Your life, your choice Lesson 10

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Your life, your choice Lesson 10

Tricks of Satan

Thembi was invited to a Halloween party at her school. All the kids were going to dress up in fancy, scary costumes, with devil horns and black makeup around their eyes. Elton excitedly announced that he was going to dress like Dracula to scare all the children. Kaylee said she was going to take a sickle (a giant axe) so that she would look like the angel of death.

Thembi’s mother was a Christian and believed Halloween was a devil’s pagan worship ceremony – something she was not happy for Thembi to take part in. Thembi’s friends Sipho and Jessica convinced her to dress up with them and just let her hair down for some “harmless fun”.

Thembi respected her mother and believed in Jesus, and she was not sure if Jesus would approve of her going to the party. She considered staying at home, although the teachers expected all the students to attend. The party was the school’s annual fundraiser and they needed every possible cent.

Thembi decided to go to the party, but she did not dress up. She knew that dressing normal would be abnormal on this night, but she wore a T-shirt that said “I love Jesus”. When she arrived, many kids laughed at her. Others felt bad that they did not also take a stand for Jesus. Thembi could have run to the bathroom and cried, or she could have called her mother to fetch her, but she stuck it out and walked with her head held high. All the kids traded trick-or-treat sweets with one another, but Thembi placed little Bible verse cards inside each child’s bag.

Later that evening, when prizes were handed out for the best costumes, Thembi won third place. She was nowhere near the best dressed, nor was her outfit the most creative, but the judge had decided to honour her for taking a stand in spite of peer pressure.

Out of respect for Thembi, Elton removed his Dracula coat and fangs and asked God to forgive him for not taking a stand too. When he got home that night, he asked Jesus to forgive him for following Satan’s plans for the evening. He took his Bible and placed Thembi’s little Bible verse card inside it. The verse was Jere- miah 29:11:“For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord,‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you …”

Kaylee also became convinced that Halloween was connected to Satanism. When she saw on the internet what Satanists do, she was shocked and disappointed


Group discussion

  1. Identify the R’s in the story.
  2. Do you think Thembi deserved the prize for standing up for what she believed?
  3. Do you stand up for what you believe, or are you too shy to admit your beliefs?
  4. Do you love Jesus, and would you openly admit it to your friends, especially to those who don’t believe in him?
  5. Do you submit to peer pressure, just following the crowd, or do you take a stand and say no when you need to?
  6. When you are offered drugs and alcohol, which you know God does not want you to use, do you refuse?
  7. How dangerous is Satanism? Have you been invited to participate in satanic practices? What should a Christian do in such a situation?
  8. Read and discuss Matthew 10:34-39.
    1. What does it mean to take up the cross and follow in the footsteps of Jesus (verse 38)?
    2. Does Jesus really require that we should love him more than our father and mother, or our children, or anything else? See verse 37. Share in the group whether you really love Jesus more than anything else.

Write a short story about God’s victory over evil.







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Tricks of Satan

Thembi was invited to a Halloween party at her school. All the kids were going to dress up in fancy, scary costumes, with devil horns and black makeup around their eyes. Elton excitedly announced that he was going to dress like Dracula to scare all the children. Kaylee said she was going to take a sickle (a giant axe) so that she would look like the angel of death.

Thembi’s mother was a Christian and believed Halloween was a devil’s pagan worship ceremony – something she was not happy for Thembi to take part in. Thembi’s friends Sipho and Jessica convinced her to dress up with them and just let her hair down for some “harmless fun”.

Thembi respected her mother and believed in Jesus, and she was not sure if Jesus would approve of her going to the party. She considered staying at home, although the teachers expected all the students to attend. The party was the school’s annual fundraiser and they needed every possible cent.

Thembi decided to go to the party, but she did not dress up. She knew that dressing normal would be abnormal on this night, but she wore a T-shirt that said “I love Jesus”. When she arrived, many kids laughed at her. Others felt bad that they did not also take a stand for Jesus. Thembi could have run to the bathroom and cried, or she could have called her mother to fetch her, but she stuck it out and walked with her head held high. All the kids traded trick-or-treat sweets with one another, but Thembi placed little Bible verse cards inside each child’s bag.

Later that evening, when prizes were handed out for the best costumes, Thembi won third place. She was nowhere near the best dressed, nor was her outfit the most creative, but the judge had decided to honour her for taking a stand in spite of peer pressure.

Out of respect for Thembi, Elton removed his Dracula coat and fangs and asked God to forgive him for not taking a stand too. When he got home that night, he asked Jesus to forgive him for following Satan’s plans for the evening. He took his Bible and placed Thembi’s little Bible verse card inside it. The verse was Jere- miah 29:11:“For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord,‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you …”

Kaylee also became convinced that Halloween was connected to Satanism. When she saw on the internet what Satanists do, she was shocked and disappointed

Group discussion

  1. Identify the R’s in the story.
  2. Do you think Thembi deserved the prize for standing up for what she believed?
  3. Do you stand up for what you believe, or are you too shy to admit your beliefs?
  4. Do you love Jesus, and would you openly admit it to your friends, especially to those who don’t believe in him?
  5. Do you submit to peer pressure, just following the crowd, or do you take a stand and say no when you need to?
  6. When you are offered drugs and alcohol, which you know God does not want you to use, do you refuse?
  7. How dangerous is Satanism? Have you been invited to participate in satanic practices? What should a Christian do in such a situation?
  8. Read and discuss Matthew 10:34-39.
    1. What does it mean to take up the cross and follow in the footsteps of Jesus (verse 38)?
    2. Does Jesus really require that we should love him more than our father and mother, or our children, or anything else? See verse 37. Share in the group whether you really love Jesus more than anything else.

Write a short story about God’s victory over evil.

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