Early in the fall we did a series we called What Were You Thinking?, covering choices and decisions and how those that we make affect our lives.

Obviously the “What were you thinking?” line came from anytime someone shared a story with you where they made some bad choices.  The words that came out of your mouth were… yep, “What were you thinking?”

I have to give a big tip of my hat to Andy Stanley and his amazing book Seven Checkpoints for Youth Leaders.  It was indispensable in preparing this series and contained so many valuable teaching points.

Here’s what we covered:

Week 1 – large group teaching
 “Every decision leads to a destination.”  The choices you make are going to take you somewhere
– Intentions, hopes, dreams, desires, plans, etc. don’t matter.  Choices do.
– Ephesians 5:15-17
– We often ask, “How far can I go and not sin?”  That’s the wrong question.  Instead, we should ask, “Is this the wise thing for me to do?

Week 2 – small group discussion
– Making different decisions might cause you to look a little weird
– Review previous content
– Proverbs 16:16 – The value of wisdom
– Review Ephesians 5:15-17 – why does it instruct us to act like this?
– 1 Peter 5:8 – The devil’s role in our choices

Week 3 – small group discussion
– When is it toughest to make the right decisions?
– What the Bible says about wisdom – Proverbs 2:10-15, 3:13-18, and 4:6-12
– Proverbs 9:10, James 1:5 – Where to get wisdom?
– Benefits of wisdom in our lives

As Stanley writes in Seven Checkpoints, equipping our students to make right choices is an absolutely essential part of our ministry.  We talk about choices indirectly all the time, but I felt that this series on choices was a good way to draw our students’ attention to their own choices.  Hopefully it can help you too.