Thursday, April 2, 2015

Unit 4 / Week 4 - A New Creation: By The Sea - John 21:1-14

Unit Theme: A New Creation


Every child in a Christian Church can tell you that the were saved by the blood or Crucifixion of Jesus the Christ.  However, if you press them, I have found that nearly none of them have even a rudimentary understanding of what that actually means.  This Unit is all about 1 aspect of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ; one result that is secondary to Grace, but powerful in its own right.  We become a new creation, different that we were before we took on the mantel of our savior.  This unit hopefully will bring our children closer to Jesus because they begin to live and understand that they are a NEW CREATION.

Unit 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 Warm up Before Class

Name of Game: Snake in the Grass V2
Equipment: 

a) A Soft Ball or a Snake Stuffed animal.  You MUST not use a dodge ball as they HURT to much, and they have a certain expectation in the children's mind.  We don't want that expectation.  competitive Yes.  Violent competitive, NO.

We use 6" Gator Skin Softi Ball-Blue or any other color, but the brand prevents injury and has longevity at the same time.

 b) A teen or an adult monitor to make sure they don't hurt each other and they follow all the rules.

c) 6 Index Cards or pieces of paper, even post-it notes, with these Animal Names written on them.
    1) Crane - Stand on one leg and move by hoping
    2) Gorilla - Stand on two legs and move by running or walking.
    3) Bear - Stand on 4 legs - hands and feet, and run/walk like a bear.
    4) Frog.  Squat down and move by hoping like a frog.
    5) Kangaroo - Stand on 2 legs and move by Hoping
    6) Lie on the ground and move like a snake

How to Play the Game:
   a) One person starts as the Animal - 1 through 6 above, selected by them randomly.  The start with the ball in the middle of the playing area, and take the position and attitude of their animal.  The "Tag" the other children by  throwing the ball at them.  If it hits them in the Air, they are out, and become a snake, or gorilla etc, and are now on the side of the original 1.  If it does not hit them in the air, or it hits something/someone else first, the ball is dead, and anyone can pick it up.  The non animals can run around as people, until the are "Tagged."  
    b) The game continues until all but one are changed into a NEW ANIMAL. That 1 is the winner, and goes to the Middle of the Floor, after pick a new animal to be.
    
    c) Monitor - make sure they act like a new animal, and those that are tagged act like a new animal as well.  Everyone can move, but the animals must move like animals.

Why we are Playing the Game – Purpose: We are trying to give them a feeling for what it means to  "CHANGE" into a NEW PERSON.  In this case, the old, human, is gone and the new, animal, is on.  We are going for the visceral feeling of utter definiteness.

When the game is over and you are about to start class, ask them "How did it FEEL when you changed into a New Animal."  Was it easy to remain that new animal.  (If they say yes, have the monitor remind them how many times they had to be corrected, which should be huge.)
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God Rocks Lesson Plan - Unit 4 Week 4 - By the Sea
This is a fairly traditional, safe and pretty well made rendition of the biblical stories between the Resurrection and the Ascension.  I am NOT suggesting you show it in class, though if your leadership approves of it, it might not hurt.


Purpose:  First, it's interesting to note, this is the story of Jesus' Last recorded miracle. We are to teach the students what Changed in the followers of Jesus, and what caused the change. (Jesus caused the change, and only a personal encounter with the3 risen Lord can change us.) 

John 21:1-14 (ESV) - 1 Jesus later appeared to his disciples along the shore of Lake Tiberias. 2 Simon Peter, Thomas the Twin, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, and the brothers James and John, were there, together with two other disciples. 3 Simon Peter said, “I’m going fishing!”

The others said, “We will go with you.” They went out in their boat. But they didn’t catch a thing that night.

4 Early the next morning Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize who he was. 5 Jesus shouted, “Friends, have you caught anything?”

“No!” they answered.

6 So he told them, “Let your net down on the right side of your boat, and you will catch some fish.”

They did, and the net was so full of fish that they could not drag it up into the boat.

7 Jesus' favorite disciple told Peter, “It’s the Lord!” When Simon heard that it was the Lord, he put on the clothes that he had taken off while he was working. Then he jumped into the water. 8 The boat was only about a hundred yards from shore. So the other disciples stayed in the boat and dragged in the net full of fish.

9 When the disciples got out of the boat, they saw some bread and a charcoal fire with fish on it. 10 Jesus told his disciples, “Bring some of the fish you just caught.” 11 Simon Peter got back into the boat and dragged the net to shore. In it were one hundred fifty-three large fish, but still the net did not rip.

12 Jesus said, “Come and eat!” But none of the disciples dared ask who he was. They knew he was the Lord. 13 Jesus took the bread in his hands and gave some of it to his disciples. He did the same with the fish. 14 This was the third time that Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from death.

What Changed in the Followers of Jesus?  12b - They Knew He Was Lord.  That changed. After all this time, all the miracles, there was still doubt, and when they accepted the Risen Lord, they Knew He Was Lord.


Yep, you tell them, it really is that simple,  Know he is Lord by accepting he is the Risen Lord.  That all there is, if you know that Lord means acceptance, follower, believer and supplicant. 

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) Explanatory Game: - Blind Man Pop



4a) Equipment Needed: 
     
     1) 2 or more teams of Children with no more than 6 or 7 children per team
     2) Two or more somethings to use as blindfolds, depending on the number of teams you have. I use Sport Supply Group Blindfolds, because the are neat, cool colors, inexpensive and easy to use.  I have, however, used strips of cloth if the people I was doing it for were unable or unwilling to buy blindfolds, and I forgot to bring my own.
     3) 14 balloons (if possible 7 of two colors) if you have 2 teams.  More if you have more teams.,
     4) A printer to print up a sentence
     5) Scissors to Cut up the sentence.

4b) How to Play the Game:

     A) First, you need to print up the following verse two times:

2 Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come."

2 Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come."

      B) Take the scissors and cut the sentence in to 7 pieces based on the colors, roll the words up, put them into the balloons, and blow the balloons up. In the end, you should have 7 balloons with 1 sentence fragment each.  If you have 3 teams, and 3 different color balloons, it makes the game easier to manage.  (In later weeks, week 3 and 4, you should have either random colors or all the same color, and make the teams work together to get the verses back together.

     C) Put the balloons on one side of the room, all mixed up, and divide the students into two groups. Pick one student from each team and blind fold them. Put all the students on the other side of the room.

     D) Tell them the rules and goals of the Drill:

          i) The non-blind team members can not leave their side of the room,

          ii) The goal is to get all of your team members balloons back to the side of the room that the non-blind members are waiting, pop the balloons, find the slips of paper in the balloons, and figure out what the sentence is.
          iii) The Blindfolded student CAN NOT pick up more than one balloon at a time, nor can they take the other teams balloons. If they do, they must return them, before getting more of their own. (In weeks 3 and 4, no such "other team" rules apply.

         iv) The team that gets the complete sentence first Wins.

     E) Say Go.


4c) Explaining the meaning of the Game: Gather all the students, and start asking questions. You can ask questions based on your observations, but I suggest you ask the following ones too.

Have them read the verse aloud. 

Ask if anyone can recite the verse with out reading it.  If they do, make sure they are rewarded with huge noise from the group, encouraging others to stand tall.

Then read to them this weeks verse: John 21:1-14 (ESV) - 1 Jesus later appeared to his disciples along the shore of Lake Tiberias. 2 Simon Peter, Thomas the Twin, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, and the brothers James and John, were there, together with two other disciples. 3 Simon Peter said, “I’m going fishing!”

The others said, “We will go with you.” They went out in their boat. But they didn’t catch a thing that night.

4 Early the next morning Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize who he was. 5 Jesus shouted, “Friends, have you caught anything?”

“No!” they answered.

6 So he told them, “Let your net down on the right side of your boat, and you will catch some fish.”

They did, and the net was so full of fish that they could not drag it up into the boat.

7 Jesus' favorite disciple told Peter, “It’s the Lord!” When Simon heard that it was the Lord, he put on the clothes that he had taken off while he was working. Then he jumped into the water. 8 The boat was only about a hundred yards from shore. So the other disciples stayed in the boat and dragged in the net full of fish.

9 When the disciples got out of the boat, they saw some bread and a charcoal fire with fish on it. 10 Jesus told his disciples, “Bring some of the fish you just caught.” 11 Simon Peter got back into the boat and dragged the net to shore. In it were one hundred fifty-three large fish, but still the net did not rip.

12 Jesus said, “Come and eat!” But none of the disciples dared ask who he was. They knew he was the Lord. 13 Jesus took the bread in his hands and gave some of it to his disciples. He did the same with the fish. 14 This was the third time that Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from death.

Explain the verse according to your own calling then ask questions:

            1) Why did they not recognize Jesus standing on the shore? (They did not expect him, nor where they looking for him.  Lesson here is that if you don't look and expect, you will not find. Also, there was still doubt, and if there is doubt, it is not likely they will believe.)

            2) Where did the Fish come from? (Miracle)


            3) Why did Jesus ask if they caught Fish? (He knew the answer, he was just making sure they recognized the Miracle and the Change.)

            3) What CHANGED in them that they suddenly recognized Jesus was talking to them? (The Miracle lead to belief - they saw, so the believed.  This is the importance of the Bible's record for us.)

            4) Why did Peter jump into the sea and run/swim to shore? (Remember, he denied Jesus as foretold 3 times, and had been living with guilt.  Now, Jesus had returned yet again. Surly he felt relieved, plus he believed.)

            5) Why did they take the time to Eat, and why did they tell us he ate?" (We and they needed to know he was NOT a spirit, a ghost, but rather the resurrected Lord, in the flesh.)


5) Building on the Lesson - 

     5a) How did Jesus Change them?  (By a relationship, in this case speaking and eating, plus HE SERVED THEM ONCE AGAIN, by giving them food.)
     5b) What was the Change in the men? (The believed and their relationship became rock hard.)

6) Summary - Remind them that like the game at the beginning, changing is not easy to do.  If you want to Change, become a New Creation, you need to invite Jesus into your life.  Otherwise, you remain the same.

6) There is Still Time: If you have run out of things to do but still have time, then play - Snake in the Grass V2.
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Lesson Plans in the God Rocks Curriculum 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 - Click Here.
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5. Unit 2, Week 1 - Fasting and Looking Gloomy - Click Here.
6. Unit 2, Week 2 - What Reward Did They Get - Click Here.
7. Unit 2, Week 3 - Remember Who it is For - Click Here.
8. Unit 2, Week 4 - Remember Who it is For - Click Here.
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9.   Unit 3, Week 1 – Entering the City of David - Click Here.
10. Unit 3, Week 2 – Righteous Indignation - Click Here
11. Unit 3, Week 3 – Even the 12 Doubted - Click Here
12. Unit 3, Week 4 – The Arrest of Jesus - Click Here
13. Unit 3, Week 5 – Jesus on the Cross - Click Here
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14. Unit 4, Week 1 - The Resurrection - Click Here
15. Unit 4, Week 2 - The Road to Emmaus - Click Here
15. Unit 4, Week 3 - The Upper Room - Click Here
16. Unit 4, Week 4 - By the Sea - This Article
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17. Unit 5, Week 1 - The Great Commision
18. Unit 5, Week 2 - The Ascension
19. Unit 5, Week 3 - And It's 12 Again
20. Unit 5, Week 4 - Pentecost
21. Unit 5, Week 5 - The Fellowship
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