Can You Help Me?

Scripture: Exodus 18

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn the importance of seeking counsel from others by making a list of possible mentors and how they can help.
  • Students will learn that it is okay to ask for help and it is not a sign of weakness.
  • Students will use categorization skills to determine how to seek guidance.

Guiding Question: Who can we talk to when we need help with a problem?

Materials: index card or a small piece of paper, writing utensils

Procedure: Discuss types of issues that students may face. Have students write on a piece of paper a challenge that they are facing and are willing to share. This can be a difficult math problem on a homework assignment, trouble getting along with their family, ect. If you do not think students will want to share, write hypothetical issues beforehand that your students might face. Discuss how God created us to be in community with other people. We all have different experiences and knowledge, so we should ask others for help with things that we are not sure about. Then categorize their written issues according to the type of authority figure. The types of people and problems will vary depending on your students’ needs and the community. They might include: Parents, family member or family friend, teacher, counselor, police, church leader. Discuss the importance of choosing how serious the issue is and how that effects which type of counselor to seek.

Additional Questions:

  • How is God the greatest counselor and how can we look to the Bible for guidance?

Supplemental Activity: Have students write a letter asking for advice from a friend or other authority figure.

Written by: Savannah Negas

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