To remind youth of the power of worshipping God even when it’s scary or hard
Go around the room and have everyone share one high point (best thing) and one low point (worst thing) about their week
If you could pick one thing that you love and make it “cool”, what would you pick & why? (Could be a specific video game, movie, TV show, philosophical concept, etc)
If you could pick one thing that currently is “cool” and make it not cool, what would you pick & why? Again, this could be a specific video game, movie, TV show, philosophical concept, etc
What did you think about the story of Daniel & the Lions Den, and how he worshipped God even when the law said doing so would get him thrown in a pit of lions?
- If you were Daniel, would you have prayed despite the law? And if you did, would you have been confident that God would save you from the mouths of lions?
How difficult do you think it was for Daniel to stand up for what he believed in?
Has there ever been a time where you were extremely excited about something (new phone/game system/game you got; a new movie/tv show you were excited to watch, etc), that your friends thought was stupid? What did you do/what happened?
- Did you stand up for the thing you were excited about, or back down? What made you act the way you did?
Has anyone ever made fun of you for believing in God? If so, what happened and what did you do?
- Did you give up on God or hide your faith to make others happy, or keep pursuing him despite what they thought? What made you act the way you did?
In your opinion, is it hard to follow God when others think it’s stupid? What makes it easy or hard?
- Is it important to follow God even when others think it’s stupid? Why or why not?
- Is there anyone in your life that you have seen follow God despite what others thought? If so, what was different about them?
ACT IT OUT:
Everyone always has different opinions of what is true – and most often, people will mock others who think differently than them. But the reality is that it is important that we stand up for what we believe in. This doesn’t mean push our beliefs on others – but simply not allow others to make us feel bad about what we believe.
We want to encourage you all over this Christmas break to take 5 minutes every day to spend time with God. This could mean spending some time praying, reading the bible, or even just playing a worship song that you really like & singing along for 5 minutes. And we want to encourage you to be intentional in this – to do it even if your family or friends or the people you live with think it’s stupid – to intentionally take 5 minutes to worship God.
Ask your group/child if there are any prayer requests or praise reports that they would like to share. Take a moment and pray over all the requests.