Belonging to the IN Crowd

Jr. High OTTAGETTU is continuing it’s series tackling four topics that can be struggles for jr. high students. In this third lesson, we will examine the topic of popularity, using Mark 9:33-35 as our foundation. 
This passage shows that Jesus’ followers battled the desire to be “first” or “the best.” Although it’s not wrong to want to belong, when this effort gets out of control, we start to make decisions based on the desire to be popular, instead of the desire to love God & others. Striving for popularity is a risky goal-it reinforces our selfishness & blinds us to the needs of others. 
We will talk with our teenagers about the desire for popularity, & how they can recognize when the “pull of popularity” has too tight of a grip on their lives. We also will discuss one solution they can use when they’re trapped by the popularity pull: adjusting their attitude by serving other people. 
As you talk with your teenager about this week’s lesson, here are some questions you might want to incorporate: 
  • Why do you think most teenagers care about being popular-or DO most teenagers care about being popular?
  • If someone is trying to be “popular,” how might that goal affect other decisions in life, such as what they wear, who they spend time with, how they talk, & what activities they do?
  • Why does serving seem to change our focus on what’s most important in life? 

I pray that you & your family have an awesome week!

About Gene Reineman

Gene has been on staff @ CFCOG since 2006. He & his wife, Joey, have two children, Josette & Gabriel. Gene enjoys watching the Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Phillies, & UNC Basketball. He also enjoys running, swimming, & playing golf. Gene’s approach to ministry, is in part, drawn from 1 Thessalonians 2:8, “We loved you so much that we shared with you not only God’s Good News but our own lives, too.” – NLT

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