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The source for youth group lessons and sermons is Group Publishing. Here you can find all of the essential youth ministry resources. Whether looking for classic youth group Bible study lessons or a new youth ministry sermon series, we have it all. Check out our downloadable sermons for youth groups and get inspired today.

In the LIVE Message Series Base Camp, find downloadable youth group lessons that challenge teenagers to open up their lives authentically and freely to Jesus. For a youth Bible study series that helps teenagers discover what it means to be God’s people, created in his image, check out LIVE Message Series: The True You. The LIVE Message Series: The Parables features lessons for youth ministry that help bring Jesus’ parables alive for teenagers in today’s culture. Download a LIVE Message Series for fresh youth group lessons that cover the basics of our faith.

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Jr. High Beatitudes (download)
In eight short verses in Matthew 5, Jesus captures the characteristics and qualities of those he calls "blessed." He doesn't preach what should or shouldn't be done; rather, He lays out a plan for how to live a life that is honoring to God. The Sermon on the Mount is one of Jesus' most famous teaching moments, and his discussion on the Beatitudes kicked it all off!

If your experience with the Beatitudes small group curriculum is anything like ours, you'll find your groups talking about issues that matter with a depth rarely seen in junior high. These lessons will give your students a Biblical understanding of each Beatitude and then follow up with reflective questions to help them apply what they've learned.
Jr. High Small Group Super-Pack (download)
The Jr. High Small Group Super Pack is everything you'll need to get small groups started in your junior high ministry. It's got ideas for getting students to talk about themselves and to each other, presentation materials, training tips and over 6 months of small group lesson plans.

We've gathered our most popular junior high small group resources and stuffed them all into one form-fitting wrapper. It's like 2-in-1 shampoo, but instead it's 5-in-1.

This pack gives you the easiest, most cost-effective way to launch and develop small groups in your ministry. Save some money and save yourself some time with the Jr. High Small Group Super Pack.
Believe-It-or-Not Bible Studies for Youth Ministry
Your teenagers may think they've already heard all the Bible has to offer...but they're in for a fun surprise! Believe-It-or-Not Bible Studies highlights 13 wild—but true—Bible stories that pack powerful points.
Top 13 Questions About God: Intense Discussions for Youth Ministry
Hard Questions. Solid Answers. Rock-Solid Faith. Jesus didn't duck challenging questions. He didn't have to. And neither do your students.Help students build a faith that can handle the tough questions.
Hope Lives: A Journey of Restoration
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By Amber Van Schooneveld
Compassion changes everything: how you view the world...yourself...even Jesus. Produced in partnership with Compassion International, this five-week exploration of compassion touches both the head and heart--And helps participants discover (and share) God's heart for the poor. The book contains 25 daily readings, divided into five one-week segments. Each of the 25 daily readings includes Scriptural support for the author's arguments, a page for journaling responses to challenging questions about the day's reading, and a prayer asking God for guidance through the issue at hand.
Active Bible Studies (download)
Do you ever get tired of that comatose-like state your junior highers slip into as soon as you start your lesson time? We thought so, which is why we created these Active Bible Studies. Each Bible study lesson is based on a teachable passage, features clear lesson plans, fun activities that tie in to each lesson, discussion questions and more. It is truly a turnkey resource for when you need to include a Bible study for small groups, camp, meetings, retreats, or whatever else you program demands. And each Bible study lesson is specifically designed to help junior highers apply God’s word to everyday life. Download this Bible study for teens, and make an impact on your junior high youth ministry.
Guy Talk Girl Talk 2
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Since your ministry will never run out of guys and girls, we’re helping you out with more small group curriculum designed to tackle issues relevant to each gender--from each gender's point of view.

In Guy Talk Girl Talk 2: The Cure For Cooties, you’'ll get ten weeks of ready-to-use--yet fully customizable--lessons, handouts, promotional materials and more. And while the material is written twice for separate guys and girls groups, the topics are the same for each lesson (like, you'll both study “Temptation” at the same time), just one is geared for guys and the other is geared for girls. This not only saves you tons of time in prep, but it also gives you lots of opportunity for discussion in a mixed group later.
Pure Praise for Youth
During this six-week Bible study, youth will be challenged to "go extreme" in their worship of God. But it's not their body they'll push to the max. Instead, they'll stretch their soul. If they accept this challenge, they'll condition their heart and mind in ways they might never have thought possible. As a result, they'll have the privilege of knowing the God of the Universe and worshipping him more intimately and powerfully than they ever imagined!
Grapple Jr High: Finding God's Best
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Good. Better. Best. As followers of Christ, we have the opportunity to experience all of those things. We hear the good news of Jesus, our lives are better because of God's salvation, and God's plan for us is the best discovery we could ever make.
Guy Talk Girl Talk 2 (download)
Since your ministry will never run out of guys and girls, we'’re helping you out with more small group curriculum designed to tackle issues relevant to each gender—--from each gender’'s point of view.

In Guy Talk Girl Talk 2: The Cure For Cooties, you'’ll get ten weeks of ready-to-use—--yet fully customizable--—lessons, handouts, promotional materials and more. And while the material is written twice for separate guys and girls groups, the topics are the same for each lesson (like, you’'ll both study “"Temptation"” at the same time), just one is geared for guys and the other is geared for girls. This not only saves you tons of time in prep, but it also gives you lots of opportunity for discussion in a mixed group later.
The Word
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By Johnny Scott with Jacqueline Pierre

Ever heard a teenager complain that the Bible is boring, irrelevant, or outdated? Looking for a tool to engage students in building a lifelong habit of reading, studying, and following God's Word?

Help teenagers explore the life-giving richness of God's Word with this DVD-based curriculum from Johnny Scott, Christ In Youth's junior high program director, and teenage author and speaker Jacqueline Pierre.

Each session features a teaching segment filmed on location overseas, helping your students visually experience the history and richness of God's Word.
The Rabbi
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By Johnny Scott

Imagine sitting on a hillside in ancient Palestine as Jesus taught you and thousands of other people. But instead of hearing the predictable words that other religious leaders spoke, you were startled, shocked, amazed to hear this rabbi declaring bold truths with authority.

Veteran youth worker Johnny Scott wants your teenagers to encounter these same bold truths from this same authority, to discover how Jesus challenged his followers with new insights on who God is, what God's kingdom is all about, and how we can interact with God.
The Basics
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By Joshua Griffin

The best coaches, the most effective teachers, and the strongest leaders all know this truth: If you want to build something that endures, you have to start with the basics.

That idea applies to our spiritual journey, too. The Basics will help students explore, discuss, and apply some of the core truths of the Christian faith. The truths in this series aren't called "basic" because they're childish or simplistic; they're "basic" because they're foundational and essential to leading a life that honors God.

Each week, your teenagers will explore key Scriptures that relate to these topics, discuss the significance of each biblical truth, and consider how it relates to their lives today.
Upside Down
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By Chad Monahan and Kurt Johnston

Stories can entertain and amuse. Stories can enlighten and inform. But in the hands of Jesus, stories can turn lives upside down.

That’s what junior highers will discover as youth workers lead them through Upside Down. This video-based, conversation-driven series can be a powerful tool for turning students'’ worlds upside down--—and for helping them see that upside down is way better than right-side up.

Jesus’ parables were earthly stories with a heavenly meaning, and one reason they remain so powerful today is because of how Jesus surprised his audience--—and surprises us. We think we know the story'’s point and how things will resolve--—but then Jesus flips things upside down. It isn'’t what we expected.

Tempting Stuff
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Looking for relatable lessons for youth ministry? Look no further than Tempting Stuff.

Temptation is something everyone experiences—even Jesus was tempted! And one of Satan's most devious tricks is to use temptation not just to get students to sin, but to separate themselves from the body of Christ because of guilt and shame.
Plugged In DVD Small Group Curriculum
As Christians, we're designed to be connected to God at all times--to be "plugged in" to the source. In this five-week, DVD-based Small Group curriculum, Doug Fields takes on the challenge of getting students interested and excited about staying connected to God. Every student is going to blaze an incredible path in their life, and this series will show them how they can be "plugged in" every step of the way--and the amazing difference it will make.
The Way I'm Wired Starter Pack
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Save big with The Way I'm Wired Starter Pack!

Pack includes:
  • The Way I'm Wired DVD Curriculum
  • The Way I'm Wired Student Devotional
  • How Your Teenager is Wired
    Check It Out (download)
    By Kurt Johnston

    The foundation of any vibrant youth ministry--and a faith that makes a difference--has to be the Bible. This downloadable mini-series is designed to give your students a quick, but solid, look at what the Bible is and why it's important to believers. This "sprint through the Bible" is a great way to get students excited about scripture, answer some common questions, and to start breaking down barriers to deeper understanding.
    Jr. High Teaching Outlines Vol. 1 (download)
    By Kurt Johnston


    Jr. High is always a tough crowd, and we know it firsthand. That's why we've taken some of our most successful teaching outlines for middle school students and jammed them together into handy, dandy bundles. These outlines are designed to give you direction--just pick them up and build your talk around them.
    Jr. High Teaching Outlines, Vol. 2 (download)
    By Kurt Johnston


    Didn't get enough the first time? Well, you're in luck. We've taken more successful teaching outlines for middle school students and bundled them up like a little teaching baby. These outlines are designed to give you direction--just pick them up and build your talk around them.

    Teaching Outlines Volume 2 contains 52 series- oriented lessons created just for junior high students. Each outline comes with a teaching sheet as well as a reproducible student sheet. Add a personal illustration or two, and you're ready to go! They also include PowerPoint presentations for each outline to supercharge the whole thing.
    Exposed! (download)
    By Kurt Johnston

    Any topic can be awkward to talk about if you don't have a good game plan. And fewer topics bring that discomfort into sharper focus than sex. The big S. "The talk." There are very few issues more daunting-especially if you're 12 and have just discovered your hormones.

    Never one to shy away from a challenge, we decided to tackle this one head on. Kurt Johnston and the SJH crew have put together the Exposed! Super-Series to help you address the myriad of questions surrounding human reproductive urges.
    Hmmm? (download)
    By Kurt Johnston

    Today's young teens are forced to grow up faster than ever. So it's important to help them through tough issues with God's truth in their heart.

    There are lots of issues your students are coming face to face with, and we've picked three of the biggies for our focus in this series:

    • homosexuality
    • divorce
    • and evolution

    • Even if they don't experience them personally, their friends and fellow students will. Knowing what the Bible has to say about these topics and learning how to respond in love can make a world of difference.
    Old Timers (download)
    Do your students think the Old Testament is old and dusty? Well, crack it open and take a new look at three incredible people and their relationship with God with this Jr. High Super-Series. After this, they’ll see King Saul, Shadrach and Esther in a different light. And since everything you need to promote and teach these lessons is included, the Old Timers super-series is a great way to reshape your students’ opinions about the relevance of the Bible while saving you lots of prep time.

    Simplify your planning and teaching with three weeks of solid lessons on some amazing people that were used by God with surprising results.
    Flipped (download)
    Jesus had this incredible way of taking something that everyone seemed to accept as "normal" or "right" and flipping it on its head. Power doesn't matter, Jesus said; if you have any influence, use it to help others. Your possessions don't matter, Jesus said; become obsessed with storing riches in heaven instead. Don't focus on your outwardly religious behavior, Jesus said; focus on your relationship with God.

    These youth group Bible lessons and sermons will lead your students closer to Jesus.

    You don’t want to miss the youth group lessons in the LIVE Message Series: Many Parts, One Body. Packed with important lessons for youth ministry, this four-week message series helps teenagers discover their spiritual gifts. Then, download the LIVE Message Series: The Unit for a four-week youth sermon series that speaks to teenagers regarding their role in unifying the body of Christ. For sermons for youth groups craving more of Jesus, download Thirsty, a 3-week series that invites students to consider just how thirsty their soul may be and offers biblical solutions to help quench that spiritual thirst. Another downloadable option packed with Bible lessons for youth ministry is The Red Stuff Sermon Series, which focuses on the powerful words of Jesus.

    Check out the conversational, experiential youth group lessons that reveal the heart of Jesus in 13 Essential Lessons From the New Testament. Or for youth Bible study lessons on the Old Testament, try 13 Essential Lessons From the Old Testament. For powerful lessons for youth ministry that cover the most important truths in the Bible, pick up The 13 Most Important Bible Lessons for Teenagers. These youth ministry lessons can be easily adapted for Sunday school, a confirmation setting, or even a youth discipleship group.

    We have youth group lessons just for junior high students and middle schoolers. For a three-part youth Bible study series that helps junior high students become who God has already made them to be, download Made. For a youth Bible study series that is unique and highly interesting to middle schoolers, we have Scary, Gross and Weird Stories From the Bible. And for preteens, check out the active-learning, attention-grabbing youth ministry lessons in No-Miss Lessons for Preteen Kids.

    Looking for youth group lessons to take your students deeper? Rooted: Old Testament will equip your students to examine the pages of Scripture with greater insight and clarity. Want lessons for youth ministry that focus on God? Download Trinity for a youth sermon series on who God is—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. And Developing HABITS offers downloadable youth ministry lessons that outline six spiritual disciplines for all believers, young and old. Group has the youth group Bible lessons and sermons you need, plus all of the other youth ministry resources you want.

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