Icebreaker:“Sherlock”- Have students make a line and pick one person to be “Sherlock”. Sherlock has to leave so they don’t know what’s happening. The remaining students have to change something about their appearance (ex. Putting hair up, jacket on or off, etc.) Sherlock comes back and tries to identify all of the changes. If Sherlock gets it right then they win a prize. But if they do not then a new Sherlock is picked and the game continues until one can figure out what they are changing.
Questions: School, shopping, at home, with friends. When are you the most impatient? Why?
How do you act when you’ve lost your patience?
God’s timing isn’t our timing. Does that ever make anyone else feel frustrated or anxious? Why?
Has there ever been a time when you saw God’s perfect timing in your life? (Leader Note: Feel free to start by sharing your own story so that students have time to reflect and remember their own)
God is all powerful and can do anything at any time. So why do you think God has us wait for things?
(LEADER NOTE: For our trust in Him to grow. He wants us to rely on Him and trust Him to take care of us and lead us. If we had everything we wanted the moment we wanted it, what good would ‘faith’ be in our lives?)
How has God shown patience with you? How would remembering that help you be more patient?
Think over the past couple of days. How have you dealt with others’ shortcomings?
If God treated you the way you treat other people, what would happen?
In what ways do other people have to be patient with you? (Your parents? Your friends? Your teachers?)
The more I trust God, the more patient I can be. Do you think that’s true? How does trusting God more help us to be patient?
What does it mean to put your trust in God?
What are some practical ways you can put your trust in God?
LEADER NOTE: Close out your time by specifically asking students about something they need to trust God more with and then praying together. Make sure to review the memory verse for this week: Romans 12:12, "Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying." Remind your group to read Fruit of the Spirit Wk 2 on the Sagebrush App before next week.
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