Conversation Starters: Step In
Posted by Karah
THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: Making bad decisions leads to consequences. No one is immune. But how do you respond to someone while he or she is making bad decisions? At what point is it right to get involved? God uses peacemakers to draw people to Christ. While many followers of Christ are known more for what they are against than what they are for, peacemakers choose their battles well.
Concept: Step In
1 Samuel 25
LIFE POINT: Sometimes we can help others get along.
What did David’s men ask Nabal to give them?
Why didn’t Nabal help David and his men?
What did Abigail do to help?
LIVE IT OUT: Equip your child to speak up for others. Give them an opportunity to practice speaking up. Talk about times when they might see a friend being unkind to another person. Role-play some ways they could speak up and remind a friend that Jesus loves us and wants us to love one another.
1 Samuel 25
LIFE POINT: Step in to help friends get along, just as Jesus stepped in for you.
Why did David think Nabal should help him and his men?
Why didn’t Nabal help David?
What did Abigail do?
LIVE IT OUT: Help your child learn to be a peacemaker. Encourage them, when they see friends in conflict, to step in with calm words and actions to try to resolve the situation.
1 Samuel 25:14-17,23-28,32-35
THE POINT: Step in to keep a bad situation from getting worse.
How do you respond when you hear “mind your own business”?
What prevents us from stopping a “train wreck” in someone’s life?
Have a conversation around this quote:
“When you confront a problem you begin to solve it.”1 —Rudy Giuliani
LIVE IT OUT: Encourage your student to really challenge how he or she thinks about helping to resolve conflict.
Pray for your student to be a peacemaker who draws others to Christ.
Share a time when you helped make peace with others.
1. “Rudy Giuliani Quotes,” ThinkExist http://thinkexist.com (accessed 25 February 2013).