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And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else. Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away.

—James 1:13–14 (NLT)

So don’t be misled, my dear brothers and sisters.

—James 1:16 (NLT)

Goal of Small Group

To help students understand that God loves them and can be trusted no matter their current circumstances

Think about This

Talking about temptation can lead students toward feelings of shame and failure. Remind your students that they are valuable to God, even when they do give in to temptation.

Discussion Questions

  • What are some common temptations in middle/high school?
    • What does the “bait” (the lie) look like in those situations?
    • What does the “hook” (the consequence) look like in those situations?
  • Why do you think temptation is so appealing even though we know giving into it will probably end badly?

  • How do you think stopping to look for the hook can help you better deal with temptation?

  • What’s one way you can start saying no to temptation?

  • How can you enlist the help of other people when you feel tempted?

  • We tend to think that God is mad at us when we give in to temptation. What’s one truth you can use to replace that lie?

Try This

Before you wrap up your group time, walk our students through the handout that they received at the start. Remind them that you’re available to talk if they need help overcoming some temptations and remind them that you’re praying for them!