Breakout Workspace

Storyteller Night

Others First

By the end of WHIRLWIND, we want students to know… that becoming a follower of Jesus means to commit to living selflessly instead of selfishly.

By the end of WHIRLWIND, we want students to be able to… explore what steps they might take to put others before themselves.

Breakout Groups

Follow up on the stories that were shared tonight.


 Option #1

Storyteller Night Continued…

This time, the students are the storytellers!

Use these prompts to encourage students to share stories within their group regarding wise choices.  In my experience, it’s usually a good idea to give them some time to think about the story.  Maybe you want to write out or display all the prompts, ask students to pick one and give them a few minutes to think of the story related to it.  Then you can either have a few students share or (if there’s time) have them all share.

If you have a large group, divide your group into pairs and have them tell each other their stories.  Challenge them in their listening too.  Have whoever is listening to the story think of one follow-up question to ask when the storyteller is done.

This may not go as smoothly as you like.  We’re trying to teach them to be storytellers, so be patient.

Story prompts:

  • Tell a story about a time when a friends or family member served you..
  • Tell a story about when you served a friend or family member..
  • Tell a story about a time when you served a complete stranger.
  • Tell a story about an act of justice you engaged in.  How did it feel?


Option #2

Philippians 2:3-8

Read Philippians 2:3-4

What does Paul mean when he says you should consider others better than yourself?

What do you think he means by “selfish ambition” and “vain conceit”?

What does verse 4 say about your purpose in life?

According to these verses, what part of your life can be reserved for just you?

With the previous thought in mind, why is total selflessness so important when it comes to knowing God?

Based on verse 4, do you think that selfishness is ultimately a reflection of your view of yourself?  Explain.

Read Philippians 2:5-7.

What does Paul mean when he says that Jesus “did not consider equality with God something to be grasped”?

Based on this passage, do you think Jesus was born with the heart of a servant or do you think He developed it?

Why is the fact that Jesus “made Himself nothing” so amazing?

Would you consider yourself an extremely selfish person, a somewhat selfish person, or a selfless person?  Explain.

Is your attitude toward serving others the same as Christ’s attitude?

Read Philippians 2:8.

How do you think Paul would define humility?

What is the significance of Jesus “being found in appearance as a man”?

What was the process of humility that Christ went through?

Think of someone in your life whom you know you need to put before yourself.  If you were to commit right now to serving that person, what changes would you need to make?

What would you be willing to give up to serve that person?

Option #3

Choose Your Own Adventure!

In other words, write your own curriculum.  Is there something else you want to go over with your group?


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