Greatest Showman Bible Study for Youth

Greatest Showman Bible Study for Youth

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Come Alive was one of my favorite lessons series of all time. It is just fun to teach with these amazingly fun songs.

Come Alive is a 4 week Bible study that uses the songs from The Greatest Showman as a jumping off point to talk about God’s abundant life. The theme verse is John 10:10 and each week adds to the theme that God calls us to not just live, but to thrive and have an abundant life. Themes include being satisfied with God, being honest with who you are, and God’s grace when we mess up. While this Bible study was designed for teenagers and youth groups it would easily fit in an adult setting as well.

You can pick it on the store page by following the links at the top or by clicking here: Come Alive

Alone: A Good Friday Idea

man alone on boardwalk

Every year at Easter I am reminded that we know nothing of the Saturday between the crucifixion and the resurrection. In this week where most of the events of Jesus’ ministry were explained it is weird to think that we have this hole there on Saturday.

I have preached about this a few times, but this idea I think will work on a Good Friday service.

This is a short sermon idea that would be part of a larger Good Friday worship experience.

Alone

  • You will need 7 or 8 volunteers who need to have a little foreknowledge of what is to come, but they will not need much practice.
  • Right before your message bring the people up on stage. Have one person stand off to the right side and the rest of the group to the left side.
  • The people on the left should face inward and sort of be pretending to talk among themselves.
  • Right after they get set the person on the right should approach them and very subtly look like he is going to join their circle before walking back to his place on the right.

After their little scene plays out leave the participants on stage and have the Then have the speaker come on stage and ask these questions about the guy on the right:

What do you think he is feeling?

Why do you think that?

Have you ever felt like this before?

What do you normally do when you feel this way?

When you are feeling alone is it easy to think that you are the only person who feels this way?

Have your volunteers sit down and then begin your message. Depending on what your focus is for the rest of the evening either read from Isaiah 53 or

Matthew 27:45-46 “From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over the whole land. About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Elí, Elí, lemá sabachtháni?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

The Message

When we are feeling alone it is easy to think that we are the only person who feels this way. One of the amazing things that we see in the story of the cross is our Savior experiencing loneliness. Even though he is surrounded by a crowd and between two theieves His words indicate that He felt alone and abandoned.

As we come to this time and place where we pause and remember the cross. Let us not move to quickly to Sunday morning. Let us remember that Jesus left His place in heaven, left eternal and perfect community with God and came to earth to suffer, to die, and to be alone.

Jesus chose to be alone so that through his death and sacrifice we who were outcast no longer had to be alone.

So if you are here and you feel like you are an outcast. If you are here and you feel alone, rejected, on the outside you need to know two things. One this church is a place for you to feel accepted and find your place, but much much more than that number two is that Jesus himself knows what it feels like to be alone. He walked through loneliness, separation and the cross so that you could know Him.

That is why we call this Friday good. Not that Jesus died, but that Jesus sacrificed himself for us, and Just like the story of Jesus didn’t end of Friday your story doesn’t end with you alone. In your story there is a Sunday coming and it is when Jesus Christ comes into your heart and you are never again alone.

Good Friday Ideas: Weighted

Good Friday Ideas: Weighted
  • You will need 1 of these fishing weights for every person in your group. If you have the budget you can get bigger weights.
  • Give them to volunteers so they can be passed out quickly in your message.
  • You will also need some ankle weights and a heavy backpack to put on for demonstration.
  • Read: Galatians 3:10–13

Galatians 3:10-13 10 For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, because it is written: Everyone who does not continue doing everything written in the book of the law is cursed. 11 Now it is clear that no one is justified before God by the law, because the righteous will live by faith. 12 But the law is not based on faith; instead, the one who does these things will live by them. 13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, because it is written: Everyone who is hung on a tree is cursed.

  • Point out that all of us are under were the curse of sin. No matter how much we tried to be righteous we ultimately fell short of the glory of God. That sin was like a weight holding us down no matter where we tried to go or what we tried to do.
  • Put on the ankle weights and the backpack.
  • As you are putting them on describe the way that our sins such a lying, gossiping, adultery, and the like are all weights that we carry with us.
  • This weight of guilt makes life difficult, but that isn’t how we are supposed to live.
  • Jesus took the weight of our sin. He took the curse of our sin and carried it on the cross.
  • Have volunteers pass out the weights.
  • For just a moment I want you to hold this weight in your hand and think about the weight of your sin.
  • If you are a Christian then spend the next few moments thanking Jesus for carrying your sin.
  • If you are not a Christian spend time right now asking Jesus to carry the weight of your sin and thank Him for bearing the curse of sin for you.
  • After 45 seconds or so close with a time of prayer.