Sermon Link: Against All Odds Teaching Video
Family Scripture Reading: Daniel 1
Summary: We are in week three 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 Daniel and how in the midst of a culture that contradicted what he believed, he showed integrity and became the best of the best in the King’s palace. Daniel knew that God had given His people a certain way to live and that the nation of Babylon wanted him to do something different, but Daniel resolved to look different and follow his God even if no one thought it was the right thing. In the end the ways of God prove to be better and it is seen because Daniel resolved to have integrity and look different.
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?
- In what ways should you look different from your friends?
- What scares you about looking different?
- How should our family look different from other families?
- How can I help you to continue to look different, and more like Jesus?
These are things you can do for the message to stick.
- Look for resources online that let you know what teenagers are looking at, listening to, or doing regularly in culture so you know what battles your kid might be fighting. These are often posted to the Facebook.
- Have tough conversations about what your teenagers friends are doing and how God would want your teenager and family to respond to those things. This includes how to avoid sin AND how to love others who may not be avoiding it was well.
- 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.