Covering sin by our own means doesn't work; we need God's forgiveness!
Bible Focus: Psalm 32:1–2; 1 Peter 1:18–19; Colossians 3:5
A game and short devotion about staying on the path with Jesus.
Bible Focus: Psalm 119:105
A short reflection reminding youth that Jesus is with them as they disciple for him.
Bible Focus: Matthew 28:18–20
Bible Focus: John 1:36; Matthew 4:4; Psalm 34:8; Proverbs 3:1–8
A series of questions and thoughts on nourishment, both physical and spiritual.
I AM . . .
Bible Focus: the Gospel of John
A fill-in-the-blank activity for Jesus' "I AM" statements in John's Gospel.
Acts of Service and Personal Growth
Bible Focus: Matthew 5:16
Use this list of ideas to encourage servant hearts.
A series of questions and thoughts on being filled with God's Word.
Bible Focus: John 7:38–39; Ephesian 5:18–19; Psalm 31
A series of questions and thoughts on the Bible as a guide for life's questions.
Bible Focus: Acts 2:14–39; Romans 1:20; Romans 2:14–15; Psalm 136; John 20:30–31; 2 Timothy 3:16
A series of questions and thoughts on God's protection despite our choices.
Bible Focus: James 1:13; Luke 11:4; Ephesians 6:13
Three Flashlight Games
Three fun flashlight games to reinforce the idea of being a light in a dark world.
Bible Focus: Matthew 5:14–16
Jesus washed his disciples' feet, modeling servant leadership for them and for us. Includes questions for personal reflection.
Bible Focus: John 13; John 15
Now Starring in a Serving Role
Plan acts of service to others and then carry them out secretly.
Bible Focus: Servant Heart
Sin and Repentance
Repenting of sin is like cleaning out a wound so it can heal. Includes questions for personal reflection.
Bible Focus: Romans 3:23; 1 John 1:9
You've Graduated! What's Next?
A devotion to celebrate your graduates.
Bible Focus: Isaiah 9:2, 6–7
Journey On—Never Alone
A devotion using traffic signs to celebrate your graduates.
Bible Focus: Isaiah 41:10
One Big List for Graduates
An activity for your graduates, including 11 listing prompts with Scripture.
Bible Focus: Isaiah 41:10, assorted Scripture
Go with God
A short devotion on Jesus' protection and presence in our lives.
Bible Focus: Luke 5:16
A short devotion about Jesus always being alongside us.
Bible Focus: Matthew 14:29
A bingo-style take-home activity to encourage servant hearts.
Bible Focus: Servant heart
A fun team tossing game with "eggs" and a basket.
Bible Focus: Easter, surprise
Youth decorate a stone as a reminder of Jesus' empty tomb.
Bible Focus: Easter, tomb
Answer the clues and discover a hidden word.
Bible Focus: Romans 6:23
A Great Reunion
A devotion about the eternal family reunion for the family of God.
Bible Focus: 1 Thessalonians 2:19
When we experience hardships, we can benefit from a shift in perspective.
Bible Focus: John 10:10; Hebrews 11:35-37, hardships
Sharing God's Love!
A fun game of balloon "sharing" for all ages.
Bible Focus: God's love
Serving with Promise
A devotion about gardening—here on earth and in God's Kingdom.
Bible Focus: Isaiah 55:11, seeds
A devotion about God's grace—it is enough!
Bible Focus: 2 Corinthians 12:9; grace, sufficient
Participants find God's promises in Scripture and use them to construct a prayer.
Bible Focus: Various Scripture
A unique object lesson shows how God's blessings - big and small - overflow in our lives.
Bible Focus: Psalm 107:1; Romans 1:21; blessings
Strong in Christ
Youth explore God's strength and guidance in their lives.
Bible Focus: Philippians 4:13, strength
A fun puzzle relay for teams.
Bible Focus: Psalm 139:14, God's creation, unique
The Word of God
Can you take God at his word? You bet!
Bible Focus: John 1:1; Revelation 3:14; 2 Corinthians 1:20; Hebrews 6:18; 2 Corinthians 9:15; Trust in God
Participants write uplifting messages for each other.
Bible Focus: Psalm 139:14, encouragement, uplifting others
A short devotion on what Jesus' sacrifice means for us.
Bible Focus: Ephesians 2:8, grace, salvation
Reflections on Christ's Love
Participants journal about imitating others and imitating Christ.
Bible Focus: Ephesians 5:1, imitate, imitation
Youth will journal about what it means to build their lives on Christ.
Bible Focus: Psalm 118:22, Christ is our Cornerstone, building life on Christ
A Life Reflecting Christ's Love
Youth will consider which Bible figure they might like to interview and how all have received a "total makeover" from God.
Bible Focus: Ephesians 5:1, Bible figures, total makeover
A short devotion on Jesus' sacrifice and what that means for us.
Bible Focus: Galatians 2:20, forgiveness, Jesus' sacrifice
Man of Sorrows
Youth will consider that Jesus was also rejected by others.
Bible Focus: Isaiah 53:3 rejected, outcast
Youth will consider how Jesus can help them steer clear of self-righteousness.
Bible Focus: Jeremiah 23:6 Righteousness, self-righteousness
Youth will consider how Jesus' promises affect their service, priorities, and decisions.
Bible Focus: Job 19:25 Redeemer, service
God Is Good
God's love is real, and it overcomes death and the devil.
Bible Focus: 1 John 3:16 love, show-me
Remind youth that they are created by God and different from everyone else.
Bible Focus: Psalm 139:13 created by God
Life and Faith
Students consider the faith leaders in their life.
Bible Focus: John 3:16 Living out faith
Students see feet washing as a new reminder of forgiveness through Jesus.
Bible Focus: John 13:8 Jesus forgives
Remind students to turn to Jesus when they're in life circumstances that make it hard to follow Him.
Bible Focus: Acts 16:25-26 Christian encouragement
Jesus sacrificed while we were sinners. We can love others with His love.
Bible Focus: Romans 5:8 Forgiven to forgive
How Old Are You?
Bible Focus: 1 Timothy 4:12, youth
Students will be encouraged with this prayer journal page inspiring them to be an example of Christian faith, no matter how old they are.
Who Needs Help?
Bible Focus: Matthew 25:40, service
Students will write a prayer about serving someone less fortunate. They'll be encouraged to see God work through them in helping this person.
Why have you abandoned me?
Bible Focus: Jesus’ Death Paid Your Debt, forgiveness
Students will explore why God had to forsake his Son on the cross as he died the death we deserved.
Why are you sleeping?
Bible Focus: Garden of Gethsemane, Easter
This devotion uses the Garden of Gethsemane as the background story for teaching students about prayer.
PB & J Sandwich Spread
Bible Focus: Exodus 3:8, snacks
A PB & J spread—a great alternative to pizza delivery at your next youth meeting.
One of Little Faith
Bible Focus: Matthew 8:26, faith
Students will consider the times when their faith is high and when it's low.
Raise the Curtain!
Bible Focus: John 13:35, game
Kids will try to be the fastest to guess who is sitting behind the curtain. A great way for students to get to know each other's names!
Bible Focus: Matthew 20:28, service
Encourage Christian service among the students in your group with this devotion based on following Jesus' ways and relying on his forgiveness.
Find Someone Who . . .
Bible Focus: Psalm 119:73-74, icebreaker
A human bingo icebreaker for youth.
From Ordinary to Extraordinary
Focus: Mark 1:17–18, discipleship
A prayer journal page to help students see Jesus' calling to his disciples in a new light.
Focus: 1 Peter 3:18, dead to sin
Youth will be challenged to think about the sins that keep coming back and the Savior who paid for them, once and for all.
Paid in Full
Focus: Romans 5:8, Easter
A devotion to encourage students that they are debt-free, all because of Jesus!
Christmas Cookie Giveaway
Bible Focus: Christmas Season
Students decorate cookies—one to keep and one to give away.
From Delaware to Arizona
Focus: Psalm 19:14
Teens will have a blast playing this word game and trying to win the challenge!
Faith: Free and Active
Focus: James 2:26
Students are challenged to consider how faith can be a gift but also be connected to good works.
Service in His Name
Focus: Isaiah 58:7–8
Youth will write about service opportunities they see in their communities and their world.
Focus: Luke 2
Youth will enjoy this word game, coming up with Christmas words that start with specific letters of the alphabet.
Go and Trust
Focus: Luke 17:12–15, 19
Students will consider the story of the 10 lepers as they see how courage and trust are gifts from God.
I'm Waiting . . .
Focus: Mark 5:26–28, 34
Youth will consider what it means to trust God and patiently wait for him to work.
Why are you crying?
Focus: Mary Weeps
Assure teens that Jesus is near, even during times of tears and grief.
Why are you so upset?
Focus: Hope after Easter Morning
This devotion discusses the "bigger picture" the disciples saw when Jesus appeared to them after his resurrection and points teens toward what the "bigger picture" means for them—knowing Jesus and trusting him completely!
Shaped by the Past
Focus: 1 Chronicles 21:17
Looking at the life of David, teens can reflect on how God has used their past to shape their future in him.
Better Than Life
Focus: Psalm 63:3
Students will consider the most valuable things they own and how the value of those things compares to God's love.
Why do you call me Lord?
Focus: Doing What the Lord Asks
Talk about what it means that Jesus is your Lord.
Focus: Colossians 3:13–14
Teach youth about the unity we have as God's people through this team challenge.
Focus: Hebrews 12:1-2
Youth will write about a time when their faith was tested and will be encouraged to find strength in Jesus during those times.
A Life of Worry
Focus: Matthew 6:27
Students write about their biggest stressors and consider what Jesus says about that kind of anxiety.
Searching for Miracles
Teens learn that faith is believing without a sign.
Why All the Noise?
Focus: Jesus is in Control
Teens learn that Jesus is in control. even when it seems impossible
Why Are You Bothering Her?
Focus: You're Not a Bother to Jesus
Teens learn that Jesus sticks up for them—no matter what!
Why Ask Me What's Good?
Focus: Eternal Life Is a Gift
Teens discover why Jesus answers questions about eternal life with more questions.
Walking By Faith
Focus: Hebrews 11:8-10
Youth write about risky, uncertain times in their past and are prompted to consider how God sustained them in those times
Focus: Psalm 23:5
Youth are invited to journal about becoming part of God's family through faith in Jesus
Why Did You Doubt?
Focus: Peter Walks on Water
This devotion will challenge youth to consider doubts, fears, and questions about their faith
Why Do You Think Those Things?
Focus: Jesus heals the paralyzed man
This devotion uses Philippians 4:8 to encourage youth to turn their thoughts toward Jesus
Focus: Acts 2:1-4; Acts 2:37-39
This discussion helps youth review the biblical account of Pentecost.
What's the Ascension?
Focus: Matthew 28:19-20; Luke 24:44-45; Acts 1:9-11
This discussion helps youth review the biblical account of the Ascension.
Focus: Matthew 28:19-20; Luke 24:44-45; Acts 1:9-11
Focus: Acts 2:1-4; Acts 2:37-39
Water and Sponge Relay
Focus: Romans 5:5
Teens race to see who can fill water bottles the fastest.
A Lesson on Creation
Focus: Hebrews 11:3
Encourage teens to get outside and take in the wonder of creation.
What's Maundy Thursday?
Focus: Easter Preparation
A devotion regarding the last meal Jesus shared with his disciples.
What's Palm Sunday?
Focus: John 3:16
A devotion recalling the events of Palm Sunday and the expectations we have for Jesus.
What's Good Friday?
Focus: 2 Corinthians 5:15
A devotion focused on Good Friday, the day that Jesus hung on the cross and died.
What's Resurrection Sunday?
Focus: 1 Corinthians 15:56–57
A devotion focused on who Jesus encountered after his resurrection and their reactions.
How We Treat Others
Focus: 1 Peter 3:8–11
Youth are encouraged to transform the way they look at others, with a new vision through the cross of Christ.
Hope from the Holy Spirit
Focus: Romans 5:5
Youth explore the difference between wishing and hoping.
Why are you so afraid?
Focus: Jesus Calms the Storm
Explore the question: Is fear a faith issue?
What's Ash Wednesday?
Focus: Easter Preparation; Philippians 2:8
Learn about Ash Wednesday and some common spiritual disciplines observed during Lent.
Joy in Salvation
Focus: Ephesians 2:8
This question, based on Ephesians 2:8, will prompt youth to give thanks for their salvation.
Focus: Romans 5:8
Discuss the reality of sin and our extreme need for a Savior.
Focus: Mark 8:34
Discuss Jesus' commitment to us and our response.
Focus: John 13:1
Discuss the effects of Jesus' sacrifice on our lives.
Focus: Matthew 27:22
Dig into the meaning of mercy.
Focus: John 12:21
Talk about Jesus' glory.
Focus: John 19:30
Press into the extreme love Jesus showed us and talk about our response.
Why do you worry?
Focus: Matthew 6:31–33
This discussion about worry helps students distinguish between needs and wants.
Why should I believe in you, God?
Focus: Questioning God
The discussion leads youth to think more deeply about the free gift of salvation.
Focus: Romans 8:26–28
Encourage young people to talk to God through prayer.
Bible Focus: Psalm 36:5
This question, based on Psalm 36:5, will prompt youth to worship God for his great big love.
Why So Many Churches
Focus: Different Church Bodies
These questions help youth talk about Christian denominations.
Why offer forgiveness?
This discussion talks about what forgiveness is and what it is not.
Focus: Colossians 2:7
This question, based on Colossians 2:7, will prompt youth to think about their faith in God.
God Is Faithful
Focus: Deuteronomy 7:9
This question, based on Deuteronomy 7:9, will prompt youth to look for God's faithfulness.
Why is it so hard to trust?
Focus: We Can Trust Jesus
This question helps youth discuss a common question about trusting God and points to reassuring Bible passages.
Why are you so good to me?
Focus: God’s Goodness
Youth wondering "Why me, God?" will appreciate this discussion.
Strong to the End
Focus: 1 Corinthians 1:8-9
This question, based on 1 Corinthians 1:8-9, will prompt youth to look at daily life with the perspective of eternal life.
Focus: Habakkuk 2:4
This question, based on Habakkuk 2:4, will prompt youth to think about being right with God.
Face Life with Courage
Focus: Romans 8:31
This question, based on Romans 8:31, will prompt youth to think about Jesus being on their side.
Parts of Bible Are Difficult
Focus: Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch
Youth will appreciate this discussion about difficult parts of the Bible.
What to Do with My Life
Focus: God Knows Your Future
This devotion calls youth to trust in God.
God Surrounds Me
Focus: Psalm 89:8
This question, based on Psalm 89:8, will prompt youth to see God's faithfulness in contrast to human unfaithfulness.
God's Will Devotion
Focus: Colossians 1:9-14
This discussion helps you talk about God's will.
Why Can't I Be More Like That Person?
Focus: Psalm 139:13-14
This discussion helps youth realize God created each of them uniquely.
Questioning God Devotion
This discussion helps youth think about how God uses prayer.
Pain and Suffering Devotion
Focus: Pain and Suffering
This is a discussion for youth on suffering.
Why won't everyone go to heaven?
This is a discussion for youth on eternal life.
Devotion about Negative Emotions
Focus: Jeremiah 31:3; Isaiah 40:29-31
This discussion helps youth think about God's love for them and their emotions.
Faraway God Devotion
Focus: Hebrews 13:5; Joshua 1:9; Matthew 28:19-20
This discussion helps youth know that even it God feels far away, He is still close to them.
Focus: Colossians 2:6
This question, based on Colossians 2:7, will prompt youth discussion about what it means to "receive" Jesus.
Rooted in God's Word
This question, based on Colossians 2:7, will prompt youth discussion about favorite Bible verses.
This question, based on Colossians 2:7, will prompt youth to think about their understanding of God.