One of the things we need to teach our students, whether you are a student pastor, volunteer, or parent, is how to handle temptation in a Biblical way. The Bible has a lot to say about sin, temptation, and how believers should deal with it. During college I heard a pastor speak from Genesis 39:1-12 and he pointed out three things Joseph did when he was faced with sin. Those three things stuck with me for a long time so I decided to craft my own lesson around those three points found within the text.
I want to share that lesson with you as a freebie in hopes you can use it with your own students. I am sharing the teaching manuscript and PowerPoint presentation (and Keynote for Mac users) so you can download it and edit it to better fit your students. The lesson is called 3 Things To Do When Tempted. To summarize the lesson for you, Joseph did three things when he was faced with temptation: refuse, consider, and flee. These are three things our students can learn to do now as they face temptation. I believe these three simple, practical points will help students, and adults, handle temptation. Feel free to use this lesson any way that you see fit. I hope it helps you and your students better understand how to handle temptation.
Have you ever heard someones story about what God has done in their life and it leaves you speechless? There has been a few times in my life so far where I have heard someones story and I was left completely speechless because of the awesome power of God’s grace, mercy, and redemption. One of those stories is the story of what God has done in one of my students life’s.
Sarah is one of my high school students at CCC Stow. I remember meeting her a few weeks after I started working for CCC this past September. Over a few conversations I was able to hear the story of what God has been doing in her life. I was left speechless and all I could think about was how good God is even when the situation or circumstance paints nothing but darkness. Instead of telling you Sarah’s story I want you to hear it for yourself straight from Sarah. Below is the video we showed this past Sunday at all of our campuses. Check it out and be reminded that God is in the business of redeeming every situation in our life, no matter how bad it seems.
Being a parent of a teenager is hard. I am not there yet, but from my observations and conversations with parents of teens, I know it’s not an easy task. Teenagers are in a stage of life where they are questioning everything and trying to figure out who they are. They are asking tough questions and parents need to be ready to answer them. The good news parents, there are resources available to help you out! I want to share one of those resources with you today that is totally free!
Roland Boyce has written an eBook called Issues and Answers: A Handbook Providing Biblical Answers to Questions of Children and Youth. In this book, he gives parents the tools they need to answer questions regarding topics such as homosexuality, abortion, dating, divorce, pornography, and many more. What I love about this book is the how the writer addresses each topic and gives parents the tools they need to talk to their teenagers about it. For each topic, he gives a Biblical synopses, modern reasoning, responses, resources, fact, and a life lab. Click here to see more details about this book from Tim Schmoyer.
If you are a parent of a teenager, or any age child really, do yourself a favor and download this eBook. It’s free and will be a great resource as you talk to your teenager about tough topics. All you have to do is click the link below to view and download this great resource for yourself.