We all want more freedom. If they could be completely released from all limitations and regulations, that would be a dream come true for the average middle schooler. At this age, students want to be liberated from the rules and authorities that limit their choices. However, they are unaware that freedom is a tricky thing. They can gain more freedom, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they can live without rules. They can have more liberty, but that doesn’t mean they can live without obligations to those around them. Over the next few weeks, we’re going to unpack this idea in our series, Freedom.
Week 1: January 5
Week 1 Bottom Line: Real freedom is found in being content.
Week 1 Scripture: Philippians 4:11-13
Week 1 Discussion Questions:
- Whats the difference between “I can do all things” and “I can do all things things through him who gives me strength”?
- In what areas do you find it the hardest to be content?
- How do we keep from getting caught up in the comparison game with our friends?
Week 2: January 12
Week 2 Bottom Line: The greatest freedom is found when we respect our authorities.
Week 2 Scripture: Romans 13:1-2
Week 2 Discussion Questions:
- If you could change one rule in your house, what would it be?
- Who are some of your authorities? What is the difference between not liking an authority and not trusting an authority?
- How does submitting to authorities help us earn more freedom? (It earns us trust.)
Week 3: January 19
Week 3 Bottom Line: Even when we have freedom, we still have to think about others.
Week 3 Scripture: 1 Corinthians 8:9-10 (MSG)
Week 3 Discussion Questions:
- Have you ever done something that wasn’t wrong, but it negatively impacted someone? How did that make you feel?
- Technically, can a Christian do anything and still be forgiven? (Yes, but there are still consequences.)
- Have other people’s actions ever caused you to struggle with a bad habit or sin? Why was it difficult for you to not join in?