Good morning friends!!
Last night in youth group we defused some bombs, had even more slushies, played some dodgeball, worshipped and prayed together, and talked about taming our tongues! It was a full night!
One of my favorite party games to play with youth groups is "Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes." Its a game where one person is the "bomb defuser" and a group of people nearby called "bomb experts" use a manual to tell the defuser what to do to defuse the bomb! It's a game that requires clear communication and teamwork under pressure, and that fit in really well with our lesson for the evening! If you want to see the game in action, this is a great video!
After a few successful defusals, we went upstairs for some dodgeball!
After heading back downstairs, Eli led us in some worship!
Our large group lesson focused on James 3 and taming the tongue, and we talked about how impactful our words can be. Most students could remember a time where someones words hurt them, and the brave ones admitted that they could also remember a time they used hurtful words. We talked about some of the metaphors that James uses to describe our tongue, (a horse's bit, a ship rudder, and a small spark that can start a forest fire.) Even though our tongues are small, they are immensely powerful things, and our words matter! James reminds us that the words we say are a reflection of what is in our hearts, and that the same tongue should not bless God and curse people who are made in his image.
Our debrief groups went well, and we reflected on how different life might be if people didn't use their words to hurt one another. We thought it would be a whole lot better!
Next week I will be preaching in the morning to close our "Breathe" series, so we will turn back to the Bible Project in D-Groups to talk a little more about the sabbath! You can preview our video here!
Thanks for stopping by and checking in!! Have a wonderful week!