Lesson Overview: Faith is one of the biggest factors in a person’s relationship with God. Faith isn’t merely believing, it’s something that we back up with our lives and our actions. This Youth Group Lesson unpacks faith through the story of Rahab and examines how true faith in God leads to salvation not only for us, but for those around us.

Bible: Joshua 2:1-14; James 2:25-26; Titus 2:11-12

Bottom Line: Active faith results in salvation!

Capture: Grab their attention with an illustration.

  • Illustration/Story: Have you ever seen someone risk everything for the hope of saving their life or someone else’s? Almost every movie we see today involves someone risking their life to save the world. (Give an example of movie like this — make it dramatic and fun!)

  • Sometimes backing up what you say you believe with how you live means risking everything.


Connect: Connect them to God’s word.
  • Tension Question: Would you be willing to risk everything, even your life, to back up what you believe with how you live? Tonight, Scripture is going to show us how when we risk it all for the sake of our faith, salvation is the direct result!

  • Scripture: Joshua 2:1-14 — Rahab is an unlikely example of faith. She wasn’t even considered one God’s chosen people, and yet she still placed her faith in Him. She could have been killed for helping the Israelites, instead she risked it all, for the sake of obeying God. As a result she saved herself and her entire family.


Consider: What does this mean for us today?
  • Scripture: James 2:25-26 — This portion of Scripture speaks to the importance of backing up our faith with action. Faith is simply believing in something you can’t see, but faith without action isn’t faith at all. Faith is something you live out every day!

  • Rahab is an example of someone who not only believed in God, she backed up her faith with her actions. Her faith in God and her willingness to risk it all for that faith resulted in her salvation. She was counted as righteous even though she wasn’t one of God’s chosen people — all because she backed up her faith with her actions.

  • The same thing happens when we place our faith in God. When we place our faith in Him, the result is always salvation. He will come through for you!

  • This Scripture makes it clear: without actions, faith is dead.

  • You will always act according to what you believe. Do you want to know what you really believe? Don’t just listen to the words that come out of your mouth. What are your actions saying?

  • Rahab’s story makes it clear — when we back up our faith with our actions, we and the people in our world are led to salvation.

  • Bottom Line: Active faith results in salvation!


Collide: How do we apply this in our lives?
  • Scripture: Titus 2:11-12 — God’s grace empowers us to live in such a way that our faith and our actions line up.

  • It’s God’s grace that brings salvation to all people!

  • Share a story of a time you knew God’s grace was at work in your life and as a result you saw it positively impact someone in your world.

  • God wants to partner with you to see more people come to faith in him & salvation.

  • Application: Let God’s grace empower you to live out your faith!


Call: How do we respond to the message?
  • Altar moment: No matter what decisions you’ve made or how your life has looked to this point, God is offering His grace to you. He wants to empower you to live a life fueled by faith. He wants you and the people in your world to come to the saving knowledge and power of Jesus Christ!

  • Small Group Questions:

    1. Have you ever took a really big risk because you believed in something? Explain.

    2. Would you be willing to risk your life for your faith? Why or why not?

    3. In what ways have you seen God’s grace at work in your life before?

    4. What do you think it looks like to live a life empowered by God’s grace?

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