Here are four great Bible study topics teens can use.
How to avoid temptation? You can better understand how to resist temptation if you memorize the scriptures. Hear how this verse shows a cause and effect relationship by memorizing or hiding the Word of God in one’s heart; “Your word which I hid in my heart, so that I do not sin against you(Psalm 119: 11). The psalmist hid the Word of God in his heart so that he “would not sin against” God. You could read this verse like this; “I memorized your Word so that I wouldn’t sin against you. He said “so that I do not sin,” which means that there is no guarantee that he will not sin just because he has memorized some scriptures, but Psalm 119: 11 seems to say that it could. help us not to sin.
Joseph is an excellent example of holy life. We see this example when Potiphar’s wife wanted to sleep with Joseph and he literally lacked his cloak (Gn 39). By running away, he was resisting temptation in a Biblical way, just as James wrote: “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you(James 4: 7). Joseph certainly submitted to God and his law and he most certainly ran as fast as he could and the devil had no chance to trip him up.
Who are your friends
Pau is writing to all of us; “Make no mistake: “Bad company corrupts good morals”(1 Cor 15:33). There’s no way my wife and I can live together all these years and not fade over each other. I find myself saying things that she does and that’s because I’ve been blessed to be associated with her for so long now. She’s a treasure and all her friends I know are good-natured women. Maybe they developed their character by associating with the right people. Of course the Bible teaches that none are good (Rom 3:10) but relatively speaking my wife and her friends are very similar and have a positive influence on each other, but for those who have friends who choose to make bad choices (drugs, alcohol, sex outside marriage), they will be influenced in a negative way. You become like those with whom you are most. This is why Solomon wrote: “Do not befriend an angry man, or go away with an angry man, lest you learn his ways and get caught up in a trap.”(Prov 22: 24-25). You learn the manners of those you run with. In a sense, you are who your friends are.
Control the language
James has written a lot about language and its control as one of the most difficult things we have to do. Jacques writes “Because we all stumble in many ways. And if someone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, also able to restrain his whole body.“(James 3: 2) which means that none of us have perfect control of our tongue and therefore even if”the tongue is a small member, but it boasts of big things” and “As a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire(James 3: 5)! The fact is that “no human being can tame the language. It’s a stirred evil, full of deadly poison“(James 3: 8) and”With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God.(James 3: 9). We use the same language to bless people but also to curse people (James 3:10) even if they are made in the image of God (Gen 1:27). Solomon wrote that “A sweet tongue is a tree of life, but the evil in it breaks the spirit“(Prov 15: 4) and a”dishonest man sows strife and whisperer separates close friends”(Prov 16:28) which means that gossip about someone can come back to drive a wedge between those who have close friends. This would make a great Bible study for teens, but it also applies to adults.
I like Psalm 119: 165 which says “Great peace to those who love your law; nothing will offend them”And yet it seems that we are so easily and often offended for minor issues. A Bible study on forgiveness isn’t just a good idea for teens… it’s a good idea for anyone because it seems to be one of the most misunderstood and difficult teachings in the Bible. Forgiving someone doesn’t mean you keep letting them take advantage of you, but you forgive them because God has forgiven us exponentially more than we could ever forgive anyone else. Our debt might never be painful in a million lifetimes, but we can and should forgive others, even if they choose not to forgive us or apologize to us. We should pray that the Spirit of God will convince them of the need to forgive others and not be offended by what others say or do. At the same time, we shouldn’t do anything to offend others.
Teenagers are in a difficult situation in this world today because they are surrounded by so many temptations to sin and it seems that each new generation faces even more temptations than the previous generation. A teen Bible study isn’t just good for them, it’s good for their families, their churches, and society in general.
Article by Jack Wellman
Jack Wellman is the pastor of Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is also the senior editor of What Christians Want to Know whose mission is to equip, encourage and energize Christians and answer questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.