This series is written in an interactive small group format. I have personally used this material for Student and HYPHEN ages, however, the content could be adjusted for any age group. The content is based on Zach Hunter’s book, “Be the Change.”
1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
TALK: Go around the room and have everyone answer
Think of a few words that describe how you’re feeling about the challenges you are facing right now.
THE HEART OF THE MATTER:
December 1, 1955, started out like any normal day for Rosa Parks, she got off the bus after work and sat down. At the next stop several white people got on. The bus driver glanced back, and told Rosa and the people around her to move. The other African Americans around her stood up and shuffled to the back of the bus. But Rose stayed seated. The bus driver told her if she didn’t get up, he’d have to have her arrested, to which she replied, “Then you may do that.”
Rose refused to give in to this injustice. Some people have suggested she was so weary that she couldn’t stand up, but that was not the case. It wasn’t that she was tired physically; she was just tired of surrendering. When she sat down she was really standing up for the oppressed people.
Rosa’s refusal to give up her seat was one of the turning points in the history of civil rights in the United States. Her one act of quiet, peaceful defiance triggered a series of protests and boycotts, including the Montgomery Bus Boycott, in which almost all of the black people (and some whites) in Rosa’s hometown of Montgomery, Alabama, refused to ride city buses for more than a year. They were tired of segregation and they refused to put up with it any longer.
Surely Rosa Parks life was marked by opposition and discrimination. Yet rather than being overcome by bitterness and hatred, she chose to act for justice for herself and others.
DISCUSSION: Go around the room and have everyone answer
Think of someone you know who currently needs the courage to stand against opposition in their life. How can you help that person go through this time?
TAKE ACTION: COMMUNITY CHALLENGE – Go around the room and have everyone answer
Send the person you just mentioned an encouraging e-mail, card or leave a voice mail letting them know you are praying for them.
Be sure you put your feet in the right place, and stand firm. – Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) U.S. President and Abolitionist
1) INFLUENCE – BE THE CHANGE
2) COMMUNITY – BE THE CHANGE
3) COURAGE – BE THE CHANGE
4) LEADERSHIP – BE THE CHANGE
5) COMPASSION – BE THE CHANGE
6) ENDURANCE – BE THE CHANGE
7) SACRIFICE – BE THE CHANGE
8) STANDING FIRM – BE THE CHANGE