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Teaching seminar on Peer Pressure

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What is Peer Pressure? Peer pressure can also be said to be an influence that a peer group, observer or individual exerts that encourage others to change their attitude, values or behaviour to conform to group norms. Proverbs 13:20

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Teaching seminar on Peer Pressure

  1. 1. About “Peer pressure” 1 Tim 6:6-11 peer pressure is a hook in this generation that builds, motivates, helps, pulls down, depresses & destroys lives today. However, it is a tool (if redefined) that can bring out the best from every single life. At every point in life, we belong to one peer group or the other.
  2. 2. But, is peer pressure of any effect?  Or perhaps a good solution!  How about it?  How do I manage it?  How do I in the face of silly pressure guide myself?  Is there help at all? These among other shall be dealt with as we move on.
  3. 3. Who is a peer? A peer may refer to people who are in such respect as age, education or social class. What is Pressure? Pressure is the ratio of force over an area, a subject or anything which its force is distributed or channeled. What is Peer Pressure? Peer pressure can also be said to be an influence that a peer group, observer or individual exerts that encourage others to change their attitude, values or behaviour to conform to group norms. Proverbs 13:20
  4. 4. Peer pressure hitherto has been a sociological force of compulsion on people from time immemorial. It is a phenomenon which has brought about good and bad consequences and has shaped the world around us. It can be said that every action taken by an individual has been influenced in one way or the other by peer pressure.
  5. 5. In shining more light on the concept of Peer Pressure we shall employ the use of the following words;  Compulsion  Influence  Persuasion Compulsion: This is a situation where by an individual is compelled to act or behave in a certain way either by force or willingly
  6. 6. Influence: The online dictionary defines influence as the capacity or power of persons or things to be a compelling force on or produce effects on the actions, behaviour, opinions, etc., of others Persuasion: Is the ability to change or sway an individual from doing what he normally would have done to conforming with what you want him or her to do. This could be by, influence, or compulsion
  7. 7. Causes of “Peer pressure”  Wanting to get along or fit into a group and wanting to compete Rom 8:5  Covetousness 1 Tim 6:10  Lust  Friends and association 1Kings 12:8, 2 Cor 6:14  Fear of loneliness  Poverty  Rejection  Pride
  8. 8. Ways in which “Peer pressure” shows up It is important to note that Peer pressure can produce both negative and positive outcomes (Proverbs 27:17; Proverbs 11:14; Proverbs 15:22; Proverbs 19:20-21; Proverbs 12:15; Heb 3:13; Proverbs 18:24), although often times it works negatively than positively (Romans 12:2)
  9. 9. Some examples of positive peer pressure;  Pressure to follow school or activity group rules  Pressure to respect the property of others  Pressure to not drink and drive  Pressure not to smoke because of the health danger  Pressure to join a service group  Pressure to get into college/university
  10. 10. Some examples of negative peer pressure;  Pressure to experiment with drugs or drink alcohol  Pressure to smoke  Pressure to vandalize public or private property  Pressure to steal  Pressure to have a physical confrontation with another person  Pressure to have sex before marriage
  11. 11. Others ways in which “Peer pressure” shows up  Pressure to dress in a certain way  Pressure to get involved in particular activities  Pressure to listen to particular music  Pressure on who to date or go out with  Pressure of trying to be part of the 'happening' people  Pressure in academic performance
  12. 12. Pressure to act in a certain way can be:  Direct, e.g. someone telling you what you should be doing  Indirect, e.g. it’s not always obvious, but a group might have certain habits or do certain activities together. When you are with a certain group of people, you might be tempted to do what they do  Self-motivation, e.g. putting pressure on yourself to fit in with your friendship group
  13. 13. Giving-in to “Peer Pressure” Up Bringing: Some parents are doing a wonderful job as regards training their children and providing all their needs. But sometimes it is not too good to give your children whatever they request for, because it could lead to peer pressure. If parents give their children everything they request for to make them happy, any day they do not meet up with their children's request, it could lead them to give in to peer pressure. There is a need to discipline children and that is why the bible says that, parents should train a child in a way they should go and when they grow up, they will not depart from it. Proverb 22:6
  14. 14. Evil Communication: It is obvious that evil communication corrupts good manners; this is one of the reasons why people give-in to peer pressure. For example imagine a young boy finds himself in the midst of some friends and his friends decide to accommodate him because he does not have a place to stay.
  15. 15. But if his friends are into a wrong kind of business (internet fraud i.e. yahoo yahoo) they can initiate him in that business and the young boy can become an online thief. The boy has given in to peer pressure because of the bad friends he stayed with, without knowing the type of business they were into he was lured by them. 1Corinthians 15:33
  16. 16. Bad Advice: It is quiet clear in the world today that bad advice leads to destruction and it is one of the ways in which one can give-in to peer pressure. Bad advice from friends and colleagues have caused the downfall of many people today. For example, a friend could advise one to go to wrong places because of money. One could also feel that his/her peers appear more successful and it takes the grace of GOD not to go to such evil places.
  17. 17. Lust Of The Eyes and Greed: Lust has as its focus pleasing oneself, and it often leads to unwholesome actions to fulfill one's desires with no regard to the consequences. Lust is about possession and greed. Lust of the eyes is one of the ways in which peer pressure can overtake one. Also not being content with what one has can cause one to give in to peer pressure. (spirit of wanting) Mark 4:18-19.
  18. 18. Even our parents fall into the temptation of lust of the eyes, they want to have the latest thing in town to show-off to their peers or friends 1Timothy 6:9. Because of lust of the eyes many people have gone astray, many have been killed, poisoned and many have been in a condition that they are regretting now. Lust of the eyes is one of the major reasons why people give in to peer pressure, I pray may God help us to overcome every temptation in Jesus name Amen. 2 Timothy 2:22.
  19. 19. Greed has led people into destruction and regret in life today. Our lord Jesus warns us against all type of greed, (covetousness) Luke 12:15-20 Because of the greed of Eli's sons they took the best part of the sacrifices which eventually disqualified them from the priesthood. 1 Samuel 2:29, Hosea 4:8, Eph 4:19 and 1 Timothy 3:3-8 It should be noted here that greed is defined as a pagan way of life.
  20. 20. Evils of “Peer Pressure” We come across peer pressure a lot in the bible, from Genesis where Adam was influenced into eating the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil. Eve also being manipulated into eating the fruit by the devil and all the way through to Revelation, where it records the road of damnation is wide. This is due to the fact that people are ready to conform to this world and everything in it.
  21. 21. However we have been told in Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God”. The negative impact of peer pressure are vast and they ultimately and surely lead to death. These include:  Disconnection from God
  22. 22. Other negative impact include  Decisions would be solely made by man rather than through reliance on Jesus  Hell and the Lake of Fire  Sin (Violation of GOD's laws and breaking the covenant we have with GOD)  It leads to a life of shame and reproach  It reduces ones' blessing 1Kings 12:16
  23. 23. Other negative impact contd.  It makes one to loose his/her self-worth (Jonadab & Absalom)  It brings one under the control of the devil  It may result in death James 1:15  It causes sorrow and regret – the prodigal son Luke15:11-32, 1Tim 6:10  It may lead to destruction Proverbs 13:20
  24. 24. We shall also be using examples of promising men, women and nations who were led out of God's embrace because of peer pressure. Aaron: (Exodus 32:22-24) And Aaron said, “Let not the anger of my lord burn hot. You know the people, that they are set on evil. For they said to me, ‘Make us gods who shall go before us. As for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.’
  25. 25. So I said to them, ‘Let any who has gold take it off.’ So they gave it to me, and I threw it into the fire, and out came this calf.” Aaron was a mighty man of Valour in God's household, but even with all this grace he still fell to the pressure of the people. Which ultimately led to the untimely death of the people who worshiped the Golden Calf.
  26. 26. The 10 Spies who came back with evil reports of the Promise Land: Numbers 13 & 14, The evil report which the 10 spies brought back, not only changed the minds of the Israelites from what God had already told, it also made them doubt God's faithfulness. And we also can see what their end was. God in Numbers 14:23 vowed not to let them see the Promised land. Peer pressure and conformity to it would lead you out of God's promises in your life.
  27. 27. Samson: (Judges 16), Samson was highly blessed by the Lord, however he succumbed to the temptation of the lust of his eyes and fell into the hands of Delilah, who pressured him into giving her secret to his might. He was shamed and not only that he also paid with his life. The prodigal son lost everything he had because he had bad friends and was reckless with his inheritance. His friends left him when he lost everything. But he was able to finally reconnect with his father who welcomed him with open arms. Luke15:11-32
  28. 28. What the bible says about “Peer Pressure” 2 Corinthians 6:14-17 “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? [15] And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? [16] And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. [17] Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing ; and I will receive you”
  29. 29. Possible solutions to the negative aspect of Peer pressure  A close intimacy with God, Seek God’s counsel rather than friends’ counsel. Proverbs 2:4-7.  Let the Word of God be your standard, evaluate every desire with the word of God, study and memorise the word of God. Phil 4:8  Look unto JESUS Heb 2:18  Prayer & fasting.
  30. 30. Possible solutions to the negative aspect of Peer pressure contd.  Counseling especially the counsel of the elders – Rehoboam rejected the elders advice and regretted Proverbs 1, Proverbs 20:18, Proverbs 16:25, Heb13:17, Rom 13:1  Strong determination  Faith  Patience – there is time for everything Eccl 3  Separation, be not conformed to the worldly system, do not be unequally yoked Rom12:2-3. l Cor 6:14-17
  31. 31. In Conclusion do not allow yourself to be pressured by others, put your eyes on Jesus the Author and finisher of our faith. Do not join mobs with intent on doing evil. When on the witness stand, do not be swayed in your testimony by the mood of the majority present. Job said in Job 28:28 “And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding” Galatians 1:10 “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ”

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