Tuesday, February 09, 2010

    Youth Ministry Bible Study for Valentine's Day

    It's February and time for Valentine's Day. Here's your chance to focus with your youth on a love that goes beyond chocolates, corny greeting cards, and roses.

    Getting Ready -  Distribute bowls of candy hearts and food safe marking pens. Invite youth in small groups to take some time to both read and contemplate the messages on the hearts and to use the pens to write new messages on the reverse sides that reflect the kinds of messages about love they would like to see.  After a few minutes, and perhaps some sharing of their creativity, ask youth how they might describe what "love" is.  What is difficult about trying to define love?  Would they say that there are different kinds of love? 

    Digging In -  Read together 1 John 4: 7-12, the passage that tells us that "God is love." Ask: How does this passage define/describe Love? What does it mean to you to say that “God is love”? Could we also say “Love is God?”

    Play for youth the song or video version of  “The Face of Love” by Sanctus Real which talks about the different ways we've envisioned Jesus throughout the centuries. Discuss: According to the song, how was Jesus “the face of love” to those he met? The song says of Jesus that "there was no one too lost for him to love and no one too low for him to serve." ASK: What stories from Jesus’ life come to mind that show how he loved others?

    Reflecting - Pass out one of the following Bible passages about love to each person and have them spend some time creating their own interpretation of the text, offering up their idea of "the face of love."  Youth might choose to show their interpretation through a writing a poem, drawing a picture, painting an image, creating a collage from magazine images, sharing a song, or sculpting something from playdo:  1 John 4: 16; 1 Cor 13: 4-7; I Cor 13:13; Song of Songs 2 : 2-3; 1 John 4:11-12; Matt 5: 43-45;  Gal 5: 13-14; Matt 22: 37-39;  Lev 19: 18; 1 Peter 3: 8-9; 1 John 4: 20-21; Matt 5: 44, 48; Song of Songs 2:10-13; 1 Thessalonians 5:15. As youth finish, invite them to display their creations and their texts in a special space in the room where others can see them.

    Wrapping it up -  The song "Face of Love" concludes by saying to God/Jesus "Let us be your face."  Ask: As Christians, how can we be “the face of love” at school/home/with friends/in the world? Is it even possible for us to be like Jesus? Why or why not?  Finish with a silent time of prayer for each person to commit to trying to be “the face of love” in a particular situation or place in the coming week.


    Hough said...

    Here is an iWork Keynote I made from this lesson.

    Brian said...

    Very cool, Hough. Thanks for sharing!

    Sami said...

    thank you for this. I intend to use it for our confirmation large group gathering tonight, and think it'll be perfect. thanks so much- love the song, and this devo.

    Brian said...

    Hi Sami. Glad to be of help. I'm planning on using it tonight at youth group, though I've tweaked the opening activity and we are decorating and putting messages on heart-shaped cookies rather than the candy hearts.

    Anonymous said...

    amazing lesson, this helps me out alot! thankyou

    david daniel said...

    thanks, i was looking for a good valentine's day activity for my youth group later .God bless