Getting healthy requires extreme measures.
So if your eye—even your good eye—causes you to lust, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.
—Matthew 5:29 (NLT)
Goal of Small Group
To help students understand that when it comes to breaking free from things that enslave them, they can’t keep just making a commitment or promise to themselves and expect a different result.
Think about This
The way you approach the subject of pornography will set the tone for how open your students will be. Be intentional about approaching this week’s conversation with grace and an understanding tone. This conversation might be difficult to navigate, but you can do it!
Why does it feel so strange to talk about porn in church?
How can porn negatively affect your ability to have great relationships?
Why do you think our culture doesn’t acknowledge the negative impact porn has in our lives?
Why does getting healthy in any area require extreme measures?
Why is it important to tell someone if we want to get free in areas that imprison us?
- How might restricting access to porn be inconvenient?
- What are the benefits of restricting access to it?
What are some things you and the people you trust can do to stay healthy in this area? (Deciding as a group to exchange app store passwords or install filters on their phones is a great first step.)
Let your students know that if they want to talk with you one-on-one about struggling with porn, you’d love to talk with them. Assure them that you’ll be there to help and support them—not condemn them. Let them know some ways they can follow up with you and have a conversation.
Note: At first, it may be less intimidating for them to text you. Once they tell you what’s going on over text, you can follow up with them in a way that works for your schedule.