To help introduce this lesson about standing your ground in conflict, ask: What famous historical sites have you visited with your family? What impact did those places have on you? Discuss responses.
Share that in the summer of 2013, thousands of visitors descended on the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg in the Civil War.
Use information from the article found at http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/gettysburg-preps-150th-anniversary-article-1.1355766?localLinksEnabled=false to facilitate the discussion.
Explain that the Union’s success at Gettysburg in 1863 depended on two heroic stands made during the first two days of the battle. On the first day, General John Buford’s cavalry unit held off a Confederate advance until reinforcements could arrive in the city. While the Union forces eventually fell back, Buford’s actions allowed the Union to hold the high ground of the hills just outside the city.
On the second day, Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain’s troops from Maine were able to protect the Union flank and stifle a Confederate attack on a hill known as Little Round Top. If his regiment had not held, the Southerners could have overrun the Northern army and won the battle.
(For more on the stands made by Buford and Chamberlain, see articles such as the one found at http://www.civilwar.org/battlefields/gettysburg/gettysburg-history-articles/defense-of-little-round-top.html.)
Point out that just as armies often need to take a stand in critical situations, individuals must take stands when conflict arises. Explain that this is the message of today’s lesson from Galatians 2. Paul faced a conflict, but he chose to stand for what was right—even though it wasn’t the easy way.
Encourage parents to think about what they believe is worth standing for as they study today’s Scriptures. Remind them that “more is caught than taught,” so their commitments will influence how their children decide where to draw their lines in the sand. Challenge them to be strong in the face of conflict and to maintain their integrity even when it moves them out of their comfort zone.
We want to hear from you! How will you introduce this session’s topic, “Stand Your Ground” with the parents in your group?
The options for parents for the When Relationships Collide unit were written by Bob Bunn. Bob helps develop stewardship curriculum and resources for churches for Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. He is the author of Indelible Parenting, a four week study for parents based on Deuteronomy 6. He and his wife, Mary, live in Nashville with their three teenagers.