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Grow in Your Relationship with God

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!

The Bible: Hearing from God through Scripture

Scriptures

There are no additional scriptures for this card

Tips and Ideas

  • Give space during your discipleship or group time to practice Hearing from God through Scripture and sharing what you heard, especially when you are first presenting this growth area
  • Consider setting a goal or challenge of how much to read before your next meeting
  • If you are discipling a group, encourage young people to share over group chat what they have read and what God said through it. Consider appointing one of the young people to take the lead in this area

Links

Download The Bible App to find reading plans or read through the Bible and interact as a group

The Navigators have a ton of great resources for reading and studying the Bible

Watch the ‘How to Read the Bible Series’ together.  These videos give the background about how the Bible was written, how it fits together and how to understand it

If you or the young people you are discipling have never read the Bible before, we recommend getting a copy of “The Jesus Storybook Bible.”  It may seem a bit too young at first for teens, but it’s a great way to get an overview of the whole story of the Bible in a short amount of time (with great visuals!)

The Bible: Memorising and Using Scripture

Scriptures

Matthew 4.1-11: Jesus Uses Memorised Scripture

Tips and Ideas

  • Write out the first letter of each word in the verse, then recite it. Erase or scratch out a letter or multiple letters and recite again until there are no letter left.
    • Example: 2 Timothy 3.16  “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” becomes A s i G b a i u f t, r, c a t i r
  • Write the verse on a paper or whiteboard and take turns scratching out or erasing select words and reciting
  • In a group setting, for a bit more fun and excitement, write each word on a balloon and take turns popping select balloons and reciting

Links

Word Hand Illustration

A simple method to break down five methods for taking in God’s Word

Memorisation techniques and games, track memorisation progress and see the progress of other group members

Topical Memory System

A simple, easy-to-use system to memorise key verses which point to basic truths and important instruction. A perfect launching point to begin hiding God’s Word in your heart

Prayer: Talking to God and Listening to God

Scriptures

James 5.13-20:  The Power of Prayer

Philippians 4.4-7:  Prayer Leads to Peace

Tips and Ideas

  • Use the ACTS method and pray through the following: Adoration (worship),  Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication (asking God for help for you or others)
  • Use the Psalms to help you pray
    • God Help Me: Psalm 86, 102
    • God I’m Sorry: Psalm 32, 51
    • God Thank You: Psalm 100
  • If your young people are struggling to pray:
    • Encourage them to find an object in the room that represents something they want to pray for
    • Try writing out your thoughts and prayers and then reading them out loud
  • Keep an individual or group prayer journal to record prayer requests and how God answers
  • If you notice prayers are quite general: Picture God or Jesus right there in the midst of the group.  Picture Him saying, ‘What are you asking me for?  How will you know if I answer?”
  • Go on a prayer walk and pray for your town, city or area
  • Consider setting aside an hour or even a half-day for prayer as a group

Links

The Prayer Hand

A simple picture that displays five different aspects of prayer:  Praise, Thanksgiving, Intercession, Petition, Confession

Prayer Magnets

Using over 200 magnets containing words of prayers by teenagers, youth can rearrange and use the magnets to help find words to pray.

Temptation and Obedience: Looking Like Good News

Scriptures

Genesis 3: Temptation & The Results of Sin

Jeremiah 2.13:  Choosing God’s Way vs Choosing Our Own Way

Romans 3.23; 6.23

Romans 7: Paul does what he doesn’t want to do and doesn’t do what he does want to do

James 1.13-15: Four Stages of Temptation: Desire, Enticement, Giving In, Death

Tips and Ideas

  • Discuss what sin is, what our culture thinks it is and why it’s a big deal to God
  • Talk with the people you are discipling about where you see examples of sin leaving us, and others, empty and hurting
  • Be sure to speak into areas of life that you observe need challenge. Consider using the Invitation-Challenge Matrix found in the Discipleship Pack Intro Booklet and also talked about in Discipleship Diagnostics Video (Coming Soon!)

Links

Satan and Demons

Watch to learn more about the background of the origins of sin and rebellion.

Shema-Listen

Watch to learn about how in the Bible, listening and obeying are the same thing.

Sin: Getting Things Right When I Get It Wrong

Scriptures

Psalm 32 & 51: Being honest with God, Admiting Our Sin & Accepting His Forgiveness

Psalm 103: God Completely Forgives Us of Our Sin

1 John 5.11-13: Assurance of Salvation Based on Accepting Jesus, Not Being Sinless

Tips and Ideas

If you are using the Discipleship Pack with a group, you could add another layer to the confession exercise on the back of the card. Before starting the exercise, pass out one latex glove to each person.  Instruct them to put it on and not to take it off until you say to. After the confession exercise is finished, instruct everyone to take off their glove. Ask how it feels and relate that refreshing feeling to confessing our sin.

Links

How You Can Receive God’s Love & Forgiveness

Learn more about ‘Spiritual Breathing’, an exercise similar to the one listed above.

Bad Word Series: Sin, Transgressions, Iniquity

Watch to learn about the biblical background of sin.

Identity: Free to Be Who God Made Me To Be

Scriptures

Genesis 1:26-31: We are made in God’s image with important work to do

Psalm 139.13-18: We are ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’

Tips and Ideas

Reflection Exercise: Picture God or Jesus pulling up a chair and sitting in front of you, knee to knee.  What do you think He thinks of you?  What would you imagine God saying to you?

Links

Visit the Website for many helpful studies regarding our true identity in Christ.  The link is to a postcard that lists 33 verses affirming our identity. 

The Search for Significance by Robert McGee is a great book that can be used for personal or group study.  It focuses on our true identity and discovering the false beliefs that have negatively impacted our lives.

This book by Dave Patty unpacks the four gifts God the Father gave to his Son while he was on earth.  Readers are led to reflect upon their own father gifts, vacuums and wounds and how those have positively and negatively shaped us

Brennan Manning talks about the unconditional love and grace of the Father in this powerful book that can be used for personal or group reflection.

Holy Spirit: Walking in the Power of the Spirit

Scriptures

Acts 2-7:  The Working of the Spirit in the Early Church

1 Corinthians 12-14:  The Gifts of the Spirit

Galatians 5.16-26:  The Fruit of the Spirit

Ephesians 6.10-18:  Spiritual Warfare

Tips and Ideas

  • Discuss how a person can hear the Spirit’s voice and share how you hear and discern the Spirit’s leading
  • Some have compared discerning the Spirit’s voice to ‘tuning into a radio frequency’. It’s always there, we just need to learn to hear it.
  • Some have likened ignoring the Spirit’s promptings to building up a callous on our heart. Every time we hear the Spirit and disobey or ignore Him, it adds another layer of tough skin.  This makes it more and more difficult to hear and feel the Spirit’s working in us.

Links

Holy Spirit
God

Watch this video to see how the Spirit fits into how God reveals himself in three persons. 

Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) has loads of resources to help you live the Spirit filled life.

Suffering: Making it Through Difficult Times

Scriptures

John 9:  Our suffering can bring glory to God

Romans 5.3-5:  God uses suffering to help us grow in character

Romans 12.7-10:  God wants us to rely on His strength when we suffer

1 Peter 5.6-11:  We are not alone in our suffering

Hebrews 11:  The suffering of God’s people will come to an end

Tips and Ideas

  • Many people often believe that because suffering exists, God must not exist. Discuss how our expectation that the world should be good actually reveals our true belief that there is a God and He is good!
  • Don’t forget to listen and empathise when young people share their difficulties. Assure them that God understands because He took on our suffering through Jesus
  • Consider doing a Bible study on Joseph, his suffering and the results (Genesis Chapters 37-50)
  • Consider leading a young person through a healing prayer exercise for past or present hurts. Guide the young person to declare their hurts to God and to ask God where He was in these times.  Encourage them to picture Jesus entering those situations and healing them.

Links

A powerful film and workshop exploring the difficult emotions of rage, despair and hope using the story of Job

Relationships: Healthy Friendships

Scriptures

1 Samuel 19-20:  Jonathan and David’s Friendship

Tips and Ideas

  • Consider leading your young people through a Bible study on the friendship between Jonathan and David, considering especially the sacrifices Jonathan made to be a good friend to David
  • Be sure to share your own experiences of healthy and unhealthy friendships you had as a young person and the affect those had on your life

Relationships: Healthy Love

Scriptures

It is important to understand the words the Biblical authors used to talk about sex before embarking on a reading or study of the Bible on this topic

Porneia is a Greek Word found in the New Testament that refers to sexual activity outside of marriage.  The English translation for this word is sexual immorality.

 

Genesis 2.24:  Sex is between a man and wife

Romans 1.18-32:  God has given some humans over to their lusts

1 Corinthians 6.9-11, 12 – 20: Dangers of sexual immorality

1 Corinthians 7.1-7:  Singleness can be fulfilling. Sex is between a man and wife

Tips and Ideas

  • Be sure to talk about why God would have good and living boundaries for the gift of sex. He’s not out to kill our fun
  • Be appropriately vulnerable about your own history and struggles with sexual purity and times you may have, in unhealthy ways, turned to romance or to physical intimacy in order to feel good about self. Also share times you experienced victory and wholeness.
  • Be aware that it will be important to cover topics related to premarital sex, same sex attraction, singleness, etc.
  • If young people have already crossed sexual boundaries, it is important to guide with grace and lead them to confession and forgiveness rather than shame
  • Illustration: Have young people glue two pieces of paper together and leave them sit for a while as you talk.  Now try to pull them apart.  You cannot get them fully apart without pieces ripping and sticking to each other.  When we give our bodies to another person, it is not just a physical act.  There are experiences and emotions we will never get back.
  • Exercise: what are you looking for in a future partner?  Write down some qualities and desires and ask God to help you wait for Him to bring the right person along

Links

Sex and Intimacy:  Why Purity is the Answer to our Greatest Need

Why Does God Care Who I Sleep With?

By Sam Alberry

Has loads of videos and resources that we encourage you to explore on sex, singleness, same sex attraction and how we can be satisfied even if we are not sexually active.

Giving: Everything is God’s

Scriptures

Tithe = a tenth or 10% of your income  (Matt 23.23  Jesus affirms tithing)

Offering = anything in addition to my tithe

Deuteronomy 8.18:  God gives us the ability to produce wealth

Proverbs 3.9-10:  The concept of giving your ‘firstfruits’ to God

2 Corinthians 8.1-15:  Excel in the grace of giving

1 Timothy 6.17-19:  Be generous and willing to share

Tips and Ideas

  • Undertake a Bible study on the Rich Young Ruler (Luke 18) and Zacchaeus the tax collector (Luke 29) and their decisions about their money. Why did they have such different responses?
  • Encourage your young people to step out in faith and start giving
  • Consider asking your minister or church treasurer to shoot a quick video explaining how the church uses the money that is given
  • Consider asking a missionary you know to shoot a quick video explaining how they use money that is given
  • Consider undertaking a giving project as a group

Links

Has loads of resources related to money and giving.  We encourage you to check them out!

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