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  • Gifted Teen Bible Study Book (Student/Study Guide)


    You Are Gifted!

    Too many believers feel that in order to serve in the church they have to be part of some elite team of super Christians. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The reality is, if you’ve placed your faith in Jesus you have been given gifts that are designed to be used to serve God. Every believer is gifted. The question is, how has the Holy Spirit gifted you? And how can you put your gifts to work for God’s kingdom? This book will help you find answers to these questions and more.


    *5 small-group sessions

    *Leader Guide in the back of the Bible study book to guide questions and discussion with small groups

    *Biblically rooted and gospel-centered

    *Personal study opportunities for ongoing spiritual growth

    *Free leader resources available for download at

    *Practical guide to helping students discover their unique gifts

    This book will…

    *Help students understand who the Holy Spirit is and how He works in their lives
    *Help students understand who they are in light of how God has gifted them
    *Help students understand who God is in light of how God has gifted them
    *Identify and use spiritual gifts in the context of the local church
    *Guide students in how they can use the gifts they have been equipped with

    Lifeway Student Ministry is a full-service provider of student resources, including Bible studies, camps, mission experiences and training events. Discover Bible studies that ignite spiritual transformation in students’ lives and speak to the issues they face. We offer a variety of resources to disciple youth, including short-term Bible studies, girls’ ministry resources, devotionals, and resources for parents of teenagers.

    Only God and His Word bring about true heart transformation. Because of this, it is our top priority to ensure our resources are rooted in the truth of Scripture. Our desire is to create trustworthy resources that help fuel ministry.

    Gifted: Discovering and Cultivating Your Spiritual Gifts was written by Kyle Wiltshire. He is a writer and editor with Lifeway Students, and he lives with his wife, Joni, and three children, Noah, Micah, and Lilly, in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

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  • When Wrong Seems Right


    Helping kids fall in love with God and His Word as they study the Bible for themselves.

    Is that right? A heart guide for discerning wrong from right.

    Our kids are growing up in a confusing world with an abundance of messages that are contrary to God’s word. This Bible study takes your kids through forty Proverbs, providing wisdom for right thinking and living. Proverbs is a great place to start for kids who are studying the Bible on their own for the first time or who are trying to find a rhythm for regular Bible study. With straightforward easy-to-understand lessons, your kids will learn how to study their Bibles and how to apply it. They will discover what it looks like to follow Christ in a world that doesn’t. As your kids study the Proverbs, they will find that even when they make wrong choices, God is kind to forgive and set them on the right path. And, most importantly, they will receive the necessary help to follow the fount of all wisdom: Jesus.

    When Wrong Seems Right emboldens your kids in God’s truth so they can grow into a courageous generation of wise young men and women!

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  • James Teen Girls Bible Study Book


    “Consider it a great joy, my brothers and sisters…” –James 1:2

    Trials + Faith = Endurance

    Ever had a bad day? How about a bad week? Month? Perhaps you long for the fairy tale but can’t seem to find your way out of the real-life documentary–the one that exposes the truth that sometimes just getting to the next day can be an accomplishment. You assume the role of damsel in distress. Where in the world is your hero?

    When God sent Jesus to rescue us, He didn’t do it to deliver us from the daily struggles that come with living in a broken world. That’s right. Jesus doesn’t promise a problem-free life, but He does promise to walk with us through the trials that seem to show up around every turn. Along the way, He provides friendship, wise counsel, lessons in obedience, and even a scriptural map that will guide us toward the joyful, fulfilling, enduring, Kingdom-kind-of-life we long for.

    Join author and minister Amy-Jo Girardier in this 5-session Bible study for teen girls that will awaken their faith and teach them the transformative habits of Bible study, prayer, obedience, and patience they need to confidently embrace and experience a Jesus kingdom kind of life.

    Are you ready to discover the abundant life Jesus has for you? Let the adventure begin!

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  • Chasing Love Teen Bible Study Book Updated (Student/Study Guide)


    Is it possible to follow God’s design for love?

    We live in a society that constantly challenges us when it comes to sexuality. Thankfully, God doesn’t leave us to find the answers on our own: He shows us His design for sex, relationships, marriage, and gender in His Word. This study will take you through God’s Word to answer some of the toughest questions about love, sex, gender, and relationships. We will learn that it is possible to embrace God’s design by loving Him and others with both our bodies and our souls. We will learn how we can show love to those who live outside God’s design and that God’s love heals wounds.


    *9-Session biblically-rooted and gospel-centered student Bible Study?
    *Designed for group use?

    *Access to nine teaching videos featuring author Sean McDowell, each approximately thirteen minutes in length – available separately*?

    *Leader helps in the back of the book to guide questions and discussion with small groups?

    *Personal study segments in the Bible study book to complete between group sessions?

    *Promotional video and other free leader resources available at

    This Bible study will help students…

    *understand and embrace God’s design for love, relationships, and sexuality.
    *see that they’re never beyond God’s forgiveness and grace.
    *learn how to engage the LGBTQ conversation with both compassion and biblical clarity.
    *respond in compassion to those who have been abused or who believe differently.

    *Additional purchase?of the video teaching sessions is recommended for the best experience of this Bible study book.

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  • Faith Beyond Youth Group


    Most typical youth ministries today produce nice, obedient kids who behave themselves–and then leave the church and the faith. Even those who remain struggle to extend their own faith beyond youth group. They seem like “good kids,” but their lives and decisions outside youth group aren’t oriented towards Jesus. Clearly that is not our goal. So what are we doing wrong? And how can we better serve the unique needs of the most anxious, adaptive, and diverse generation in history?

    If you’re tired of youth ministry that fails to change lives, it’s time to change youth ministry. Building on two decades of the Fuller Youth Institute’s work and incorporating extensive new research and interviews, Faith Beyond Youth Group identifies the reasons youth ministry often fails both short-term and long-term, and offers five ways adult youth leaders can cultivate character for a lifetime of growing closer to Jesus rather than drifting away. It shows leaders how to cultivate trust, model growth, teach for transformation, practice together, and make meaning so that the teenagers can become adults who hold fast to the truth 24/7 and boldly live out a robust faith in a watching world.

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  • Next Gen Faith


    When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth? (Luke 18:8)

    Jesus’s question is one that should bother all Christians. Increasing numbers of people don’t go to church. Only 4 percent of those born between 1998 and 2013 have a biblical worldview. The rest don’t believe in the Bible, absolute moral truth, or a loving, all-powerful Creator. They don’t even believe in the concept of sin.

    We have failed. We have not taken to heart the biblical admonishment to pass on our faith from one generation to the next.

    Yet youth pastor Jeff Grenell believes that once American teens and young adults discover that God is even more amazing than Stranger Things, “they will be hooked.”

    He notes, “Our world is familiar with the supernatural, but the church is foreign to it. If this changes in the church today, we may have one of the best apologetic tools to reach this generation because the supernatural is in the DNA of the church and its message. Most American teenagers and youth culture are drawn to the spectacular and the spiritual.”

    Jeff has written Next Gen Faith: 12 Spiritual Practices for Youth in an effort to reverse the godless trend among the next generations. Written in the vein of the classic Christian book The Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster, Next Gen Faith is designed to provide key steps for spiritual formation for both Christian adults who work with youth as well as teens and young adults themselves.

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  • Everyday Theology Teen Girls Bible Study Book (Student/Study Guide)


    Theology is the study of God, what He has done, is doing, and will do in the world. And it’s not just for those with formal education or those who work at your church. It’s for you in your everyday moments, questions, and decisions. It’s for the big and little, the exciting and mundane. Our theology is the basis of our faith and touches every part of our existence.

    In this 8-session study, teen girls will explore the essential doctrines of Scripture, God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, humanity, salvation, the church, and the end times to know God more deeply through these foundational truths.

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  • Stories Jesus Told Teen Bible Study Book


    If you’re human, you love a good story. Whether it’s a novel, a film, or a song, we are products of the narratives that have formed us. We’re made up of stories we’d like to forget, as well. If you’re looking for fresh inspiration, or stuck living under the weight of a story you can’t shake off, the Parables of Jesus can form who we are and reveal more about God than we ever thought possible – and they’ll provide the hope we’re all looking for, speaking above all the other noise we are experiencing.

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  • Because Of Gracia A Film And Faith Leaders Guide (Teacher’s Guide)


    Because of Gracia: A Film and Faith Leader’s Guide equips youth pastors and small group leaders to explore the key themes in this award-winning film through a life-changing discipleship curriculum. The nine-week guide contains three weeks of “Conversations” on three core topics from the film, Practicing Friendship (God’s Design for Relationships), Choosing Life (Teen Pregnancy and the Sanctity of Life), and Voicing Faith (Defending Christianity in Public). The Because of Gracia Leader’s Guide is designed for use with the related Because of Gracia Film and Faith Conversation Guide for students, a unique hybrid experience that offers complementary material for small group sessions, as well as daily reflections for students to use throughout the week in “conversation partner” pairs. The resulting 45-day experience allows young Christians to pursue discipleship with others, while helping them to wrestle with the difficult issues they’re facing today. The Because of Gracia curriculum was created to affirm that with God’s amazing and empowering grace, young people CAN live in a new way.

    Take your students on a spiritual journey alongside Gracia, Chase, and the rest of Eastglenn High as they face life-altering decisions, learning that grace is both the gift of mercy when we fail and our empowerment to live in truth and light.

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  • Skinny On Communication


    Everything you do and say sends a message to the people around you. So what message are you sending to the teenagers in your youth group-and to their parents and to other people connected to your ministry? It’s impossible to meet teenagers’ foundational needs without effective communication. And the more effectively you communicate, the better you can give your students exactly what they’re seeking and needing.The Skinny on Communication isn’t about formulas or a five-step plan that will solve your communication problems as a youth worker. But it will guide you through specific principles that can move you closer toward mastering this vital skill. You’ll explore practical ideas for communicating effectively with teenagers, parents, and other partners in your ministry-and you’ll see how all of these practices can be rooted in Christ-like love. Prepare to be challenged, and allow yourself to be surprised. And along the way, re-examine your assumptions and seek a fresh perspective on communicating effectively as a youth worker.

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  • Skinny On Service


    Take a look around at the brokenness in this world and its spiritual poverty. Jesus wants to change all of that, and he’s looking for teenagers who want that change to start in them. Youth worker, that’s where you come in! When your students serve others, they’re serving Jesus. Serving helps teenagers draw closer to Jesus and become more like him. And serving creates opportunities to talk about Jesus and share his amazing good news. Ultimately, every act of genuine Christian service points to Jesus’ act of service on the cross.The Skinny on Service unpacks the powerful reasons why it’s important for you and your students to serve others, but you’ll also get page after page of practical ideas on how to serve. You’ll be equipped to help teenagers discover the joy of serving faithfully “before,” even if they don’t personally get to see the fruit “after.” Teenagers aren’t just looking for a great youth worker-they’re looking for a Christ-follower who is leaving footsteps they can step into. And when you lead the way by serving, that’s exactly what you’re doing.

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  • Skinny On Outreach


    Does the idea of outreach excite you? Does it intimidate you? Does it frustrate you? In the context of youth ministry, outreach is simply looking beyond yourself and equipping teenagers to do the same. It’s about a commitment to encouraging and equipping teenagers to engage in a lifestyle of sharing the world-altering message of Jesus. Jesus commands us to reach out, compassion compels us to reach out, and true discipleship calls us to reach out. The Skinny on Outreach delivers specific, tangible ideas for building a youth ministry where teenagers discover how every area of life offers ongoing opportunities for relational evangelism. This book will fuel your passion for reaching out and sharing the message of Jesus-and for inviting teenagers into this exciting adventure, too. When your teenagers are on a mission with Jesus and telling people about him, they’ll also grow deeply in him. Help your students become life-changing ambassadors for Jesus’ message of grace and hope. And join Jesus in the quest for the unreached teenagers in your community!

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  • Skinny On Parents


    Parents are the biggest influence on the lives of teenagers-a fact that research has proved again and again. Yet interactions with parents can be one of the trickiest areas for a youth worker to navigate well. Great youth ministries are passionate about helping parents-the key influence on teenage faith-succeed in their God-given roles. That’s the foundational message of The Skinny on Parents, which will lead you toward a place where you focus more of your energy on resourcing, equipping, partnering with, and empowering parents. Parents are not the enemy. Ignoring them will diminish the impact of your ministry. Most parents struggle with fears but also want help. And you can come alongside them to partner in helping teenagers fully step into a life of faith. This book is filled with practical ideas that will energize your ministry to parents and families. And if you as a youth worker provide help in a way that allows parents to feel more equipped and confident, then everyone wins: families, teenagers, and your youth ministry!

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  • Skinny On Volunteers


    A youth ministry needs a solid group of volunteers to be truly effective. We youth workers all know this-but how do we make it happen? Many of us don’t do much when it comes to mobilizing volunteers and equipping them for ministry. Our plate is already full, and building a great team sounds like yet another task to add to the list. But what if your efforts to mobilize and equip volunteers actually lightened your schedule? What if this investment of time actually paid back double, quadruple, or even tenfold?The Skinny on Volunteers will help you concentrate on three simple skills that will help you mobilize and equip leaders: recruiting, keeping, and training volunteers. Yes, volunteers take time. But you’ll discover the rewards of investing in a team of people who will love teenagers, connect with them, and disciple them.

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  • Beyond Suffering For The Next Generation Study Guide (Student/Study Guide)


    Beyond Suffering for the Next Generation: A Christian View on Disability Ministry will equip young people to think critically and compassionately about the complex issues that impact people with disabilities and their families, and inspire them to action. Students who embrace this study will gain a sense of confidence in knowing they are part of a growing worldwide movement that God is orchestrating to fulfill his command in Luke 14:21-23: Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame so that my house will be full.

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  • Team Mate Teen Planner Youth Version


    The Right Tool for Implementing Youth TEAM Evangelism. This pocket-sized booklet offers teens a fun and convenient method of praying for and following up on the progress of friends and relatives they wish to see come to Christ. Your teens will enjoy learning the principles of team evangelism, the importance of faithful prayer, and the benefit of keeping a record of those for whom they are praying. This booklet will encourage teens to touch the lives of their prospects by spending time with them and helping meet their practical needs.

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  • Grapple Preteen Sunday School Pak Volume 4 Summer


    Grapple(R) Preteen Sunday School-Help preteens grapple with the real questions in their lives.

    NEW Grapple features:
    NEW lower price
    Now NON-dated-available to order any quarter!

    Help 4th – 6th graders OWN their faith…
    Somewhere between leaving childhood behind and treading wide-eyed into the teenage years lurk a thousand bewildering questions. How can such a big God be a best friend to me? Will the end really come? How many second chances do I give?

    Preteens need the truth. Grapple helps them find it.

    These lessons-based on real questions asked by real 10- to 12-year-olds-grab their attention and don’t let go. Kids will learn how to search the Bible for answers and build a faith foundation that guides wise choices.

    This Grapple Pak gives you:
    12 irresistible Bible studies that encourage kids to explore the truth with their heads and their hearts.
    3 thought-provoking videos to get your preteens thinking and talking. Plus 3 countdown videos, all on one DVD.
    12 reproducible, customizable lessons based on three quarterly themes.
    12 Grapple Dares that challenge kids to apply what they’ve learned.

    Being a preteen may not be easy. But it can be exciting. Discover God’s truth together with kids and turn their awkward years into awesome years.

    Note: Accessing Parent Pages and customizable lessons requires a computer with a DVD reader.

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  • Grapple Preteen Pak Volume 3 Spring


    Grapple Preteen Sunday School answers kids’ tough questions with strong answers from the Bible. These non-dated Sunday school lessons last 45 to 90 minutes, are customizable, and focus on helping preteens grapple with Biblical answers to their common questions. The pack includes one DVD and one leader’s guide. The entire set contains four volumes for one full year of curriculum content. Volume 3 is intended for use during the spring quarter. (For students in Grades 4 to 6).

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  • Grapple Preteen Pak Volumr 2 Winter


    Grapple Preteen Sunday School answers kids’ tough questions with strong answers from the Bible. These non-dated Sunday school lessons last 45 to 90 minutes, are customizable, and focus on helping preteens grapple with Biblical answers to their common questions. This pack includes one DVD and one leader’s guide. The entire set contains four volumes for one full year of curriculum content. Volume 2 is intended for use during the winter quarter. (For students in Grades 4 to 6.)


    Best Friends Forever

    *Why Do Some People Have More Friends?
    *Am I Only Supposed to Be Friends With Christians?
    *Do I Have to Like Everybody?
    *Why Are My Friends So Mean Sometimes?
    Bible-Fact or Fiction

    *Did God Really Write the Bible?
    *How Do I Know if the Bible Is True?
    *How Is the Bible Different From Other Books?
    *Why Should the Bible Matter to Me?
    What’s the Point?

    *Why Did God Create Me?
    *How Come I’m Not Perfect?
    *Why Didn’t God Make Us Like Robots?
    *What Does God Want From Me?

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  • Grapple Preteen Pak Volume 1 Fall


    It’s back-to-school time—and your preteens have more questions than ever! This flexible curriculum lets you boldly search God’s Word for answers. These non-dated Sunday school lessons last 45 to 90 minutes, are customizable and focus on questions such as “Why Do My Parents Always Say No?” and “What Would Jesus Play on His iPod?” Grades 4 to 6. Includes DVD and leader’s guide. The entire set contains four volumes for one full year of curriculum content. Volume one is intended for use during the fall quarter.

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