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Potential is a series all about... well, potential! More specifically, it’s about the potential students have to make choices that honor God, others, and themselves when it comes to dating, relationships and sex, and who they become based off of those choices. The choices students are making right now have the potential to shape the rest of their lives. We want them to see their own personal potential to make decisions that will lead to better, healthier relationships, along with the potential for integrity for themselves and others when they choose God’s best in this part of their lives.
WEEKLY CONVERSATION STARTERS
Week 1 | February 7
Read: Proverbs 24:27, 30-32; 1 Corinthians 13:4-7; Philippians 1:27; Colossians 1:21-23, 28-29
Examine: As you look at the current state of the world of dating, it seems like students are dating earlier and earlier and relational boundaries are being pushed further and further. The secular World that is obsessed with self may not see anything wrong with this, but the God who created you and cares for you does. While the question of who you should or shouldn't date is a big one, a better question is who do you want to be? We are encouraged to think differently when we know who Jesus is and what He has done. While dating is an important part of our lives, we should understand Who you date may be temporary, but who you become is lasting.
Apply: What are some expectations you have put on others in your life but not on yourself? Share with your student some areas of your life that God is calling you to live in a manner worthy of the Gospel.
Pray: Pray that God would reveal ways for us to walk in new obedience to Him.
Week 2 | February 14
Read - Ephesians 5:15-16, Hebrews 12:1-2, Romans 1:21-23
Examine - We can learn from God’s Word about dating in our lives because it encourages us to be wise as opposed to unwise. One of the most common mistakes in teen relationships is putting it in a place of importance that was reserved for God. Often times students can become so obsessed with their relationship with someone else that it negatively affects their relationship with God. When a relationship begins to take the place in our lives that God is supposed to have, we begin to make unwise decisions. As we look at God’s word we learn that Nothing in our lives should take the place of the One who gave his life!
Apply - What are some idol’s in our lives that have begun to take the place that God is supposed to have? Ask your student what things they can do to keep God in His rightful place.
Pray - Pray that God would help us to remove idols in our lives.
No RevStudents | February 21
There is no RevStudents on Wednesday, February 21 due to public school Winter Break. Feel free to review the past few weeks with your student and discuss what they have learned from this series so far. Also, please pray for the High Schoolers attending High School Weekend February 23-25!
Week 3 | February 28
Read: 2 Samuel 11, Psalm 51, 1 Corinthians 6:18-20
Examine: Ask any student and they will tell you there is a very real pressure to be in a relationship. The pressure doesn’t stop there. Once you're in a relationship, there is a pressure to act a certain way and do certain things. Not just from those around you, but even from our own bodies. This pressure can be difficult even for someone who loves God. As we look at the story of David and Bathsheba as a cautionary tale for the dangers of giving into the pressures around you and from yourself, we want to walk away knowing that The pressure to be with someone can cause you to compromise for anything.
Apply: How have you handled pressure in your life? Encourage your student to seek out someone they are comfortable sharing their pressures with. (In addition to you, we encourage this to be someone older and not a parental figure in their life.)
Pray: Pray that we would fight against pressure that pulls us away from God.
Week 4 | March 6
Read: Proverbs 11:14, 12:26; 1 Thessalonians 5:11
Examine: The people that we bring into our lives directly affect important areas of our lives. Often we don’t spend enough time seeking out people that can help direct us wisely in these areas. Or, even if we have those people, we don’t listen to them. If the people that care the most about us don’t have the ability to speak into our relationships, then who should? With so much potential in relationships and life, we need some help from some pretty awesome people. Hopefully we take to heart that Without people to make you better, you can miss out on what’s best.
Apply: What do you appreciate the most about the people who have guided you best in your life? Share with your student how you have been made better because of the people that cared the most about you.
Pray: Ask God to help us listen to the wisdom that is shared with us in life.
Week 5 | March 13
Read: Proverbs 12:15
Examine: Some of the best wisdom we can learn about our Potential is from the life and experiences of older people who have already walked through the season of life we are in. Whether that is answering questions from our students or sharing parts of their personal story, leaders can help provide more insight into God’s design for relationships and sex.
Apply: During this last week of the series, we had a leader panel. Ask your student what is something they heard from a leader this week that stuck with them?
Pray: Pray that your student’s story can be used to glorify God and help others in their own walks with Christ.