YouthESource

Bible Study: Let’s Talk…The Future

This one-part Bible study looks at the story of Joseph throughout his life to see how God was leading him and how God still leads us today.

Topics: Life After Youth Group

Download a PDF of the Let’s Talk…The Future Bible Study and leader’s guide.

Where is God Leading Me?
One of the struggles that we all deal with is wondering where God is leading us. What does our future hold? What will happen to us as we grow older?
For youth, the questions usually center around choice of college, future spouse, and career. You may see the older members of your group discuss college entrance exams and debate where to go to college (and what to study).
Certainly, concerns about the future change as we grow older. For young adults, issues of marriage, children, and possible disillusionment with a career choice are a major focus. Older adults may face the questions and doubts of mid-life and/or the empty nest. Regardless of age, all of us wonder what the future will hold. We may ask, “How do I know what God’s will is?” or “How does this event in my life affect the future?
In this study, we will touch down on the story of Joseph at several different times of his life and reflect on how God was leading him through life. We will apply the story of Joseph to our own lives and see how God leads us today. (The student pages should be copied and distributed to group members.)
Suggested Uses for this Resource
  • Use for Sunday morning Bible study.
  • Plan a youth night around the topic of the future and God’s leading, with this piece as the focus.
  • Discuss following God’s leadership during a lock-in or weekend retreat.
  • Make a copy of the questions page for a youth who comes to you with concerns.
  • Have a special Bible study for the seniors who are approaching graduation and are faced with “future-stress”.
Introduction
Joe is a seventeen-year old member of St. Joseph Lutheran Church. What are some of the changes that he will face in his life in the next ten years?
Have the group brainstorm all of the changes they can think of and write them on newsprint. Among them will be: graduating high school, graduating college, leaving home, marriage, possible divorce, birth of children, purchase of new car, possible purchase of first house, first steps in career, etc. Ask the students which changes they think would be more difficult or fearful. Discuss their feelings behind their choices. Which do they think would be the easiest changes? Again discuss why. Ask youth where God fits in all of these changes. Explain that we have a whole book full of examples of people who allowed God to lead them–it is the Bible! In this study we will look at one person’s life–Joseph–and we will see through his eyes the worries and stresses about the future and the amazing outcome!

Published April 2011

About the author

View more from Jim

Related Resources

Filtered: Finding Your Identity and Purpose Through Christ

Filtered: Finding Your Identity and Purpose Through Christ

Our youth have a lot of big questions. Our God has a lot of big answers. This youth-led Bible study series is meant to equip the participants for a Christ-centered discussion of these big questions and how they impact their decisions for their future.

Confirmation 2.0: Lord’s Supper Bible Study Series

Confirmation 2.0: Lord’s Supper Bible Study Series

The post-Confirmation teen years may be ones where teaching the Catechism may be more difficult. Teens want to know how this material applies to their lives today. They want to dig deeper than perhaps they did in Confirmation. This three-part Bible study is the fourth in a series that take Catechism content and present it for high school students.

Content in Christ

Content in Christ

In this day and age it seems hard to find contentment. Social media has many of us comparing ourselves to others and finding ourselves lacking in one way or another. The Bible has much to say to us about contentment as well as where striving after the things of this world can lead. This study helps to talk to youth about their contentment in Christ.

Confirmation 2.0: Lord’s Prayer

Confirmation 2.0: Lord’s Prayer

The next set of studies in this Confirmation 2.0 series will focus on the Lord’s Prayer. Through this series, we focus on learning to pray by listening to the words the Lord has given us to pray. The first session we explore Old Testament prayers of the people of God, and in the second, we look at Jesus’ own prayers. In the final session we look at Jesus’ unforgettable response with the disciples asked him about prayer. 

LiveLove(d) in Servant Events

LiveLove(d) in Servant Events

Download the full leader guide here. The theme for the 2013 National LCMS Youth Gathering, LiveLove(d), was selected in January, 2011. ...

The JOY of Living Love for Servant Events

The JOY of Living Love for Servant Events

This Bible study series reviews five scriptural stories of people who were called out of some particular place or situation by God and into service to Him and to others. This series was originally created to serve LCMS Servant Events during their week-long programming.

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

How do I know if our youth ministry program is healthy and properly caring for our teens?

Discover how you can enhance your youth ministry and serve the youth in your church with Seven Practices of Healthy Youth Ministry.

Share This