Put the right Bible studies in the hands of your mid to late teenagers and you give them a head start on the hot issues and challenges of twenty-first century teen life and beyond.
Life for teens has never been tougher, and you can’t take it for granted that their faith is up to the challenge unless you help them do something about it. Youth Bible Study Guides deals with the hot topics of teen life, but are cool enough for teens to take seriously - because these guides takes teens seriously. So seriously, the authors dedicate one whole study guide to each hot topic, and from a teen perspective.
Streetwise, honest and down to earth
Without preaching-up or dumbing down these bright, slim and street-wise books speak the language of mid and later teens. Each book in the series gives your teenager a tool kit for taking the issue apart, finding what it’s really about and - with the help of the ERV (Easy-to Read Version) Youth Bible, putting it back together.
Bluntly titled: peer pressure, self-esteem, sexuality, following God - there’s no mistaking what each guide is about. Frankly discussed and viewed from every angle. Bible references aren’t forced and its view is explained in a way that doesn’t leave you feeling guilty, inadequate or alone in facing the issue. Each book starts with a headline Bible quote and a brief intro about where the book’s going and what it’s going to do for you on the way. Four to six short, easy to grasp ‘life lessons’ split the big topic into single issues finishing up with a ‘reaction box’ giving you a chance to decide for yourself on what you’ve just read.
Inviting teens to reason, respond and react
The daring thing about these studies – which makes them work for teenagers, is the invitation to comment on the teaching. Tick box responses go from ‘total rubbish’ through ‘not sure’ to ‘genius’, with no pressure to just give the ‘right answer’. Ultimately, teens have to make up their minds. Youth Bible Study Guides respect teens and help them understand the questions and the answers.
In the end, any Bible study is all about real people, so 'People clips' give your teens the views and comments of real people. And because there’s always someone who’s been there before, 'hidden pearls' give the hard earned wisdom from hard won experience on the joys and pains of real teenage life. These are not academic studies for a cloistered life. Regular 'reality checks' hit you with real life scenarios asking ‘what would you do if…’ and offering creative hints for turning all it all into practical actions that actually work.
Growing teens' faith ready for the adult world
If you’re a parent, teacher, pastor, youth leader or are just concerned for teens as they head toward the fully grown up world, Chip and Helen Kendall’s Youth Bible Study Guides give you the best work of top writers and Bible interpreters for mid to late teens. With striking covers that match the impact of the content, get this series into the hands of your teens and you'll be giving them the Bible's view and guidance on the issues that matter most. - Les Ellison
January 29th, 2013 - Posted & Written by Les Ellison