1. Why do teens lie?

  • Afraid of getting in trouble
  • Want to look good in front of others
  • Ashamed or embarrassed about something

(Leader of the study: Share some lies you’ve told and why you told them)

2. To whom do teens lie?

  • Authority figures (parents, teachers, ministry leaders…)
  • Friends
  • Siblings

3. What do they lie about

  • Performance (i.e. report cards, chores, Bible reading, homework…)
  • Treatment of others

The goal of this study is to help you see that honesty is what God wants from

The Scriptures

Psalm 139:1-18, 23-24 (Tap to Expand)

Name some things God knows about you. Why does it make sense, to be honest, all the time?

  • God knows and sees when we even just think about lying.
  • God knows and sees when we tell half-truths, when we exaggerate, when we’re deceitful, and when we lie.

Bottom line: God knows everything about us.

Lying to others instantly leads to lying to ourselves and ultimately, lying to God.

John 8:44 (Tap to Expand)

What can you learn from this Scripture?

  • Lying is Satan’s language.
  • Satan is the father of lies.

Bottom Line: Satan is behind every lie.

Mark 7:21-22 (Tap to Expand)

How would you define “deceit”?

  • Shading the truth
  • Not telling the whole truth, usually to make yourself or a situation look better
  • Not saying what you are really thinking, not being open (giving answers like “Fine,” “okay” or “I don’t know” when you know there’s more in your heart).

Bottom Line: Saying what you are really thinking is very important because that’s the only way you can get the spiritual help you need to be able to change your heart.

Revelation 21:8 (Tap to Expand)

God takes lying seriously!

Personal Heart Check Questions​

1. When are you most tempted to lie?

2. Are you willing to change your life and be totally honest all the time?

Practical Applications​

James 5:16 (Tap to Expand)

When you lie: Confess it to the person you lied to.

  • Confess it to your parents/mentor.
  • Tell them why you are sorry and why you want to change.
  • Then, move forward joyfully because you did what was right before God.

Write out a half-page response about what you’ve learned from this study and some things you have done or will do differently because of this study.