“Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good 1 Corinthians 15:33
Tonight we’re gonna talk about peer pressure, and you might be thinking this is all a bunch of after-school-special rubbish. But it is a really big deal. Most of the time when we find ourselves in a bad situation it’s because of someone else’s influence. Don’t let adults fool you! Peer pressure happens to people of all ages, and it’s been true since the beginning of time!
Peer pressure is biased on two basic building blocks: 1) being made to feel like you are missing out 2) being made to feel like you need to prove yourself.
This is exactly what happened in Genesis 3 when the serpent pressured Eve and Eve pressured Adam to eat the fruit God told them not to eat!
Peer pressure is actually the oldest trick in the book!
Friends can make or break each other, so we need to regularly ask ourselves are we being affected negatively by those around us? Are we being led down a food good path or a poor one?
- When was a time you got in trouble with your friends?
- Why is it so easy to give into peer pressure? What does it feel like to have someone pressure you?
- Where would you say your friend group is leading you today?
- How would things be different for you if you found approval and inclusion in God’s love rather than giving into peer pressure?