Our church is currently going through a six-week campaign based on our Senior Pastor, Rick Warren’s book, “What on Earth Am I Here For? The 10th anniversary edition of the Purpose Drive Life”. Our high school ministry has us taking our small groups through the same study and at first I was hesitant on how much they would get out of this. I think I was really wrong about that, the first 4 weeks have been some pretty amazing small group time and discussion.
Today while I was putting some material together on next week’s lesson I was looking at how God will use troubles and temptation to grow us as Christians. It’s hard to see that God actually uses these times for our good when we are going through the fire but when I look back at my life, the toughest times have grown me and made me available for God to use me in some pretty amazing ways.
One of the things I explain to students is that the closer you grow to God and the stronger your walk is with Him, the more Satan will try to get at you. Temptation is one of his favorite tools to use. How we deal with that temptation will either hurt us or grow us. Once we become Christians, Satan also makes us feel bad that we were even tempted or even worse if we fall to the temptation Satan will want us to keep right on going with that sin instead of saying, “Okay I fell today but tomorrow I will be stronger!”
This book makes a great six-week study for students, I would highly encourage you to take your student small group through this book.