High School

Outta the Comfort Zone

Lesson 1 


Winter 2018-19


By: Jill Meek 


December 01, 2019

Lesson Focus:

With Christ we can break out of our comfort zones.

Bible Basis:

Matthew 9:9-17

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • Internet access

Summary & Links:

Students will consider their comfort zones and what it means to break out of them with and for Christ.

Memory Verse:

“’I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
—Matthew 9:13b

Step 1:

Students will consider their comfort zones and what it means to break out of them with and for Christ.

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access

Play the following video for your students [3:55]:
Kids VS. Food # 3 – Caviar

It can be entertaining to watch people try new things, but it isn’t necessarily fun or easy to get out of your own comfort zone.

  • What was the last new thing you tried—food, experience, or otherwise? What was that like—was it a positive or negative experience? Why? (Answers will vary. Accept all reasonable answers.  Before trying something new, students may have felt scared or nervous. After the new experience, students may have gained confidence or perspective or may have been pleasantly surprised by how it went.)
  • In what setting are you most comfortable? Least comfortable? (Answers will vary.)
  • What are some comfort zones you have that you would like to get out of? (Accept all reasonable answers. Some will find themselves limited to enjoying life only when in certain situations or may feel inhibited when not surrounded by things that comfort them. They may feel uncomfortable speaking in public, participating in sporting events, meeting new people, sharing Christ with others, etc.)

Following Jesus sometimes means getting out of our comfort zone. It isn’t necessarily easy, but it is worth it. Let’s talk about it.

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Step 4:

Materials Needed:

  • None

From what we’ve learned today, we can see that Jesus often takes us out of our comfort zone. That can mean leaving something behind, stepping into something unknown, spending time with different people, or shifting our focus or perspective.

  • Tell about the last time Jesus pushed you out of your comfort zone. (Examples may include anything from mission trips to confronting new ideas or debated topics from a Christian perspective to loving someone when it’s hard to take a stand for the truth. Be prepared to share your own experience so that your students understand you know what they are going through.)
  • Maybe you have a mental list of things you want to try someday or places you want to go. But what about your faith? Where is a new place you want to take your faith? (You may need to help teens find their answers, but examples may include: to their non-Christian friends, to a different area of town, to a place of specific need, to a different worship style/tradition, to college, etc.)

Have students get with a partner to talk more about the previous question. Encourage everyone to think with their partners about how they might take their faith to one new place before the end of  2019 and one new place in 2020.

Challenge your students to pray about those ways they just determined that they want to expand their faith walk. Ask them to be prepared to share with the group about how God spoke to them or led them this week in that regard.

Close in prayer.

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