Last week in Sr. High OTTAGETTU, we started a series of messages on drinking & alcohol entitled “Smashed.” We spent some time talking about extremes. In that very first conversation we discussed the story of the Prodigal son from Luke 15:11-32, & some of the pitfalls that are involved in our life when we react to problems with extreme quick fixes. 

Sometimes going to extremes can serve you well in life, especially if it’s wrapped around the choices & decisions you make about how you will chase after Christ. When we go to extremes to try & fix our problems that go against what God has intended for us, we place ourselves in extreme risk experiencing extreme consequences. 

Alcohol, as a way to fix our need to escape, be loved, accepted, free, and connected is a counterfeit fix. In other words, it doesn’t really fix things. Our problems, hurt, loneliness, & insecurity will be waiting for us after the party is over.

As you talk with your teenager about last week’s lesson, here are a few questions for the conversation: 

  • Why do you think the Prodigal Son left his home?  What is a good reason to leave your home?
  • What would you have done if you were the Father in this story?  Why?
  • If you were the prodigal son in this story, is there anything someone could have told you to get your attention before everything went crazy?
  • How does alcohol cure you of your loneliness and pain so you can be better?
  • Why do people abuse alcohol if it always ends up bringing people pain?
  • How does someone know they have a problem with alcohol? 

Tonight we’ll continue the series (now named “wasted”), looking at our level of self-esteem & dignity.

Have a blessed 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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