Teaching Tough Topics

James 3:1-2 “My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.”


Sometimes  as a YP, there are some things we teach and preach that we find are difficult to teach to our teens. Whether a new group, a rebellious group or our own inconsitencies, many times we struggle to teach tough topics. Topics such as separation, smoking, gambling, tithing, music, modesty, and Hollywood can sometimes be tough topics to teach; yet these are topics that must be taught.

Here are a few tips for teaching tough topics to your teens.

1. Teach the Truth Practically-not Personally 

a.Don’t make it personal-  Make subjects broad and issues applicable to many.

b. Don’t attack individuals- Attack problems not people.

2. Use Scriptures

a. Don’t teach opinion but teach the truth.

b. Use Bible for everything you teach, but especially the tough topics.

3. Teach the Truth in Love

  • “You can write a big check of preach, if there is a lot of love in the bank”

Never be rude or mean in delivery. You are teaching and training, not tearing down.

4. Teach Against Sin, not the Student

Do not forget we are FOR the Teenagers. We may be vehemently against the sin in which they are involved, but we are NEVER against them.

5. Pray More than Usual over This Lesson

Whenever teaching a Tough Topic, pray and fast more than usual. The Holy Spirit and peace of the Lord is needed more for a lesson of this magnitude.

6. Teach As if Students are Simple to the Truth and not Rebellious to the Truth 

Give the benefit of the doubt in the teaching of your lesson. Hopefully, if they are involved in any wrongdoing it would be due to ignorance and not rebellion.

Teaching tough topics to teenagers may be difficult, but you will find it is worth it. They will respond with respect to realness. However, they will pick up quick on cowardice and inconsistency. Stand firm and teach and preach “the whole counsel of God” even when those topics are tough.

William Davis

William Davis

Youth | Assistant Pastor

Clays Mill Baptist Church