This topic is adapted from the Javonte Kipp YouTube channel.
Peer pressure is an inevitability. We will face it in many stages of our lives and especially in our youth. Javonte Kipp talks about what peer pressure can do in our lives and how to face it.
- Javonte acknowledges that peer pressure is something we all encounter and struggle with, but explains that what is important is knowing what it is. It keeps us away from the path God has for our lives. God has a purpose and a plan for each of us, but peer pressure often drives us away from that path.
- We cannot let anyone despise our youth. Just because we may be younger does not mean God doesn’t have a purpose for us. Understanding that God can use us when we are young reminds us of our purpose and can help combat the peer pressure that is so prevalent during youth. Keeping our focus on the work of God can help us be strong in the face of peer pressure. We will face it and it will be difficult, but having that sense of purpose and belonging will help us overcome it.
- People, even those we believe are our friends, will pressure us to do things that lead us off of God’s path. We will be pressured and tempted to make all different kinds of choices that may seem appealing, but if we keep our focus on God, we will know what choice to make. These situations will show us who our true friends in Christ are, those who will not try and convince us do to things we know aren’t what God would want us to do.
- Javonte encourages us to be committed to our faith and our relationship with God so that we can have the knowledge and the strength to face peer pressure. Putting time and effort into our worship, our study, and our prayer will help us stand firm in the face of others trying to turn us away from God. He encourages us to work on our relationship with God because he knows many of us face peer pressure daily.
Peer pressure can come in many forms, but the more we know that we have a purpose and can do the work of God no matter our age, the more we will have strength to say no and stand firm in our faith.
Written content for this topic by Andi Dolinsky-Webb.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- Have you had negative experiences with peer pressure? If so, what have you learned from those experiences?
- Javonte says that friends will not try and lead us down the wrong path. Have you ever thought someone was a friend but found out that they were leading you astray? Explain.
- What are some ways you can strengthen your faith and relationship with God so that you can face peer pressure and not let it get to you?
- Think of some examples of people in the Bible who had to stand up to peer pressure. How can their stories help us today?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.