When planning Bible study topics for youth, pastors and leaders may feel limited by the age and life stage of group members. But if you’re teaching tweens or teens, you don’t have to stick only to topics like peer pressure and dating.
Of course, these are important lessons that interest most teenagers. But children are also eager and eager to develop their faith in many other areas. And they hunger for the food provided by the Word of God and of Jesus, the bread of life.
Almost any topic that leads to great Bible studies for adults also works well as Bible study topics for young people. Just make sure the teaching time is age appropriate. Also consider including themed activities and games to reinforce the lessons.
10 Bible study topics for young people
People of all ages remain fascinated by the miracles of healing, provision, and restoration that Jesus performed on earth. Introduce a lesson or series on the miracles of Jesus by playing a fun guessing game like Emoji Bible Stories. In this game, kids try to guess each miracle based solely on emoji clues.
Jesus was a master storyteller, and his wide variety of parables are filled with insight and instruction for the Christian life. You can spend an entire summer or semester studying New Testament parables with teenagers. Start or end each lesson with a fun game, such as this lost sheep puzzle.
3. Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount
In his Sermon on the Mount (Matthew chapters 5-7), Jesus covers many topics of interest and relevance to young people. These include obedience, testimony, relationships, enemies, giving, prayer, wealth, concern, judgment, and salvation. Jesus’ sermon opens with the Beatitudes, which alone make great Bible study topics for young people!
Character studies of people in the Bible who obey (and disobey) God’s Word also work especially well for youth Bible study topics. Choose people from the Old and New Testaments, including some the teens may not have heard of before. These studies are sure to lead to lively discussions about the challenges and blessings of following Jesus.
You don’t have to be an adult or a lifelong Christian to share your faith in Jesus with others. In fact, teenagers tend to be some of the boldest witnesses. Additionally, they usually have large networks of friends and acquaintances. During a youth Bible study on evangelism, address any fears or hesitations children have about sharing their beliefs with others.