Sunday, October 2, 2011

Indomitable Spirit - 2 Timothy 4:7 - Easy Sunday School #7

Purpose: to teach our students that praying with never ending faith, never troubled faith, absolute faith that God will save you.

Testing their faith in Us?” – Have a few students come up to you, who you can trust to "fall" so you can catch them.  If you pick students at this stage that you "want to trust," rather than you can trust, you will demonstrate failure, and may not recover.  Nothing succeeds in a persons mind better than success.  So show them success.

     You will ask them to cross their arms across their chest, close their eyes, and fall into your arms.  You will catch them with your hands at their shoulder and waist, using your hands and forearms.  Tell them to keep their body stiff.  Have them fall two or three times, each time telling them to trust you to catch them, and letting them fall further.

"Teaching the Lesson": After you have done all or some of your students, depending on the amount of time you have, ask them to point out every thing they did that showed ANYTHING less than absolute faith. Like looking over their shoulder, opening their eyes, bending their knees. 

     Tell them that is how most people pray like that they believe God will catch them, but they also believe that they must “do it themselves."

Teaching the Biblical Lesson: 2 Timothy 4:7 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 

"It IS HARD to do what God wants, in fact here Paul tells us it is like a fight our whole lives, but he kept on running, showing his faith. That is what we want to do when we pray. Talk to God with faith that the promises he has made in the bible ARE true, will be fulfilled, and YOU KNOW IT. Fight the Good Fight, Run the Race with faith! Just like you fell in out drill at the beginning of the class."

Prayer: Pray out loud with the children, praying that you and they will have the faith it takes to allow God to catch them.

Common Gong Game: Ask the Students to tell you things that would show that their friends had faith in them. You are not looking for behaviors, but rather ways to “know in advance” if someone has faith in them.  – this is pre-framing for the game. 

The Game: Put a Gong or Bell or even a Metal Trash Can they can hit, in the middle of the room, and 4 teams around the gong. Tell them you are going to read a list of stuff that may or may not apply to them. Like “All people who own cats” --- and if it applies to them, they run in, grab the gong striker, and strike the gong. Who ever hits it first, wins. Winner’s team gets 10 points. If you find out that they are lying, say, they don’t have a cat, their team loses 100 points. 

Ask about 10 questions: Make up your own or use these.

i. All Boys 
ii. All Girls 
iii. All blue shirts 
iv. All 4th graders 
v. All who own cats 
vi. All who have been punished by their parents 
vii. All who go to KOTK 
viii. All who do home school 
ix. All who do not do home school 
x. All who play sports 
xi. All who take showers 

Teach the Counter Message: Explain to them that the world makes friends and trusts people based on these types of things. In fact, you can sign on to the internet, and fill out a form asking questions like this, and be matched with your “perfect” husband or wife. That is how strong the idea that commonality makes good friends. 

Read them the vers
e here. “The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever leans on, trusts in, and puts his confidence in the Lord is safe and set on high.” Proverbs 29:25 AMP

Ask them how they would show their faith and trust in the Lord and discuss with them ways they can do this in their everyday life.

Ball Quiz: When the music is playing have them pass a beach ball in the air. When the music stops, whomever has it, answers the question. If they get it right, they get a reward. – Candy.

What questions should you ask?  Who can find the two verses in the bible in 10 seconds, who can recite any verse, who can give you a way to "trust the Lord."  Use your judgement.

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