We share our study resources with you in the hope that it gives you a good foundation for planning your own study. While we think our resources are top quality and it’s awesome to have all the hard work done for you, we believe that your students will get more out of it by you running sessions in your own style and sharing your own testimonies where appropriate. Same message, different flavour!
Our second study series for this year was titled ‘Heart for the House’. This study series was two-fold: It was partly about the why behind doing church, and it was also partly about looking after the physical church building. We ran this entire series as 4 small group sessions. 3 of those sessions were studies and 1 a practical session. In this post I’ve included some ideas to help get you started on planning your own Heart for the House study.
Our key scripture for this series was 1 Corinthians 3:9 “For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.” We looked at the chapter of 1 Corinthians 3 as a whole, and picked out this verse to focus on. Other scriptures that are also relevant are:
Psalm 127:1 – unless the Lord builds the house | Genesis 28:17 – this is the house of God | Psalm 122:9 – working for God | Ecclesiastes 5:1 – what to do when you enter the house of God | Hebrews 3:4 – God builds everything | 1 Peter 2:5 – building the spiritual house
Small Group Worksheets
We made 3 worksheets for our small group discussion sessions. They were specific to our church community and included names of people in the church to pray for (i.e. our Senior Pastors). I’ve edited these to make them a little more generic and added them to our resource library for you to use (sign up here to get the password if you haven’t already).
The worksheets covered 3 of our 4 small group sessions. The other session was a practical one, where each group took a turn at baking for café on Sunday. We used this as a simple step towards practically having a ‘heart for the house’.
Other Creative Elements
Youth Takeover Service: As part of your Heart for the House series it would be a great opportunity to run church one Sunday! We did this mid-way through our series. You can read all about it in this post on planning your first Youth Takeover Service.
Songs: You may like to include some songs in your regular Youth worship set about having a Heart for the House during your study series. Some ideas to get you started are Build Your Kingdom Here by Rend Collective, Let It Echo by Jesus Culture, and Jesus At The Center by Israel Houghton.
Working bee: Rally your students and give your church building some love! Check in with your Senior Pastors if there’s anything in particular you might be able to do as a group to bless the House. I bet vacuuming, cleaning toilets, or washing the windows won’t go amiss!
Volunteer Gifts: Another idea is to make gifts or write notes of appreciation to each person in your church who volunteers their time to help keep the church running smoothly.
Run a practical life course: One aspect of Heart for the House we felt was important to talk about was budgeting. We felt that to be able to give to the House, whether that is time or money, you have to do it within your means. We were fortunate enough to have 2 leaders in our church who had been trained to run a CAP Money Youth session. We invited them along to run a session for students aged 14 years+. This course focused on budgeting and goal setting, and generated some great discussion.
..whatever you do for your Heart for the House study, do it in your own style and do it in love. Do your best, pray, and leave the results up to God.
- Which ideas did you use for your series on Heart for the House?
- What other elements have you found helpful to illustrate this topic? What did your students respond well to?