To learn how we can be self aware of where we are. The be honest with ourselves about our faith. Do we know Jesus? Am I putting on a show? Am I pretending to be okay?
These are meant to spark conversation within your group. Use one, use none, or use them all. Most importantly feel out where your group is at and get them talking. You can find some ice breaker games / discussions in the leader hub as well!
When you were a kid, was there something or someone you always wanted to be?
What was your favorite halloween costume you had as a kid? What was the one you wish you had or always wanted?
READ 1 Peter 1:3-9
Encourage your Crew to open their Bibles (or app) and ask one of them to read the passage.
What do you think Peter mean when he says “There is wonderful joy ahead, even thought you must endure many trials? (God never promises that when we know Him that everything will be smooth sailing, but rather that He will always be with us every when the waters get rough.)
What do you think he means when he says “These trials will show that your faith is genuine"? (When you are going through hard times is when you need faith the most. True faith stands strong in trials.)
MAKE IT PERSONAL
Much like a halloween costume we can often pretend we are something we are not. We can pretend that we are strong in an area that we are weak in. We usually do this because we don't want others to know. Sometimes putting on a show seems like a better option. But when hard times and trials come, when our faith is tested, we need to know where we are strong and where we are weak so that we can endure trials not fall under them.
Why do you think people pretend to be strong in an area they are actually weak in?
If you were honest (don't share what it is, just raise your hand) have you ever pretended to be strong in an area you are actually weak in? Does anyone want to share? (Maybe encourage them to start small. Things that don’t have to do with faith. “i prenteded to be really good at math, or basketball so that people would view me a certain way” then move on towards faith.)
ACT ON IT
Have everyone take a piece of paper and a pen. Write down the area in your life that you act strong in, but if you were honest you feel pretty weak.(maybe its your actual faith in God, temptation, reading God’s word, confidence. Being aware of what we struggle with and being honest about it is the only way to move forward.)
How can you grow in that area this week? What can you do to move forward? Write down that goal. (read God’s word more, pray consistantly, come to YOUTH) (Encourage students that if they do not know how to move forward in that area, to reach out to you. You can also ask students to share how they are going to move forward if they are comfortable. Other students may be dealing with the same thing and be able to help and offer insight.)
God always wants us moving closer and closer to Jesus. This means you can be stronger. Being honest with where you are is the first step. It’s okay to not be okay. It’s okay to not be where you need to be. But it’s not okay to stay that way and you don’t have to. Whether your weakness is comfortable, or whether it brings you shame and hurt, you can move forward. God knows, it’s not a surprise to Him. Bring it to him, and see how you can move forward.
Ask your Crew if there is anything that we can pray for, write them down, and then end the night in prayer. Encourage another student to kick off the prayer and then you finish up.