Leading "Awaken" Youth Bible Study Featuring D.A. Horton

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You can find the Awaken series exclusively in the RightNow Media Bible Study Library here.

It's so easy to get lulled into a sleepy faith, seeing our relationship with God as just what we do on Sundays or at youth group. We're tempted to live for ourselves, pursuing the fleeting pleasures of sin instead of pursuing a vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ. But the time for sleeping is over—no more snooze button, no more pulling the covers over your head. It's time to wake up to the reality of the life we've been called to live in Christ.

In this series, author and church planter D.A. Horton will call students to awaken their faith and reach their world—their friends, neighbors and classmates—with the gospel of Jesus Christ. He will unpack what the Bible says about the life-giving, soul-awakening message of the gospel and how prayer, study of God's Word, and service equip and empower followers of Christ to overcome sin. D.A also challenges students to boldly seek the advancement of God's Kingdom at home and around the world. 

Take a look at this video overview of the series.

D.A. Horton is a church planter, author, and sought after speaker. D.A. is currently preparing to plant a church in Los Angeles and has previously served as Executive Director of ReachLife Ministries and as the National Coordinator for Urban Student Missions with the North American Mission Board (NAMB). He is author of G.O.S.P.E.L. and DNA: Foundations of the Faith. 

Listen to D.A. speak about why he believes Awaken is so important for students today and hear his encouragement for you as you lead your group through this awesome series!

D.A. said, "The darkness of our culture is consuming our young people like never before." Think about some of the students you'll be leading through this study. What are some of the ways they're struggling with sin? How do you hope this study will be used by the Lord to help them overcome this struggle?
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D.A. spoke about three types of students who you'll lead through this study:
• Those who don't know the Lord and have not put their faith in Him.
• Those who profess a faith in Christ, but sometimes seem on the fence.
• Those who  get it, who are running 100% for God's glory.

Who are the students that fit into each one of those categories? How can you prepare now to minister to each through this study?
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At the beginning of each session, your students will experience dramatic or funny illustrations to ease into the topic. This reflective clip shows how the light of Christ's gospel illuminates our hearts so that we become beacons of hope to a world full of darkness.

You'll also hear from a variety of students who share how God used their life circumstances to awaken them to a hope in Him and to their call to share the gospel. In this real-life story from the series, Isaac explains how a tragic wildfire in his hometown provided and opportunity to serve others and share his faith.

To help you teach, you will use the downloadable Leader's Guide and group handouts available online to dig deep into powerful teaching from the video. Take some time in advance to consider the Bible study questions and come up with personal examples to encourage discussion with your students. 

As you prepare to lead this Bible study, are there any ways I can pray for you or help you facilitate?
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Your job is challenging, but so important as you help lead these young lives toward the sacred. Thank you for your faithful service.  

You can find the Awaken series exclusively in the RightNow Media Bible Study Library here.