Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover: Middle School Small Groups 2.19.17

What We're Talking About

We’ve all heard the saying: “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Adults seem to toss this phrase out a lot. Maybe you heard it from your parents, or your teacher, or your small group leader. And what they’re really telling you is this: Don’t make a quick judgment about someone before you really know them. Because once we’ve made a judgment call about someone, it’s hard to undo it. It influences the way we treat them, view them, and how much time we’d spend with them. But have you ever thought about what you might be missing when you make this kind of judgment? What if the person you’ve decided to pass on is really an incredible person destined to do big things in the world? Or what if they’re someone who really needs a friend to show them the love of Christ? When we make a quick judgment about someone else, we’re potentially missing out on some great relationships. This week we’ll look at judgment from the perspective of someone who, at first glance, didn’t seem like the kind of person who would make an impact for God. But as it turned out, she played an incredibly important role in the lives of many for the sake of God’s kingdom. And as her story unfolds, we’ll see just how important it is to look past what we think we know and instead look at others they way God does.

Questions for Conversation

  • What's your favorite story with a surprise ending?
  • What are some ways people judge each other based on a first impression?
  • Has anyone ever misjudged you based on a first impression? Tell us about it.
  • What does it mean to assume the best about someone?
  • What's one thing you can do this week to show someone you assume the best about them?