Preaching for youth: finding topics for sermons

How do you come up with fresh ideas for topics to preach on for youth?

Many youth leaders and youth pastors have a problem coming up with great topics to preach on when preaching for youth. If you are one of them, don’t beat yourself up over it. You’re not the only one and it’s quite normal, especially hard when you have to preach every Sunday. How do you keep coming up with fresh topics?

In two earlier posts in the series on Preaching for youth we discussed what to keep in mind when choosing topics to preach on for youth and the two routes to finding a topic, namely the expository route and the topical route. In this post we’ll give you three approaches on how to find a great topic for your next youth sermon.

It’s not always easy to come up with fresh ideas for topics to preach on to youth

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Preaching for youth: how to find topics to preach on

There are two routes to find a topic to preach on for youth

[This post is part of the series on preaching for youth, be sure to check out the other installments in this series!] Not everyone who is preaching for youth finds it easy to come up with suitable topics to preach on. In this post I’d like to give you some ideas how to come up with topics to preach on.

There are two routes to find a topic to preach on for youth

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Preaching for youth: what to preach about

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An important topic to consider when preaching for youth is what to preach about. As always, there are different ways of approaching the choice of a text (and yes, I’m assuming you will use the Bible when you teach!). Some people pick a verse or more to preach on, and then study it to derive its message. Others prefer to come up with a theme or topic first, and then study the Bible to find appropriate verses. I’m not denouncing either method, they both have their distinct advantages and possible down-effects.

What is important to keep in mind when choosing your subject and your verses is this: the younger your audience is, the more trouble they will have with abstract thinking. Teens are simply not capable of much abstract reasoning, so you’ll have to keep your message concrete. That also impacts the verses you want to talk about. [Read more…]