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Walking into the teen section of any mainstream book store these days makes my stomach flip. The titles and covers are nearly all of spiritual or sexual content.
Now more than ever it’s important that we build our teens up in Truth. That we teach them to know God and his Truth, so that they will be able to discern the evil when confronted with it and have His strength to turn from it, whether in a bookstore, a mobile app, a friend’s house, or on the job.
How to build up your teen in truth
How are our young adults going to learn to discern good from evil? By studying the good.
We can teach them the Philippians 4:8 test:
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
But they should also know about gratuitousness, explicitness, and moral tone. This little booklet is a great (and short) read for high schoolers learning discernment. They should be taught how to compare information to the Word of God and his guidelines, and make wise decisions about content and materials we read, view and listen to.
As for knowing God, here are three great resources for middle school and high school Bible studies. Each can be used in a group setting or as individual or homeschool study.
1. Fathom Bible Studies
Fathom is a Bible study for teens that covers the Old and New Testaments in 18 4-session studies. The lessons are a blend of narrative and traditional theological approaches to understanding the Bible story.
Each lesson focuses on one passage that will launch into the larger context of God’s story being studied, and how that story is meant to be theirs. Fathom acknowledges the differences between older and younger youth and the way they learn, providing material for younger and older teens.
2. Striving Together
Striving Together Publications is a ministry of Lancaster Baptist Church and West Coast Baptist College, under the direction of Pastor Paul Chappell. This ministry was founded for the purpose of publishing biblically sound books, curriculum, and resources to assist in producing spiritual growth in the lives of Christians and through the ministries of local church. Their Bible curriculum for teens is topic based, focusing one study at a time on things like, faith, trials, or relationships.
3. Positive Action for Christ
Positive Action for Christ is a nonprofit publishing ministry specializing in Bible studies and curricula. They’ve got 40 years of experience helping teachers and parents magnify the majesty of God to their teens. Their middle school and high school Bible programs teach teens to know God and apply his Truths to their everyday life. Their Bible Courses of 35 lessons are great for both middle school and high school.
These bloggers and small publishers also have some great Bible studies for teens:
- Paradise Praises: Just released The Omni-God: Knowing Who God is and What That Means for Me – A Bible Study series on personal character
- Not Consumed: Has several Bible studies for young teens on the topics of contentment, obedience, character, and more.
- Danika Cooley: The Bible Roadtrip is a unique Family Bible curriculum that incorporates systematic Bible study with deeper learning activities for teens.
- Jim Berg: Changed Into His Image. This study teaches how to build an intimate and completely satisfying relationship with God through exposure to God Himself.
Do you have another Bible study or Bible curriculum for teens that you love?