An evangelical teen can grow closer to God by attending church services regularly and participating in youth programs, reading religious texts, praying regularly and volunteering at charity organizations.
Teenagers should make an effort to limit the amount of secular media they consume. Being aware of what media you watch and consume will shape your moral values over time.
1. Attend Church Regularly
Teenagers often struggle to find their spiritual home. If they’re trying to build or expand upon an existing faith or exploring spirituality for the first time, attending religious services regularly is key in building their connection to god and creating an effective foundation for life.
Attending church regularly is a great way to further your knowledge of religion and connect with like-minded believers. Plus, it gives you the chance to meet new people! Every religion may practice differently but being open-minded and respectful towards other cultures will only enrich your experience!
Teenagers’ lives can be unpredictable and hectic, often giving sports, band concerts, school activities and other commitments priority over church attendance. But it’s essential for teenagers to remember that spirituality should play an equal role in their lives as any other aspect.
Solid relationships with Christ can be beneficial at any age, but particularly valuable for teenagers. A robust spiritual life can help relieve stress and anxiety, boost mental health and make teens overall happier while also helping them deal with difficulties they encounter along the way.
Teens should attend church services regularly, but also attempt to become engaged in their community through volunteering. Volunteering provides an ideal way to show love for others while developing a stronger sense of purpose and belonging as you are helping those in need.
Teenagers need to learn independence and accept responsibility for their actions, including respecting parents and obeying teachers/authority figures. Teens should try to be positive role models among peers while encouraging others to follow Jesus Christ.
2. Pray Daily
An organized daily prayer time can help deepen a teenager’s connection to God and expand their understanding of different religions and faith traditions. Prayer time could involve writing out prayers or reading scripture; listening to Christian music or taking a nature walk as ways of connecting with God may even work!
Most teenagers come to believe in some sort of higher power during this crucial teen age. At this point, teens may begin questioning if there is life after death, their purpose on Earth and whether there even exists an all-powerful Creator.
Praying provides teens an avenue for communicating their thoughts and concerns to God in a safe space; He listens. Prayer can take many forms: it could be as simple as asking Him for guidance during difficult times, or it can go deeper by sharing fears, hopes, dreams or gratitude – also providing teens an opportunity to thank Him for all he has blessed them with!
Teenagers find praying regularly can help foster a greater sense of community among themselves and among believers more broadly, as well as inspiring them to go out into the world and help others. Praying is also an effective way of taking focus off themselves and instead making an impactful difference in someone else’s life.
Prayer can also help a teen overcome restlessness and an eagerness for instantaneous satisfaction. They should pray to become content with what God has provided, rather than using discontent as an excuse to make poor choices. Finally, they can ask for wisdom so they will always choose the appropriate path in any given circumstance.
They can ask God to help them form godly relationships that will support their spiritual development. Praying that He surround them with people who are kind, humble, and loving can also be powerful prayers against jealousy or self-seeking that can undermine relationships.
3. Read the Bible
Are You Beginning Your Spiritual Journey or Have Been Faithful for Some Time? Reading God’s Word can help strengthen your relationship with him, so finding resources like study Bibles, podcasts and sermons to understand Scripture better and apply it in everyday life are invaluable. Additionally, keeping a journal can also be an excellent way to stay close to him by recording any fears, pains, worries or revelations from His word that come your way.
Early exposure to basic Bible study techniques is beneficial in equipping teens to engage in devotional content or topical studies with greater discernment and impact than they would without first studying an entire book from beginning to end.
Introducing your teen to Bible study should begin with shorter books like Jonah or James to ease them into the process and allow them to get comfortable before diving deeper. Furthermore, be intentional about setting aside time each day – perhaps first thing when waking up or just before sleeping – where they can dedicate all of their attention.
When studying Scripture with your teen, be sure to compare notes and questions after every study session. This will enable them to become more self-sufficient in their own study while growing independent as they discover that its truths do not depend on anyone’s interpretations. Encourage them to share what they’re learning – particularly passages that speak directly to them through social media or email or written out on the refrigerator – just don’t overwhelm them too quickly with too many Bible passages; too many might prove confusing and discouraging!
Teenagers may find it challenging to connect with God on their own, especially without other Christian peers in their age range to interact with. Attending church services and youth group activities on Sunday can help them explore more about their religion while meeting like-minded individuals who share similar views. Reading religious texts daily and praying can also strengthen ties to spirituality while retreats and interfaith events provide additional opportunities to expand upon faith while learning about other traditions.
Teens must also remain open-minded when learning about other religions and practicing tolerance, in order to better comprehend their own and others’ beliefs, as well as how they fit in with society at large. Volunteering can also provide teens with an outlet to feel more connected to the divine; for instance, planting trees could make an immense difference for our planet’s health as well as in people’s lives who depend on trees for survival.
Teenagers can also volunteer with organizations dedicated to social justice and equality, which will allow them to meet like-minded individuals while creating relationships that will last them a lifetime. Volunteering gives teens an invaluable sense of achievement that will build their self-esteem and increase the likelihood that they remain faithful to their faith. If teens feel adventurous enough, they could try going on a mission trip that allows them to spread the gospel and bring more souls into God’s Kingdom. There are both local and international mission trips available for teenagers. When planning such an endeavor it’s essential that they consult their pastor to see if it’s feasible, as well as inform both parents.