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BOSS: A Series on Authority

Especially when we’re teenagers, we tend to push back on the people, places, and things that control and hold authority over us. But here’s the catch: whether we admit it or not, we’ve all given someone (or something) control of our lives. In this series, we’ll challenge students to consider who, or what, they’ve allowed to be their boss. Because whether it’s the god of me, the god of stuff, the god of worry, or the god of obsession, we all know what it’s like to have an authority problem.


This series at a glance

Week 1: This week, we’ll look at the story of God giving the Ten Commandments and an encounter between James, John, and Jesus as we challenge students to see the problems with being their own "boss.

  • THE BIG IDEA: We defeat the god of me by giving up our seat.

  • THE BIBLE: Exodus 20:1-3; Mark 10:35-45; Matthew 16:24-25

Week 2: This week, we’ll look at the story of a man who asked Jesus to side with him in a fight with his brother over their dad's stuff as we encourage students to never let their stuff be the "boss" of them.

  • THE BIG IDEA: We defeat the god of stuff by letting go of our things.

  • THE BIBLE: Exodus 20:1-3, 32:1-4; Luke 12:13-34; Matthew 16:24-26

Week 3: This week, we’ll look at a portion of The Sermon on the Mount as we help students see how they've allowed their worries to be their "boss," rather than putting God first.

  • THE BIG IDEA: We defeat the god of worry by seeking God first.

  • THE BIBLE: Exodus 20:1-3; Matthew 6:25-34; 1 Peter 5:7

Week 4: This week, we’ll help students see that the greatest friendship we can ever build is our friendship with God, who is with us through every difficulty.

  • THE BIG IDEA: We defeat the god of obsession by shifting our attention.

  • THE BIBLE: Matthew 6:21-23; Exodus 20:1-3; 1 Corinthians 10:23; Matthew 22:37


Weekly Discussion Questions

Week 1: We defeat the god of me, by giving up our seat.

  • Why do you think teenagers and adults often disagree?

  • What's the difference between becoming more independent and idolizing yourself?

  • Read Matthew 16:24-25. How did Jesus "give up His seat" on our behalf? What is He asking from us in return?

  • Which of these do you struggle with most: acting selfishly, speaking arrogantly, or responding defensively? Why do you think that is?

  • What's one way you can practice acting selflessly this week?

  • What's one way you can practice speaking generously this week?

  • What's one way you can practice responding humbly this week?

Week 2: We defeat the god of stuff by letting go of our things.

  • What's one way people try to find satisfaction in their "stuff?"

  • Read Matthew 16:24-26. What do you think Jesus means by losing your soul? How do we not lose our souls?

  • Which of these do you struggle with most: prioritizing stuff over people, always wanting more, being hesitant to share, or finding your identity in your stuff?

  • What's one way you can practice giving your stuff away this week?

  • What's one way you can practice spending more of your money on others, instead of yourself, this week?

  • What's one way you can practice buying less for yourself this week?

Week 3: We defeat the god of worry by seeking God first.

  • What do you worry about most?

  • In what ways do you think worry can become an idol?

  • Which of these do you struggle with most: worrying about your needs, worrying about your image, or being filled with fear?

  • What's one reason you sometimes worry about God providing for you?

  • What's one way God has already provided for you that you can be thankful for?

  • When it comes to your image, what do you worry about most?

  • Read I Peter 5:7. How do you think we give our worries to God?

  • What's one example of a situation where not worrying could cause us to stand out from the rest of the world (in a good way)?

  • Did you defeat any worries tonight? Which worries do you still need to defeat?

  • How can you focus your attention on Jesus, instead of your worries this week?

Week 4: We defeat the god of obsession by shifting our attention.

  • How have you seen someone's obsession be a positive thing? How have you seen an obsession be a negative thing?

  • What's the difference between a harmless interest and a destructive obsession?

  • Do you have any obsessions that aren't beneficial to your faith, your relationships, or your future?

  • If you are obsessed with social media, boyfriends/girlfriends, sports, video games or getting attention, how can you shift your attention from your obsession to Jesus?

  • This week, what's one obsession you want to work on defeating?

  • At what point should you ask for help in defeating your obsessions?

  • How can we help each other defeat those obsessions?

  • Read Matthew 22:37. How is this command from Jesus relevant to the conversation we've been having this month?