“So What?” Youth Bible Studies

So what…

…does the Bible say?

Teenagers have questions. God’s Word has answers. That’s why Scripture is the heart of each session. Students will examine what the Bible says, learn what it means, and see how it relates to their lives.

…questions does the Bible answer?

A good question has remarkable power to stimulate and engage critical thinking skills. Each session of So What? zeros in on one question and one answer, allowing students to focus on the truth in Scripture.

…what difference does it make?

Students are asking, ‘How does the Bible apply to my life? How can I live out what I believe? So what difference does faith in Christ make?’

The question “So What?” captures in a nutshell this series’ primary purpose: that God the Holy Spirit will work through the study of his Word to bring about students’ ownership of their faith in Jesus Christ.

Click here to see what’s included in each study!

What is a Modified Inductive Bible study?

The So What? series of Bible studies may be used with small groups, large classes, Sunday school classes, discipleship groups, and more. However you use it, So What? is designed to provide your group with a modified inductive Bible study. How do you lead an effective study? Read on …

Bible Study

Each session is rooted in the study of the Bible. The Scriptures are your “textbook.” Because the Bible is the infallible Word of God, the source of life, and the gospel of Christ, each session is centered on reading and understanding God’s Word.

What is “inductive”?

A good question has remarkable power. By asking questions during the study of Scripture, the students discover answers from Bible. There are three ways the inductive method does this:

  1. Observation: What does the passage say?
  2. Interpretation: What does the passage mean?
  3. Application: What does the passage mean for me, others in the group, and others in general?

Additional specific questions are posed in the Session Outline and the student Examine Bible studies in each of these three areas as well.

What is “modified”?

This inductive approach is called “modified” because you are not only asking the observe, interpret, and apply questions. You have the essential role as teacher-leader. The session is not the time for you to encounter the text for the first time and ask inductive questions. Instead, you lead while also teaching. You provide background, contextual information, and definitions of words and terms—teaching—if the students are going to discover and understand what the Scriptures say. However, this does not mean you will be lecturing.

How are you a leader and a teacher? You:

  • determine what will be studied,
  • see that the lesson aims are accomplished,
  • add your own additional questions to the session outline,
  • keep the discussion focused,
  • summarize the truths, and
  • see that students understand the main question and answer for each study.

What’s your role?

  • You are the discussion leader—not a lecturer.
  • You provide accurate instruction, context, definitions of words, etc.
  • You keep the class focused on the Bible truth and session aims.
  • You guide the discussion to ensure you complete the study in the allotted time.
  • You understand the basics of group dynamics to ensure that your students are interacting well with the passage and each other.
  • You avoid the dreaded outcome where students have only shared their ignorance and left with conclusions that aren’t based on the Bible.

We will be adding resources and help on leading a modified inductive Bible study. Join the conversation with others in ministry today as you “relate faith to life and life to faith.”

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10 Responses to “So What?” Youth Bible Studies
  1. Jim
    November 16, 2014 | 11:52 am

    I have been using this material in my Sunday School class for two years now and we love it. It is material that really challenges the young people. The worksheets that are provided with each lesson do a wonderful job in getting the young people to participate in the lesson. The weekly devotions also do a great job of reinforcing the material throughout the week. The one thing I would ask is that you consider providing the ability to buy additional devotionals. We have a Youth Group that meets separately from Sunday School and has different young people attend. I would love to be able to provide these young people with the devotionals also.

    • So What? Studies
      November 19, 2014 | 10:04 am

      What a wonderful testimony of God’s work in the lives of your teens! We are so thankful to be a part of your ministry. And thank you too for the suggestion about the journals. We love hearing from our churches about how they use the materials and pray that the Lord will provide the resources so we may serve you better!

  2. Kristen
    August 23, 2014 | 1:03 am

    This looks like a great curriculum. What age level is it geared toward? Junior high or high school?

    • So What? Studies
      August 25, 2014 | 9:34 am

      So What? youth Bible studies are designed for high schoolers but are easily adaptable to younger ages. A lot of it depends on the biblical background of your students and their spiritual maturity. You can download a free lesson from each of our 9 studies to see if they would suit your group. Thanks for ministering to teens!

  3. Kim Padilla
    August 19, 2014 | 9:38 pm

    We are looking for something for middle school aged students, ages 12-14, or 6th through 8th grade. Is this suited for that younger spectrum of the teens?

    • So What? Studies
      August 25, 2014 | 9:43 am

      So What? Bible studies are designed for high school students, but we’ve had a lot of feedback from customers who are using it with Middle School students with great effectiveness. We’ve received excellent feedback on how their students have responded to it. They love it. It does depend on the biblical background of your students and their spiritual maturity. You can download a free lesson from each of our 9 studies to see if they would suit your group. Thanks for ministering to teens!

  4. Heather
    July 14, 2014 | 8:11 am

    Hi, I was just wondering if the “So What” studies were digital downloads or hard copy? Thank you.

    • So What? Studies
      July 14, 2014 | 9:34 am

      The Leader Kit and Student Pack are printed materials including a Leader Guide (100+ pages), 13 Student Bible Studies, a Student Journal, and more. When you purchase a kit, you will receive a code by email for the digital downloads. These include 13 PowerPoint sessions (1 per session) and a digital student journal.

  5. Daniel Brown
    January 10, 2014 | 11:06 am

    This curriculum is very well done, professional, engaging and honoring to the Lord. The So What? studies encourages my class to think and discuss their findings, rather than the traditional top-down approach, which is sadly all too common among well-churched groups. Bravo to the team who put these studies together. Your attention to detail, additional notes in the leader’s guide, powerpoint, journal are all awesome. Well done!

    • So What? Studies
      January 10, 2014 | 11:10 am

      We are thankful to the Lord for your teaching and for your kind comments! We will keep up the Kingdom work!

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