|Synopsis: Ministry, Service, Talents, Interests, Abilities|
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The purpose of this session is to explain that basic interests and physical/mental abilities are tools that God has given each young person to be a light -- a witness in this world. There is also risk involved. We can just be ordinary, and use our interests and abilities in average, dull ways. Or, we can be risk takers, and come out of our comfort zones, and use our interests and our abilities to do the ministry that God has called each of us to do. Ministry always involves risk!
Activate Your Audience
I Dare You To...
Have everyone sit as if you were about to start the Bible study. Then, challenge individuals to come up to the front, all alone, and respond to the following safe but risky dares. Be sure and ask someone to come up first, before you explain what the dare is. If possible, have prizes to give away to the daring souls that rise to the challenge. To increase the risk, have someone videotape each person who responds to a dare.
Optional - Who's Bedroom is This?
Before the meeting, obtain permission from a youth parent to come and videotape the inside of the youth's bedroom. Go through several things and areas, filming what you find. Focus on trying to discover what kinds of things this person is interested in. Then, show the video, and let everyone try to figure out who's bedroom this is. Discuss the person's interests/abilities based on the items you recorded.
Bring them Closer
What Do You Want to Do With Your Life?
Have everyone stand, and tell everyone to get in groups based on what they want to do the first year after high school. Break everyone up into categories (four-year college, two-year college, trade school, armed forces, travel, nothing, etc.) If more than 5 end up in any single group, split that group so that the groups are no bigger than five. Have each person in each group complete the following sentences and discuss:
Praise God for all He has done for us.
Communicate the Word: It's Your Thang -- Interests and Abilities
Do Something About It
Explain: Everyone divide up into groups of no less than three and no more than five. Each of you share your interests and abilities with the group. Have everyone else offer at least one way that each interest/abililty could be used in ministry.
Pray and dismiss.
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