the positive power of language.

Friend Power

Your youth will be familiar with the phrase “BFF” whether they’ve seen it written in yearbooks, on MySpace pages, or sent it via text or instant message. “Best friends forever” is a common expression among teens, but they may not know what it takes to truly be a “best friend.” This session uses the story of Naomi and Ruth to guide youth to understanding the traits that make a good friendship–loyalty, trust, and care–are also the qualities that God shows to us.

Little Things Matter

If conversations we overhear are any indication, many youth have no qualms about cheating on tests, lying to their parents, or gossiping about a friend. Those “little things” supposedly do not matter. On the contrary, though, Luke 16:10 says, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” This session will show your teens how the “little things”–both good and bad–affect our relationships and our world.

by Carol McEntyre

What Is a QuickPak?

Youth QuickPaks offer busy youth leaders a terrific approach to leading Bible study. The sessions are unique in their strong use of media-connections for teaching. Sessions point teachers to songs, movie clips, TV shows, or other media that help grab the attention of students and get your discussion rolling.

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