Beginning Drill - House of Cups:
Materials: You need stacks of paper cups for each team, a table or 1 table for each team, and 2 teams of students.
Building the House: Give the students 2 minutes to build a house out of the cups – they can NOT stack them as in one inside of another. They have to stack them as in the picture here. Do not tell them how many in the foundation layer, or you will not be teaching, but rather lecturing. Let them discover what works best. Give them 3 or so minutes, and say go!
1) Ask which house is the tallest?
2) Ask Why? The House that is the tallest will have the best foundation
3) Ask how they felt when cups kept falling down? And what they could have done to make it less frustrating (bigger and more stable Foundation)
The Prayer: Lead them in prayer, including that they will, today, start building their lives upon the foundation of Jesus.
Read to them
Ask them if they know what Jesus was talking about?
Part 2 Goal: Teach them that Small actions make a BIG difference. There every behavior can help someone understand God’s love, or keep them from God’s love forever.
Have the teams build their house of cards on their dish towel – give them 5 minutes or less. Encourage other members to give advice and/or help.
Exploring the meaning
Tell them that today’s verse is a clear reminder that our every action can change someone else’s ability to know and love God. Their behavior at home, school and everywhere DOES make a difference.
If you have the time, explore with them what behaviors they should have at home, school and everywhere else that make a difference for God's People.
There may be a feeling of smallness, not understanding that they house they are part of is God's house, and that he is there. God's Power enables our actions if they are because we have been called according to his purpose.
They may be thinking they need to do the work "for" God, because he needs them. We do the work for God because he has asked us to, and we love him. He does NOT need us, we need him.
If you have not read the foundation message for Easy Sunday School, you might want to.
If you have not read our testimony, you will not understand our foundation, so you might want to.