District Youth Gathering Theme

Greater. Better. True.

Everyone needs a hero. And yet, the older we get the more we realize that heroes aren’t supernatural. The best hero stories are those of ordinary people doing extra-ordinary things. Scripture is filled with accounts like these. David, Esther, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. These accounts aren’t random. They aren’t disconnected. They are part of a single narrative in which every hero points beyond itself to one who is greater, one who is better, one who is true. “HERO” will lead participants on an action filled journey that reveals the greatest, better, truest hero of all — Jesus. Jesus, our hero who comes to save.


Hebrew 1:1-4
Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.


Session 1 — A Greater Warrior

Focus: The Story of David and Goliath

The story of David and Goliath reads like a modern day comic; David stands before a giant. A giant who is mocking the people of God and God Himself. David emerges victorious by the stronger, better armed, and more experienced Goliath. We often look at this hero, David, and strive to stand firm just like him. After a closer look, we see that David confesses the strength and victory comes from God. In this session, we’ll find our strength in the Greater Warrior Jesus, who conquers the goliath of sin, and claims victory for us, even as we cower in fear.

Session 2 — A Truer Friend

Focus: The Story of the Fiery Furnace

As relational beings, friendships are critically important for teenagers today. Teenagers long for the kind of friend who will encourage and stick with them in the joys and challenges of life. In this session we look at three friends Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego who stand before a king. A king who is demanding to be worshiped above God. One who is threatening to kill them if they do not turn from God. These three heroically stand together, trusting God, even if He does not save them. Jesus stands together with us. In the face of every trial, Jesus promises to be present. He is the True Friend that never leaves or abandons you.

Session 3 — A Greater, Better, Truer Hero

Focus: Jesus, Our Hero Who Comes to Save

We need a hero. One that is greater than the mightiest warrior, better than any leader, and truer than the dearest friend. God has sent a hero who comes to save, Jesus. Jesus is the ultimate hero who stood between you and hell, doing what we could never do.

Session 4 — A Better Leader

Focus: Story of Esther

Being a Christian teenager in the world today can leave one feeling like an outsider. But this isn’t a new challenge. Esther, an unlikely hero, stands before a culture. One that is threatening to annihilate an entire people, the very people of God. In the face of death, she risks her life to lead and advocate for God’s people. Jesus stands before a culture. In the face of death, He advocates for all people, bringing rescue from certain destruction. He is the Better Leader that brings a new way, not just for a time, for all eternity!



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