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- Examine how conflict is a normal part of human interaction.
- Help students discover that they can settle their differences and move on after conflict
- Help students implement a plan for dealing with conflicts.
- Divide students into smaller groups. Ask each group to develop a skit that illustrates a problem that is common to contemporary teen culture. Suggest things such as gang activity, parent issues, sibling rivalry, school issues or friendship difficulties. Instruct each of the students to go into separate rooms, write a brief (two to three minutes) skit, and then rehearse it so that they can perform it before the rest of the groups. The skit should demonstrate a conflict that includes an argument. The catch is to challenge them to come up with two outcomes for their skit. The first outcome should demonstrate what it might be like without using Christian principles or allowing God to be part of the solution. The second should bring godly principles into the situation. Of course, the second alternative should be the goal. Give groups a time limit of no more than 15 minutes to put their skits together. Then allow only 15 minutes for all of the groups to perform the skits. Watch your time carefully so that this exercise will not consume the entire meeting without allowing for the Bible study portion.
- Show the following funny videos on Conflict
Find a game that involves conflict
- Refer to Ephesians 4:26: “ ‘In your anger do not sin’: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.” Explain that anger causes us to underline our convictions, letting others know what we are passionate about, emphasizing why we feel strongly about an issue and perhaps righting a wrong. There is nothing wrong with anger. However, there is one rule: Do not allow your anger to become the cause of sin.
- Also refer to Ephesians 4:29: “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up.” Help students realize that anger should not be expressed in rage and it should not be used to manipulate others. The goal of our conflict is to grow together in Christ.
Acts 11:1-3 (New International Version)
Peter Explains His Actions
1The apostles and the brothers throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. 2So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him 3and said, “You went into the house of uncircumcised men and ate with them.”
Acts 15:1-6 (New International Version)
The Council at Jerusalem
1Some men came down from Judea to Antioch and were teaching the brothers: “Unless you are circumcised, according to the custom taught by Moses, you cannot be saved.” 2This brought Paul and Barnabas into sharp dispute and debate with them. So Paul and Barnabas were appointed, along with some other believers, to go up to Jerusalem to see the apostles and elders about this question. 3The church sent them on their way, and as they traveled through Phoenicia and Samaria, they told how the Gentiles had been converted. This news made all the brothers very glad. 4When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and the apostles and elders, to whom they reported everything God had done through them.
5Then some of the believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees stood up and said, “The Gentiles must be circumcised and required to obey the law of Moses.”
6The apostles and elders met to consider this question.
Acts 15:12-18 (New International Version)
12The whole assembly became silent as they listened to Barnabas and Paul telling about the miraculous signs and wonders God had done among the Gentiles through them. 13When they finished, James spoke up: “Brothers, listen to me. 14Simon[a] has described to us how God at first showed his concern by taking from the Gentiles a people for himself. 15The words of the prophets are in agreement with this, as it is written:
16” ‘After this I will return
and rebuild David’s fallen tent.
Its ruins I will rebuild,
and I will restore it,
17that the remnant of men may seek the Lord,
and all the Gentiles who bear my name,
says the Lord, who does these things’[b]
18that have been known for ages.[c]
Acts 15:19-29 (New International Version)
19“It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God. 20Instead we should write to them, telling them to abstain from food polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals and from blood. 21For Moses has been preached in every city from the earliest times and is read in the synagogues on every Sabbath.”
The Council’s Letter to Gentile Believers
22Then the apostles and elders, with the whole church, decided to choose some of their own men and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They chose Judas (called Barsabbas) and Silas, two men who were leaders among the brothers. 23With them they sent the following letter: The apostles and elders, your brothers, To the Gentile believers in Antioch, Syria and Cilicia: Greetings. 24We have heard that some went out from us without our authorization and disturbed you, troubling your minds by what they said. 25So we all agreed to choose some men and send them to you with our dear friends Barnabas and Paul— 26men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 27Therefore we are sending Judas and Silas to confirm by word of mouth what we are writing. 28It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements: 29You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality. You will do well to avoid these things. Farewell.