Saturday, November 10, 2012

1 Corinthians 16:13 - Easy Sunday School Lesson Plan

1 Corinthians 16:13 (NIV1984)

"Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong."

Teaching the students why and how they need to stand tall and be strong in their faith.

Method: Have them experience and understand what "standing through a storm is," and what it means to believe that you can and will survive the storm, so courage is easy.

Opening Drill: Dropping You

We used a drill in an earlier lesson plan that is very similar to this drill.  The difference is, in this drill YOU rather than t he students, are holding the Right end of the Rope.

Materials needed:  A rope, 6 to 20 feet long.  You also need  someone to catch the student on the left of the rope, so they do not get hurt.

How to Play the Game:  You hold the rope and slowly lower the student to the floor.  There goal is to hold the rope, not let go, and remain perfectly straight.  They do it right, and win, if they stay stiff as a board, and make it to the floor that way.

Explain the Game: 
1) Ask them if they trust(ed) you to lower them to the floor.
2) Ask them what caused them to fail (lead them to fear)
3) If someone succeed, ask them how the overcame their fear (lead them to faith/trust in you.)

Tell them a story from your life or a story you know about, where God stepped into a human life, and made the impossible happen. ( Matthew 19:26 - (NIV1984): Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”)

This is the part of the service where we do praise and worship, and take an offering.

Teaching 1 Corinthians 16:13: 
"Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong."

Read them the Verse.   

1) Ask them if they know of anything that is Supernatural. (Explain what supernatural is)  It does not really matter at this point what they say.  Once they say enough, to get them talking, explain some of what they said.  

You will hear that "they are saved," which is indeed supernatural.  You will hear that God created the heavens and the earth, which they are probably just saying because they know you want to hear it.  If you hear anything like that, repeat it, and ask them WHY it is super natural. You will hear magic, but they are probably talking about illusion, not magic.  Ask enough to know what they are talking about, so you don't give them a nonsense answer.

Lead them to the truly supernatural like Salvation and Grace, and Jesus' entire life.

2) Once you convince them that supernatural is real, tell them that Satan is also real.  Make sure they know that Satan can not attack them directly, if they are Christ's, but will tempt them and attack them through other people.  Give them examples of situations where you know that has happened if you feel the need.  Ask them if they know of any attacks in their lives or their families lives.  Listen, but stop the ridiculous and the dangerous.  You can get some very scary answers, and it is generally best to deal with the weird one on one.

Tell them that in their lives, like the game you played earlier, they too will be attacked by temptations and other people, and that God wants them to know that they ARE strong enough to stand tall until it passes.

On of my favorite analogies for this, is 'sometime God will not calm the storms that are all around you, but rather calm you.'  This verse is meant to give you faith that when those times come, you will be safe with him.

If you have time, play the game again, and encourage them to have faith in themselves and in you.

End with a pray to have courage and strength.

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