I have found a key way to engage the interest of 12-14 year olds is to make a connection between the Bible story and current times. These teen Sunday school discussions and activities provide just this opportunity.
Bible Story: Allocate readers to read the following stories from the Bible.
Matthew 8: 23-27 – Calming the Storm
Luke 17: 11-19 – Ten men with Leprosy
Luke 13: 11-13 – The Crippled Woman
Mark 6: 48-51 – Walking on Water
John 2: 1-11 – Water turned into wine
What are these examples of? What is a miracle? What was it that made these impossible things happen? Do you have faith in God that is strong enough that it will allow you to achieve what others might think is impossible?
Around us everyday we see things that we just accept, and yet there is the power of God behind them, what kind of things could be thought of as miracles in this sense? – things such as the day following the night, the rain that feeds the seeds that grow into food, the natural cycle of life. When we have faith in God, all things are possible – and sometimes miracles occur without anyone except God realizing that this is a miracle – such as the birth of a baby, or the soft breeze that cools us on a hot day. We should always be watching out for these everyday miracles so that we remember to thank God for them, and to strengthen our faith in his power to do great things.
Issue each student with a pen and piece of paper.
You are a news reporter following Jesus. Choose two of the miracles that you read about earlier, and report as if you were actually there when they occurred. Write your story so that readers who weren’t there will see the miracles through your eyes. If you wish to illustrate your report with a drawing, that’s great!
Invite the students to read their newspaper articles to the rest of the class.