Think and apply—those are two of your most important goals for your students in each week’s class. You want them to think through the topic and grasp its relevance to and implication for their lives. You want them to apply what’s been discussed to their everyday lives.
Every class is made up of different temperaments. Some students have something to say about everything, and need to be encouraged to give other students a chance to speak. Other students need to be gently brought out of their comfort zones before they’ll speak up. Even so, every student has the capacity to surprise you. As you guide your students through a topic, always keep in mind how the issues can shape their everyday lives. Human nature—and God’s love—haven’t changed in 3,000 years. For a lesson like this week’s, which centers on taking a stand, help your students see that following God isn’t just a list of do’s and don’ts; it’s an attitude, understanding, and relationship that shape how they face everything in life.