by Toni Smothers
This is a skit that was used with a group of around 30 youth. Whatever the size of your group, this lesson should be workable. Make the “stars” whoever is willing to be goofy and who isn’t easily embarrassed.
Always ask for volunteers. Most kids get a kick out of acting, especially if they are allowed to be silly. (I’ve found it best never to push kids into these kinds of things.) Tell them to be dramatic, which tends to make it funny, as well as pointed. You’ll need two male and two female “actors”, as well as six bible verse readers.
Also, before you begin, write out on separate cards or any piece of paper, the six bible verses. Hand out the bible verses to different kids to find ahead of time in their bible so that they are ready to read them when prompted by you after each skit.
Give actors and readers time to read over their lines so they are comfortable with the material.
There are three verses to be read after each skit. Make no further comment after each reading.
After both skits and the final verses are read, break up into small groups of 4 – 6 youth if possible. If there is only one leader, just hold an open discussion with the group. (See leading questions at conclusion that will help you begin discussion for class interaction.)
OPENING SCENE (Boy and Girl)
Guy: Hey baby, you’re looking hot. How about a date?
Girl: Well, I don’t know.
Guy: Come on darl’in. I’ll take you places you’ve never been before.
Girl: Really! Like where did you have in mind?
Guy: I know this really sweet spot. The crowd is wild, the music is hot, and you can party all night.
Girl: My parents would never let me go. I’m not even allowed to date yet, if you can believe that!
Guy: Yeah, parents can be a real pain.
Girl: You’re telling me?
Guy: Listen; just tell them you’re going out with a girlfriend or something.
Girl: It would never work. They watch me like a hawk. Man, you’d think I was there property or something. Anyway, I can’t go.
Guy: Well listen. Why not tell your folks that you need to go to the library Saturday for some report that you have to do. They’ll fall for that.
Girl: I guess that might work. But then what?
Guy: I’ll met you there and then take you to my place.
Girl: I don’t know about that.
Guy: Come on, it’ll be cool… we can just talk… or watch TV… or whatever!
Girl: I don’t know.
Guy: What’s the problem? Don’t you want to have a little fun?
Girl: Yeah, but…
Guy: You know you want to. Don’t be a chicken. You gonna be a good little girl all your life.
Guy: Okay then! Sounds like a plan. What time?
Girl: Guy: How about 2:00 o’clock.
Girl: It’s a date!
Guy: We’ll have a real good time!
3But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. 4Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. 5For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. 7Therefore do not be partners with them.
12 A scoundrel and villain,
who goes about with a corrupt mouth,
13 who winks with his eye,
signals with his feet
and motions with his fingers,
14 who plots evil with deceit in his heart-
he always stirs up dissension.
15 Therefore disaster will overtake him in an instant;
he will suddenly be destroyed-without remedy.
1 Thessalonians 4:1-5
1Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. 2For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.
3It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; 4that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, 5not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God;
SCENE TWO (Boy and Girl)
Guy: Hey, you’re name’s Karin, isn’t it?
Girl: Yeah, how’d you know that?
Guy: I asked your friend, Todd.
Girl: Really, and why did you do that?
Guy: Well, I was hoping you and I might get to know each other. I mean, I was thinking of asking you to go out with me.
Girl: You were thinking about it, or you’re asking me?
Guy: You really know how to put a guy on the spot. Do you think you might like to go to a movie with me? Or maybe we could just have a picnic at the lake?
Girl: I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to tease you. Well, maybe I did, a little. But, I’m not allowed to date yet. I’d really like to but my parents would have a fit.
Guy: Parents sure can be protective sometimes.
Girl: Yeah, sometimes I think they may just love me to death, if you know what I mean.
Guy: Well, at least you know they care about you. Do you think we could meet at youth group and just talk a little.
Girl: Sure, that wouldn’t be a problem.
Guy: Maybe you could introduce me to your folks so they could get to know me.
Girl: They’d really appreciate that. I’ll ask my folks if you could come over for dinner or something.
Guy: That would be great! Maybe we could just go for a walk after dinner. Your parents might not mind that.
Girl: Probably not. Not after they get to talk with for a while. I think that they might just think you’re pretty special.
Guy: Thanks. That sounds really great. Just let me know what they say. See you at youth.
Girl: Okay, I’ll save you seat.
1 Blessed are they whose ways are blameless,
who walk according to the law of the LORD .
2 Blessed are they who keep his statutes
and seek him with all their heart.
3 They do nothing wrong;
they walk in his ways.
4 You have laid down precepts
that are to be fully obeyed.
5 Oh, that my ways were steadfast
in obeying your decrees!
6 Then I would not be put to shame
when I consider all your commands.
7 I will praise you with an upright heart
as I learn your righteous laws.
8 I will obey your decrees;
do not utterly forsake me.
9 How can a young man keep his way pure?
By living according to your word.
2 Timothy 2:22
22Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.
Though both skits may be exaggerated to entertain, the kids will get the idea. These are good for a few laughs while the point is still taken.
Break up into small cells of 4-6 if possible and open in prayer for the Lord’s guidance and wisdom.
Discuss the pros and cons of both approaches to dating, along with open discussion about:
1 – Parental possessiveness
2 – Obeying parents
3 – Obeying God’s Word
Be prepared for frank discussion!