Conversation Starters: Temptation
Posted on September 18, 2013 by Teeny
The Bible Meets Life: Temptation is a reality for all of us. Even Jesus was tempted. We can’t avoid it, but we don’t have to give in to it. The Book of James helps us understand that God does not tempt us, but He will provide a way to resist temptation. Because of the work Christ has done on our behalf, we can see temptation for what it is and through Him we can overcome any temptation.
MATTHEW 5:1-3; 6:25-34
LIFE POINT: God provides for us.
- What are some ways God provides for you?
- How can you thank God for providing you the things you need, such as the Bible?
- How does the Bible help you make good choices?
LIVE IT OUT: Look around your house, and help your child name all the things that God provides for her, such as the Bible, food, clothes, and water to drink. Pray, thanking God for giving us the Bible to help us make good choices. Thank God for giving us Jesus, who died for us and who forgives us when we make bad choices.
LIFE POINT: Resist temptation by following Jesus’ example.
- How did Jesus respond when the Devil tempted Him to sin?
- What are some ways that you are tempted?
- Can you think of a verse that will help you when you are tempted?
LIVE IT OUT: Help your child list several temptations she faces regularly. Talk about what her response will be when faced with those challenges this week. Remind her to use James 1:2-3 to remember that temptations can be turned around to produce good. Recognize that Jesus was tempted just as we are, yet He never sinned. Thank Him for His perfect life and for His death in our place.
THE POINT: God won’t tempt me, but He will provide a way to resist temptation.
- What leads to temptation?
- Do you have any questions for me about how I face temptation?
- What can I do to help you with the things that tempt you?
Have a conversation around this quote: “Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is.”1 —C. S. Lewis
Ask your student to recite memorize a verse and recite it to you during the week.
Memorize the verse with your student.
Encourage your student to find an accountability partner.
If you have had a positive accountability partner experience, share it with your student.
1. C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (New York, NY: HarperCollins, 1980), 142.