Object Lessons, Topical Curriculum

Don’t Bite It!

Learn What the Bible Says About Being Under Control

Don’t Bite It!

Information: This discussion is designed to help students understand what it means to have self-control.

Items Needed:

  • Bible

  • Several packages of gum (Juicy Fruit works the best)

Opening: Hand out gum to several students in your group. Tell them not to open the gum until they understand the rules. Tell them to put the gum in their mouth but only rest it on their tongue. They are not allowed to bite it for the rest of your discussion.

Transition: “Your mouth is going to begin to water and it will probably get harder to resist just taking one little bite.”

You will find that it is harder for some students to do this than others.

Text: There are a ton of verses that talk about the tongue and self-control.

    Prov. 18:21
    Prov. 21:23
    Prov. 15:1
    Prov. 13:3
    Prov. 15:2
    James 3:2-12

By Andy Matzke


Jonathan McKee

Jonathan McKee is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Guy's Guide to FOUR BATTLES Every Young Man Must Face; The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices; If I Had a Parenting Do Over; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers on TheSource4YM.com. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.


  1. Kelly
    January 23, 2013 at 12:00 am

    I know this is going to be a big hit!

  2. Carmen Cunnigham
    March 4, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Using this at Bible Study this Sunday. This will be my first time teaching there. Hope they enjoy it. Thanks!

  3. Janel Robinson
    January 11, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Great simple object lesson.

  4. Olbin
    May 1, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Great lesson

  5. Melissa
    February 3, 2016 at 12:00 am

    This is hilarious and amazing. I have 3rd-6th graders and they are a bit out of hand and this is the perfect lesson for them. Thank you for the idea!

  6. linda garrett
    February 24, 2016 at 12:00 am


  7. Jeff Welch
    March 13, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Bubble gum lesson

  8. sarah menard
    November 28, 2016 at 12:00 am


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