Wednesday, March 15, 2017

WyldLife Wednesday: Campaigners Discussion about 1 John 3

Bekah Siau, area director with YL Military at West Point, NY, used the following Campaigners lesson. Bekah shared, “These questions spurred some of the best conversations I’ve had with 6th and 7th grade girls!”

WYLDLIFE CAMPAIGNERS DISCUSSION
  • What are some things that are hard about being in middle school?
  • What advice do people (parents, friends, teachers) give you to help you get through middle school?
  • What are the ways that people typically treat each other in middle school?
  • How do you think most people want to be treated in middle school?
  • What do you think is the one thing your friends are looking for? (ie. to be accepted, to be loved, to be noticed, to belong, to be welcomed)
1 John 3:16-18
  • How do we know what real love looks like? (God laid down his life for us, loved us before we could love him back)
  • Why does the Bible say we should love other people? What should our motive be? (not just to do good or to be good, but because God loves us)
  • In what situations have you seen someone in need but ignored them?
  • What is hard about loving other people?
  • When is it more difficult to love people? Who is it hard to love? (Sometimes it’s hard to get along with people or hard to love people who are different from us)
  • How does it say we should love others in v. 18?
  • What’s the difference between loving others in “word or talk” or “in deed and in truth”? (word/talk = talking about love v. deed = doing something or truth = honest motivations)
1 John 4:19
  • What do you think this verse is saying in your own words?
  • How can knowing/understanding God’s love for us make it easier to love other people?
  • How can we better understand God’s love for us?
Application
  • How does God want us to love other people?
  • What do you think that looks like in middle school? What could it look like?
  • How can we work together to love people around us?
  • Why could working together be helpful?
  • What is one thing you want to ask God to help you do this week to love other people that might be hard to love?

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