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Grow in Your Vision to build God’s Kingdom

The back of each card (not pictured here) has all the information you need to get started on your chosen growth area.  These additional resources –  such as extra Scriptures, Tips, Downloads and Links – can help you go deeper with each card!

Finding God’s Will For My LIfe

Scriptures

The card lists several Scriptures to read and discuss. 

 You can also consider looking at God’s revealed will for the following people:

Exodus 3.10:  Moses

Jeremiah 1.4-10:  The Prophet Jeremiah

Luke 19.10:  Jesus

Acts 9.1-8:  Paul

Tips and Ideas

  • Show awareness that young people experience a great deal of anxiety and pressure when it comes to this topic. Assure them that God will lead them and it is not something to figure out all at one time.  ‘God’s will is not a destination.  It is a journey.’
  • Discuss whether you think God has one specific thing in mind for each of us or if we have the freedom to choose
  • Ask other Christians – or have them shoot a short video – to share how they discerned God’s will for their lives
  • Illustration: It is difficult to turn the steering wheel of a car when it is parked.  It is much easier to turn the wheel when the car is moving.  Once we start moving in the direction we sense God leading us, He can more easily direct us.
  • Illustration: Some have compared God’s will to Him giving us the paint, paintbrushes and canvas.  As long as we stay in the boundaries, we are free to paint what is on our heart.   Do you agree or disagree with this analogy?

Knowing My Personality

Scriptures

There are no additional scriptures for this card

Tips and Ideas

  • The ‘Jobs’ listed on the back of this card (CEO, Cruise Director, Counsellor, Engineer) are only stereotypical jobs for people with that personality type. Any person – with any personality – can be called by God to do any job!
  • Personality types also do not determine who will be a good leader. Great leaders exist from all different personality types!
  • The results of personality inventories are best used to give us a broad awareness of ourselves and others, not to pigeon-hole people into certain behaviours or jobs. When you are helping young people look at the results of their personality type, give them space to share what descriptors they agree or disagree with
  • Discuss people you know in common who exhibit the different personality types and how you can see their personalities shining through
  • Discuss how interpersonal conflict can often be a result of personality types
  • There are several other, more in-depth, personality inventories on the market. (eg Myers –Briggs) You may prefer to try one of these.
  • You may decide to focus on this topic with your entire youth group or volunteer team. Consider inviting someone who is trained in leading teams through personality exercises to lead this time (more than likely someone in your church can connect you with a trainer they have experience with from their education or work setting)

Links

Find downloadable DiSC and Spiritual Gift Inventories as well as connected resources and training.

Knowing My Spiritual Gifts

Scriptures

The card lists several scriptures. Be sure to read and study them!

Tips and Ideas

  • Discuss the results of the Spiritual Gift Inventory. Give young people the opportunity to discuss what descriptions they agree or disagree with
  • Discuss people you know in common who demonstrate different Spiritual Gifts. How have you seen God use them?  Consider having other Christians share with you what their Gifts are and how they see God using them.
  • Discuss: What is the difference between Spiritual Gifts and Natural Talents?
  • Illustration: If your young people are familiar with CS Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, you could show the clip of Father Christmas giving the children very specific gifts when they enter Narnia.  They would use these gifts later for their important mission!
  • If you are looking at the Spiritual Gifts as a group, help everyone become aware of each others’ gifts by talking about them or making a visual. Spend some time affirming where you see these Gifts in each other and try to use specific examples
  • Consider brainstorming a list of areas where young people could practice these gifts in the church or youth ministry. Set a challenge for each person to try out one of their gifts in one of these areas for a set period of time

Links

Find downloadable DiSC and Spiritual Gift Inventories as well as connected resources and training.

Knowing My Life Shaping Experiences

Scriptures

There are several Scriptures listed on the card.  Be sure to have a look!

Tips and Ideas

  • For the Life Graph exercise explained on the card, the leader should be prepared to share first and model appropriate vulnerability
  • Consider a ‘Lite’ version of the Life Graph exercise where you simply ask individuals to share 3 positive and 3 negative experiences that have shaped their life
  • If you are doing these exercises as a group, have each listener respond back with either something they appreciated or a question
  • As a leader, be sure to remember important things shared to follow up with later
  • Consider studying through the life of Joseph (Genesis 37-50) over a series of weeks and plot the highs and lows of Joseph’s life on a graph. Ask ‘How do you think Joseph felt about these experiences?’  ‘How did God use these experiences later in Joseph’s life?’

Using My Gifts Now!

Scriptures

1 Peter 4.10-11:  We should use our Gifts to serve others

Tips and Ideas

  • [Note: The last two bullet points on the card are a typo and should simply be one bullet point that says ‘Did I see any spiritual fruit?’]
  • Inspire and encourage your young people that they do not have to be adults before they can use their gifts. Consider embarking on a Bible study of young people that God has used throughout history to make a difference (eg. David, Josiah, Esther, Mary, many of the disciples and Timothy)
  • Communicate in your church that ‘young people are not the church of tomorrow or the leaders of tomorrow’. They are the Church of today!
  • Discuss what it may look like to see the ‘spiritual fruit’ that is mentioned on the card
  • Your young people will probably need help approaching leaders and others who can open up opportunities to practice their gifts. Consider taking a season to practice this as a group and communicate to your church about your plans and goals
  • Help your young people and church leaders think about how to make this a short term experience for youth to practice their gifts in a specific ministry rather than sign-up for a long-term commitment from the outset

Multiplying Myself

Scriptures

Matthew 25.14-30:  Jesus tells a story about multiplying the gifts given to us

John 17.20-26:  Jesus has already prayed for those who will come to faith and grow through us!

2 Timothy 2.2  Paul instructs Timothy as a young leader to multiply himself in others

Tips and Ideas

  • Talk about what is scary or daunting about discipling others
  • Encourage young people that God can use them – perhaps even more than adults – to help others grow despite their fear and lack of experience
  • When young people start disicipling others, be sure to build in time to not only continue discipling them, but to coach and support their discipleship efforts
  • Guide your young people to start with the UP cards related to Hearing God through Scripture and Praying as they begin helping others grow
  • Consider using the Training Videos attached to the Discipleship Pack as a way to equip and support your young people to disciple

Links

Watch the videos specifically related to young people using the Discipleship Pack

Stepping Out In Faith

Scriptures

Joshua 3.7-17:  The priests had to step into the Jordan river before the waters parted

Matthew 14.22-31:  Peter steps out of the boat and onto the water

Mark 9.24:  ‘I believe, help my unbelief!’

James 2.14-26:  Faith, if not accompanied by action, is dead

Tips and Ideas

  • Consider doing a deeper Bible reading or study on some of the people listed in the Hebrews 11 text listed on the card
  • Share stories where God has asked you to step out in faith. Be sure to include times when you got it wrong and times when you got it right and how God used it
  • Invite other Christians to share their stories of stepping out in faith
  • Acknowledge feelings of fear and uncertainty. Ask God for help like the man in the Mark 9.24 text above
  • Consider keeping a journal or record as a group of times you stepped out in faith and how God answered and helped
  • Introduce your young people to a few great missionary biographies (or films) such as Hudson Taylor, William Wilberforce, Bruchko (Bruce Olsen), The Shadow of the Almighty (Elisabeth Eliot), End of the Spear (Jim Eliot, Nate Saint) Peace Child (Don Richardson), Eric Liddell, Brother Yun, The Cross and the Switchblade (David Wilkerson). These stories inspire us to step out in faith. 

Using My Future to Build God’s Kingdom

Scriptures

Several Scriptures on the OUT:  Finding Gods Will for My Life card will also work well for this topic

Tips and Ideas

  • Ask other Christians – or have them shoot a short video – to share about how they see their job helping to build God’s Kingdom
  • Be aware that some young people may think they have to be a youth minister like you in order for God to be happy with their work!
  • God created us to do good work (Gen 1.28) In his book Garden City John Mark Comer talks about six different kinds of work. Work that brings: 1. Beauty  2. Health  3. Order  4. Justice  5.  Wisdom  6. Understanding.  Discuss which of these categories excite you the most
  • Activity Idea:  Share sample epitaphs of famous people and have a go at writing down what legacy you want to leave on the earth

Links

Image of God

Watch this amazing video that explains the good work God gave us to do to develop the Earth and its resources

This book – mentioned above – contains many helpful thoughts about God’s desires for our life and work that can shape your thoughts and conversations

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