Influencing Others With Your Life (Letting Your Light Shine)

Does your light shine?
Is the light inside you even kindled?
If so: Describe the moment it started.
If not: was it ever? what happened?

Let’s read:
Matthew 5:14-16 (The Message)
You’re here to be light. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a
city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do
you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—
shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people
to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.

Do you find that you shed more light on your friends, or do they shine more light on you?

“The Two Paths”
Matthew 7:14 (Contemporary English Version)
But the gate to life is very narrow. The road that leads there is so hard to follow that only a few
people find it.

Where does this path lead?

(Big picture: Heaven.
Smaller picture: happiness, contentment, fulfillment of dreams & desires here on Earth)

2 Corinthians 6:14 (Contemporary English Version)
Stay away from people who are not followers of the Lord! Can someone who is good get along with
someone who is evil? Are light and darkness the same?

What is the other path?
Do you know people on this path?
How do their lives look right now?

How can you best influence others?

(with your words, your bible, your head knowledge, or…….your life??)

Challenge for this week
Dare to be different.
In your schools, and in your circle of friends – most everyone seems to be the same — and usually
they are on the wrong path.
You have the answer, you are a light!
This week, let your LIFE be the selling point for Christ. Challenge yourself to have a least one of your
friends / acquaintances ask you “what’s different about you, your not like everybody else”

Putting it into practice:
Skit- “Who’s influencing who?”
-Divide into groups of 5 or 6.
-Discuss a real-life situation that happened to someone in your group related to what we talked
about tonight. Pick one. Then, based upon the real-life situation, write a hypothetical skit on how
you had to choose between the two paths.
The rest of the class will judge who is the “overcomer of the night”. Winner gets a free drink at the
(If you made a bad decision in the real-life situation, this can be your 2nd chance!)

RCCM Youth Ministry Teaching
Rochester Christian Church Ministries International