BEST SELLER: Week 2
October 7/8, 2017
PDF Version: SGLGuide_10oct_0708
The Bible can seem pointless, but it makes you better at life.
GOAL OF SMALL GROUP
To help students grasp that the Bible is like an instruction manual for life.
THINK ABOUT THIS
The middle school years can be pretty difficult. You remember, don’t you?
The awkwardness, the insecurity, the drama, the mistakes, the decisions.
As you prepare for small group this week, remember the middle schoolers in your small group are right in the middle of it.
That’s why what we’re talking about this week is so important, especially during this phase!
This week, you get a chance to remind your few of something that has the potential to help them find clarity in this confusing phase:
that the Bible was written as an instruction manual, and can help make them better at life.
This guide is a suggestion, not a formula. Adjust the questions and activities as needed, and don’t feel like you need to do, or ask, everything you see here.
You can use the XP at the end, or use it to break up the discussion time.
Make sure you pray together before your time is up.
JUST FOR FUN
What’s something you know how to do so well you can practically do it in your sleep?
Wow, that’s pretty cool you’ve mastered those skills! Today let’s talk about how the Bible can make us better at other skills . . . life skills.
- Today we talked about how reading the Bible can make you better at life, but you’ll probably need to read it more than once. What’s something else that takes practice and repetition to master?
- What’s one problem that teenagers often ask for advice about?
- Talk about a time you tried to find your way in the dark. What happened? How did you feel? What made it challenging?
- What’s one reason you think people might not read the Bible when they need help?
- This week, what’s one area of your life in which you need guidance?
In this XP, you’ll use a puzzle to demonstrate how knowing the Bible’s context can provide clarity.
To do this, give your students a 25–50-piece puzzle that’s been removed from its box (you can get an inexpensive one at a dollar store).
Don’t show them the picture on the box of what the completed puzzle is supposed to look like.
Let them attempt to complete the puzzle for a few minutes.
Then provide the box as an illustration of how having instructions—the big picture—makes it easier to know what to do next.
IMAGE TO SHARE
Post this image on your social media account after service and/or text it to your few later this week as a reminder of the important truth we discussed today.