This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?
*Let members share their experiences in these situations and how they dealt with change.
Objective: To learn that change is not something to be afraid of. To realize that changes are for the good if we have God on our side. Scripture Text: Deuteronomy 31:8 “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Discussion Questions 1. Are you comfortable with changes? If yes, why? (loves challenge; opportunity for growth, etc.) If no, why? (fear of the unknown; comfortable with present situation, etc.) 2. What’s your comfort zone? Share an experience when you faced a drastic change in your life. How did you react to it? Every change in life requires change, thus forcing us to leave our comfort zones. But we all have different responses to change. Examples: 1. Preschool kid Comfort zone: HOME Preschool children have different reactions in going to school for the first time. Others are excited while others are not. Some kids have difficulty parting with their parents/guardians during the 1st day of school while others are excited by the sight of so many potential playmates. 2. High School Senior – College Comfort zone: High school; Friends, etc. High School Seniors also have different responses with regard to change. Others cant wait for college, while others are hesitant of leaving their current “status” at school. College brings all sorts of changes – changes in relationships, changes in environment, changes in schedule, and so on.
Biblical Examples Abraham - Called by God to leave his country and go to an unknown place. - Genesis 12:1-5 New Testament Church (apostles/missionaries) The Book of Acts is full of stories of the apostles going to different places and sharing the Gospel. They left their comfort zones and chose to obey Jesus’ commission to preach the Good News everywhere.
How to Deal with Change (Leaving your comfort zone) 1. Know that God has a plan for you. - Whatever change you are experiencing, seek the Lord and ask for guidance. Ask Him to direct you where He wants you to go. He has a plan for you and when you ask Him, He will show it to you. When God is with you, you don’t have to worry. - Jeremiah 29:11
2. Don’t be afraid. Like what God promised in Jeremiah 29:11, He has a plan for each of us and those plans are not to harm us, but to prosper us. Therefore, we must not be afraid of the unknown because God is in control. Deuteronomy 31:8
Application • What’s our comfort zone as a youth group? • How do we step out of our comfort zone? (evangelize, reach out to friends, outreach) *As we face a new chapter in our group, let us step out of our comfort zones and start reaching out to people. Let there be no inhibitions, no fear, and no excuses. Always remember that God has a plan for us and He is with us.
Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone.jan27 2007 zarahlim