If you feel like your youth are giving into what their friends are doing, you’ll want to peruse this youth group Bible study about peer pressure. Today’s teens are attacked from almost every corner of their lives. Media, music, school and even parents sometimes present sinful lifestyles and situations as glamorous.
What You’ll Need:
- A chair
- Bowl of water
- Plastic spoon
- Dawn dish soap
For your opening activity for your youth group Bible study about peer pressure, you’ll want to capture the attention of your teens and get them talking and involved in the discussion. One icebreaker that can work well involves a chair and a volunteer.
The youth leader should stand on the chair. Take the hand of the youth volunteer and tell him you are going to try to pull him up on the chair with you, but that he needs to resist being pulled up. You won’t be able to pull him up on the chair. If the floor is hard and you are worried about falling, you may want to put some mats down under the chair.
Swap goals. Ask the volunteer to try to pull you off the chair. This should be fairly easy.
Explain to the group that the influence of sin is a lot like the illustration. It is hard to pull someone up out of sin, but easy to be pulled down into it. This is why we must guard our closest friendships and have a good support system as a youth group, so that we do not fall into temptation.
Discussion Questions for Youth Group Bible Study about Peer Pressure
Most youth groups work best in a question/answer type setting. This is where the teens can truly open up about what they are facing in their day to day lives as they battle to live a Christian life. There will be times that something comes up that you don’t have the answer to. Don’t be afraid to tell the youth group that you need to research more, consult with the pastor, or pray over the answer, but that you will get back to them soon. Always follow up on those questions at the next class meeting.
- What are some of the common destructive behaviors you see from the other kids at school?
- Have you ever found yourself in a situation you didn’t want to be in because you were hanging with the wrong crowd?
- Do you know anyone who has allowed themselves to be influenced by others to make bad choices?
- What do you feel the most pressure about as a teen? (answers will vary widely on this)
- If you’ve made a commitment to remain pure until marriage, how much peer pressure is there to abandon your commitments? (Caution, do not bring up this topic if you are not completely comfortable talking about this issue. Inevitably, the teens will tell you more than you really want to know and you’ll have to respond.)
- Why does the Bible tell us to flee from evil?
- How can having Christian friends help us avoid giving into peer pressure?
Bible Verses to Share with Your Teens
The Bible speaks about peer pressure in these verses:
- 1 Corinthians15:33-34
- Galatians 2:11-13
- Romans 12:2