Saturday, January 24, 2015

Unit 1/Week 4 - Turn Over a New - Page - The New has Come - 2 Cor 5:17

Unit Theme: Make THIS Year Better than Last Year (This Explanation is Good for all Four Weeks of Unit 1)

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Changing yourself, turning over a new leaf or page, starting over, becoming a new person is all well and good if you could; however, as anyone who has ever had a New Year's Resolution knows, almost impossible to do. Why? According to Psychology Today (December 20, 2014) and researcher Peter Herman, one of the culprits is "False Hope Syndrome." We are attempting to make a "goal" that is unrealistic, and, like false "positive" affirmations, can actually cause great harm to our self image.  Wow.  Fail. Fail Fail.  This entire unit is, however, not about false expectations, but instead, about realistic expectations founded on a very real and personal God and a relationship with Jesus Christ our Lord.

Unit 1 Verse: 2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV)

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come."

Unit 1 Warm up Before Class

The Go Game: 

Equipment: You will need two boundaries.  We normally use walls, but your walls might not want to stand up to abuse or your space might not be such where you can have two more or less evenly sized walls.  We have also used 10 folding chairs, turned around backward, using the tops of the chairs as a "wall".  We have also used painter's tape as a wall. (Masking tape is a bad idea, as it stains the floor and is hard to get up.)

How to Play the Game: Have Everyone who is playing, and in our case, we start with everyone, changing it to age groups, genders, hair color or some other false distinction when we run out of room, line up on one line or wall, touching it ONLY with a finger or a toe.  IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT EVERYONE PLAY. DO NOT LET THE SHY GET AWAY WITH NOT PLAYING.  HELP THEM IF YOU MUST, BEND THE RULES, BUT GET THEM TO PLAY, OR THEY ARE EXCLUDED FROM BOTH THE GROUP AND THE LESSON.

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When you say GO, they run to the other line.  If they come off the line by moving their toe or finger off the line, they are out, and go sit down on the side.  You MUST let them fail to learn the lesson.  You say Go, or put Go in a sentence, like, why don't you Go, they have to LISTEN carefully, then OBEY your voice, rather than what they thought they heard, or what they thought you might say. You say something like "On your mark, get set, RUN."  If they move off the line on RUN, then they are all out.  Be creative.  They think it is funny. Keep the game moving, not giving them time to feel "sad" because they lost.  Once they get good, or if they are beating you or the group is too big, also make them "OUT" if they are the last to make it to the other line when you do say GO.  This increases the need to "HEAR and OBEY."

The goal is to keep them busy, have fun, and teach them to HEAR AND OBEY, as we are supposed to do to our Lord.  You keep repeating, "HEAR and OBEY," and it's "ALL IN YOUR HANDS."

Once you run out of time, or it is time for you to start - we normally run the game a few minutes into class time to allow everyone to play - pull them all aside or up to you, kneel down, and ask them what they learned.  They need to learn, HEAR and obey.  Relate that behavior to what they need to do to parent's, teachers and others in authority under whom they have been placed.  Then tell them that "HEARING GOD" and "OBEYING GOD" is also one of the things they should have learned.  Unlike us, who they hear with their ears, most hear God through the Holy Spirit when they READ the Bible. 

God Rocks Lesson Plan Unit 1 Week 4

Purpose: Teach the students what “ The New Has Come” means in our Unit Verse, 2 Cor 5:17.

Order of Class: 

(1-3 are always the same, and totally optional)

1) Opening Prayer - mention anything you think needs to be prayed about, including the needs of your students.  You might want to ask them their needs.

2) Praise and Worship

3) Offering - make sure they know where or what the money collected is going toward.  You are not teaching them anything if they are not participating by choice.

4) The Rules Have Changed -  The Game: "Ready, Set, Goooooooo"
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      a) Some sort of reward. I have thousands of stickers that I use in karate and church.  Again, it's not the reward they want, but the acknowledgement, so it does not mater what you use. I use stickers from time to time because I can reinforce the message, theme or purpose of whatever I am teaching. The again are under $3 for 120. Love them. Somehow.
        b) 2 Chairs
        c) 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 & 3 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.
        d) Something to use as a shield - See Unit 1 Week 2.
 How to Play: This is an Order From Chaos Game - if you are a control freak, this game might even break you, but if you do it, and remember that learning come from DOING, not just from listening, this is a wonderful thing.

       a) Read them the Verse: 2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV) - "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come."

       b) Have two chairs representing two teams, set on the floor, about 6 feet from each other, looking at each other, and sit down two people, one from each team, in the chair.  Have their team stand behind them in a circle or behind a line.

       c) Give both teams some paper wads, and tell them there is ONLY TWO RULES - They must stay outside the circle or on the line, and they must  do what the verse tells them to do. Then tell them you will tell them who wins when the game is over. Don't explain anything.  Say Go.

        d) If they do not GO, whatever they think that means, encourage them to go. It really doesn't matter what they do, as long as they do it.

       e) After they run out of paper wads, break rule 1, or enter into too much chaos, tell them to stop. Then ask them these questions:
          i) What did you do to try to win?
          ii) Is what you did what you would have done a month ago?  What did other people Do? Is it different?
          iii) If you were "In Christ", " a New Creation" or "The Old has Passed Away," would you have played that way.

Debrief the Game: 
Normally, they will descend into chaos or not engage at all, these being the two behaviors most often evidenced when presented with no guidelines.  If they did one of those, they were "living in the world."  You might have had a leader however, who changed her/his team, and tried to play in a way that evidenced love or concern for others.  This does not mean trying to lose, but it does mean they are concerned and altered their behavior to match that concern.  If you saw that, that team gets stickers, they won.

This is the NEW HAS COME PART..

No matter what they did, tell them what you expected (The New Has Come), with the details above, but not too much more, and tell them that is the ONLY way to win.  Then, depending on the maturation of the group, either just say go, or give them a few minutes with assistance to design a way to play that shows concern and love.

Then say go.  The goal is to make sure everyone wins this time. 

5) Summary - Read them the Unit Verse from above again, and them ask them how to apply this verse in their own lives at: School, home, church, playing, sports, movies, etc.

6) If you have run out of things to do play the go game.

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Lesson Plans Before this One:

a. Introduction to God Rock's Lesson Planning System - Click Here.
1. Unit 1, Week 1 - Being In Christ - Click Here
2. Unit 1, Week 2 - New Creation - Click Here.
3. Unit 1, Week 3 - The Old Has Passed Away - Click Here.
4. Unit 1, Week 4 - The New Has Come - This One

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