Repenting

Note to the Teacher

Simply put, to “repent” means “to change direction or course.”  It is important for us to talk about repenting even though it can be an uncomfortable subject. It allows us to make sure that our course in life is lined up with the course to which God is calling us. Repenting doesn’t have be judgmental; rather, it can be a positive opportunity for us to make sure we are headed in the right direction.

Times are based on a 55-minute lesson period but can be adjusted as is necessary.

15 min

1. Ice Breaker: The Maze

This collaborative team game will help students think about the paths we follow and the direction we are headed.  You can do this as a large group or you can break you group up into teams (if you have more than 15 to 20 in your group you will want to consider breaking into smaller groups).  Teams need to discover the hidden path through a maze; the path is a series of connected squares travelling from one end of the grid to the other.

To learn how to set up the game and lead this game go to https://play14.org/games/maze

A little bit easier version is found here:  https://www.playworks.org/game-library/the-maze-game/

At the end of the game, debrief the students:

  • How is our walk with Christ similar to the maze game we just played?
  • What are the obstacles you face in growing closer to Jesus?
  • What are some of the struggles you face in your walk with Christ?
  • What are some areas of your Christian life that need improving?
20 min

2.  Read Scripture & Discuss

Have everyone read 1 Corinthians 10: 1 – 13 to themselves. You may even want to print out this Scripture and hand it out.

  • Go around the circle and ask the group to share a line or verse from the passage that stood out to them.  This could either be a verse that spoke to them or it could be one that they didn’t understand.  As people share, give the rest of the group the opportunity to respond and discuss.
  • We often think of our Christian faith as a series of “do’s” and “don’ts”.  But the reality is that a relationship with Jesus is about so much more than “do’s” and “don’ts.”  Besides “just doing the right thing,” what does it mean to be a follower of Jesus?
  • What are the areas of your life where you need to be more focused on Jesus?  For example, if you are constantly busy with little room in your schedule to work in relationship with Jesus, maybe you need to work on prioritizing.
  • What is it that pleases God?
  • Focus for a moment on verse 13 by having someone read it.  Sum up this verse; what does it mean, what does it say about the struggles we face, and what does it say about how God responds to the things that we do or that come our way?

15 min

 

3. Activity

Take this lesson to the next level by helping students engage their creativity in exploring how to live out these claims in their real life using “Processing Real Life Struggles” by the Youth Worker Collective (https://youthworkercollective.com/real-life-struggles/)

5 min  

4. Closing

Remind the group the importance of this being a safe place.  Invite group members to share areas in their life where they are experiencing testing of their faith.

An option to the above would be to provide note cards and pens for each person to write down areas of their life where they are experiencing a test of their faith.  Have the group members exchange these and invite them to be in prayer in the coming week for the person whose card they received.

Close in prayer.

50 min

 

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