Christian teenagers are already familiar with the ultimate sacrifice of God giving his only son to save humanity from its sins. Elaborate on the concept of sacrifice with other examples from the Bible and teach your teens how they can give up things in their own lives to have a stronger walk with God. Incorporate entertaining games as learning tools.
In Genesis 22, Abraham was asked to sacrifice his son to test his faith in God. Ultimately, an angel stopped the sacrifice and Abraham was rewarded for his faith. Remind the teenagers that God will never ask them to give up something unless he has something better in store. Have the group of teenagers empty out their pockets or purses to give you some change. Remind them that they will never see the money again. Ask them if they are still willing to give up the change. Some teens will take their change back. Reward the teens who still gave up the change with a five dollar bill.
God appreciates when people spend time with him. In Matthew 6:33, God tells his people to seek his kingdom first and other things will follow. Though the teenagers' days are filled with hectic schedules, inform them that God appreciates quality time with him. Write down common things that teens like to do on slips of paper such as watching television or playing video games. Place the slips of paper in a hat. Have each teen pick a slip. They will not be able to engage in the pastime on their slip but must instead focus on spending time reading God's word for a full week. After the week, have them discuss how difficult their experiences were.
Giving to Others
In Acts 20:35, Jesus reminds people that it is better to give than to receive. Inform teens that some people will sacrifice something in their lives in order for someone else to have something. Ask teens to raid their home closets for items they no longer need that someone else can appreciate and to bring it in with them. The teens will realize that they have more possessions than they actually need. Count up all the items that each teen brings. Reward the teen who has the most items with a small prize. Donate their old possessions to a local homeless shelter.
Teenagers are already familiar with determination and hard work. They will remember how they had to sacrifice other things to reach their goals. Proverbs 14:23 will remind them that hard work always pays off. Place several pictures of successful people or biblical characters down on a table. Let each teen pick up a picture and turn it over to look at who he picked. Have the teens sit in a circle and let each teen discuss what he believes the person had to sacrifice to get their success. For example, if a teenager picked a doctor, he would discuss how the doctor had to sacrifice his time and money to get his medical degree.