As a youth leader you are an example. You are an example for the students in your small group, and the students in the rest of the youth group. You are an example for students in your own grade, and younger students. As a student leader, you need to take your role as an example seriously.
Look at how the apostle Paul talks about being an example in 1 Corinthians.
1 Corinthians 11:1 And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ.
Paul was serious about being an example for all other Christians. In this verse, he basically tells us that if you want to know how to be a Christian, just do what Paul does. Paul’s whole life was focused on trusting in Jesus and honoring God. This gave him the confidence to invite people to follow his example.
Jesus is your example
Of course, as a Christian our ultimate example is Jesus. No matter how godly someone in your life is, they will never be the perfect example. Jesus, our savior, is our true example for how to live a life that honors God. This means that our goal is to live like Jesus lived on earth. If you want to know how to live as a Christian, look to Jesus. But, there are other people who can serve as an example for us too.
Look to your mentor or small group leader as an example
Along with Jesus and hopefully your parents, your next example of how to be a Christian should your mentor or small group leader. Observe how your small group leader follows God. Listen when they describe how they read the Bible, pray, or live to honor God. Don’t just listen to them. Follow their example.
Set an example for other students
Once you have the right examples in your own life, you are ready to serve as an example to others. Realize that as a student leader you are serving as an example for the students around you. And don’t think that you are too young to be an example to others.
1 Timothy 4:12 Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.
There are some practical ways to set an example for other students beyond honoring God. Prepare for your small group. Check out the lesson and small group questions ahead of time. Participate in your group. Don’t be silent. Answer questions and volunteer to pray. Remember, you are always an example, not just at youth group.
- Invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this article? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- Who is someone that you know who is a good example of living a Christian life?
- What kinds of things did Jesus do in his life that you can do?
- Read 1 Timothy 4:12. How can you set the example in each of the areas listed in this verse?
- List a couple ways that you be an example to other students in your youth group.
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.