After reading and studying Zechariah 13, take a look at the Keep on Digging section in the Student Personal Study Guide and Student Leader Guide.
- Consider different types of fires (forest fires; house fires; electrical fires; natural gas fires; grease fires; chimney fires) and then focus in on a refiner’s fire and how it is unique.
- Read this blog post from Hope for the Heart on the Refiner’s fire. Zechariah 13:9 relates Christ’s refining process in believers’ lives to how silver and precious metals are refined by the fire.
- Share a trial you’ve faced in your life that God used to refine and shape you to be more like Him. Then, encourage students who are walking through struggles and trials in life to stay strong and draw ever closer to Christ during these hardships. The central truth for this session is “God will refine His people and they will call on His name.”
As we noted in Keep on Digging, a refiner’s fire leaves the metal intact and is a process that purifies it to make it better, whereas forest fires are destructive and typically consume vast areas of trees and forests. You may not be currently facing a trial, but at some point you will. Pray that God will refine you and confess any sin that is present in your life. Ask God to purify you and make you more like Him!