Lessons


Resisting the Pressure

 

Questions to think about:

Psalm 139:1-18

· What part has God already played in our lives? What does God think of us?

· What does this passage imply about our identity?

Psalm 139:1-18

O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. 2You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 4Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord. 5You hem me in--behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me. 6Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. 7Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. 11If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me," 12even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. 13For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. 14I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, 16your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. 17How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! 18Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with you.



Questions to think about:

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

· Why should we glorify God with our actions?

· What price was paid for us? Why is this significant?

1 Cor. 6:19-20

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;20you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

Questions to think about:

Matthew 6:31-34; Hebrews 12:1-2

· How do these verses suggest that we can resist peer pressure? How would that work? The emphasis is on our goal and our focus—what should these be?

Matthew 6:1-34

31So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Hebrews 12:1-2

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us

2Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

 

 

 

Questions to think about:

Luke 12:51-53; John 15:18-20

· What may be the result of our centering our lives on Christ?

· When have you been "persecuted" for your faith?

· When do you tend to "sell out" when the going gets tough?

Luke 12:51-53

Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. 52From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three. 53They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law."

John 15:18-20

"If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 20Remember the words I spoke to you: 'No servant is greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.



Questions to think about:

Philippians 4:4-7

· What will be the result of trusting in Christ instead of our circumstances?

· How is this related to resisting peer pressure?

Philip. 4:4-7

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.



Standing Alone:

Questions to think about:

Then have someone read Romans 12:2 aloud. Ask:

· What does it mean to "conform to the world"? What is "the world"?

· What does it mean to be "transformed"? What is a "renewed mind"?

· How will the "renewing of our minds" help us resist conforming?

· How is all this connected to doing what God wants—his "good, pleasing, and perfect will"?

Romans 12:2

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.

 

 

Questions to think about:

Have another student read 1 John 2:15-17 aloud. Ask:

· What categories of things does this passage say are "in the world"?

· How are these values reflected in your school?

· How do the world’s values compare with God’s values?

· How should this passage and the one we read in Romans help you to stand for Christ?

1 John 2:15-17

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16For everything in the world--the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does--comes not from the Father but from the world. 17The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.

Resisting the Pressure

 

1st Point: To resist peer pressure, we must know who we are as special and unique creations of God.

 

2nd Point: To resist peer pressure, we must know whose we are—children of God, bought by our loving Father with the price of Jesus’ death.

 

3rd Point: To resist peer pressure, we must be convinced that God’s way is best, and we must keep our eyes on Christ.

 

4th Point: To resist peer pressure, we must recognize that opposition is the common experience of one who follows Christ.

Luke 12:51-53

John 15:18-20

Resisting the Pressure

 

5th Point: To resist peer pressure, we must be people of prayer—praying for strength, for fellow believers, and for those who abuse us.