Sermon Link: Against All Odds Teaching Video
Family Scripture Reading: Job 1-2:10
Summary: We are in week four of our Against All Odds series talking about some of the Bible’s greatest heroes. What makes them heroes? Despite living in a culture that didn’t follow God, they maintained their character and integrity. This week we talked about Job and how in the midst of losing everything in his life, including his own health, he would not abandon the ways of his God even if his family and friends encouraged him to. The truth is that it’s hardest to have integrity when life isn’t going as planned. It’s harder to walk with God when it feels like he isn’t present. But the harder truth is that God never promised life would be easy, as a matter of fact he’s pretty clear about how difficult it will be, but even so he walks with us just as he walked with Job and in the midst of our struggle we have a chance to communicate who God is even clearer.
These are questions to ask your teenager that are deeper than, “How was your Wednesday night?!” and them reply, “…good.”
- How would you define integrity?
- What in your life feels really hard right now?
- What would be the easy thing to do to get past this?
- Where is God in the midst of your struggle?
- What can you communicate about God by clinging to him during this time?
These are things you can do for the message to stick.
- Create a time in your schedule where your student is allowed to vent about how hard things in life are. They may not seem hard to us, but they are hard to them, and if they don’t talk about that then you will never know the areas they are most willing to sacrifice their integrity.
- Make an action plan for your student to get out of situations they find themselves in where they might sacrifice their integrity. This could be parties, study plans so they don’t end up cheating, ways for you to track what apps they use, who they follow on social media, and where they are or where they are going.
- Join a small group and bring your teenager to Sunday morning small groups. A community to learn in and invest in holds us accountable to be obedient. It’s very difficult to run from God and simultaneously be surrounded by His people.