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Steve Miller

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Search over 100 lessons by topic! Although we generally group our online lessons into series, each lesson is complete in itself and can be taught as a stand alone. So if you need a lesson on a particular topic, look under the appropriate general category of the C.O.M.P.A.S.S. acrostic. (Note: Some lessons are included in more than one category, since they are relevant to more than one.) 

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 Compassion Focused, Others First, Moral Boundaries, Pursuing God, 
Authentic Relationships, Spiritual Habits, Submissive Heart.

Compassion Focused (Loving and Serving - Matthew 9:35-38)

Topic Title and Series Purpose
Acts of Kindness (Includes habits of friendly people and the power of encouragement) Join a Conspiracy of Kindness - Session #2 of Making a Mark That's Hard to Erase To motivate my students to be kind and give them the necessary tools to impact their world through kindness.  
Spiritual Gifts Find Your Niche - Session #7 of Making a Mark That's Hard to Erase. To help my students find and utilize their gifts. 
Love Others, Grace, Relationship with God First, Rely on His Power Living a Grace-Filled Life - Session #6 (Part I) of Amazing Grace. To see my students shower other with the same grace with which God showered them. 
Grace, Forgiveness, Love the Unlovely, Unworthy, Sinful Living a Grace-Filled Life - Session #7 (Part II) of Amazing Grace. To see my students begin to love the unlovely, unworthy and sinful people around them. 
Gifts, Ministry Where Do I Fit In? (Finding and Using Your Spiritual Gifts) Session #1 To help my students understand spiritual gifts. 
Gifts, Ministry Where Do I Fit In? (Finding and Using Your Spiritual Gifts) Session #2 To help my students find their gifts.
     

Others First (Impacting Your World - Philippians 2:3-5)

Topic Title and Series Purpose
Impacting Your World (Motivation) Catch The Vision - Session #1 of  Making a Mark That's Hard to Erase To give my students a passion and a plan for making a difference in their world.
Acts of Kindness (Includes habits of friendly people and the power of encouragement) Join a Conspiracy of Kindness - Session #2 of Making a Mark That's Hard to Erase To motivate my students to be kind and give them the necessary tools to impact their world through kindness.  
Prayer Unleash the Power of Prayer - Session #3 of  Making a Mark That's Hard to Erase To motivate my students to pray and equip them with practical prayer strategies. 
Verbal Witness: Personal Testimony Share Your Story - Session #4 of Making a Mark That's Hard to Erase. To help students develop a presentation of their personal testimonies.  
Verbal Witness: Sharing the Gospel Share the Good News - Session #5 of Making a Mark That's Hard to Erase. To equip my students to know how to explain the gospel. 
Follow-up (Helping other Christians grow.) Why Add...When You Can Multiply?  - Session #6 of Making a Mark That's Hard to Erase. To equip my students to help young believers mature to the point that they can reach and disciple others. 
Spiritual Gifts Find Your Niche - Session #7 of Making a Mark That's Hard to Erase. To help my students find and utilize their gifts. 
Missions (Life purpose, reaching the unreached) Go Extreme! - Session #8 of Making a Mark That's Hard to Erase. To motivate my students to go anywhere and do anything to impact the world for Christ. 
Missions  The Ultimate Challenge  To help students catch a vision for world evangelization and know specific ways they can participate. 

Moral Boundaries (I Thessalonians 4:3-8)

Topic Title and Series Purpose
Prejudice

The Truth About Prejudice, Session #1 of Breaking the Grip of Prejudice. 

To demonstrate that prejudice is wrong and motivate my students to rid themselves of all prejudice. 
Prejudice, Forgiveness, 
Replacing Hate With Love
Prescription for a Prejudiced Heart, Session #2 of Breaking the Grip of Prejudice.  To lead my students to repent of their prejudices and take practical steps to root prejudice from their hearts.  
Prejudice (How Jesus Treated the Lowly, Despised, Sinners, Hurting, Hateful) Living an Unprejudiced Life, Session #3 of Breaking the Grip of Prejudice.  To lead my students to commit to an unprejudiced life by seeing how Jesus treated the lowly, despised, etc. 
Sex, Moral Absolutes Lessons from "The Lost Children of Rockdale County." To show my students the consequences of a life with no sexual standards. 
Violence, Character Preventing School Violence (Through Developing Christian Character) To help my students understand what they can do to prevent violence by developing character. 
Sex, Alcohol, Diligence, Doubts, Friends, Graduation Is There Life After High School? To alert my students of the dangers and opportunities of Summer and Graduation. 
Money, Materialism When Enough is Never Enough (Breaking Free From Materialism) - (Sessions 1, 2, 3 [need to divide them]))
To help my students see the dangers of materialism and know how to defeat it in their own lives. 
Humble Servanthood, Giving How to Have a Great Christmas To help my students follow Jesus' example by humbly serving others.
Pornography, Mind, Thought Life, Music, Movies Mission Possible: Guarding Your Mind in a Sick World  (Sessions 1,2,3 [need to divide them]) To create in my students a conviction to avoid pornography and other harmful media. 
Peer Pressure, Standing Alone Spiritual Stubbornness: How to Handle Peer Pressure (Session 1) To inspire my students to stand against intimidating situations.
Peer Pressure, Resisting, Self-Esteem, Deception, Friendships, Non-negotiables Spiritual Stubbornness: How to Handle Peer Pressure (Session 2) To give my students specific ways to prepare themselves to resist peer pressure. 
Peer Pressure, Responses Spiritual Stubbornness: How to Handle Peer Pressure (Session 3) To give my students practical ways to respond to peer pressure.
Peer Pressure, Responses Spiritual Stubbornness: How to Handle Peer Pressure (Session 4) To give my students more practical ways to respond to peer pressure. 
Temptation, Sin, Church, Identity in Christ When It's Hard to Say "No!" (Session 1) To show my students how to prepare for temptation. 
Temptation, Sin, Persecution, False Teachings, Desiring Riches When It's Hard to Say "No!" (Session 2) To warn my students of subtle temptations. 
Temptation, Sin, Tempting Situations, Bible Study, Wise Counsel When It's Hard to Say "No!" (Session 3) To warn my students of temptation sources.
Temptation, Sin, Friendships, Pursue God, Access God's Power When It's Hard to Say "No!" (Session 4) To help my students know how to defeat temptation once it strikes.
Temptation, Sin,Prayer, Bible, Spiritual Warfare When It's Hard to Say "No!" (Session 5) To help my students know how to defeat temptation once it strikes.
Temptation, Hate Sin, Flee Sin, Failure When It's Hard to Say "No!" (Session 6) To help my students know how to defeat temptation once it strikes.
Purity, Holiness Be Pure - Session 1 of Living Holy in a Godless World To help my students desire and commit to purity in their lives.
Acts of Kindness, Making a Difference, Holiness Be Proactive - Session 2 of Living Holy in a Godless World To inspire my students to transform their faith in God into action.
Church, Relationships, Fellowship, Holiness Be in Community - Session 3 of Living Holy in a Godless World To challenge my students to seek Christian friendships, in which they give and receive support.
God, Devotion, Communion, Quiet Time Be in Communion With God - Session 4 of Living Holy in a Godless World To help my students commit to having daily intimate communion with God.
Witnessing, Evangelism, Boldness, Holiness Be Bold - Session 5 of Living Holy in a Godless World That students will learn boldness in confronting the world with God's message.
Witness, Evangelism, Holiness Be a Witness - Session 6 of Living Holy in a Godless World That students desire to be a witness who brings praise and glory to God
Trust, Holiness Trust in God - Session 7 of Living Holy in a Godless World That students base their life and actions on trust in God.
     

Pursuing God (Luke 10:25-27)

Topic Title and Series Purpose
Prayer Unleash the Power of Prayer - Session #3 of  Making a Mark That's Hard to Erase To motivate my students to pray and equip them with practical prayer strategies. 
Grace, Gospel Grace That Leaves You Speechless - Session #1 of Amazing Grace. To see my students leave the meeting astonished and speechless at the incredible grace of God, appropriating his saving grace if they haven't yet. 
Grace, Gospel Grace That Leaves You Speechless - Session #2 of Amazing Grace. To see my students leave the meeting astonished and speechless at the incredible grace of God. 
Grace, Gospel (Legalism,Self- Effort, "I'm Too Bad") Grace Busters - Session #3 of Amazing Grace. To help my students see through the misunderstandings of the gospel that hold us back from Christ. 
Grace, Love of God Our Gracious God - Session #4 (Part I) of Amazing Grace. To help students who don't like God to begin to love Him. 
Grace, Love of God, Thankfulness Our Gracious God - Session #5 (Part II) of Amazing Grace. To move my students from merely liking God, to begin to love Him. 
Grace, Relationship with God First, Love Others Living a Grace-Filled Life - Session #6 (Part I) of Amazing Grace. To see my students shower other with the same grace with which God showered them. 
Grace, Forgiveness, Love the Unlovely, Unworthy, Sinful Living a Grace-Filled Life - Session #7 (Part II) of Amazing Grace. To see my students begin to love the unlovely, unworthy and sinful people around them. 
Assurance of Salvation Show Me the Way - Session #1   To help my students find assurance of their salvation. 
Assurance of Salvation Show Me the Way - Session #2   To help my students find assurance of their salvation. 
Evidence for Faith, Existence of God How Can I Know That God Exists? - (Part I) - Session #1 of Christianity on Trial. To demonstrate to my students that the complexity of our world demands and intelligent Creator.
Evidence for Faith, Existence of God How Can I Know That God Exists? (Part 2) - Session #2 of Christianity on Trial. To demonstrate to my students the existence of an intelligent, powerful Creator.
Evidence for Faith, Accuracy of the Bible Can I Trust the Bible? (Part 1) - Session #3 of Christianity on Trial. To convince students that the Bible is historically accurate. 
Evidence for Faith, Accuracy of the Bible Can I Trust the Bible? (Part 2) - Session #4 of Christianity on Trial. To convince students that the Bible is historically accurate. 
Evidence for Faith, Divinity of Jesus Was Jesus More Than a Man? (Part 1) - Session #5 of Christianity on Trial To convince students that Jesus claimed to be God. 
Evidence for Faith, Divinity of Jesus, Prophecy, Miracles, Resurrection Was Jesus More Than a Man? (Part 2) - Session #6 of Christianity on Trial To convince students that Jesus was the Son of God, confirmed by prophecies, miracles and the resurrection.   
Evidence for Faith, Prophecy, Inspiration of Scriptures How Can I Know That the Bible is God's Word? - Session #7 of Christianity on Trial To convince students that the Bible is God's Word, based on Jesus' teachings and Old Testament Prophecies. 
Evidence for Faith, Miracles Does Anything That We See Today Validate Christianity? (Part 1) - Session #8 of Christianity on Trial To convince students that the Christian faith is confirmed by contemporary miracles and intelligent believers. 
Evidence for Faith, Changed Lives Does Anything That We See Today Validate Christianity? (Part 2) - Session #9 of Christianity on Trial To convince students that the Christian faith is confirmed by today's changed lives.
Astrology, Cults Looking to the Stars  To convince my students to look to God for wisdom, not Astrology. 
Trials, Happiness, Joy Mastering Your Circumstances ...Before They Master You (7 Week Series) Series Purpose: to help my students view their trials from a Christian perspective and react in a biblical way. 
Image of God Waking Up: Who Am I? Session #1 of Adam and Eve That students realize the honor of being chosen to bear God's image and desire to reflect that image well.
Purpose in Life Looking Around: Why Am I Here? Session #2 of Adam and Eve That my students understand what God wants them to do with their lives - enjoy God and his creation, work, and obey God.
Man and Woman Wow! Who's She? Session #3 of Adam and Eve That students realize how man and woman were made by God to complement each other.
Temptation, Discernment, Sin Who Can I Trust? Session #4 of Adam and Eve That students would learn to discern between Satan's lies, their desires, and God's truth.
Fall, Sin, Social Action, Environment Why is the World So Messed Up?  Session #5 of Adam and Eve To help students understand the results of the Fall and commit themselves to resist sin and be agents of blessing in the world.
Evangelism, Gospel, Witnessing Is There Any Hope? Session #6 of Adam and Eve To help students understand God's plan to save the world and to make sure that they themselves have received Jesus.

Authentic Relationships (2 Corinthians 5:14-17)

Topic Title and Series Purpose
Acts of Kindness (Includes habits of friendly people and the power of encouragement) Join a Conspiracy of Kindness - Session #2 of Making a Mark That's Hard to Erase To motivate my students to be kind and give them the necessary tools to impact their world through kindness.  
Grace, Forgiveness, Love the Unlovely, Unworthy, Sinful Living a Grace-Filled Life - Session #6 (Part II) of Amazing Grace. To see my students begin to love the unlovely, unworthy and sinful people around them. 
Prejudice

The Truth About Prejudice, Session #1 of Breaking the Grip of Prejudice. 

To demonstrate that prejudice is wrong and motivate my students to rid themselves of all prejudice. 
Prejudice Prescription for a Prejudiced Heart, Session #2 of Breaking the Grip of Prejudice.  To lead my students to repent of their prejudices and take practical steps to root prejudice from their hearts.  
Prejudice (How Jesus Treated the Lowly, Despised, Sinners, Hurting, Hateful) Living an Unprejudiced Life, Session #3 of Breaking the Grip of Prejudice.  To lead my students to commit to an unprejudiced life by seeing how Jesus treated the lowly, despised, etc. 
Trials, Happiness, Joy Mastering Your Circumstances ...Before They Master You (7 Week Series) Series Purpose: to help my students view their trials from a Christian perspective and react in a biblical way. 
Trials, Defining Joy, Expect Trials, Avoid Sin Mastering Your Circumstances - Session #1 To help my students to expect trials, understand that they can experience true grief, and should avoid sin as an instigator of certain trials. 
Trials, Problem of Evil, Goodness of God, Sources of Trials Mastering Your Circumstances - Sessions 2, 3 To help my students understand that God's good and not to blame Him for every trial. 
Trials, Prayer, Trust, Forgiveness, Avoid Bitterness Mastering Your Circumstances - Session 4 To help my students know how to respond to trials.
Trials, Resist Envy, Don't Rely on Emotions, Contentment, Thankfulness Mastering Your Circumstances - Session 5 To help my students learn to rejoice in the midst of trials. 
Temporal Benefits of Trials Mastering Your Circumstances - Session 6 To help my students learn to rejoice in the midst of trials.
Eternal Benefits of Trials, Lean on Friends, Inspired by Fellow-Sufferers, Endure Till the End Mastering Your Circumstances - Session 7 To help my students learn to rejoice in the midst of trials.
Dating, Courtship Getting to Know You: Is Dating the Only Way - Session 1 of Dating, Waiting and Choosing a Mate To help my students rethink our cultural dating process from a biblical perspective. 
Dating, Singleness, Contentment Enduring or Enjoying Singleness - Session 2 of Dating, Waiting and Choosing a Mate To help my students understand the joys and benefits of singleness.
Dating, Sex, Consequences, Abstinence Sex, Lies and the Truth - Sessions 3 and 4 of Dating, Waiting and Choosing a Mate To warn my students of the dangers of premarital sex and have them resolve to save sex for marriage. 
Dating, Sex, Standards, Consequences, Motives, Pressure Setting (and Keeping!) Your Standards - Sessions 5,6 and 7 of Dating, Waiting and Choosing a Mate To motivate my students to set standard and know how to keep them.  
Dating, Marriage, Character, Compatibility  In Search of the Perfect Mate - Sessions 8 and 9 of Dating, Waiting and Choosing a Mate To help my students know what to look for in a marriage partner and how to find God's choice. 
Friendships, Relationships, Forgiveness Making Friendships Last: Two Essential Keys - Sessions 1 and 2 of Friendships: How to Make Them and Keep Them To understand forgiveness and apply it to both forgiving others and asking forgiveness. 
Friendships, Relationships, Selflessness, Golden Rule, Love The Big Key to Making Friends - Session 3 of Friendships: How to Make Them and Keep Them

To motivate my students to become other centered rather than self-centered in their relationships. 

Friendships, Relationships, Encouragement The Power of Encouragement - Session 4 of Friendships: How to Make Them and Keep Them To motivate my students to a lifestyle of encouraging others and give them practical ways to encourage. 
Friendships, Relationships Choose Your Close Friends Carefully - Session 5 of Friendships: How to Make Them and Keep Them To help my students understand the importance of choosing the right close friends.
Friendships, Relationships, Conversation, Tongue, Talking, Communication, Listening Tame Your Tongue - Sessions 6 and 7 of Friendships: How to Make Them and Keep Them

To motivate my youth to control their tongues, and know specific ways to do it. 

Friendships, Relationships, Possessiveness, Rebuke, Teachable Three Difficult Skills to Master -  To motivate my youth to be non-possessive, willing to rebuke and open for input. 
Self-Esteem, Self-Image, Self-Concept Why We Need Mirrors - Session 1 of Know Thyself To help my students recognize their need to learn about themselves in relationship with God and others.
Self-Esteem, Self-Image, Self-Concept Lost in the Fun House - Session 2 of Know Thyself To help my students feel the confusion, frustration and futility of trying to understand who they are based exclusively on the opinions of others.
Self-Esteem, Self-Image, Self-Concept Seeing Mankind in God's Perfect Mirror - Session 3 of Know Thyself To help my students understand God’s view of mankind as presented in the Bible.
Self-Esteem, Self-Image, Self-Concept Seeing the Christian in the Perfect Mirror - Session 4 of Know Thyself To help students begin to realize the excitement of who they are and what they have in Christ.
Self-Esteem, Self-Image, Self-Concept Living My Identity in Christ - Session 5 of Know Thyself To see my students commit to living in a way that reflects their true identity in Christ.
Self-Esteem, Self-Image, Self-Concept Reflecting the Truth to Those Around Us - Session 5 of Know Thyself To see my students desire to provide an accurate, biblical reflection of the worth of others that surround them.

Spiritual Habits (II Timothy 3:16)

Topic Title and Series Purpose
Prayer Unleash the Power of Prayer - Session #3 of  Making a Mark That's Hard to Erase To motivate my students to pray and equip them with practical prayer strategies. 
Thankfulness, Love of God Our Gracious God - Session #5 (Part II) of Amazing Grace. To move my students from merely liking God, to begin to love Him. 
Wisdom, Foolishness Develop a Passion for Wisdom -  Session #1 of In Search of Wisdom To give my students a passion for seeking wisdom.
Wisdom, Watch Mental Diet, Hang Around Wise People In Search of Wisdom - Session #2 To help my students prioritize seeking wisdom and to hang around wise people. 
Wisdom, Wise Counsel, Criticism In Search of Wisdom - Session #3 To challenge my students to pursue wisdom by gathering wise counsel and learning from rebuke. 
Wisdom, Knowledge, Learning, Listening, Advice, Thinking In Search of Wisdom - Session #4 To help my students long to soak up knowledge and know how to do it. 
Wisdom, Knowledge, Memorize, Collect Knowledge In Search of Wisdom - Session #5 To help my students long to soak up knowledge and know how to do it. 
Wisdom, Knowledge, Discernment, Truth, Error In Search of Wisdom - Session #6 To help my students learn to discern truth from error. 
Wisdom, Knowledge, Bible, Prayer In Search of Wisdom - Session #7 To help my students seek wisdom by immersing themselves in God's Word and asking Him for wisdom. 
Wisdom, Fear of God, Respect, Gospel In Search of Wisdom - Session #8 To help my students develop a respect for God, as the beginning of wisdom. 
Wisdom, Dependence, Self-Sufficiency,  Humility, Pride In Search of Wisdom - Session #9 To help my students avoid the dangers of self-sufficiency and pride. 
Follow-Up, New Members, Grace, Gospel, Church Membership, Mission, Vision, Music, Bible, Evidence, Lord's Supper, Baptism, Service.  New Members Class (Three Sessions) To help new members understand grace, the gospel, church membership, mission, vision, music, bible, evidence, Lord's Supper, Baptism, service. 
     

Submissive Heart (Before God and Authorities - James 4:7-8)

Topic Title and Series Purpose
Authority (Living Under the Authority of God and Others) Living Within Boundaries...And Liking It! - Session #1 of Getting Along With Your Leaders To lead my students to a life of cheerful submission to authority. 
Authority, Respect, Elders Beyond Obedience...How to Respect Authorities - Session #2 of Getting Along With Your Leaders To lead my students to respect, learn from and love their authorities. 
Success, Failure, Values, Greatness, Motives, Significance, Endurance, Esteem, Faithfulness, Work Ethic Making Your Dreams Come True (Pursuing Success and Handling Failure) [Four Lessons, to be divided] To help my students understand success and failure from a biblical perspective and to know how to reach their God-given dreams. 
Decision-Making, Will of God, Guidance Life at the Crossroads (How to Make the Right Decisions) [Three Lessons] To help my students discern God's will for their lives and avoid the pitfalls.