Unit Theme: Make THIS Year Better than Last Year (This Explanation is Good for all three Weeks of Unit 1)
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Unit 1 Verse: 2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV)
Unit 1 Warm up Before Class
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God Rocks Lesson Plan Unit 1 Week 3
Order of Class:
(1-3 are always the same, and totally optional)
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b) You will need a group of up to 10 children, no less than 5, and a large supply, more than 20, paper wads made of wadded up paper. (Same as in Unit 1 Week 1& 2 if you did those units.)
c) 2 to 5 trash cans, buckets, large bowls - anything that might be big enough to throw paper wads into.
How to Play: Place one child on a dot or sitting in a hula hoop or chair, and put another child about 10 feet away. Place at least 1 shield about 5 feet from the child in the chair making NO COMMENT about the shield.
Have the person sit in the chair, and tell them NOTHING they CAN NOT GET OUT OF THE CHAIR OR MOVE THE CHAIR.
Have the other child or children, depending on how big your group is, throw the paper wads at the one in the chair. When you run out of Paper Wads, the more the better, give a sticker to any child that has a good attitude, shows faith in the teacher and expresses it by voice or action, BUT DO NOT TELL THEM WHY THEY ARE GETTING THE STICKERS. For example, someone says "I'm not going to hit her/him with a paper wad, I think they want us to hit the buckets." Good attitude. Sticker. If they speculate, or figure it out, neither confirm or deny, just keep letting others play. MAKE SURE SOMEONE GETS A STICKER, EVEN IF YOU HAVE A HELPER OR STAFF PERSON BE THE ONE.
b) Ask them what Rules Changed? (This is where they will be confused or complain if they have not already.) The rules were always the same. Throw the paper wads. The rewards were not based on the rules; rather, on faith in the teacher. They showed trust, they got stickers.
c) Ask them if it was fair. (No, not fair. Fair would be doing it right, and right only.)
d) Then read Ephesians 2:8 (ESV) - For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God. Tell them that God is not fair. If he were fair, none of us would get to go to heaven, but he gave us GRACE, or unmerited favor, and chose to save us, not but what we earned, but as a gift. Like the game, it seems as if the rules had changed, but they did not really. We decided that we would reward those who believed in us, tried to follow our rules, showed us respect - had faith that we would help them. Same rules, just not fair rewards.
Now we teach the Unit Verse, "the old has passed away." Like in the game, the old understanding of "doing it right," has passed away. Now, just showing faith in the teacher is enough. This verse is telling us two things. One, God always wanted our faith first, last and only. We were to trust him. That stopped a long time before Jesus came into the world as a human. When he did come, the old way of looking at salvation passed away. Second, our old nature, one of living for ourselves, trusting only ourselves, has passed away. Now we are a new person, and who we were, before we accepted Jesus as Lord, is gone and forgotten. As far as the East is from the West.