YOUTH GROUP LESSON ON SHARING YOUR FAITH

When you experience the hope and grace that God has extended to you, it is only natural to have a desire to share that gift with others. 

It becomes something you WANT to do rather than something you HAVE to do. It is a natural response of experiencing the deep love of God.

Use this youth group lesson, based on Matthew 28:16-20, to help students share their faith in Jesus with others.

– Nick Diliberto, Ministry to Youth

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Written by Carrie Busch

Bible: Matthew 28:16-20

Bottom Line: When we experience the hope and grace that God has extended to us, it is only natural to have a desire to share that gift with others. 

OPENING ACTIVITY: MY FAVORITE THINGS

SUPPLIES

  • Marker/Whiteboard
  • Poster board or large construction paper (one sheet per student)
  • Crayons/ markers

ACTIVITY INSTRUCTIONS

Say: Today’s opening activity is going to center on the things that we love! 

We’ll discuss some of our favorite things and maybe even try to convince the rest of the group to like them, too.

Hand out a piece of poster board/construction paper and crayons/markers to each student.

Each student will be making a poster that celebrates his or her favorite things. 

Students can put as many “favorites” as they want on their posters, and they can decorate the posters however they see fit.

Tell the students that this is their chance to convince each other of their “faves.”

On the whiteboard, write a list of potential topics (examples below) so students can get some ideas if they’re having trouble getting started. Examples might include

  • TV show
  • Movie
  • Color
  • Actor/Actress
  • Teacher
  • Subject
  • Song
  • Band
  • Restaurant
  • Fast food meal
  • Soda flavor

Once students have completed their posters, spend some time letting the students tell everyone about their favorites.

Challenge them on a few of their choices to liven up the conversation and have them defend their opinions. 

This will set you up for today’s lesson on sharing their faith.

TEACH

Read Matthew 28:16-20:

16 The eleven followers went to Galilee to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 On the mountain they saw Jesus and worshiped him, but some of them did not believe it was really Jesus. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All power in heaven and on earth is given to me. 19 So go and make followers of all people in the world. Baptize them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach them to obey everything that I have taught you, and I will be with you always, even until the end of this age.”

After Jesus was resurrected, he appeared to the disciples telling them to go and share his message with everyone.

He’s telling us to do the same.

When you experience the deep love of God, and your life is changed from the inside out, your natural response is to WANT to share that with others.

Today’s bottom line is: When you experience the hope and grace that God has extended to you, it is only natural to share that gift with others. 

It becomes something you WANT to do rather than something you HAVE to do. It is a natural response of experiencing the deep love of God.

Ask yourself, when is the last time you recommended something to a friend or family member?

Maybe you loved a certain menu item at your favorite restaurant, or maybe you told your friends about a movie you saw last week that they just had to see.

Or maybe you recommended a TV show on Netflix or a series on Hulu.

No matter what, chances are you’ve made hundreds of recommendations in your lifetime, and you probably didn’t think twice about it.

Why?

Because, as human beings, we love for others to share in our joy when we find something awesome!

We love to tell others about our favorite experiences, foods, restaurants, and more because we want them to experience what we have!

The same is true when it comes to our relationship with Jesus.

In our game today we shared with others our favorite things. It’s easy and natural for us to share that with others…because we feel strongly about our convictions.

Similarly, when we experience God’s deep love, grace and forgiveness through Jesus….we want to share his message with them.

Then, we simply look for opportunities to do share our faith. We don’t have to memorize a script or follow any prescribed steps.

All we have to do is listen to God’s voice. Pay attention to what God is doing in the lives of others. Ask God for the words to say at the right time.

Rely on God’s guidance. Trust that He’ll show us when and how to share the message of Jesus with others.

Close in prayer.

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