To show youth that God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things
Go around the room and have everyone share one high point (best thing) and one low point (worst thing) about their week
Would you rather be a superhero with a ton of crazy cool abilities but no friends, or an ordinary person with no special abilities who a lot of people like?
If you instantly learn one thing of your choice (whether real or not – i.e. ability to fly, play drums, have super strength, be good at football), what would you choose to instantly learn?
What did you think about the story of Moses, and how he made so many mistakes (murder, running away from the law) yet God still used him to do such crazy things?
If God started speaking to you through a burning bush, how would you feel? How would you react?
- How would you feel if you were Moses, and God told you “Hey – I want you to go and free Israel from slavery”; do you think you’d feel able to do what God’s saying, or not? What makes you answer the way you did?
During his sermon, Darien said “Very often, God uses ordinary people (like moses) to do extraordinary things”
- Do you agree with this statement or not?
- In your opinion, why would God want to use an ordinary, messed up person like Moses? Why didn’t he use some perfect person who hadn’t murdered someone, run from the law, and who didn’t have a speech problem?
- If God could use Moses, do you believe that God could use you? What made you answer the way you did?
Later on in his message, Darien said “God has called each and every one of us to do crazy awesome things – to change the world in incredible ways… but the biggest way we miss out on the incredible life God has promised us is by disqualifying ourselves”
- What do you think Darien is trying to say here? Do you think he’s right?
- In your opinion, how do people disqualify themselves from doing crazy things with our lives? What are some things we can do to avoid disqualifying ourselves?
Read this quote by Rick Yancey: “God doesn’t call the equipped – he equips the called”
- What do you think this quote means? How do you think God equip people that he calls?
- Do you think God sometimes calls someone to do something, and then abandons them? Why or why not? Would a loving God do that?
If God calls you to do something – whether it’s big (like founding a massive company) or small (like talking to the kid at school no one likes) – would you find it easy or difficult to trust God and do what he’s saying? What would make this easy or difficult?
ACT IT OUT:
So often, it can be easy to disqualify us from doing incredible things with our lives because we think that we aren’t good enough, or we think that we’ve done too much bad stuff to be used by God. But the reality is that God uses ordinary people – like you and me – to change the world for the better.
This week, we want to encourage you to take some time each day to pray & ask God to use you, despite your flaws, to change the world. You don’t have to expect anything to happen; just use that prayer as a reminder that God wants to use you – the way you are.
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.