Lesson Overview: Obedience to God is a pillar of the Christian faith, but it’s anything but easy. God doesn’t want us to merely say we love Him with our words, He calls to live out our love for Him in our actions though obedience. This Youth Group Lesson unpacks what it looks like to obey God and how obedience brings breakthrough in our lives.

Bible: James 1:22; Joshua 6; John 14:23

Bottom Line: Obedience to God brings breakthrough in your life.


Capture: Grab their attention with an illustration.

  • Illustration/Story: Have you ever met someone who says one thing but does another? This kind of person is inconsistent, they’re not dependable, and in a worst case scenario, you would consider them a hypocrite. Tell a story about a person like this that you’ve had an experience with — to the best of your ability, keep it lighthearted.

  • The truth is, we all value consistent people, people who do what they say they are going to do! Consistency builds trust. If your parents asked you to clean your room, and you said you would, but never did, you would break trust. Obedience does the opposite — it builds trust and causes your words to carry more weight.


Connect: Connect them to God’s word.
  • Tension Question: Is the way you live consistent with God’s will and His ways? Obeying God is a key ingredient in our walk with Him. Obedience to God brings protection and breakthrough to our lives.

  • Scripture: James 1:22 — Scripture tells us that when we listen to God but don’t do what He says we are deceiving ourselves.


Consider: What does this mean for us today?
  • Scripture: Joshua 6 — Quickly summarize the series of events surrounding this passage of Scripture: the Israelites, God’s chosen people, got a promise from God that they would enter the Promised Land, and here they are ready to claim it. There’s one problem. The walls around the land, Jericho, are high. How are they supposed to take hold of everything God promised them if they can’t get past the walls?

  • Ultimately, God gave the Israelites some unique instructions, instructions that didn’t make logical sense, but the Israelites chose to walk in obedience. They followed God’s instruction to the letter, and as a result, they saw the walls of Jericho come crashing down. They experienced breakthrough because they walked in obedience to God, and the same can be true for you.

  • Obedience unlocks blessing & breakthrough in our lives. Just like the Israelites, when you walk in obedience what God has called you, you will experience breakthrough.

  • Bottom Line: Obedience to God brings breakthrough in your life.


Collide: How do we apply this in our lives?
  • Scripture: John 14:23 — When we love God, our response will always be obedience. It’s a matter of trust that God always has our best interest at heart.

  • Obedience tells God, “I trust you, I’m surrendered, and I know your way is better.”

  • Sometimes obedience means stepping out and doing something that seems crazy to us. The Israelites must have felt crazy walking around the walls of Jericho all those times, but they were committed to obeying God no matter how crazy it seemed.

  • Share a story of a time you obeyed God even though it seemed wild. What was the result? How did God use your obedience to bring about breakthrough?

  • Application: Obey God even when it seems crazy — His ways are not your ways!


Call: How do we respond to the message?
  • Altar moment: No matter what decisions you’ve made in the past, you can choose tonight to follow God, to make Him your Lord and choose to obey Him. When you give your life totally and completely to God and choose to obey Him, He will bring about breakthrough and blessing in your life.

  • Small Group Questions:

    1. Without saying names, do you know someone who you could consider a hypocrite? Why is hypocrisy so frustrating?

    2. Is the way you live your life consistent with God’s will and ways? Why or why not?

    3. Why do you think obedience is such a big deal to God?

    4. What would it look like if you chose to be fully obedient to God in your life this week?


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