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This page contains simple Sunday School lessons for Middle School age kids.

For my very first class I ask a simple question: "Why did Jesus come?" You will hear the simple answers the kids were taught in elementary school: "To save us from our sins." That's a good answer but it's not what we're looking for. Keep asking the same question. Any answer is a good answer. Encourage them to talk. I sometime toss candy to liven things up and set the tone for later classes.

Eventually you will say, "The answer you're looking for is: Jesus came to clear a path for us to get to God." These kids are just beginning to be able to think abstractly. It's time to introduce them to an invisible, all-knowing, all-powerful God.

452617: The 13 Most Important Bible Lessons for Teenagers The 13 Most Important Bible Lessons for Teenagers
By Group / Group Publishing

Teenagers with a firm faith foundation, who know what they believe and why, aren't easily swayed by others who might challenge their faith. The lessons used in this book, therefore, are designed to instill a solid faith in teens who are new to Christianity. Using active-learning techniques to hold teenagers' interest and keep them involved, this book offers a biblical perspective on faith issues, such as Creation and Jesus' return. With concise and easy-to-use handouts, teachers will be able to help teenagers learn vital faith concepts with ease.

What does God Sound Like?
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The goal of this lesson is to ready the kids to hear and expect to hear from God. They also must begin to seek to hear but also test what they hear. We will be discussing the ways that Christians hear God.

This is a one page lesson plan with a movie clip suggestion to begin.

Use the reverse side of the Sunday school lesson plan to print pictures of previous youth group activities.

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Movie Night

010973: Refuel: Epic Battles of the Old Testament
  The Epic Battles focuses on the history of the wars in the Old Testament. It appeals to guys and gets them interested in reading the Bible.
066283: Disconnected: Parenting Teens in a MySpace World Disconnected: Parenting Teens in a MySpace World
By Chap Clark & Dee Clark / Baker

Your teens live in a MySpace world with different sorts of challenges than you faced. In Disconnected: Parenting Teens in a MySpace World authors, parents, and family experts, Chap and Dee Clark help you understand your teen. They describe how things have changed since you were a teenager and offers you ways to build your relationship with your teens while instilling in them the values they need to survive and thrive in their world.

This book will help you understand how kids get the idea that God's love is based on their performance.

"Just think how easy it is to come along side your son or daughter and, thinking you were helping them, follow the injunction to urge them "to live lives worthy of God" by pushing them to
perform their faith as they would a test or sport. This is not what Paul had in mind.
The idea of "urging" in this context is a regular and continual message that
empowers your child to keep moving against all odds.
It is an urging that instead of tightening them to live their life from the outside,
lets them learn how to freely live their faith from the inside out." More.

 
18554: NCV Revolve Devotional Bible, Softcover
  
The Bible in a cool magazine design that is proven effective in reaching teenage girls.

What Does God Look Like?
what does god look like a sunday school lesson for teens

With this lesson Bible study we introduce the kids to the abstract idea of an invisible God, pretty much indescribable in human terms. As children they can only grasp concrete ideas. Stories in the Bible involving people as well as an understanding of Jesus (a human) are understood. In this lesson we focus on the immensity of God the Father. We also discus practical applications of worshiping a spirit in spirit and in truth.

This is a two page lesson with leaders guide.

Note: In this lesson we touch on some unbiblical teachings and mysticism that can mislead Christians in this area. Click here for a link to an article discussing this issue from the conservative end of the spectrum. While I do not endorse this article it is useful to understand both sides of the issue.

837083: Finding God in the Shack: Seeking Truth in a Story of Evil and Redemption
   

Olson also views The Shack with a theologian's eye and finds much sound truth.    

   

 

   

 

Welcome to the Planet 
Welcome to the Planet: What on earth am I here for? Week 1: The Challenge to Move Ahead Week 2: You Were Planned for God's Pleasure Week 3: You Were Formed for God's Family Week 4: You Were Created to be Like Christ Week 5: You Were Shaped for Serving God Week 6: You Were Made for a Mission

What's God Like

729247: The Shack
   God invites Mack back to The Shack where his daughter had been murdered four years before. What he finds will change his life forever.

I used a quote from The Shack in this lesson and drew a lot of information about the attributes of God from this A.W Tozer book, The Knowledge of the Holy: The Attributes of God: Their Meaning in the Christian Life. You can use these links to buy copies for yourself from amazon.com.

IBS offers a response to The Shack called Finding God In The Shack offered thru the banner below.

A.W Tozer was an awesome theologian. There are other books by him on this same subject including The Attributes of God Volume 1 & 2: A Journey Into the Father's Heart.

Really good stuff.

69865: The Knowledge of the Holy
 

The Knowledge of the Holy

570326: Finding God in the Shack Finding God in the Shack
By Randal Rauser / Biblica Publishing

What would it be like to lose your youngest child to a serial killer? And then to have God invite you out for a conversation at the very shack where the terrible deed took place? And then imagine that the door to that shack of horrors opened . . . and before you knew it you had been swept up in the motherly embrace of a large African American woman? This most unlikely of stories, as told in William Young's The Shack, has become a runaway bestseller and it is easy to see why. The book brings us on a redemptive journey through the shacks' of deepest pain and suffering in our lives, guided by the triune God of Christian faith. But even as lives have been transformed through this book, other readers have sternly denounced it as a hodgepodge of serious theological error, even heresy. With one pastor urging his congregation to read it and another forbidding his congregation to, many Christians have simply been left confused.

Aware both of the excitement and uncertainty generated by the Shack, theologian Randal Rauser takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the pages of the story. In successive chapters he explores many of the book's complex and controversial issues. Thus he explains why God the Father is revealed as an African American woman, he defends the book's theology of the Trinity against charges of heresy and he considers its provocative denial of a Trinitarian hierarchy. But at its heart The Shack is a response to evil and so Rauser spends the final three chapters considering the book's explanation for why God allows evil, how the atoning work of Christ offers new hope for a suffering world and ultimately how this hope extends to all of creation. Through these chapters Rauser offers an honest and illuminating discussion which opens up a new depth to the conversation while providing the reader with new opportunities for Finding God in The Shack.

What's God Up To? The goal of this lesson is to expand teens realization
of the intimate relationship sunday school lessonGod has planned for us with the culmination of time.

Biblical knowledge is hard pressed to keep up with the excitement and adrenaline rush provided by today’s entertainment. Kids are bored with Christianity. If they only knew what they were in for the inexpressible joy promised by God when we unite with Him.

This lesson is a real eye-opener for the kids and adults as Christianity hasn't been taught in exactly this light.

This is a two page lesson plan with a pre-lesson activity (no preparation or supplies needed) and teachers guide.

Bible Stuff Vol. 2 - Physical

Bible Stuff Vol. 2

This timesaving small group curriculum gives students a fresh look at who God is and how he relates to us. In Jr. High Bible Stuff Vol. 2, Kurt Johnston delivers 5 video messages of how God's story intertwines with ours, from the moment of creation to the challenges of daily living your students wrestle with right now. It's a powerful mix of bible teaching, thought-provoking discussions, and practical applications, and with all the prep work we've done for you, it may be the easiest thing you've ever taught. Along with the video lessons, you'll get discussion questions, promotional materials, and more: everything you need to save you time while teaching five incredible lessons.Topics include: Honoring God with Our Creations; Living in God's Boundaries; Communicating with God; Coming Face to Face with Jesus; Living God's Story in My Life


These are great Sunday school lessons for a young class of junior high students. This middle school age group is now able to understand the abstract concept of God in addition to the concrete example of Jesus. Help them grasp the excitement of a relationship with God.
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