If your class is meeting online, invite students to bring index cards and pens/pencils to class.
The Israelites faced temptation; the Corinthians faced temptation. The Bible is full of people who were tempted—even Jesus! Our memory verse reminds us that temptation is a common occurrence. But God is faithful, and He ALWAYS provides a way out.
- If there’s always an escape route, why do you think so many people give in to temptation? (Answers will vary. Students may talk about not asking for help when it’s needed, not recognizing an escape route, or an inner desire that doesn’t want to find a way out, etc.)
- What are some reasons that it’s important to look for the “exit sign” when we are tempted to do something we know is wrong? (Answers will vary but might include: Giving in may seem like a small thing now but may have huge consequences down the line; once we give in a time or two, it just becomes easier and easier; giving in can ruin our testimony and relationship with God, etc.)
Hand out index cards and pens/pencils. Earlier we watched a video about strategies on how to beat an Escape Room—in other words, strategies to find your way out. Can anyone recall what they were? If students remember, have them call them out and write their responses on the whiteboard (or screenshared document). If they don’t remember, you could show the video again or share some of them with the students.
- Ask the right questions
- Time boxing
- Examine everything
- Don’t overthink it
Have your students get into small groups of two to three. (If your class is meeting online, you can use the breakout room feature of your video chat software.) Ask them to brainstorm how each of these suggestions could be applied to a situation where they are tempted and need to find a way out. If your students need some examples: 5. Examining everything could look like exploring all angles and possible ways out of the situation. 2. Delegate could mean asking a friend, mentor, or family member for help or advice. 3. Communicating the situation to God and other people can help you process the temptation and how to resist it, etc.
Once your students have had a chance to think and write, gather everyone together and let them share their ideas. Encourage your students to jot down ideas to take with them that they might use personally. Supply extra index cards as needed.
Close in prayer thanking God that He always provides a way of escape. Ask for His help in applying the principles you talked about today.