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Growing: Our Response To A Love Relationship With Jesus


Growing is a four-session sermon series that will challenge your students to start seeing spiritual growth, prayer, Scripture memory, and serving not as some oppressive Christian obligation but instead as their response to a love relationship with Jesus. In this series, we will lay out the purpose and reasons for spiritual growth and focus on three disciplines that will help your students grab hold of, digest, and make them a habit in their lives.

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The Christian faith is one of constant spiritual growth. But what do your students think of when they hear the words “spiritual growth,” “prayer,” “Scripture memory,” or “serving”? For many, the answer is just another rule to follow or another box to check on a long and intimidating list of things they have to do to “be a good Christian.” And if your students continue to view these important spiritual growth habits as more obligation than sanctification, how likely do you think they are to engage in them regularly? Download the YM360 Sermon Series Growing today and challenge your students to start seeing spiritual growth, prayer, Scripture memory, and serving not as some oppressive Christian obligation but instead as their response to a love relationship with Jesus.

  • Session Overview
  • What's Included

    • Any large group setting
    • Mid-week youth service
    • "Master teacher” format 


    • Session 1 – Why Grow? (Galatians 5:16-25) | Growth is almost an assumed reality in the Christian faith. But why? And what is the value of growth? Maybe some students don't desire growth. The purpose of this session is it helps show students why growing and taking meaningful steps closer to Jesus is an important part of the Christian faith. This message explores the fruits of the Spirit and the truth that fruit is the evidence of growth.
    • Session 2 – Prayer (Psalm 139:1-12) | If God gives us everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3), how do students take steps to start growing? How do they develop a meaningful prayer life? In this lesson, we will help create a prayer framework that students can adopt and help them see each of their problems as an invitation to pray this week.
    • Session 3 – Scripture Memory (Matthew 4:1-11) | Memorizing Scripture is challenging for many Christ-followers. Is that because they can’t? Or is that because they haven’t ever tried it before? Jesus modeled the importance of memorizing Scripture and how it helps us navigate life, especially when we face tempting situations.
    • Session 4 – Serving (1 Peter 4:4-11) | Serving is a tangible way to grow in the fruits of the Spirit. Serving helps us grow. And students don’t have to wait until they’re older; they can find a place to serve in the local church and beyond the church walls right now, regardless of their age.
  • Detailed Sermon Outlines 

    Every Sermon Series comes with detailed sermon outlines. Teach them "as is" or adapt them to suit your specific ministry context. 

    Discussion questions 

    Questions are designed to foster conversations, help students think critically about the teaching, and wrestle with how these Biblical truths impact their complicated and ever-changing lives. You can use these discussion questions to facilitate small groups after your large group teaching or even create handouts for students to work through the message as you go.

    Title and Background slides 

    These are designed to be dropped into your favorite presentation software to help you build a creative environment around your sermon. Use them as a backdrop for song lyrics, Scripture passages, teaching points, and any illustrations you choose to display.

    Artwork for promo and social media 

    Social media images, web banners, and a printable poster file are included. Perfect for newsletters, websites, social media platforms, or print them off for posters and bulletin inserts.

    Logo (including native logo design files) 

    We include a logo file and the native design files to allow you to use the logo in ways you see fit. 

    100% downloadable and adaptable

    You can download everything as soon as you finish your purchase. Nothing is shipped to you.


Overview and Sample Sermon

Overview and Sample Sermon

Download a full overview of Growing and sample the first sermon in the series.

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