Friday, July 3, 2015

Unit 7: Thou Shalt Never Smile in All Thy Days - NOT


Unit 7 Introductory Explanation: One of the epidemic conditions of Christianity, from the 3rd Century through today, is the simply but deadly thought that God somehow has said, "Thou Shalt Never Smile, in All Thy Days."  

In spite of the fact we all know that we are free from the Law, we seem to want to have more and more rules to follow, as if we can somehow please God enough to generate blessings.

We can not.  Grace is unmerited favor, as in you can not earn God's favor. He just loves you.

Does that mean we can do whatever we want? Yes.  Does that mean we are free from the earthly consequences of doing whatever we want? NOOOOOOOOOOoooooooo!

Jesus and Paul kept coming back to repeated theme that our actions should be bound 2 things: 

1) Are we doing it for God?
2) Is it good for our Neighbor?

Unit Verse: Colossians 3:17 (ESV) - "And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him"

Unit Warm up Before Class

Name of Game: Balloon Head Butt Version 1
Definition of Excellence: Excellence is a talent or quality which is unusually good and so surpasses ordinary standards. For all practical purposes, excellence is achieved by doing your best, every moment, as if it were for God, and continuing through out your life.
Equipment: 
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a) Large Balloons, inflated.  Having children inflate balloons is dangerous from both the inhalation (choking) side and the damage to gums and mouth if they do too much, so teens or adults should inflate them, or have the teens/adults use an inflator.  You will need 4 or more for each team: teams are 2 or more people.  If you have a small number of kids, us teams of 2 (partners); if you have a large group of kids, divide them up into as many teams as you have room to line them up and walk across the floor as a group. We get ours from Amazon, if we remember to order them to save money: Assorted Color Balloons (144 pcs) only $4.84 for 144 balloons.

b) Set up a "Play Area" by having a start and a finish line, indoors or out of doors, clearly marked.  We have used cones, tape, chairs, rope.  Anything will do.

c) Have two team members hold a balloon between their heads, and carry it from one line to the other without dropping it.  If they do drop it, they leave it and go get another, and repeat.  I suggest you use 4 balloons per team, but it really depends on how many children and how much time you have.  WHEN ANY TEAM HAS RUN OUT OF BALLOONS, THE GAME IS OVER.  THE WINNER IS THE TEAM WITH TE MOST BALLOONS ON THE OTHER SIDE.


Version 1 - no Variations

d) Variations for weeks 2 - 4 IF they get bored, which is VERY UNLIKELY, if you keep your energy high and your connection to them high, then:
    i) Have them pick up the balloon when they drop it, and take it back to the start line, and keep going.


Version 2 - with Variation i

   ii)  Have obstacles in their way, like paper, chairs, people - and tell them they have to drop the balloon or restart if they hit or touch an obstacle.


Why we are Playing the Game – The pursuit of Excellence is often perceived as something somehow evil, because it has the person striving for Excellence trying to be "better" than other people.  Yes, yes it does. Yet, we as Christians have our Unit 7 verse: Colossians 3:17 (ESV) - "And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him" and we know that we are not doing it for us, but for Jesus.  He gave us the gift for his purpose and for ours.  

Ask them if it is ok to try your best, to strive to win?
Now ask them if it is ok to be better at something than someone else?  (You might have an issue with this one - we live in a world that thinks Equal means the same.)
Finally, read them the unit verse, and explain that the game is OK to win, if you are doing your best, as if for Jesus.  (For your own understanding, "all things work together for those who love the Lord and are called according to his Purpose.)
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God Rocks Lesson Plan - Unit 7 Week 1 - Don’t Drag Others to the Bottom of the Sea

Purpose:  To teach our students that as they live their lives, pursuing excellence, that they need to be aware of other peoples needs and likely behavior when they interact with us. Verse - 1 Corinthians 9:19 (ESV) "For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them"


Order of Class:

(1-3 are always the same, and totally optional)

1) Opening Prayer- mention anything you think needs to be prayed about, including the needs of your students.  You might want to ask them their needs.

2) Praise and Worship

3) Offering - make sure they know where or what the money collected is going toward.  You are not teaching them anything if they are not participating by choice.

4) Explanatory Game: - Drag Them Down With You




The video shows an adult leading the game, and we have found that the first time you play the game, this is a good idea; however, we have also found that you get better, more energetic participation if you let them lead it after and adult has lead the game.  We have had this game run as long as 45 minutes without losing steam, but we suggest you run it through to a winner maybe 3 or 4 times.


 4a) How to Play the Game:

      A) Start with them facing you.  Explain that the game is like Simon says, only they have to do what you do, before you move on to the next move. You say nothing, you just move your hands to different parts of your body. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE BOTH HANDS GO TO THE SAME PLACE, but we suggest you start that way. If you miss a move, your are out.
     
      B) You have someone name a body part the followers may not touch like nose, left ear, left foot, etc.  When you begin, they have to do everything you do, EXCEPT touching the forbidden body part.  If they touch it, the sit down.  If they get lost, they sit down.
      
      C) Last one standing wins.

  4b) Explaining the meaning of the Game:

      A) When you are done, ask them why it was hard to decide which cup to pick? Let them talk it out, and lead them to obvious answers if you need too.  We are looking for critical thinking.  They should be able to identify things like: I heard it.  I say you drop it. There was too much noise. You moved too slow or too fast.



      B) Once you have dealt with the obvious, if they have not already gotten to "my friends misled me," you need to ask them if the advise they were getting was a good thing or a bad thing.



      C) Ask them if they know what peer pressure is?

          c1) Make sure they know that their friends might ask them to do things, say thing, believe things that are bad for them to do or believe.

          c2) Ask them if they know of any time in their lives or anyone else's lives (often people are willing to talk about someone else's mistakes then their own.) If they can't give you an example, you must give them on from your own life.

          c3) Ask them "In the Example" do you thing it was easy or hard to avoid doing what "everyone else" was doing?

          c4)  Tell them now that following bad advise is very dangerous, but getting someone else to do something that is bad for them is worse.

Read them the verse of the week: Corinthians 9:19 (ESV) "For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them"

            1) Ideally, you would make sure everyone, or every group of students has a bible.  have them look up 
Corinthians 9:19  -  We suggest you have the older students help the younger ones. Once they have it, it would be awesome if one of them could read the verse. Again, using on of the older students gives them a chance to lead and help, but if you don't have one, you read it.

            2) After you read or have the verse read, ask them what it means.  Let it play out a bit, trying to avoid telling them they are wrong.  Nothing hurts young scholarship more than constant criticism.  Just keep them moving, suggesting or asking specific questions like: What does "Free from all" mean? What does Paul mean by "servant to all?"


            3) If they have not told your that this is like peer pressure, point out to them that in this verse, Paul is telling us that though we are allowed to do anything, being free from the old laws and rules, we should not do them if it makes someone else do the wrong thing.  In other words, being the person who puts peer pressure on someone is BAD.

            4) Ask them again how the game showed peer pressure at work?


5) Building on the Lesson - Again, ask them where in their lives they have seen, felt or used peer pressure on someone.

6) Summary - Remind them that is is OK to have fun, and Jesus's death and resurrection means that we no longer have a billion laws to follow, but one of the worst thing we can do with out freedom is to lead someone into doing the wrong thing, just because we are free, and are aloud to do it ourselves.

7) If There is Still Time: If you have run out of things to do but still have time, then play - the unit warm up game again.
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God Rocks Lesson Plan - Unit 7 Week 2 - Peer Pressure

Purpose:  This is somewhat of a reiteration of last weeks lesson, in that we are teaching the other side of the same problem. Last week we were teaching how easy it is to lead someone down the wrong path, without even thinking about it. This week we are teaching our students that it just as easy to BE misled, and dragged down the wrong path. Verse - 2 Corinthians 6:14 “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?”


Order of Class:

(1-3 are always the same, and totally optional)

1) Opening Prayer- mention anything you think needs to be prayed about, including the needs of your students.  You might want to ask them their needs.

2) Praise and Worship

3) Offering - make sure they know where or what the money collected is going toward.  You are not teaching them anything if they are not participating by choice.

4) Explanatory Game: - The Shell Game with a Twist




The video shows an adult leading the game, and in this case it should remain so.  Warning, since this is using the Shell Game, if it is presented by a child, it might be construed as having children playing a confidence game, while in fact, we are using the same game to teach them the dangers of people playing such a game one them.

You will need 3 cups, and a light pea, that will not bang against the cup too loudly.

Equipment: 

1)  You need some opaque cups - Amazon is, as usual, a good place to acquire them. Hefty Ultimate Easy Grip Cups, Red, 18 Oz, 50 Count. We use these cups many times during the year, so the $4 is well spent.

2) A dried pea.  I use a black eyed pea, but a small stone is just as good.

4a) How to Play the Game:

      A) You need a counter, table with a table cloth hiding the the feet, or even a box placed on the ground. Place the three cups on the counter, as in the video above, and show them the pea/stone under the cup.

      B) The students are all on the other side of the table/counter.  
  
           B1) Assign one of them to be the child that must chose where the pea is after the game.
           B2) The other students crowd around the responsible one.  Resist the urge to tell them to be quite and help each other. Also resist the urge to tell the responsible one to listen to be calm.  Tell them all that there job is to make sure the responsible one knows what to do by their yelling the the write chose to him the whole time.  MAKE SURE HE ASKS FOR THEIR ADVICE.

      C) Tell him/her to choose.

      D) Play it a few times to make sure they all have a chance to either guess or "yell" their advice to someone who is guessing.

 4b) Explaining the meaning of the Game:


      A) When you are done, ask them why they picked the one the picked. Make sure they recognize that they were influenced by the other students opinions.

      B) Ask them if the other students were always correct?

      C) Ask them if they know what peer pressure is or if they remember it from last week?


          c1) Ask them if they know how to avoid doing what their friends want?

          c2) Ask them if doing what their friends want is braver than doing what they think is right?

          c3) Explain to them that they are responsible for their own actions even if someone else "told them to do it."  
          
Read them the verse of the week: Verse - 2 Corinthians 6:14 “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?”

            1) Help them find it in the bible if at all possible



            2) After you read or have the verse read, ask them what it means.  Then ask them what a Yoke is? Make sure they know, that if one Oxen goes left, the other goes left. If one goes down, the other goes down.

            3) Ask them if Paul is saying that we should never be tied by a piece of wood, a yoke, to other people?  (No - it means that we should not be tied to the opinions or lives of others who are not believers in Jesus, because we are all subject to peer pressure, and if we are yoked to a non-believer, we might make bad choices.



            4) Ask them what Paul meant by Light or Dark? (Children of God v Those who are not children of God, because if you are not Gods, you are Satan's.)


5) Building on the Lesson - Again, ask them where in their lives they have seen, felt or used peer pressure on someone, and how it turned out?

6) Summary - Remind them that is is OK to have fun, as long as they are doing it for as if they are doing it for Jesus.  That is far easier, if they are doing whatever they are doing with other Christians.

7) There is Still Time: If you have run out of things to do but still have time, then play - the unit warm up game again.
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God Rocks Lesson Plan - Unit 7 Week 3- Remember Where the Fun Came From

Purpose:  We have turned the corner, and are no longer teaching the down side of having fun, but now we are teaching where the food and fun stuff actually comes from, that being God.  Verse - 3 James 1:17 (ESV) - "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change."”

Order of Class:

(1-3 are always the same, and totally optional)

1) Opening Prayer- mention anything you think needs to be prayed about, including the needs of your students.  You might want to ask them their needs.

2) Praise and Worship

3) Offering - make sure they know where or what the money collected is going toward.  You are not teaching them anything if they are not participating by choice.

4) Explanatory Game: - The Go Game




The video shows an adult leading the game. Tone of voice and purpose is VERY important. We spend most of our time "pulling" for the children, urging, even cheating for them, so that they succeed.  Don't do it.  Let them fail.  You play the role of the bad guy.  Most of the fun of the game is the children beating you.  It is very much You against them.  Make a big deal about the one who does beat you.

Equipment:

2 lines, 2 walls, two rows of chairs to act as walls, even to ropes or strings to act as lines or walls.

4a) How to Play the Game:

      A) All the children put 1 finger or foot on the line or wall. The don't remove their toe/foot from the line unless you say GO.

      B) If they do move their foot/.toe, at the wrong time, they are out.  Have them sit down and cheer from the side.
  
      C) Say things like Don't GO, Gopher, Gooooooooing.  Get them out.

      D) If too many are winning, make the last one to the line OUT too.

      E) Play the game several times.

 4b) Explaining the meaning of the Game:


      A) When you are done, ask them if the game was fun.  (Some will say no.  The reason normally is one of these - 1) the are contrary, and use that to control their world 2) they lost, and have not been exposed to losing and overcoming losing which is sad, but all to common; 3) Peer Pressure.  Talk to them until they understand that it was fun.  If you have to, play it again. (Spread the Love this time if you must.  I have arranged to have them all beat me at the same time, by making it easier, and make a big deal of losing to them if necessary.  We, as adults, follow rules instead of Love, from time to time.  The second time you play, if necessary, calls for love.)

      B) Ask them why it was fun?

      C) Ask them if they where the fun came from.  Let them talk it out, but lead them to all good things come from God, especially if the fun is among those who love the Lord.
          
Read them the verse of the week: Verse - 3  James 1:17 (ESV) - "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change."

            1) Help them find it in the bible if at all possible



            2) After you read or have the verse read, ask them what it means. 


            3) Ask them if the Good stuff Always comes from God? (Yes - no change)



            4) Ask them if the Good stuff like fun in the game comes from God too. (yes)
    
            5) Ask them if it is ok for Christians, the children of Light, the sons and daughters of the King, to have fun.


5) Building on the Lesson - Ask them what other good things come from the Lord. (Parents, food, earth, life, church, salvation, sisters, brothers, pets, school, games, etc.)

6) Summary - Remind them that is is OK to have fun, but if they remember it is from God to begin with, and they are playing the game or doing whatever is fun, as if for the Lord, including trying to win, that it becomes more than fun.

7) There is Still Time: If you have run out of things to do but still have time, then play - the unit warm up game again.
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God Rocks Lesson Plan - Unit 7 Week 4 - Excellence even in Fun

4 Dozen Bouncy Balls for only  $7
Purpose:  This is our last chance to make sure they have fun, so I suggest that they all end up winning something inexpensive, but a symbol, of you will, of your devotion and their awesomeness. one of the "gift" call rewards, we use much are: Religious Theme Bouncing Balls (4 dz) (the name is unfortunate, but they rock non-the-less.) Verse - 4  Colossians 3:17 (ESV) - "And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."


Order of Class:

(1-3 are always the same, and totally optional)

1) Opening Prayer- mention anything you think needs to be prayed about, including the needs of your students.  You might want to ask them their needs.

2) Praise and Worship

3) Offering - make sure they know where or what the money collected is going toward.  You are not teaching them anything if they are not participating by choice.

4) Explanatory Game: - Balloon Head Butt Version 2



Play the unit game, version 2, again. 

 4) Explaining the meaning of the Game:

      A) When you are done, ask them again, if it is OK to win?  Let them talk it out for a while, leading them to YES by asking questions like, "How it is possible to play a game as if for Jesus, and not do your best, and try to win?"

      B) Ask them if God wants excellence or people to be just like each other. (It is important to know, in later units and in life, that each person has gifts for a reason, and if they are doing their best as if for God, in then end, that is something that God can use.)

      C) Ask them if the game is fun, and if it is ok to have fun.
          
Read them the verse of the week: Verse - 4  Colossians 3:17 (ESV) - "And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."

            1) Help them find it in the bible if at all possible

            2) After you read or have the verse read, ask them what it means. 


            3) Ask them if the God likes people who win more than those who lose? (No - it is the attempt at excellence for his name's sake that matters)

            4) Ask them if there are places in their lives where they have been striving for excellence. (Make sure you touch on academics, relations in their families, and helping other.)
    
            5) Ask them if it is ok for Christians to be athletes, dancers, karatica, teachers, actors etc. (Yes, doing it as if for the Lord gives God something to work with, because excellence is noticed in the world too.)

5) Building on the Lesson - Ask them what other things they can do for the Lord.  Some will say, everything. Yes indeed, but those who say that are good test takers, giving you what they think you want.  What you really want is a list of stuff, so everyone knows "what they can actually do."

6) Summary - Remind them that Excellence is one of the hallmarks of a Christian, in all that they do. For us, however, it comes from using whatever we have as if we are doing it for the Lord.

7) There is Still Time: If you have run out of things to do but still have time, then play - the unit warm up game again.
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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Unit 6 Week 4 - Live Life Abundantly: What Stuff Can You Lose - John 10:10

Unit Theme: Live Life Abundantly

Unit 6 Introductory Explanation: Paul lived a life of starvation, deprivation, torture, homelessness, ship wreck and eventually beheading.

Peter started his life poor and died poor, crucified upside down on a cross.


John was boiled alive, imprisoned on a island, chased from his home.


The price for following Jesus has always been high, and if the bible and the words of Paul and Jesus are to be believed, remains high today.  Yet, the reward for following Jesus, coming to the Lord, must be higher, or why would you, any of your students or anyone who has ever lived followed the Way?  This month's Unit Verse is about the reward, #LivingLife Abundantly.  Just keep in the back of your mind, Jesus came into the world to save us from spiritual warfare, not financial or medical warfare.  Christians are still killed in wars; still die for illnesses; are still unjustly put to death.  You need to look no further than the lives of those who wrote the scriptures for confirmation that the rewards we are talking about is the Power of Spirit of God, not the power of gold.  We will explore in this unit what having life is and having it more abundantly, how it will change and enhance our day to day lives.  We will not cover how to get rich so God is Happy with us.


Unit Verse: John 10:10 "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly."

Unit Warm up Before Class

Name of Game: The Sheep's Guard
Equipment: 

 a) A large pool noodles, Monster Noodle Pool Noodle Foam Asstd Colors - 1 noodle.

b) A teen, responsible larger child or an adult to play the roll of "Shepherd" or Sheep's Guard. 

c) An open space large enough to have the children run around in and interact.  I have used a large ring of chairs or gone outside.  It is all good.  Just keep safety in mind

d) Two or Three hula hoops.  I make my own.  If you want to make your own, click Here or you can buy them from Amazon and have them shipped, rather than driving to a toy store. This is their offering for  dozen 30 inch hula hoops. US Games Standard Hoops, 30-Inch. Hula hoops can be used nearly every class, every week of every year.  

How to Play the Game:
    a) Select or ask for volunteers to be "Sheep" in this game, and place them in the middle of the floor standing, sitting, kneeling, it does not matter, in the middle of the hula hoops.
   
    b) Place the Shepherd near the hoops, with the pool noodle.
    
    c) Take the rest of the children, in this game the are the "Wolf Pack," and put them on the outside edge of the game area until you start the game.

    d) Say go, and the Wolf Pack attempts to attack the sheep by tagging them before the Guard or Shepherd touches him with their staff or pool noodle.  

          1) They are out, sitting down right where they were tagged by the noodle.
          2) The Guard is out if all of her/his sheep are tagged.
          3) If the Sheep in the hula hoops are tagged, they get up and leave.
          4) The game continues until there are no more wolves or they stop attacking.

Why we are Playing the Game – Our unit verse based John 10 1- 9 where Jesus is using a metaphor for poor spiritual guidance, in this case the Pharisees, and it's price to the followers of these poor shepherds.  This game will help them understand what a Shepherd must do, and how hard it is. 

As with every start up game, the physical purpose is to pull your students out of where they are mentally, and into your classroom, so make sure it is fun. 


Before you actually start your lesson, each week this month, ask them what a Shepherds Job is, what the Wolves had to do to get the sheep, and what the sheep do.  
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God Rocks Lesson Plan - Unit 6 Week 4 - What Stuff Can You Lose?

Purpose:  This weeks lesson is to teach what that "the Thief," Satan and those who do not follow the Lord, can take your peace, your life, your love and even your direction in life.

John 10:10 "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly."


Remember, the context of this verse is both Eternal Life and it implies it begins right NOW, meaning that the benefits of having Jesus are real world and eternal, and the things we can lose if we don't have them are real world and eternal.

Order of Class:
(1-3 are always the same, and totally optional)

1) Opening Prayer- mention anything you think needs to be prayed about, including the needs of your students.  You might want to ask them their needs.

2) Praise and Worship

3) Offering - make sure they know where or what the money collected is going toward.  You are not teaching them anything if they are not participating by choice.

4) Explanatory Game: - The Sheep's Guard Extreme

Play the same game you played before, but have 1 sheep totally surrounded by guards, so that there is no chance to tag the one sheep. I have even gone so far as to surround the one student in the hula hoop with many hula hoops and declared them out of bounds, meaning the wolves can't go there or over them. 


The point is to make it impossible for the wolves to win.  Let them play it out anyway, because knowing the total safety for the one is the entire point.

      4b) Explaining the meaning of the Game:
      A) When you are done, ask them why the Wolves lost.  You are looking for, "It was not fair." "Superior Force," or even "It was impossible," so lead them in that direction.

      B) Once they all agree that it was impossible to get to the sheep, tell them that they are "God's Sheep," and that Jesus is the Shepherd.

 Gather all the students, and start asking questions. You can ask questions based on your observations, but I suggest you ask the following ones too.

Explain what the thief can take from us without Jesus in our Verse:

            1) Have someone read the Unit Verse, 
John 10:10 "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly."

            2) Ask them what was lost in the game, if a wolf tagged them.  (Life in the game, peace of mind, chance for victory etc.) You might even ask one of the sheep that lost, what happens next in the game if they lose? (nothing - game over)


            3) Ask them what types of things Satan, evil people, people who have no Love of the Lord might steal from them? (Life, Liberty, possessions, peace, they can even destroy their peace of mind and lose direction in their lives - depression)

            4) Ask them how to stop the thief. Let them talk it out.  They might know the words, like "Have Jesus in their hearts," but the chances are very good they have no idea what that actually means, so lead the conversation in that direction.  The truth shall set them free.


5) Building on the Lesson - Again, DO NOT FORCE THE ISSUE, JUST ASK AND ANSWER IT, LETTING THE SPIRIT GUIDE YOU. Now ask them if they know how to get Jesus to be their Shepherd?

6) Summary - Ask them what of their stuff the enemy could steal? (This is an index question, and allows you to find an index point for their true understanding, so you know how much you need to speed up or slow down in the future. Remember they do not KNOW yet, or they would not be in your class.  If they answer weakly, it is not an indication of their listening, but an index of your teaching speed.

7) There is Still Time: If you have run out of things to do but still have time, then play - the unit warm up game again.
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Lesson Plans in the God Rocks Curriculum Before this One:

a. Introduction to God Rock's Lesson Planning System - Click Here.
1. Unit 6 Week 1 - The Big Gift - John 10:10 - Click Here
2. Unit 6 Week 2 - Live Life - John 10:10 - Click Here
3. Unit 6 Week 3 - Who is the Thief? - John 10:10 - Click Here
3. Unit 6 Week 4 - What Stuff Can You Lose? - John 10:10 
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Unit 6 Week 3 - Live Life Abundantly: The Thief - John 10:10

Unit Theme: Live Life Abundantly

Unit 6 Introductory Explanation: Paul lived a life of starvation, deprivation, torture, homelessness, ship wreck and eventually beheading.

Peter started his life poor and died poor, crucified upside down on a cross.


John was boiled alive, imprisoned on a island, chased from his home.


The price for following Jesus has always been high, and if the bible and the words of Paul and Jesus are to be believed, remains high today.  Yet, the reward for following Jesus, coming to the Lord, must be higher, or why would you, any of your students or anyone who has ever lived followed the Way?  This month's Unit Verse is about the reward, #LivingLife Abundantly.  Just keep in the back of your mind, Jesus came into the world to save us from spiritual warfare, not financial or medical warfare.  Christians are still killed in wars; still die for illnesses; are still unjustly put to death.  You need to look no further than the lives of those who wrote the scriptures for confirmation that the rewards we are talking about is the Power of Spirit of God, not the power of gold.  We will explore in this unit what having life is and having it more abundantly, how it will change and enhance our day to day lives.  We will not cover how to get rich so God is Happy with us.


Unit Verse: John 10:10 "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly."

Unit Warm up Before Class

Name of Game: The Sheep's Guard
Equipment: 

 a) A large pool noodles, Monster Noodle Pool Noodle Foam Asstd Colors - 1 noodle.

b) A teen, responsible larger child or an adult to play the roll of "Shepherd" or Sheep's Guard. 

c) An open space large enough to have the children run around in and interact.  I have used a large ring of chairs or gone outside.  It is all good.  Just keep safety in mind

d) Two or Three hula hoops.  I make my own.  If you want to make your own, click Here or you can buy them from Amazon and have them shipped, rather than driving to a toy store. This is their offering for  dozen 30 inch hula hoops. US Games Standard Hoops, 30-Inch. Hula hoops can be used nearly every class, every week of every year.  

How to Play the Game:
    a) Select or ask for volunteers to be "Sheep" in this game, and place them in the middle of the floor standing, sitting, kneeling, it does not matter, in the middle of the hula hoops.
   
    b) Place the Shepherd near the hoops, with the pool noodle.
    
    c) Take the rest of the children, in this game the are the "Wolf Pack," and put them on the outside edge of the game area until you start the game.

    d) Say go, and the Wolf Pack attempts to attack the sheep by tagging them before the Guard or Shepherd touches him with their staff or pool noodle.  

          1) They are out, sitting down right where they were tagged by the noodle.
          2) The Guard is out if all of her/his sheep are tagged.
          3) If the Sheep in the hula hoops are tagged, they get up and leave.
          4) The game continues until there are no more wolves or they stop attacking.

Why we are Playing the Game – Our unit verse based John 10 1- 9 where Jesus is using a metaphor for poor spiritual guidance, in this case the Pharisees, and it's price to the followers of these poor shepherds.  This game will help them understand what a Shepherd must do, and how hard it is. 

As with every start up game, the physical purpose is to pull your students out of where they are mentally, and into your classroom, so make sure it is fun. 


Before you actually start your lesson, each week this month, ask them what a Shepherds Job is, what the Wolves had to do to get the sheep, and what the sheep do.  
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God Rocks Lesson Plan - Unit 6 Week 3 - Who is the Thief?

Purpose:  This weeks lesson is to teach who the Thief is in this verse:

John 10:10 "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly."


Remembering that this verse in in the context of Jesus being the Good Shepherd, the thief comes to kill the sheep, steal the sheep, eat the sheep and destroy the place they are staying.  On a higher level of understanding, Jesus does not come to take life, he comes to give it, so the whole point of the analogy is that Jesus is the opposite of the thief.

Order of Class:
(1-3 are always the same, and totally optional)

1) Opening Prayer - mention anything you think needs to be prayed about, including the needs of your students.  You might want to ask them their needs.

2) Praise and Worship

3) Offering - make sure they know where or what the money collected is going toward.  You are not teaching them anything if they are not participating by choice.

4) Explanatory Game: - The Sheep's Guard Extreme

Play the same game you played before, but have 1 sheep totally surrounded by guards, so that there is no chance to tag the one sheep. I have even gone so far as to surround the one student in the hula hoop with many hula hoops and declared them out of bounds, meaning the wolves can't go there or over them. 


The point is to make it impossible for the wolves to win.  Let them play it out anyway, because knowing the total safety for the one is the entire point.

      4b) Explaining the meaning of the Game:
      A) When you are done, ask them why the Wolves lost.  You are looking for, "It was not fair." "Superior Force," or even "It was impossible," so lead them in that direction.

      B) Once they all agree that it was impossible to get to the sheep, tell them that they are "God's Sheep," and that Jesus is the Shepherd.

 Gather all the students, and start asking questions. You can ask questions based on your observations, but I suggest you ask the following ones too.

Explain the "The Thief" part of the Verse:

            1) Have someone read the Unit Verse, 
John 10:10 "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly."

            2) Ask them what the "wolves" role was in the game. Lead them to destroy the peace, destroy the shepherds, destroy the person in the middle.

                 2a) Make sure they know that the wolves are like thieves - that they come to take.
                 2b) Ask them who the Shepherds represent in the game?  Jesus or God.

            3) Ask them to name some things that destroy people's lives like thieves do?  (Looking for thieves, murderers, liars, Satan, etc.)

            4) If Satan is like the thief, what the opposite of Satan is? Then ask them whose team they would rather be on?


5) Building on the Lesson - DO NOT FORCE THE ISSUE, JUST ASK AND ANSWER IT, LETTING THE SPIRIT GUIDE YOU. Now ask them if they know how to get Jesus to be their Shepherd?

6) Summary - Ask them what the game taught them about what people without God may act like?

7) There is Still Time: If you have run out of things to do but still have time, then play - the unit warm up game again.
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Lesson Plans in the God Rocks Curriculum Before this One:

a. Introduction to God Rock's Lesson Planning System - Click Here.
1. Unit 6 Week 1 - The Big Gift - John 10:10 - Click Here
2. Unit 6 Week 2 - Live Life - John 10:10 - Click Here
3. Unit 6 Week 3 - Who is the Thief? - John 10:10
3. Unit 6 Week 4 - What Stuff Can You Lose? - John 10:10 
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