Leading "Better Than One" Youth Bible Study Featuring Dhati Lewis

Better Than One Featuring Dhati Lewis

You can find the Better Than One series exclusively in the RightNow Media Bible Study Library here.

Growing up, we may have started friendships with a game of tag or hide-and-go-seek. But in high school, things get complicated. Cliques can feel like the real-life version of getting picked last for dodgeball—the cool kids pick each other, and the rest slump in the corner, forgotten. Even worse, social media rules the hallways. Our popularity depends on the amount of “likes” our latest picture earned, the number of retweets we get, and how many people viewed our Snapchat story. People crowd around us online and at school, but many of us still feel lonely. Depressed, even. Some of us feel so excluded that we don't see the need for friends at all.

It's time for a reality check: we need friends. Not just hang-out friends, but good friends who love, encourage, and challenge us. 

In this series, pastor Dhati Lewis unpacks true biblical friendship. He teaches students how God created us to need people and challenges students to choose godly friends. You'll also watch real-life stories of other teens who struggle with the realities of friendship. This study will empower teens to build solid friendships, to show kindness to nonbelievers, and to be a good friend.  

Watch this video overview of the series.

Dhati Lewis is the Lead Pastor at Blueprint Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Before planting Blueprint Church, he served on staff at Denton Bible Church for 7 years. As the college pastor, he started Plumbline, a college ministry on the University of North Texas and Texas Women’s University campuses. He began The Rebuild Network in 2011 to help plant more churches in urban contexts. He currently serves as President of The Rebuild Initiative.

Listen to what Dhati has to say to encourage you as you lead your group.

Dhati said, "You teach what you know, but you reproduce who you are." How does that challenge you as a leader? How do you hope God uses you to transform your students' friendships?
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Dhati said that disciple-making is more "caught than taught." In other words, your students need to experience good friendship in order to live it out. How could you show your students—through your actions and words—what it means to be a good friend as you lead them through this study?
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At the beginning of each session, your students will watch a dramatic or funny illustrations that introduces the topic of the session. This clever illustration shows students the value of working together.

They'll also hear real-life stories from students who made both wise and unwise decisions in their friendships. In this real-life story, Jenae shares about a time when her best friend, Faith, stood by her side, and also when Jenae had to be there for Faith.

To help you teach, you will use the downloadable Leader's Guide and group handouts available online to dig deep into powerful teaching from the video. Take some time in advance to consider the Bible study questions and come up with personal examples to encourage discussion with your students. 

As you prepare to lead this Bible study, what are some of your specific prayer requests for your students and their friendships?
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It's tough—but worth it—to lead teenagers. Their friendships will impact them for the rest of their lives. What you're doing as their leader could influence them for many years to come. Thank you for investing your time and energy to lead your students. 

You can find the Better Than One series exclusively in the RightNow Media Bible Study Library here.