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Youth Group Lessons on Identity: The Value of Teens Belonging

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Youth group lessons on identity reveal the importance of belonging. Teens and preteens yearn to be associated with people, ideas, and activities that matter. And they want to know that they matter. Read on for one youth minister’s insights about the value of teens belonging in your group.

In 1 Timothy 1:5, Paul says, “The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith.” Paul urges followers of Christ to be authentic in their love, faith, and relationships. The New Testament repeatedly underlines this message.

Youth leaders need to ask ourselves two questions:

  • Does this message characterize our student ministry?
  • Does this message characterize my personal life?

How do we, as teachers and youth ministers, help students live authentically as followers of Christ? How can we help them share the Gospel with peers, whether in the youth room or in living rooms?

In my opinion, it all starts by cultivating the values of identity and belonging.

Youth Group Lessons on Identity

1. Every student matters.

It’s not by chance students show up to our classes and small groups. God brings every person for a reason. Therefore, part of our initial responsibility when students arrive is to ask God, “What do You have for these students? Give me insight to reach these teenagers with Your love and truth.” Whether 2 students or 30 show up, pour into the group before you with the message of Christ.

2. Define the atmosphere.

Just as each person matters, each person needs to be heard. Set limits and take control of conversations that get out of hand. Put into practice two small principles that have huge impact: Be quick to listen, slow to speak (James 1:19-20), and always build up, never tear down (Ephesians 4:29).

3. Establish common ground.

While every student who shows up may not be a Christian, every person who walks through your doors has been made in God’s image. In talking about the message of Christ, help students to grasp the truth that no one is beyond the grace of God.

Help teens see that sin doesn’t define us or cause us to be less than others. Help them also understand the central message of Christ coming: to restore our relationship with God. In Him, we’re a community. We’re a body of believers who live contrary to the world.