Saturday, September 17, 2011

I Have Finished the Race - Easy Sunday School # 6

Goal: Teach the meaning and Purpose of 2 Timothy 4:7 - (AMP):  "I have fought the good (worthy, honorable, and noble) fight, I have finished the race, I have kept (firmly held) the faith."
(Before reading this lesson plan, if you have not read the first Easy Sunday School lesson plan, you might want to now, or these ideas might easily sound crazy to you.)

Start Class with Faith Drill #1 - Faithball

Materials: A Soft Rubber Ball (we bought ours at Wal-Mart) and a Trash Basket Smaller that the ball. Notice it sits on the top of the basket, but DOES NOT GO IN!!

Purpose of the Drill: Teach the students what well founded faith in an outside power feels like.

How to Play the Game: set the basket on one side of the room, and have a tape line attached to the floor on the other side of the room.  Tell the student's that if they get the ball in the basket, they win a prize.  In our case, we are giving Blueberry/Chocolate Muffins small size (which we purchased at B.J.'s).  Tell them they get three attempts, they can not step off the line, and they can not help each other.  Then take the ball and throw it at the basket, to have them understand, without you saying it, that you want them to THROW the ball.  (It is important you don't say Throw the Ball.)  Then have them do it.  Most times, they will all throw the ball, and fail. 

Fail: (Which happens most times.) Sit them down and ask them how they can win?  Let them give you ideas.  You are hoping they tell you they need to ask for help.  If they do not bring that up, suggest that asking for help, might be a good idea, but be subtle about it.  Then replay the game.

Someone asks You for Help:  Take the ball from them, walk over to the basket, place the ball on the basket, and make a big deal about whomever figured it out.

Faithball

How to Teach the Lesson: Sit them down, and explain faith in God is much like this game.  Show them that the ball CAN NOT FIT in the basket, and they had NO chance without asking for help.  Much of our lives we are asked to do things that scare us, because we realize we are not big enough, smart enough or fast enough to make the impossible happen.  We ask God for help, and he can make the impossible happen.

You will also want to explain, that this only works if we are working toward God's goals, rather than our own, our you might give them the right feeling about the power of faith, while at the same time making them think God is a genie.


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Read the Verse of the day that was at the start of the lesson plan. DO NOT EXPLAIN IT, just read it.

Ask them to explain it to you.  Try not to explain it even now, just listen to what they say, and encourage them give as many ideas as they can.  Then go to Faith Drill #2.

Faith Drill #2 - 3 Legged Race

Materials: Something to tie their legs together.  We use strips of cloth that can also be used as blindfolds in other drills.

Purpose of the Drill: Teach the students that if they do their best to Run the Race, as they understand it, with faith, then the reward is theirs.

How to Play the Game: Have 2 or more teams, depending on how much time you have left for the game, race each other around the room.  Tell them that their purpose is to Run the Race as fast as they can, and if they do what YOU want, they will receive a reward.  (Whatever reward you want ... again, I am using the muffins that we used in Drill #1)  

Then have them take off.  If they give you maximum effort, even if they lose, even if they fall down, reward them, because YOUR PURPOSE FOR THEM WAS TO RUN THE RACE THE BEST THEY COULD, not win.

How to Teach the Lesson: Sit them down, and ask them if they know what the winners did in order to win the rewards.  Let them talk it out, but lead them to saying they did their best and trusted you (faith) to reward them if they did their best.)

Tell them God is Like that. Read to them: Romans 8:28 (NKJV): "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose."

Teach them  that just like in the game, Faith is based on them doing what God wants them to do.  There are several ways to know what God wants them to do.  Ask them how, but you want to lead them to a few specific answers:  1) Prayer   2) Holy Spirit that is in them  3) Bible  4) Parent's  5) Pastor  ... and whatever they do, if they are doing it because of God, Roman's 8:28 says it will work out for God, because of their faith.  Also, because of their faith, they will receive a reward too.  The will get to hear Jesus say:  "Well done, good and faithful servant;" - Matthew 25:21 (NKJV)

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Peace - Anne and Paul

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