This topic is adapted from the PursueGOD Youth YouTube channel.
For some young people it may be hard to tell if you are a Christian because of your own faith decision, or because your parents told you to. You may have been born and raised on the gospel and biblical teaching, but do you really have a personal relationship with God? Here are some ways that you can truly take ownership of your faith.
Jeremiah 29:13 If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.
Make Time for God
Be intentional about creating a time and space each day to pray and read the bible. Meditate on God’s word and pray about what God may be trying to teach you in the scripture. At first this may be difficult or awkward, especially if you haven’t done this before. But if you can make spending time with God a habit, soon it will be a natural part of your daily routine.
Getting plugged in to your church community can be very helpful to you as you are discovering your faith. Ask around at your church for someone who would consider mentoring you. Mentors are especially helpful if you have a lot of questions that you are searching for answers to. You could also join the youth group or a small group where you can discuss more about faith and read the bible together.
We see in the bible that our God is a God of serving. He created us to be the body of Christ here on earth and to serve one another. As a bonus, people often learn a lot about God through their serving. For instance, by helping with kids’ church you get to hear a lot of bible stories in a context created for kids, but you too may learn a lot just from hearing it in a different way. If you are having trouble thinking of ways that you can serve. ask your youth pastor or mentor to help you look for ways that you can help out in your church and community.
You could have many different voices in your life encouraging you to be a faithful Christian, but only you can decide for yourself to really go all in for Christ. Use these helpful first steps to plan more personal time with God, get connected with others, and find ways to serve in your church.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- What was your parents’ faith beliefs as you were growing up? How strongly did they encourage you to share in that same faith?
- Read Jeremiah 29:13. How does this verse encourage you?
- Can you think of a time when you personally felt very close to God? Explain.
- Is it easy or hard for you to make time to read the Bible and pray? How can you eliminate distractions from this?
- What are some ways that you are already getting connected in your church? What can you do to be more connected?
- Identify three of your strengths as a person. How can you use these strengths in the church setting to serve God and people?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.