As you look to an application of your talk, consider these three people in the crowd:
The â€œSo What?â€ Student
When youâ€™re working on your talk, be sure to address the non-believing or seeking students in the audience. Share the Gospel with them. Invite them into a relationship with Christ, or at least back to hear more about the Jesus you spoke about tonight.
Invite them to process what theyâ€™ve heard and let them know youâ€™d be happy to address any questions or concerns they might have as they think about whether what youâ€™ve shared is relevant to their world.
The â€œSo-Soâ€ Student
Donâ€™t forget about the lukewarm or apathetic student in your group either. As you turn toward application think of steps big and small that they could take to get back on track. Gently nudge them toward Jesus and invite them to a closer relationship with Him.
The â€œSold-Outâ€ Student
In every youth group youâ€™ve got students who are on the right pathâ€”compliment them for the way that theyâ€™re following the teachings in the message you just gave. Ask them to celebrate what God is doing in that area. Challenge them to stay on the right path and continue their faithfulness to Christ.
Are we missing anyone else? Who else is out there in the group you should think about as a communicator?
This post was written by Josh Griffin and Kurt Johnston and originally appeared as part of Simply Youth Ministry Today free newsletter.Â Subscribe to SYM Today right here.