On Sunday night, we continued with our Francis Chan series titled Surrender.
For those interested, here’s a run-down of what we discussed:
Over the past couple of weeks in our Surrender series, we’ve been looking at what it would mean to “Surrender Stuff“. Specifically, we’ve explored the tough truth that many of us are “Possessed” by our possessions. This week, Francis Chan is going to move us into the theme of “Surrender Status“.
As teens, you wander in and out of situations where popularity rules which social class you fit into. It’s difficult to be comfortable with who you are, yet navigate who to hang out with. Also, to decide what you may need to do or say to fit into a certain group or status. Tonight, we’ll try to answer the question, “Who Am I?“
1. Do you have distinguished groups of people in your school (i.e. jocks, brains, partiers, etc.) or do they kind of blend together?
2. Do certain groups have more status than others? Do people respect those who are smart, rich, athletic, etc.?
3. Is there a way to get more status if you don’t have it? Can you climb the ladder of popularity?
4. We just heard a story from a student named Heather. What kind of status did she have, what happened and how did she handle it?
5. If Heather was your friend and you could sit down and talk with her, what would you say?
6. Read John 15:18-20. How does this passage speak to you personally? Is it convicting? Why or why not?
7. After reading this passage, Francis says “You really can’t follow God and fit in.” Do you believe this? If so, how have you applied it to your life?
8. Describe you’re the status you have in school, church and community. Are they different? Are YOU different? Why or why not?
9. Currently, are you doing something to improve your status? If so, what? Are you paying special attention to people who have more status? If so, why?
For the reader, if you haven’t seen it already, here’s the promo video for Francis Chan’s Surrender series.
When’s the last time you surrendered status and asked yourself, “Who Am I?“