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Scripture in Your Everyday Life

Edge Night Outline

Goal of this Night

The goal of this Edge Night is to introduce the middle school youth to the Word that can and should be a part of their everyday life. By the end of the session, the youth will have a better understanding of how Scripture relates to their lives and they will be equipped with tools that will help them to incorporate the Word into the issues they encounter every day.

About this night

Coming into the Edge Night, some of the middle school youth may think that Scripture is an outdated tool that only applies to early Christians or older Christians. This night will help the youth see how Scripture is not dead, but alive and applicable to their lives. The night will provide the youth with practical tools to use while at school, home, or hanging out with their friends. By being equipped with the knowledge of Scripture, the youth are putting on the Armor of God to use in their everyday lives.

The night begins by the youth entering into a room where they will be surrounded by quotes from the Bible. The different verses chosen should be posted around the room without any references as to where they came from. Choose verses that you think are applicable to their lives. Welcome the group and open with a prayer. The youth will then compete in a game to see who can text, tweet, and/or give a status update the quickest using Scripture verses that you provide. Following the game, the night will transition into the teaching. Once the teaching is complete, have the youth break into small groups for a Scripture based activity followed by a quick brainstorm of tangible ways the youth can make Scripture a part of their everyday life. Have the large group come back together and share some of the things they learned in their small groups. The night will conclude with a brief sharing from one of the Core Members on how Scripture has impacted his/her life. The leader will then say a prayer for the middle school youth asking that the Lord would enter into their lives and ignite their hearts with a passion for the Word of God. The youth will each be given a topical concordance to take home and challenged to look up at least one new Scripture verse references in their packets.

Prior to the Edge Night, each small group leader will be assigned one of the topics highlighted in the handout, “What Scripture Says About…”. Make sure each Core Member has plenty of time to prepare by reading the Scriptures in his/her assigned section. If you do not have a Bible for each youth, you will need to type out the Scripture verses for each section for the youth to be able to read.

Parental Notice

During our Edge Session, we discussed the importance of Scripture in our daily lives. The goal of the night was to help your child understand how Scripture relates to his/her life and equip him/her with tools apply Scripture in our everyday circumstances. We provided an important tool/handout that both your child and you might find helpful when questions come up regarding topics they might encounter on a daily basis. This handout has many Bible verses that can be used to help your child to also dive deeper into Scripture.

Here are some questions to help start a conversation with your youth about what he/she learned during Edge:

  • What topic did you discuss in small group and look up in the Bible? How did the Scripture verses you read relate to your topic?
  • How are you going to make Scripture a part of your daily routine in the upcoming week?
  • Do you have a favorite Scripture verse? (Feel free to share your favorite verse as well.)
  • What can we do as a family to make Scripture more a part of our family prayer and routine?

Environment

Choose Scripture verses that you think the youth would relate to. Try and choose some that they might not necessarily be aware  are Scripture references (ex. “Faithful friends are beyond price, no amount can measure their worth.”; “As dogs return to their vomit, so fools repeat their folly.”; “Do you not know that the runners in the stadium all run the race, but only one wins the prize? Run so as to win.”) Use butcher paper or poster board to place these verses all around the room. Do not write where in the Bible they come from. It should look like they are just quotes. Have a TV or projector and screen for the video version of the teaching.

Supplies List

• Poster Board

• Markers and Pencils

• Cell phones

• Bibles (one per youth)

• Handout: “What Scripture Says About…” (page 12)

• Handout: “Scripture in MY Daily Life” (page 14)

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