We're Teaching This (Series Intro):
Winning is fun, isn’t it? No one ever starts a basketball game hoping to lose. We don’t go to band practice because we want to take last place in our competition. We don’t start a video game wanting our character to be eliminated first. No way. We play to win. Why? Because winning is awesome. It feels great.
In fact, sports and video games probably aren’t the only place you want to be a winner. Do you want to be successful when it comes to school? Sure! How about money? Your future? Dating? You probably answered “all of the above”.
Basically we all want to win at life. And while there’s no way to guarantee you will win in every area, there are some things you can do to help you get there. In fact, there’s an entire book in the Bible, the book of Proverbs, dedicated to giving solid advice that can help us win at life. During this series, we’ll take a look at five verses from Proverbs that can set you up for the win in the areas you care about the most.
Here's the Thing: God's Word is our guidebook for KNOWING GOD and finding out HOW TO PLEASE HIM. All of this is rooted in the fact that God sought us out when we were His enemies. And since He did, We want to please Him. Since God is awesome, pleasing Him is almost always a way to a life that reduces conflict, avoids mistakes and ultimately WINS.
Think About This:
During this series, your student is learning five key principles from the Bible than can help them win in some of the areas of life that they care about the most: their friends, future, family, money, and love life.
This series delves into the book of Proverbs—a book full of wisdom—and intends to set up your student with the most success when it comes to them making the best choices now and well into adulthood. There’s a good chance that, while these are great principles for your teenager, you may find they’re helpful in your life as well. More importantly, when you student sees you putting these ideas into action, they’re more likely to follow suit. Each week we'll give you a chance to take a look at what we’re talking about during this series and see if there’s an area you already model the principle described or if there’s one that may be worth working on in the future.
Week One - "A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger" (Proverbs 15:1 NIV). When it comes to your friendships, you can see the drama coming and steer around it or you can stir up with harsh words. The choice is yours.
Tonight's Bottom Line: GENTLE is greater than HARSH.
- Where are some areas of your life where this is DRAMA going on?
- How have you contributed to that Drama? If you've steered clear, how have you done that?
- Have you ever experienced a time when your gentle answer (or someone's gentle answer) to you cooled off the situation?
- Where in our family do you see us NOT hitting a home run in this area?
- How could we partner up to improve in this area as we try to God for the Win?