I may have already shared something about this in the past few weeks, but I have so been blessed by it that I figured if I had, it wouldn’t hurt to share again. Erin and I have been teaching the Teen Sunday School class at our church on Sunday mornings. For the first few weeks I was using various teaching tools and studies that I had acquired over the past few years. While my lessons were solid, I still felt that I needed to bring more structure to our class. So, I began looking for a good teen Sunday School Class material to use and found “Fuel Ignited” by LifeWay. We are currently doing Volume 1 of the series which contains twelve lessons. The first four lessons were Biblical lessons on finding and relating to friends. The next four lessons are on Biblical integrity, and the last four lessons of Volume 1 deal with sex and relationships. Each weekly lesson has a video of about 10 minutes that deals with the issues we will be discussing in the lesson. Unlike some videos which are just another person on dvd talking to the students, in this series there are mini tv show episodes that deal with the topics we are discussing and form a mini-series that continues from week to week.
My first few weeks of teaching the teens it was often really hard to hold their interest and pull discussion out of them. However, with this material you gain the students attention right away and that leads right into discussion. You also have a choice of lesson plans each week where you can do a discussion or an activity based lesson plan. I personally love the discussion plan because it tends to draw more discussion and Bible searching from the students. And each week you are also given a weekly devotional that has 7 seven days worth of mini-devotions for the students to do on the topic you are discussing that leads into next week’s topic.
Over all I am just really excited about this material, not only because of the interest it has gained with our students, but mainly because it is solid Biblical curriculum. Each week the students are challenged to look at their walk with Christ and see if their actions and relationships are leading others towards Christ or pushing them away. They are also challenged to grow in their relationship with Christ on a deeper level each week.
If you work in a youth group or sunday school setting with teens, I highly recommend the “Fuel Ignited” series!