Teaching Students to Wage War with Sin featuring Francis Chan

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Students want to be close to God, but it may be difficult to give up all their sins. Think of the students in your group as you watch Eric's story. 

When Eric’s father left, it left a huge hole in his heart. He started to experiment with a number of sins. When you see poor decisions and behavior in a student, are you finding out the cause that may be behind it? How do you address that with a student?
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Eric struggled with pornography, masturbation, and sex. This is a delicate subject in most churches. Do you think there are students in your group—in your church—who struggle with feelings toward members of the same sex? Do you feel qualified to talk to a teen about this issue? How would you counsel that teen? Who can you go to for help?
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Francis Chan is a nationally-recognized speaker and the best-selling author of "Crazy Love" and "Forgotten God." He is passionate about seeing teens display a much deeper love for Jesus and their neighbors. After listening to Eric's story, Francis show us how he would talk to teens about waging the war against sin.

Francis reminds us of two powerful and fundamental biblical truths:1. God doesn’t allow anyone to be tempted beyond their ability.2. It is the power of the Holy Spirit in you—the same incredible power that raised Christ from the dead—that gives you the strength to withstand temptation.

Those two go together. We are hopeless to resist temptation without the power of the Holy Spirit working in our lives. Are your students quick to excuse their sin—to say that they “can’t help it”? What in Francis' teaching can help you address that with your teens?
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Read 1 Corinthians 9:24–27. It’s true that the Holy Spirit is alive in us, empowering us to resist temptation and sin. And these verses can help us teach about our responsibility in this fight. Consider how you will use this teaching with your students.

This teaching video is an excerpt from the Surrender Bible study series. You can find the entire series exclusively in the RightNow Media Bible Study LIbrary. Direct link: RightNowMedia.org/Media/Series/14

For more RightNow Media training posts, teaching videos and Bible study resources with Francis Chan, click here