Scripture: John 4:4-26
- Students will learn Jesus wants everyone to follow him.
- Students will learn Jesus can forgive any and every sin.
- Students will learn repent means not only do we ask God for forgiveness, but we also try to turn away from that sin and not commit it again.
- Students will learn how to make good choices in tough situations.
Guiding Question: How can students learn to make Godly choices?
Materials: None needed
Procedure: Review the story of the woman at the well from the scriptures above. Explain that Jesus wants to forgive all people for their sins and desires everyone to follow Him. Tell the students that it is important as Christians to share God and His Word with others and help them learn what it means to repent of their sins. Explain that the woman at the well had made lots of bad choices in her life. Jesus still loved her no matter how many bad choices she had made, but he also told her to stop making bad choices.
Introduce the activity. Talk with the students about how to make good choices:
1. Ask the student to state the question or problem that is creating the choice.
List all of the possible choices.
2. Cross out any choice that would not make God happy.
3. Cross out any ungodly choices he/she missed and explain why that choice would also make God unhappy.
4. Tell the students that although all of the choices that are left may be fine with God, there still may be a choice that is better than the others.
5. Pray about the choices that are still on the list. Ask God to help make the best choice.
6. For each choice left on the list, have the student think of all of the good things and all of the bad things that could happen from making that choice.
7. Encourage the student to make the best choice, but do not make the choice for him/her.
Give the students scenarios and help them use the steps in the making good choices process to decide the best choice to make. For example: You accidently break something that belongs to someone else, you hurt someone, you are tempted to cheat on a test, etc.
Additional Questions: How can students learn what good choices are for different situations?
Supplemental Activity: Have the students play a “choices” matching game. On index cards, create scenarios and the best choice for that scenario. Give sets to pairs of students and have them match the scenario to the good choice.